This is part 3 in a series of detailed articles about setting up a brand new domain on Australian hosting provider Zuver. See here for an overview of the whole series.
If you’ve been following along at home then you have now registered your new domain and configured your email address. Next we will set up your website for secure communications using SSL, which you can read more about in one of my previous posts.
Zuver include as part of their hosting SSL certificates provided by Lets Encrypt.
Zuver make this nice and easy. All you need to do is log in to my.zuver.net.au with your Zuver account. At the menu on the left side click on the “Hosting Services” menu dropdown and select “Manage”. This will show you a list of the domain names you have registered. Now click on the plus (+) button at the right to show the options. Click on the “Let’s Encrypt” option.
This step is pretty tricky, so pay attention. You need to click on the “Install” button. Now wait for it to status to say “Active” And that’s it! Maybe it wasn’t so tricky…
You can test that this is now working by navigating to your empty webpage using https:// in front of your new domain name as the address. You should see a green lock in the address bar.
Now we need to install WordPress onto your site. To do this we need to navigate to your cPanel page again. Steps 1 and 2 in Part 2 show you how to do this. Now head down to the bottom of the cPanel page and look for a section called “Web Applications” and click on “WordPress”
You should now see a window with Installatron at the top and showing information about WordPress. Click on “+ install this application”.
Now you need to enter a number of details about your WordPress site before kicking off the installation. Firstly select your domain with https:// at the beginning from your drop down. This will setup WordPress to use the SSL we setup above. If you want your URL to have www and the beginning select that option, otherwise select the one without. Note that this can be changed later.
Scroll down and leave all of the options in Version at their default. Now in the settings section you enter a new administrator username and password. Give your website a title and tagline.
Select “Do not enable two-factor authentication”. It is recommended that you enable 2 factor authentication for added security, however this is a huge topic that I will cover in a future post. Disable it now to make this as simple as possible for you.
Leave everything else on the default settings and click “Install”
If all goes well you will see a progress window like below which may take a few minutes to complete.
If the install is successful you will see a summary with links to your website and to the login page for the admin screens of your new website. Click them to test them out.
Congratulations! You have now installed your own WordPress website at your own domain.
Next I cover my tips on the plugins and themes that I use in setting up WordPress.