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Installing Wordpress

Setting up a WordPress install on your own domain can be done by following these simple steps:

Log In & Installatron

To get started you'll need to login to your control panel by going to the Emory Domains homepage and logging in with your Emory NetID and password.

Once logged in you'll be at the homepage of your control panel. The easiest way to navigate the panel is using the search feature in the top right panel. Let's use it now to search for WordPress.

As you can see, when you search a term the corresponding section is shown. (In the screenshot above, Wordpress has already been installed on the server once, which is why there is already an icon for it under “My Applications.”) Click the WordPress button under “Featured Applications” to go to the Installatron page, then click on the “Install this application” button:

Configure installation

In the next page, you can configure the installation. Most of these settings can be left at the default, but let's walk through them quickly.

The first thing you'll want to do is decide where to install it. If you want to install WordPress on your main domain, then put that in the Domain line and leave the directory area empty. If you created a subdomain, you can select it from the dropdown menu. You also have the option of installing WordPress in a subfolder by typing in the folder name in the Directory field. Click here for more information about subdomains and subfolders.

Note!! After you have installed Wordpress once, Installatron will by default create a subfolder called “/blog” to install Wordpress into, because it's trying to protect you from reinstalling Wordpress on top of your previous installation. If you create a subdomain, you don't need to also install it into a subfolder, but Installatron will still try to do so if you don't override it. In the screenshot below the url for the new site will be “” If I just delete the word blog from the Directory line, then the url will be “”

You should not need to change anything under the version section–you'll want the latest version of Wordpress and you probably want your updates of the software to be automated, which is the default setting. While we recommend you keep this option to automate backups, it is possible to only do minor updates, or turn them off completely. You can change these settings if you are an advanced user and have a preference, but assuming you don't it will look like this:

Configure installation: Settings

You'll definitely want to make some changes to the next section, settings:

Installatron will create a randomized Username, which is the name you will use to log in to your Wordpress dashboard (when you aren't using Clef–see below). It's not necessarily the way your name will appear once you are using the site, only how you log in, but you cannot change it in the future. Choose a user name that you will remember.

Installatron will also provide a random password by default. You should probably replace it with your own password that you will be able to remember. You can change your password later, but you'll need to know it to log in the first time. You can also change the website title and tagline, if you'd like, but don't fret too much about these as you can easily change them later on once you're setting up your Wordpress site.

Just underneath the title and tagline boxes is a section that recommends that you use two-factor authentication with Clef. If you have a smartphone, you can download and install the Clef application for free and then use the camera on your smartphone to login to your site without ever needing to remember a username and password. It's extremely easy to use and if you aren't practicing good password security than Clef is far more secure than your password.

Here's a video introduction to Clef:

If you want to use your traditional password system, then click the radio button that says “Do not enable two-factor authentication.”

The last of these settings that you need to change are those two final pull-down menus. If you are installing this site to use it for a class, then choose the course from the pull-down menu and then also indicate whether you are a student, faculty, or a staff member. This information will primarily be used to classify your class in the community pages. When you identify your site as part of a course, it is tagged in our system and then your instructor, classmates, and others in the Domain community will be able to check out your work.

You should not need to change anything in the Advanced section, so once you've gotten to this point, and once you have once again double-checked that you know the username and password from the Settings above, scroll down and click on the install button:

A little scrolly button will pop-up briefly letting you know that it's processing the request then it will bounce you to a page showing the progress of the upload. Once it's completed, you get a little thumbnail screenshot of your new site and a few important URLs:

The first address is the URL for your new domain. That's where you or anyone else can go to see the published version of your site.

The second address is the URL you'll need to log in to your Wordpress dashboard. Click on it and it should bring you to your Wordpress dashboard (sometimes you need to log in with the name and password you provided during installation, but sometimes it just automatically logs you in). You might want to go ahead and bookmark the URL for your dashboard, because that's where you will need to go in the future to publish work to your site. The dashboard is the URL for your domain with “/wp-admin” added onto the end (e.g., “” will bring Jane to the login page for her dashboard.)

Your dashboard should look like this:

Next steps

That's it! You've successfully installed Wordpress. Yay!

You'll need to do some set up to configure Wordpress now that you've got it installed and if this is not your primary domain, you'll probably want to set up a custom menu and create some links back and forth between this site and your primary domain.

wordpress/installing_wordpress.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/04 19:25 (external edit)