If you have been online and heard about blogging at all, no doubt you’ve heard of WordPress. What confuses most folks about WordPress, is that there are two versions available: the WordPress.com version – which is hosted on the WordPress servers, and the self-hosted WordPress.org version which you download and install on your own paid hosting service.
The WordPress version I’m referring to in this article is the self-hosted .ORG version; and as scary and intimidating as it sounds, you can truly get this self-hosted version of WordPress installed in about 5 minutes (or less!) with just a few mouse-clicks.
First, you need a cpanel enabled web host that offers Fantastico De Luxe. I highly recommend HostGator, their service is top-notch. What’s Fantastico De Luxe?, you may be wondering. Fantastico is found within your cPanel. cPanel is simply a type of control panel you use to access your web hosting features and functions. Fantastico De Luxe is an icon within your cpanel that you click and it then offers a large variety of programs and scripts that can be easily installed for you. Fantastico does the hard part of setting up databases, unzipping the program and actually setting it up: all you do is fill in a few form fields, telling Fantastico where you want your blog (or other program) installed, and it does the rest – thus the famous 5 minute WordPress auto install. See, told ya it was easy!
To recap what I covered in the section above, it will literally only take you 5 minutes (possibly less) to actually use Fantastico’s WordPress auto install method.
That’s it! You have just installed WordPress on your site. Told ya it would be easy.