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Building a Website with Wordpress: Installing WordPress

This guide walks you through how to build a website using WordPress. It covers web hosting, installing WordPress, installing themes and plugins, and using the in-browser editor to adjust the theme (header image, colors, fonts, etc.).

Installing WordPress on Domain of One's Own

  1. Log in to your MSU Domain of One's Own account (domains.cal.msu.edu)
  2. Click on "Dashboard" in the upper right
  3. You should see WordPress as an option in the "Applications box" at the top of your dashboard page; click it
  4. On the WordPress page you've come to, click the "+install this application" button at the top right
  5. That's it!

Installing WordPress on Pantheon

  1. Go to Pantheon's main page (pantheon.io)
  2. If you don't have an account, click the "Get free account" button at the top right of the page; otherwise, log in (also at the top right)
  3. Click on the "Sites" menu link
  4. You should see a "+ Create New Site" button -- click that
  5. Choose a site name
  6. You'll see options for WordPress, Drupal 7, and Drupal 8 -- click the "Deploy" button next to WordPress
  7. That's it!

Getting to your site

Navigating to your site and working through the five-step WordPress startup process. You'll end up inside the administrator dashboard, where you'll be able to start working with themes.

In Pantheon:

  1. Click "Visit development site" at the top left (you should be on the "Dev" tab of the menu)
  2. Choose your language preference
  3. Fill out the information -- you might want to make a note especially of your username and password -- these will be different from your Pantheon username and password
  4. Click "Log In" and log in with your new username and password
  5. You should be in and looking at the standard WordPress administration panel -- in order to get to your theme you'll click "Appearance" in the left-side menu

In Domain of One's Own:

  1. Give your WordPress site a directory (something that makes sense for your site, since it will be part of the URL)
  2. EXTRA IMPORTANT make a note of the adminstrator username and password, you will need these later
  3. Create a site title that makes sense, and feel free to change or remove the "site tagline" if you'd like (my rule is, if no tagline immediately suggests iteslf, I probably don't need one)
  4. Click "+Install" at the bottom
  5. Once it finishes processing, you should see a menu with your new site in it (if you have other sites you'll see all of them listed here, so scroll down to the new one you just made)
  6. Click the middle link, that has "wp-admin" at the end of it
  7. You should be in and looking at the standard WordPress administration panel -- in order to get to your theme you'll click "Appearance" in the left-side menu
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