Installing WordPress is not difficult and I know that most of you already have your site set up with the plugins that you already use.
But what I wanted to share was a video that walks me through installing WordPress manually. You get to see how I install WordPress without using cPanel.
I’m not a huge fan of using cPanel, one of the main reasons is because of security.
If you know anything at all about using cPanel you know that it does not create a secure installation of your site.
Installing WordPress What I Cover
In the video I cover several things when I’m installing WordPress. I go over the following:
- How to create a Mysqul database
- How to rename and change your wp-config file
- How to add salt keys to your site
- How to change your wp table prefix
- How to create a secure user name and avoid using the dreaded Admin username
These are the same steps that I use whenever I create an authority site or a membership site.
No I don’t use this installation method when I flip websites.
I also recommend one of the tools that I use and absolutely love which is called Roboform.
It’s great for helping you create a secure site plus so much more. Although there are several other alternatives available, I prefer using Roboform.
You can get started and download a Free Roboform download. The free download will help you get a better understanding of just how powerful this tool is and how it can help you create some very strong passwords.
If you want to use the same record to keep track of the information you create, you can download a copy by clicking here.
I’m sharing with you the same exact sheet that I use to keep track of the information for my sites, this will help you keep track of the information you use to install your WordPress site manually.
I created this video because I realize that many people do not know how to create a database or change the wp_table prefix.
At least I know that when I first got started online, I had no clue.
Heck when I first got started I relied on cPanel. I remember trying to install my first manual WordPress installation and it took me well over 8 hours to try to figure it out.
After the 8 hours I still did not have the site installed.
So now that I know a little bit more than I did when I first started…I thought that I would share. If I can help at least one person install a secure WordPress site then I will be happy.
While I don’t claim to be a WordPress guru…I can finally find my way around it.
Can I Secure My WordPress Site If I Already Installed It Using cPanel?
The short answer is yes you can….although I don’t cover that in this post.
It’s possible to secure your WordPress site even if you had to use cPanel to install it.
The important thing to remember when setting up your site is to avoid using Admin on it.
Barry Wells wrote a post on WordFence Real Time Log In Attempts which shows people trying to log into his site using “Admin” as the username.
Even if you don’t feel comfortable installing WordPress like I show on the video.
You should still need to take the time to change your username if you are using Admin.
Adrienne Smith created a fantastic video that walks you through step by step on How To Change Your WordPress Username.
Time To Share
Do you take the time to install your sites manually, or do you use cPanel? Do you feel that you learned anything from this video that can help you secure your site.
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