Setting up a blog using Fantastico Deluxe

by Reverend ~ January 16th, 2010. Filed under: Tutorial.

Once you have pointed your domain to the web hosting account, and the two are working, you can then start to setup applications on your web hosting space. This tutorial will take you through logging into the control panel for your web hosting account (also know as CPanel) and using a quick and easy method to install  a blog.

First things first, in order to do this your domain must be pointed at your web hosting account (as explained in this tutorial here). Once you’ve done this, you should be able to login into your CPanel space for managing your web hosting account by adding /cpanel at the end of your domain.  For example, if my domain is http://bavatuesdays.com, I would go to http://bavatuesdays.com/cpanel and login with the username and password you used when creating your account at Cast Iron Coding (or what ever hosting service you are using).

Once you are logged in, you should see the following screen:

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This is CPanel, and it is basically your dashboard for the piece of a server you are managing. It’s a user-friendly interface that let’s you upload files to a server, administer security settings, create email accounts, add-on domains, manage an email list-serve, create databases, and, as you’ll see shortly, quickly install applications for blogging, content management, forums, and various other tools. In our case, we will be using a script installer called Fantastico Deluxe to install a WordPress blog (if you are using another hosting service the installer may be called Simple Scripts).

But before that, let’s create a subdomain. To create a subdomain, you need to find and click on the Subdomain icon (pictured below).

Once you do that, you will need to add a title of your subdomain, it could be something like “blog,” “site,” or whatever else you want, just make it one word, and you might also consider making it relatively succinct and easy to remember.

Then click the create subdoamin buttin, and once it successfully creates the subdomain you can return to the main page of CPanel.

Now we need to find and click on the Fantastico Deluxe icon (a blue smiley face) under the Software/Services section of CPanel (see below):
Fantastico Deluxe

Once in Fantastico, you will see a wide range of applications you can install on your web hosting space. For the moment, look for the WordPress link, and click on it.
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Click on the “New Installation” link.

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Now go through the quick setup, install your blog in the subdomain titled “blog” (or whatever you named it) and add your username, password, and email information accordingly.

After you click the install button, you will be shown the details of your install. And once you click the “Finish Installation” button you will be taken to a final screen that will provide you with a field for an email address to send the details of the installation, I recommend you do this.

After that, you should be able to go to the URL where you installed WordPress and view your blog, for example http://blog.mydomain.com/

You should also have the login information in the email to actually get into the backend of WordPress and publish your first blog post. For more information about this, see the UMW Blogs support material that provides a step-by-step guide to WordPress here.

3 Responses to Setting up a blog using Fantastico Deluxe

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  2. Amy Olson

    Setting up a blog with Fantastico Deluxe was very straight forward. It didn’t give my any problems and then I went to my site and suddenly there was a blog there! Pretty cool.

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