How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an Existing BestKnownHost Cloud Server


How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an Existing BestKnownHost Cloud Server

In this article, you will learn about the procedure of deploying/installing a new WordPress web application on a new cloud server. This assumes you have already created a new cloud server and it is ready for the WordPress web application to be installed. If you haven't already created a new server, please refer to the following KB.

One of the questions that we often get asked is: Why should I use WordPress? Isn’t my old site good enough? Why do I need to switch to WordPress from another platform? If you’re asking these questions, then you’re at the right place. For Information: WordPress is a free and open-source content management system written in PHP and paired with a MySQL or MariaDB database. WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system powering 34% of all websites on the internet. On top of that: WordPress has a 60.8% market share in the CMS market. WordPress also now powers 14.7% of the world’s top websites. One of the most common misconceptions about WordPress is that it is just a blogging platform. It is not. While WordPress started as a blogging tool, it has evolved throughout the years into a powerful website builder and a robust content management system (CMS).

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Server

Here are a few simple steps to launch a new application on an existing BestKnownHost Cloud Server.

Scenario# 1 (If launching the first server)

Login to the BestKnownHost Cloud Platform Simplified with your credentials and then click on Servers at the top left-hand side of the screen.

If you have not launched any server yet you will see a screen like an image shown below saying you don’t have any servers. Get started by adding a new server. So you may click on the NEW SERVER button to launch your first server. (Follow these instructions How to Create a New Account and VPS Server?) Once completed. Then move on the

Scenario#2

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Scenario# 2 (You have already created a new server)

Step#1. Click on the name of the server to go to the server’s  panel.

Step#2. Click on add New Site or the New Site Button. (PS’ They both lead to the same page.)

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Step#3. Enter a Site Name. This should be in lower caps with no spaces.

Step#4. Enter the “Domain Name” for your WordPress website. Assuming you have registered your domain with BestKnownHost. You’ll need to add an A record to your DNS zone file in your main BestKnownHost account. An A record connects your domain name to an IP address and lets web browsers find your website. You can use an A record to point to your hosting account or to create a subdomain. Please refer to this KB. Alternatively. If you haven’t purchased a domain name yet. Enter your server’s IP address as the site’s domain in order to preview the site in your browser using your server’s IP address after installation. This is temporary and can be changed later after the installation.

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Step#5. Next, click on the WordPress box to reveal the below drop-down fields. Now, enter a “Site Title”, “Admin user name”, “Password” and “ address”. You’ll need the Admin User and Password to log into WordPress once it has been installed.

Notes: As a WordPress site administrator, you can do a lot to improve the security posture of your site. It starts by ensuring you use a strong password for yourself.

Characteristics of strong passwords

  • At least 8 characters the more characters, the better.
  • A mixture of both uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • A mixture of letters and numbers.
  • Inclusion of at least one special character

The Site Name, password, and  address can be changed after the installation is completed. The admin user name can not be changed later.

Please leave the PHP version as is. This is already present.

Step#6. Enter a password for the SSH/SFTP User. You’ll be able to login and view files directly on your server using your ‘SSH/SFTP Username and Password’ after the installation of WordPress is completed. Our recommendation is that you do not unless you have experience.

Note’ Please ensure both your WordPress and SSH/SFTP passwords are strong. And ensure you make a note if these.

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Step#7. Click on “Create Site”.  The WordPress installation should take about 1 second.

Step#8. Click on the website name to visit the website settings page which should appear if the installation was successful.

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Note: Please note that you can not install an SSL Certificate until you add a domain to the new WordPress application.

Step#9. To view your new WordPress website, enter your IP address into the browser and click enter.

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Step#10. To view your new WordPress website, enter your IP address into the browser and click enter. 

Step#11. To login into WordPress. Type /wp-admin after the server IP address. For example:

http://178.62.88.7/wp-admin

Step#12. Enter your WordPress username and password and click ‘Login’.

How to Launch a New WordPress Application on an existing Cloud Server

Step#13. Well Done. You have just installed WordPress and now are ready to start configuring your shiny new website. 

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