How to Install WordPress on a2 Hosting for Free
This article will tell you how to install WordPress on a2 hosting for free. a2 Hosting is a popular web host which is based in Finland. It offers a free version of WordPress with limited storage and bandwidth. The free version is very popular among bloggers who are just starting out. You will find a lot of tutorials for installing WordPress on a2 hosting, so let’s get started.
Step 1: Create a New Account.
First, you will need to create a new account on a2 hosting. You can use this account to install WordPress or any other service you might need later. You can call this account whatever you like, but I suggest you call it “blog”.
Once you have a blog account, you can start by installing the WP Superstatger plugin from WordPress.org. It’s a free and open-source tool that will help you track the stats of your articles and sites.
Step 2: Visit the Dashboard.
Once the plugin is installed, you can visit the Dashboard by clicking on the Dashboard link from your WordPress admin area.
The Dashboard will appear as shown in the screenshot below. The plugin will automatically update the WordPress core with the latest version, so you do not need to do it manually. You can click on the Settings button (bottom-left) to access the settings for the plugin.
Step 3: Configure the Plugin.
You can now configure the plugin by clicking on the Settings button. This will open the Settings page for the plugin. Here you can find all the stats which can be tracked by the plugin. There is also an option to redirect all web traffic to a certain URL or domain. This can be used to install WordPress on your shop’s or blog’s website.
As you can see below, there is a lot of customization which can be done with this plugin. I would suggest you play around with the settings to see how the plugin works. When you are done, click on the Save Changes button at the top right.
Step 4: Activate the Plugin.
Now that you have configured the plugin, you can click on the Activation button to activate it. This will open the Activation page for the plugin. Here you can enter the email address of the user who will be using the WordPress platform. Once activated, you will be able to track the stats of your articles and sites in the WordPress admin area.
Step 5: Login To The Admin Area.
You can now login to the admin area of WordPress by using the email address and password you created when you registered. Make sure you remember the password or have it written down somewhere safe, as you will need it to login when you need to.
Step 6: Install WordPress.
Now that you are logged in to the admin area of WordPress, you can begin the process of installing the WordPress blog platform. To do this, click on the Install WordPress button located at the top of the page. This will open a new window showing you the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Tip: Change The Default Login
You can skip the first two steps to get to the point where you can login to WordPress. Instead, you can directly jump to step 3. Here you will need to replace the email address used for login with your own. This is very important as you do not want other people to use your email to login to WordPress if they are not supposed to. For example, if you use your email for your bank account and they try to login with that email, it could become a problem. So you should take the time to change the default email address used for login to something else.
Step 7: Configure The WordPress Blog.
Once you have logged in to WordPress as the administrator, you can visit the dashboard to see all the elements which create a functional WordPress blog. The first thing you will want to do is set a good theme for your blog. For this step, I would suggest you use WordPress’s built-in theme selector. This way you can easily find a theme which suits your blog’s purpose and style.
You should also make sure to set the privacy options for your blog. You can do this in the Dashboard by clicking on the Privacy button (top left). From here you can control who can view your blog and its contents. Remember, the privacy options also apply to your Google Analytics account. So if you use these tools on your blog, make sure you understand how they work and how to configure them accurately.
Step 8: Test The Blog.
Once you have your basic WordPress blog set up, you can test it by clicking on the Dashboard link. You should see a screen which looks similar to the one below. If not, you can reset the dashboard by clicking on the little gear icon (top left) and selecting Reset Dashboard from the menu. After the reset, you should be able to see the dashboard again.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 5–8 For Others.
If you have more than one user on your WordPress blog (including the author), you can login to the Dashboard of the blog you setup in step 5 and click on the Install WP button to install WordPress on the second blog. Follow the on-screen instructions, replacing the email address and password with your own.
And that’s it! You now have WordPress installed on two separate blogs, simply by using the automated tool provided by a2 hosting. To remove WordPress from one of the blogs, repeat the process described in step 9, but this time selecting Delete WP from the menu.
At this point you might want to try a different approach. Instead of using the WordPress installer, which automatically sets up a fresh blog every time you run it, you can put together a one-page installation guide which will help people install WordPress on their own. You can find a tutorial for creating this guide here.
To sum things up, installing WordPress on a2 Hosting for free is pretty straightforward and can be done in a few simple steps. As a beginner, this is probably the best option for you. It takes away all the complicated steps, and you get a functional, secure, and custom-looking blog in no time.
WordPress is still one of the most popular content management systems, so it should come as no surprise that bloggers choose to use it. a2 Hosting makes it easy to get started with, simply by providing you with a functional, free WordPress distribution. The plugin’s stats tracker is very helpful for new bloggers who want to know exactly how much traffic their articles are receiving. This way they can measure the effectiveness of their efforts.