Based in Germany, Contabo specializes in webspace packages and dedicated servers. The company has 5,000 servers across two data centers, in Munich and Nuremberg.
Have you read my in-depth review on Contabo and decided to give it a try? If you’re just getting started, this blog post will guide you through the steps to set up a WordPress website and connect your domain. Are you ready? Let’s go.
Step One: Log Into Your Dashboard
Your welcome email will include login credentials to access your dashboard. In fact, the welcome email is very helpful and includes lots of useful information, so be sure to take a minute or two to read it before diving in.
Step Two: Log Into cPanel
When you’re inside the dashboard, head to Your services, which is easily accessed by the menu on the left-hand side. From here, you can select Login cPanel for the applicable hosting service.
You need to log in again to access the cPanel, which is a little unusual (most hosts allow you to log in automatically). In case you’re unsure, you can find the login details for the control panel in your welcome email.
Step Three: Access the WordPress Manager
As Contabo uses the proven combination of Softaculous and cPanel, the process to install WordPress is relatively straightforward. Scroll down to Applications and click to access the WordPress Manager.
Step Four: Create a New Site
Inside the WordPress Manager, select New Site from the top menu.
Step Five: Install WordPress
Select the blue Install button and wait (less than a minute). Once complete, you will see a green success notification.
Step Six: Connect the Domain
Because I had taken advantage of the free domain offered by Contabo, my domain was already connected. However, if you transferred an existing domain, all you need to do is get Contabo’s nameservers and update them at your existing domain registrar (e.g., GoDaddy).
Simpler Than Creating an Account
If you’ve read my article on creating an account with Contabo, you’ve likely seen me say it tends to complicate simple processes. However, I’m pleased to report that’s not the case here, which is largely due to the use of cPanel and Softaculous. Overall, the process is quick and easy.
Contabo won’t be for everyone. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other website hosts to choose from. If you’re looking for a vendor that is more beginner-friendly, try SiteGround. If you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in WordPress hosting, click here to read about Liquid Web.