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How to Connect a Domain and Install WordPress on Hetzner

Gwen Rodgers Gwen RodgersWeb Hosting Expert
Hetzner is a South African website hosting provider. It has decent customer service options but its slower website load speeds and moderate prices aren’t inspiring.

This article will take you step by step through the process to connect a domain and install WordPress on Hetzner. You may want to read more about Hetzner afterward, in which case, head over my in-depth review .

Step One: Select the WordPress Installer

Log into your dashboard and select Software from the left side. Then select WordPress Installer.

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Step Two: Start WordPress Install

Next, select Start Install. This will run a series of pre-install checks. If all is well, the on-screen message will tell you that you’ve successfully passed the checkup. Select the large green Start Install button on the bottom right of the screen.

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Step Three: Finalize Installation

The next screen prompts you to finalize the installation. Once that’s done, you are directed to your fresh WordPress install (though it’s not yet mapped to your domain).

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Step Four: Map the Domain to Hetzner

Things got a little tricky here mainly due to the absence of instructions or domain name server (DNS) details in the welcome email. However, a swift search in the help documents unveils the name servers for Hetzner.

Grab the name servers from the help page and head over to your domain registrar (mine was GoDaddy). Follow the instructions provided by your registrar to enter the nameservers; you can usually hop on their live chat if you need help.

You don’t get a free Cloudflare content delivery network (CDN) with Hetzner, so there’s no need to worry about installing that.

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Surprisingly Simple

Hetzner is one of the few hosts I’ve reviewed that only has four steps to install WordPress and connect a domain. So, if you can see past the old-fashioned, less-than-shiny exterior, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

It won’t be for everyone, that’s for sure. If you’re looking for a vendor that is more beginner-friendly, try SiteGround, or if you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in developer-friendly hosting, click here to read about Vultr.

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Nicely explained step by step. Except I don't know how to find the Wordpress installer since I could not find the dashboard!
Mihail - WSP Team
Hi there! We're sorry to hear you're having this issue. Unfortunately, we can't provide much assistance as it sounds like you need to access your Hetzner account first. If you can't locate the WordPress installer after logging into your Hetzner account, we recommend getting in touch with Hetzner customer support.
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