SmarterASP.NET offers a range of budget Linux and Windows hosting plans. It’s a smaller company with around 400,000 customers, but it has a decent range of features and good customer service.
If you’ve read my how-to guide on creating an account with SmarterASP.NET and now have a Linux and cPanel package set up, follow this guide to install WordPress and connect a domain.
Are you ready?
First, log into your dashboard and select Launch cPanel.
Step Two: Start Softaculous
If you’ve done any kind of website development before, you’ve likely heard of or used the proven combination of Softaculous and cPanel. If not, trust me, it will make your life a whole lot easier. Once inside the cPanel, scroll down to Software and select Softaculous Apps Installer.
Step Three: Install WordPress
Now, you need to select the WordPress icon from the left side underneath the title Top Scripts. From this point on, the on-screen instructions guide you through the process to install WordPress. Simply hit Install and Install again, then wait.
Step Four: Update Your Name Servers
Once WordPress is successfully installed, all that’s left to do is point your domain at the fresh WordPress install. Do that by grabbing the nameservers from the welcome email sent by SmarterASP.NET and updating them at your domain registrar. It sounds technical, but it’s a 30-second job.
Step Five: Add an Add-On Domain
Inside the cPanel, navigate to domains and select add-on domain. Enter your domain name (without www) on the first field. Leave all the other fields blank and enter Add Domain. Wait for it to propagate (two minutes to 48 hours) and visit your URL to check that your fresh installation of WordPress is live.
Much Easier Than Creating an Account
Oddly, it was far easier to install WordPress and to map a domain than it was to create an account. That took me almost half an hour, while this process took me just a couple minutes in total. Of course, it’s down to cPanel and Softaculous, rather than any overly helpful feature provided by SmarterASP.NET.