How to Connect a Domain and Install WordPress on 1&1 IONOS

How to Connect a Domain and Install WordPress on 1&1 IONOS

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
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1&1 IONOS is the largest web hosting provider in Europe, with over 2,000 employees located in 40 countries around the world. The process of creating an account  with 1&1 IONOS was simple and beginner-friendly — but does that also hold true for its domain setup and CMS installation process?

This article is going to explain the exact steps needed to connect a domain and install WordPress. By the end of it, you’ll know whether it’s easy to complete and if 1&1 IONOS is the most suitable platform for your needs.

If you’re looking for in-depth information on 1&1 IONOS, don’t miss my full review.

How to Connect a Domain and Install WordPress on 1&1 IONOS

Step One: Purchasing a Domain

All 1&1 IONOS hosting plans come with a free domain name. This makes the rest of the process extremely easy, as you won’t need to leave the 1&1 IONOS website to connect your domain.

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 All you need to do is select the domain in the checkout flow and add it to your cart. That’s it!

Step Two: Install WordPress

Installing WordPress is equally easy. Once you’ve purchased your hosting plan and domain, you’ll receive an email prompting you to set up your website.

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Clicking on Set Up Domain will direct you to the 1&1 IONOS dashboard, where you can select what you’d like to install on the domain. Your choices include a custom website (using the 1&1 IONOS website builder) or WordPress.

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I selected WordPress and was taken to this screen, where I had to give my website a title to get started.

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Once that was done, I was hit with an upsell. The next screen asked whether I wanted a regular WordPress installation or a managed WordPress installation. The latter was recommended by 1&1 IONOS — but at an additional fee, of course.

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I opted for the self-managed option and clicked Continue with WordPress. That was all that was required to start the one-click installation — I’m glad I didn’t pay for the managed option. I held tight while the database was installed.

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After a couple of minutes, I received a notification that my new WordPress website was ready. The whole process was very easy, taking less than five minutes from start to finish.

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Fast, Easy, and Beginner-Friendly

Connecting a domain and installing WordPress was very easy with 1&1 IONOS. Beginners definitely wouldn’t have any issues with it. The simplicity was largely because the domain was offered free through 1&1 IONOS, which meant that I didn’t need to configure the DNS through a third-party registrar.

My main gripe is the lack of customer support options available throughout the process. Luckily, I didn’t need any support, but if I did, my only option would’ve been to call the company. This is perhaps not an issue for everyone, but I always prefer some form of live chat.

If you’re looking for a hosting provider with different channels for support, I’d recommend Bluehost. However, if you like the sound of this simple setup process, read my in-depth review of 1&1 IONOS.

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