Before installing any application via cpanel, give some thought as to where it can be put up in your domain.

The Mad Scientists at Extend Labs would like to share updates on their Domain Camp experience via a blog in their domain Their options include:

  • Install in a subdirectory of their main domain (within the public_html directory of their File Manager) e.g.
  • Install in a subdomain (see the activity Creating Subdomains in Cpanel) e.g.
  • Install in a subdirectory of an existing subdomain, maybe they see a series of blogs they might organize under their such as

There is no functional/technical difference between these options. If you choose to use a subdomain, which we recommend here, create it first before going to the WordPress Installer.

As you did in Meet Your cPanel, you will need to log into your Reclaim Hosting Client area and then use the menu link to get to your cpanel.

The Mad Scientists did this and created the subdomain (they may be mad but they like shorter URLs).

Look at the first section Applications. This lists a few of the most popular ones available from Reclaim Hosting that you might install, many more are listed under More Applications. The very first one is the WordPress installer icon. Yes, that needs to be clicked.

Choice of applications to install include WordPress, Scalar, Omeka, and Grav

You are within a part of cpanel called Installatron. The first screen displays information about the application you have chosen to install. Look in the upper right for the button Install This Application. Yes, that too needs click.

Next you will see the settings screen for installing WordPress. In the Locations section select from the menu the name of the subdomain you set up previously as the place to install your new WordPress blog.

In this case we are putting it inside our subdomain and we leave the Directory field blank (it inserts “blog” by default, so remove this). If we were putting this a directory of our main domain, we select that at the top and enter something like camp in the Directory field.

Scroll down a bit farther to the WordPress Settings area:

You may notice that the installer has already chosen a username and password for us to log into the site as an administrator.

For security it is better to have a cryptic user name and scrambled password rather than “admin” and one you can remember (oh no, not your cat’s name again!).

If you like to store your passwords, you can click Show Password to copy it. This is not necessary, because as you can see later, once you have installed WordPress, you can log in directly to your “backend” via a link in your cpanel. You never have to remember this username and password, with access to cpanel you can log in to your site directly.

And here you can enter a clever or interesting title for your blog and a tagline. These names can be changed later, but it’s fun to see them when view your brand new site.

The default settings can be used for the rest of this page. Now click the Install button at the bottom right of the page, and enjoy watching the progress of your blog being born.

Once it is done, you will see the information for your new blog displayed. You can always find this screen from your cpanel, when you look in the Applications section and click My Apps.

The first link under the title will let you see your new blog. It will look rather basic, but it’s a web site and you installed it in your own domain.

The second link under the title of your application will take you to the WordPress dashboard, the behind the scenes are where you do everything to set up and administer your blog. For now we suggest not fiddling too much with themes, and settings, but we probably will not stop you! At least go in and publish a first blog post so something shows up on the front page.

You of course, are welcome to blog about how wonderful Domain Camp has been.

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6 Responses Completed for this Activity

  • My Blog (Asako Yoshida, @yourlibrarian)

    I created my blog in subdomain of  I changed my previous domain name to the new one,  In the previous activity, we created a launching page.  I am anxious to create the link from there to the blog.

  • I built a building (Kim Carter, @Kcarte02)

    I did it, I put up a building on my plot of internet land. I was able to install WordPress, pick a theme, and write a reflection. A couple exploration items for free time: How can I choose extra themes? I only had three options How can I add in a giph? This was not… Read more »

  • It exists! (jesslyndw, @jesslyndw)

    One day, this will be a beautiful robust repository of info.  For now, I’m happy my creature lives.

  • Installing WordPress! (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    I installed the WordPress site, changed the theme and played around a bit… I look forward to learning more. rather than trying to build one big site, you can have self-contained sites within the same domain. I can see that this would be very useful. Especially when you might have different blogs for different purposes… Read more »

  • Here it is! My WordPress blog space (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    I am so proud right now. I have installed wordpress, changed the background picture, added some custom html to display copyright and my badges and add a quick post. Hurray for Domain Camp!

  • A new way to WordPress…. (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    I wrote my description for Activity 3 on my new WordPress site:

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