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Installing WordPress on Stanford Domains

Step 1: Setup your subdomain

  1. Go to
  2. Click Get Started and log in with your SUNet ID and password. 
  3. Go to your Dashboard and choose a free subdomain name, e.g., [subdomain]

Step 2: Install WordPress

  1. Under Applications, click on the WordPress icon.
  2. Click Install this application button.
  3. Select the domain name you want to use for your WordPress site. Note: If you have multiple domains, select the domain name you want to use from the drop-down menu.
  4. Leave the Directory blank.

Step 3: Configure Settings

The WordPress administrator username and password are automatically generated for you. However, you can change one or both of them. The password should be at least 16 characters long for security reasons.

Note: You don't need to use this username and password to manage your WordPress site.

Manage your website by logging in to the Stanford Domains dashboard with your Stanford SUNet ID and password.

Step 4: Installation

The WordPress installation should take no more than a minute. A progress bar will display during installation.

  1. Once the installation is complete, the bar will show 100% and your subdomain will be listed on the screen under My blog
  2. Visit your new site to ensure the installation was successful.

NOTE: For issues with not having enough memory, please review the section below: Adjust PHP parameters (upload size). 

Adjust PHP parameters 

  1. Log in to your Stanford Domains dashboard.
  2. Under Software, click MultiPHP INI Editor.
  3. Under Configure PHP INI basic settings, in the Select a location dropdown box, select the domain you want to change.
  4. ​Adjust the size in the upload_max_filesize box and click Apply to commit the change.

Final Checklist

  • Is the site URL secure HTTPS? If it isn’t, you will need to change it in the database. Read Changing the site URL for more information.
  • Click through the site’s top nav pages to make sure there are no server errors or blank pages. 

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Last modified April 15, 2021