Is it difficult to install?
No, not at all. It's probably already "installed" on your web host, so all you really need to do is activate it.
How do I do it?
Login to your web hosting account control panel. You will have received the login instructions in your welcome email when you signed up for your web hosting account. Every company's control panel is a little different, but you will go to a section labelled "Software", "Scripts", or something similar. There you fill find a script for installing blog software. The most common one is called Fantastico. I've also used one called Softaculous. The picture below will show you how it looks in the Hostgator control panel.
You'll want to open that program, and you will see a number of different software programs listed. Click on WordPress, and you should get a screen like the one below. Click on "New Installation".
This will give you the screen where you enter your administrative details (seen below).
Install on Domain: If you have multiple domains hosted on this account, choose the one on which you want to install WordPress.
Install in Directory: Leave this blank, unless for some reason you only want to use WordPress for a portion of the website.
Admin Access Data: Choose an adminstrator username and password.
Base Configuration: Choose an administrator nickname, give them an email address to send administrative emails to, and enter your website's name and a brief description. Then submit the information.
You should then get a screen showing you your username and password, and asking you if you want the details of the installation emailed to you (which you do). Enter your email, click "Finish Installation", and you're all set.
Open another window and type in your domain name. Your website should be live, with a generic template and a "Hello World" post.
Next Time, The WordPress Dashboard...
This article first posted on my RealEstateToolsOnline Blog.