How To Install WordPress With cPanel

Saturday, August 15, 2020

WordPress is the most popular website builder on the market, with over 30% of websites on the internet built on the platform. Millions of people have either built directly on the platform or migrated onto it. This means that if all those other people can install Wordpress, so can you. This article will take you through installing WordPress with Cpanel.

One of the reasons WordPress is so popular is because it's simple to get started and have a website live. There are a number of ways WordPress can be installed and a number of web hosting companies can help you install it with barely any clicks of your mouse.

What is cPanel?

CPanel is an extremely popular control panel to help users manage their web hosting. CPanel brings all the services that are needed with hosting a website into one area, the cPanel dashboard. Because of the popularity of both cPanel and WordPress, there are lots of tutorials on using them both together.

How to Install WordPress with cPanel

WordPress has a central holding point for all the latest software releases, this can be found at www.wordpress.org. There are a couple of different ways you can install Wordpress, it can either be downloaded and set up manually or you can make use of a script that automatically takes care of the install, one of the most frequently used is called softaculous.

Below, we’ll take you through an installation using softaculous. To do an install this way, you will first need to have:

  • A domain name setup, for example www.examplesite.com
  • An account with a web hosting company that supports cPanel, PHP, and MySQL
  • A username and password setup for cPanel.

With these in place, you’re ready to begin a WordPress installation.

  1. Login to your registered cPanel account

You can do this by entering your website’s URL into the search bar and then placing ‘/cpanel’ after it. With this completed, login to your account by inputting the username and password.

  1. Find the Softaculous Application Installer

Enter ‘softaculous’ into the box on the cPanel dashboard that reads ‘find functions quickly by typing here’. Once completed, the screen will display the apps that can be installed by softaculous. Click on WordPress.

  1. Select a domain name and a protocol

With step 2 completed, you will be able to see some information about the version of WordPress that’s ready to be installed on your site. Locate the button that says ‘install’ and click on it. This will bring you to a software setup page.

Here you should select the protocol you would like, which is either http or https, but only use https if you actually have an SSL certificate for your websites. After this, input your domain name. There’s also an option for ‘In Directory’ which can be left blank, filling it in will install WordPress into a subfolder.

  1. Create settings details

Here you will be asked to submit the name of your website and a short piece of text describing it. After that you select the username for your admin position as well as contact email and password. These will be needed to gain access to your WordPress admin panel.

  1. Decide on the plugins and theme you’d like

With the previous 4 steps completed, you’ll have the chance to install plugins onto your site. This is an optional point that isn’t a necessity for the installation. You will also have to select the theme you’d like your site to have. Once this is completed you can click on the Install button.

From here, Softaculous will take the information you provided and install WordPress onto your website. Congratulations, you’ve just installed WordPress!

Installing WordPress can be quite a straightforward process, however the last step you should take is to check the site and test that the installation has worked correctly. You should be able to login to wordpress by inputting your site’s domain and then /wp-admin/, which will take you to a sign in screen.

Using a software installer like softaculous makes the process a lot simpler, there is no source code that has to be downloaded and manually creating databases is not needed. From here, it’s down to you to start building your website and moving that traffic graph upwards.