Installing WordPress manually is easy if you know your way around cPanel and how to use an FTP client. It can be done in 5 minutes as shown in this article.
However, if your web hosting has Softaculous installed and accessible via cPanel the whole process can be made even easier. You just need to fill out a single form and hit submit.
Softaculous will handle for you:
- Installing the WordPress source files to the correct location for the domain that you choose
- Creating the database and user and assigning permissions
- Configuring WordPress
- Create the initial admin account, bypassing the need to run the WordPress installation script
- Notifying you of available updates or performing them automatically
Once the installation process has completed, you will be able to login to your website via the username and password you choose when configuring the Softaculous.
When logged in to your web hosting account, find the Softaculous section which should look something like this:
You can see the WordPress option immediately, but there are also other options to automatically install other types of open source software. Each of these could be downloaded and installed manually, but Softaculous offers the quickest way to get any of these running on one of your domains.
If you click the WordPress icon you are taken to a summary screen of the current WordPress version that Softaculous will use. If you were checking out a program that you hadn’t used before, there are also comments that can help you evaluate the program before even installing it.
You can see the average rating of the script, the size of it, and the website of the people maintaining the original codebase.
Click the blue Install button which will open the form you need to complete. Once this data is submitted correctly, the WordPress installation will be complete and your website ready to use.
Most of the options are fairly self-explanatory but the following can be confusing the first time you do this:
Choose Protocol: will probably be set to either http:// or http://www.. Its personal choice if you want to include or exclude the www. portion of your domain address. https is only necessary if you are running your domain via SSL.
In Directory: leave this blank unless you want to install WordPress in a sub-folder under your root domain e.g. for yourdomain.com/blog you would set it to blog. Leave it blank to install to yourdomain.com.
Table Prefix: if you use an existing Database Name, then a unique Table Prefix will make sure that the database can be shared without table names interfering with each other. You could keep all your WordPress blogs in the same database rather than creating a new database for each installation.
You should now be able to login to WordPress and begin administering your website.
Depending what options you selected, Softaculous will update WordPress itself automatically, notify you of any available updates, or leave it to you to spot available updates yourself when logging in to the control panel and running them.
If you don’t have access to Softaculous, our Domain Registration to Website in 5 Minutes guide covers how to install WordPress manually.