How to Install WordPress from cPanel Using Softaculous

WordPress remains the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS) in use by millions of websites and especially bloggers with tools like Softaculous.

This WordPress CMS also offers a ton of great features and also boasts of wide support for developers and support forums since it was first released in May 2003.

There are two ways to install WordPress. You can download the latest version on a central repository at www.wordpress.org and set up the software manually or use if you are using a host who provides a Cpanel, you can utilize the automatic script installer like Softaculous.

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It today’s guide, we will give you a step by step guide on how to use Softaculous to set up WordPress on your site via Cpanel. It is quite a fast process, user-friendly and intuitive too. If you fail the first time, you can delete your installation and try again.

Important Prerequisites

  • Get a good domain name e.g. www.example.com
  • A web hosting account that supports Cpanel, PHP, and MySQL, we recommend Bluehost, check for it here
  • Cpanel username and password.

Step 1: Log to your Cpanel Account

Once you have bought a domain name from a host like Bluehost or NameCheap, you will get a welcome email with your Cpanel credentials. Login in to your cPanel account by typing www.yourdomainnameexample.com/cpanel on your browser assuming ‘yourdomainnameexample.com’ is the primary domain name associated with your hosting account as shown below.

Step 2: Search for the Softaculous apps installer

On your Cpanel dashboard, search for the text box that reads, “Find functions quickly by typing here:” Enter the name ‘Softaculous’ and the script installer will appear below together with all apps that it supports. Select ‘WordPress’ and then proceed to the next step, Alternatively, you could also scroll down until you see the Softaculous Apps Installer category, it is usually way down at the bottom.

Step 3: Select a protocol and a domain name

When you click the next step, your screen should display a brief description of the WordPress version, (usually its the latest) that you are about to install on your website, click ‘Install’.  It is advisable not to touch anything at this point. Your screen will take you to the ‘Software Setup’ page as shown below:

Select the desired protocol. The recommended one either is ‘http://www.’ or ‘https://www.’ depending on if you have an SSL certificate for your domain. If you don’t have, you can request your host to activate one for you, for example, the free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate.

The next step is to choose your domain below, you have to be very careful here. Should you already have a WordPress installation, leaving it blank will delete the existing installation. If you are doing a fresh install, best to leave the ‘In Directory’ textbox blank. If you want to install WordPress under a subfolder, you can enter the desired name, for instance yourdomainnameexample.com/blog.

Step 4: Complete your WordPress site settings details

Now, enter your website settings as shown below:

Be sure to fill in the name of your website and a brief description.

This next form is also very key, choose an admin username, password, and email. These details will be useful when logging into your new WordPress admin panel. ensure that you choose a strong password (the bar will turn green if its strong enough). Select your preferred language and scroll down to proceed.

Step 4: [Optional] Select plugins and a theme

The next screen displays optional steps, here you can elect to install some plugins, thereafter the desired theme.

Important: Always remember to enter your email address on the text box that reads, “>Email installation details to”. Finally, click on the ‘Install’ button. This will ensure you get your installation information stored in one place. It includes the links too.

Once the form is fully filled with the correct information, the Softaculous apps installer will check the submitted data and install WordPress on your website, you will see a blue chevron loading bar as displayed below.

After it is complete, the Softaculous installer will take you to the congratulations screen, an example is shown below and an email with your WordPress installation details will be sent to the address that you entered above:

Congratulations, the software was installed successfully

…WordPress has been successfully installed at:
http://www.example.com
Administrative URL: http://www.yourdomainnameexample.com/wp-admin/
We hope the installation process was easy.

NOTE: Softaculous is just an automatic software installer and does not provide any support for the individual software packages. Please visit the software vendor’s website for support!

Regards,
Softaculous Auto Installer

Step 5: Congratulations, its time to dive in and test your WordPress Installation

Click the Administrative URL: http://www.yourdomainnameexample.com/wp-admin/ to log in to your WordPress site. You can also just type in your domain name and add /wp-admin

If you did follow the steps properly, you will be able to log in and you will be taken directly to your WordPress dashboard see the example below:

Conclusion

Congratulations on installing your WordPress website or blog successfully. As we have shown above, these are the simple steps when it comes to installing WordPress on your site from cPanel using the Softaculous wizard. The overall procedure is quite straightforward, easy and automatic. We hope that this guide will help you to successfully create a stunning WordPress site. Feel free to share it with your friends. We have more resources in this site such as:

  1. How to add or install a new WordPress Theme
  2. How to add or remove user accounts from your WordPress website
  3. Three basic elements of Building a WordPress Website

And many more…..

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