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How to Install WordPress Easily

Method #1: How to install WordPress via cPanel and autoinstallers

cPanel is the hosting management dashboard that most web hosts give their customers. When you sign up for hosting, your host should provide you with login details for cPanel. And for most hosts, the cPanel interface looks something like below. The style of your interface might look a bit different, but the basic layout will be the same:

How to install WordPress

In your cPanel interface, your host should give you something called an autoinstaller. Autoinstallers basically automate the full WordPress install process that I’ll outline in the next section. So instead of needing to do everything manually, you just input some basic information, click a button, and the autoinstaller installs WordPress for you.

There are a few different autoinstallers you might encounter. Here are the most common WordPress autoinstallers:

  • Softaculous
  • Fantastico
  • QuickInstall
  • MOJO Marketplace

In some situations, your host might also offer a proprietary WordPress installer tool.

While there might be a few minor interface differences, all of the autoinstallers more or less function the same. So while I’ll show you an example on how to install WordPress in cPanel using Softaculous, the exact interface for your autoinstaller might look a tiny bit different.

To get started, find the link to the WordPress autoinstaller in cPanel and give it a click:

On the next screen, you should see an Install Now link (no matter which autoinstaller you’re using). Just give that another click:

Next, you’ll need to enter details for your WordPress install. Again, this interface should generally look the same no matter which autoinstaller you’re using.

First, fill in the protocol and domain name where you want to install WordPress:

For Protocol, if you’re using an SSL certificate, you should choose HTTPS. Otherwise, you should choose HTTP. Unless you purposefully installed an SSL Certificate, the default is HTTP.

Next, choose the directory in which you want to install WordPress. For 99% of situations, you should leave this field blank. Leaving it empty means WordPress will be installed at your main domain. That is, if your domain is YOURDOMAIN.com, then WordPress will be installed at YOURDOMAIN.com rather than something like YOURDOMAIN.com/mywpsite.

A bit further down, you need to enter your Site Settings. These are just the default values for your site’s name and description. You can always change them later from the WordPress interface:

Do not enable WordPress multisite unless you’re specifically trying to create a multisite network.

You’ll also need to create login credentials for your WordPress account. You’ll use this username/password combination to log into your WordPress dashboard after installation, so make sure that you remember it:

Depending on the specific autoinstaller that you’re using, you might see a few other options as well. You can safely ignore these. That is, it’s fine to leave anything I didn’t cover as the defaults.

Once you’ve filled out everything, make sure to click Install at the bottom of the screen. It might take a minute or so to run. Then, you should get a confirmation. You can log into your brand new WordPress install by going to YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin.

If you can’t find the WordPress login page, check out our guide to finding the WordPress login URL.

 

Method #2: How to install WordPress manually

Personally, I don’t really see a need to use this manual process anymore because of how simple and widespread the autoinstallers above are. Virtually every single web host will offer some type of tool that lets you install WordPress from your hosting dashboard.

But if you want to learn how to install WordPress manually, keep on reading. If you’re a beginner, just use the autoinstaller process I outlined above.

To run the famous WordPress 5-minute install, you will need an FTP program to upload files. I use FileZilla, but you there are plenty of quality free FTP programs. If you’re not sure what FTP is or how to use it, that probably means you should be using a WordPress autoinstaller. But if you want to continue, take a quick detour to our FTP tutorial.

Start by downloading the latest version of WordPress from wordpress.org:

Then unzip the file and upload it to the public_html (or similar) directory of your website. If you’re not sure how to log in to FTP, ask your host for your FTP account information:

While that’s going on, head over to your cPanel account and find the MySQL Databases option:

You should see an option to Create a New Database. Enter a name for your database and click Create Database:

The name can be whatever you want – just make sure that you remember it. You’ll need it later on.

Next, you need to actually create a user for your database. So on that same page, scroll down to MySQL Users and create a new user:

Once you’ve created the user, make sure to give it access to the database you created:

On the next page, also make sure to give that username All Privileges:

Now, assuming the FTP transfer has finished, you can go to your domain name to complete the installation process. When you visit your domain, you should see the WordPress install wizard. First, you need to choose your language:

Then, make sure you have the details for your database name, user, and password handy. Enter them when prompted:

If all goes well, you should be able to run the WordPress install:

Give your WordPress site a title and enter the information necessary to create your admin account:

Then click Install WordPress.

And that’s it! You just learned how to install WordPress manually in just five minutes. You can now log in with the account details that you entered during the install process:

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