How to Install WordPress from your Hosting Control Panel

By: | Updated: July 23, 2021

If you plan to use WordPress for your new website, you will need to understand how to install wordpress. The process of installing WordPress on a new domain name from your hosting control panel isn’t very difficult. There are only a few steps you will need to take to get it installed correctly on your new domain.

Install WordPress-Before you Get Started

Before you get started, you will need to make sure you have the absolute best WordPress hosting for your needs. Not every hosting company is the same. We recommend FatCow WordPress Hosting because they provide the best bang for your buck. With FatCow, you get all the features and resources necessary to ensure you can run a successful website with WordPress.

Along with the hosting, you want to make sure you have purchased the domain name you plan to use. When you get hosting from FatCow, you will get a free domain name to use for your new website. You can get your hosting and domain name from FatCow for the lowest possible price by going here now.

Installing WordPress from vDeck

FatCow uses vDeck as the control panel for your hosting. This isn’t the only control panel out there and we will cover installing WordPress from cPanel later on in this tutorial. However, if you have chosen FatCow, you will want to know how to install WordPress from your vDeck control panel.

You will start by logging into your hosting account with FatCow.

Once you are logged in, you will be in the vDeck control panel.

You can click on one of two icons within the vDeck control panel to install WordPress. The WordPress icon will take you directly to the installation page or the My Installs (SimpleScripts) will also take you to a page where you can find instructions for installing WordPress.

After clicking on the icon, you will be taken to a page that will give you an install button.

Now, you just click on the “Install” button. Then, you will be taken to a page which will give you the option to choose the domain you want to install WordPress on. You will also get to choose a user name and password from this screen. Just check the “Show Advanced Options” check box and you will be able to fill in the information.

After you have selected your domain and filled in the rest of the information, you will be able to watch as WordPress is quickly installed on your new domain name.

While you are waiting for WordPress to install, you can shop for a theme for your site. The progress bar will be shown at the top of the screen to keep you updated as you wait.

Once WordPress has finished with the installation, the progress bar will have completely filled up and you will get a page like this:

Now, you can click the “Admin Login” button and it will take you directly to your WordPress login page. Just login and start building your new website with WordPress.

Installing WordPress from cPanel

VDeck and cPanel are the two most popular control panels for hosting accounts. Even though we recommend you use FatCow for your WordPress hosting, we know you may have chosen a website hosting company using cPanel. Here’s how you install WordPress on your new domain from cPanel.

Start by logging into your cPanel area. If you are using shared hosting, you will have received a link in your email to your control panel for your hosting. If you are using VPS hosting, you will need to log into your WHM and click on the “Account Information” section.

Then, click on “List Accounts”

Now, you will just need to click on the cPanel logo next to the domain you want to install WordPress on. If you already have the WordPress addon configured, you will be able to install WordPress from your cPanel on VPS hosting. However, if you don’t, just skip down past our section for shared hosting users and we will go over how to get the WordPress addon into your cPanel for VPS hosting.

For shared hosting users, you will simply login and be taking directly to your cPanel area. If you are using shared hosting, you will now want to find the “Software/Services” section and the “QuickInstall” button.

Note: With some hosts, you may need to click on the Softaculous auto-installer button to install WordPress. This will take you to a similar section and the instructions are quite easy to follow.

After you click this button, you will need to choose “WordPress” from the sidebar.

Now, you will be at the installation page, which will give you the ability to choose the domain, enter an admin email, name your blog, add the admin user and enter your first and last name.

Once you have completed the form, just click, the “Install WordPress” button and you will be able to watch the progress bar at the top as WordPress installs on your new domain name.

In order to find your admin area login URL, you will need to click the “View Credentials” drop down menu in the right top corner once the installation is complete. This will give you your password and all the information you need to login to your new WordPress website.

Installing WordPress in cPanel for VPS Users

For VPS hosting users, you will have a little bit different process to install WordPress. You will need to log in to your WHM admin area and scroll down to cPanel.

Now, click on the “Install cPAddons Site Software” section.

You will need to check the option for “Blogs” “WordPress” and click the “Update cPAddon Config” button.

Now, you will need to access your cPanel again and go to the “Software and Services” section and click on the “Site Software” button.

This will take you to a page that lists all your installed addons. Click on the “WordPress” addon.

From here, you can install WordPress by setting the admin user, admin password, email, installation URL, blog name and blog description.

When you go through this process, you will want to remove the word “wordpress” from the “add a subdomain” area or you will end up with a URL with “/wordpress” at the end of it.

Make sure to leave the MySQL DB option as “Create New Database” and click the “Install” button. It won’t take very long to install and you will be given a link to access your new WordPress site, along with your user name and password.

If you cannot figure out how to log in, just add “/wp-admin” to the end of your URL. This will take you to the login page where you can enter your username and password.

What Should you do Next?

After you have installed WordPress on your new domain name, it’s time to select a theme for your website. You will also need to choose the right WordPress plugins for your website and start creating content.

The best thing you can do, if you are new to WordPress, is get to know the admin area. There are several components found within this area and you will want to become familiar with all of them. If you want to really get to know the different components of WordPress, you can follow our tutorial, Getting to Know the WordPress Dashboard.

by Brett Helling
Brett has been starting, growing, and monetizing websites since 2014. While in college, he began to learn about digital marketing. After graduating, he continued to build a diverse portfolio of websites while working a full time job. After years of building the portfolio on the side, he made the jump to run his websites full time.