How To Install WordPress Through CPanel

By: | Updated: March 25, 2021

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Starting a blog has never been easier. With the rise of technology, most web hosts include free installable software, including WordPress, in your control panel.

This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress if you’ve already set up your hosting account and domain name.

Step 1

After logging into your website’s control panel (you would have received information to access this after setting up your hosting), look for a script area that contains WordPress.

Sometimes this is under a separate icon called “Softaculous”, while other times it will be right on your dashboard like this:

Step 2

Clicking on the link for WordPress will open up an informational page with version numbers and such. Click on the Install button.

Step 3

Fill out the required information.

You will need to choose which website you want it installed on from the dropdown menu, as well as where on your server (“In Directory”) you would like it stored.

Leave this area blank if you want WordPress installed to your root directory (main website), or if you would rather install it in a sub-directory, enter a name for your directory here, for example entering “blog” would install it to www.yoursite.com/blog.

You can leave the default info for the other options.

You will also fill our your admin details including username and password.

As one of many WordPress security tips, I strongly recommend choosing something other than “admin” because there are hackers out there who try to use this default username to gain access to your site.

Make it unique. You can change your actual post display name in the Settings later.

Tip: Check out these 4 WordPress security plugins to make your blog safe and secure. Let these plugins worry about security and you stick to doing what you do best – growing your blog.

Step 4

The software will install and you will be given a link to your administration area! Use the login information you created previously to login to your dashboard and get creating!

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.