How to Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account Using Softaculous
How to install WordPress?
As a content management system number 1 in the world, you can imagine how popular is this question among WordPress users.
A lot of people are feeling stressed when it comes down to installing WordPress on their own hosting accounts all by themselves. Which is understandable. You are new, you don’t know where to click or what to do when you are accessing your hosting account for the very first time. I got it.I know I had my doubts when I was doing the same thing for the first time. This is why here I going to show you how to install WordPress easily, on your cPanel with only a few clicks.
Installing WordPress on cPanel
There are a couple of ways to install WordPress on your Hosting Account. And the easiest one is from inside the cPanel.
But what is cPanel?
Cpanel is a web based control panel most of the hosting companies provide to help website owners better manage their online businesses.
Although the interface of all hosting providers is different, the layout of the cPanel itself is quite similar.
To access cPanel, log in your hosting user area and search for a button where it says cPanel. It should be something like this:
Or something similar to this:
3 Easy Steps to Install WordPress using Softaculous
You found your way inside the cPanel of your hosting account, now what?
Easy. Find Softaculous. What is that?
Softaculous (quite difficult to pronounce) probably the most famous auto installer software widely used from the majority of the hosting companies. In short: this tool will allow you to quickly and easily install WordPress with a few clicks.
Step 1 – Find Softaculous
So, you are inside cPanel. Now the only thing that is left is to find the Softaculous icon. In most of the cases, this can be found under the section Autoinstallers:
Software/services or similar:
Step 2 – Click Install WordPress
Immediately after you access the Softaculous auto-installer menu, you will notice the WordPress icon. It deserves the top position since is the most used Content Management System. Hover with the mouse over the icon and click install:
Step 3 – Software setup
The screen you will see on this page will require a bit information:
- Choose protocol – Here is a great place to decide if you want to go with www. or non www. There is not much of a difference, but based on my experience I will suggest going without www. The reason for this is because I am seeing sites load faster when they go without the www.
- Choose domain – Select your domain from the drop-down menu.
- In directory – If you already selected your domain in the previous step, leave this section empty.
- Site Name/Description – You can always change the info later. Of course, if you already know what should be your description, feel free to fill this form here.
- Admin User/Pass – Make sure to change the admin user with a different one. Also, using a very strong (100/100) password is really important for the security of your website.
- Admin email – Change this email with one you have access to.
- Install – click the Install button to finish the installation process.
The process should finish in less than a minute. Don’t close the screen till everything is done:
Congratulations! You are all set.:
The new screen will show you two links. The first one is basically a link to your domain name (front page of your site). The second is the link to your WordPress admin area. You can either bookmark it or just remember that in order to access your admin area you will need to type /wp-admin after your domain name. For example domain.com/wp-admin (domain stands for your specific domain) If you still don’t have one, get your free domain name by purchasing a hosting with Inmotion:
Even though you can download and install WordPress manually from the official website (WordPress.org Download) I don’t advise you do it, simply because is an unnecessary hassle you can easily avoid by following the instructions above.
Additionally, you can contact your host to help you install WordPress for you. Most of the companies offer free WordPress installation when purchasing a hosting account.
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