Once you’ve made the decision to use WordPress as your website publishing platform, your next step will be learning how to install WordPress.
How to Install WordPress
The ease of installation is a great feature of WordPress. In this article we’ll cover how to install WordPress on cPanel.
How to Install WordPress on cPanel
Many web hosts use cPanel as their web hosting control panel and the process will be similar with all web hosts using cPanel.
For this tutorial we’ll be using cPanel with NameCheap, which also uses the Softaculous Application Installer, making WordPress an absolute breeze to install.
Step 1: Log into cPanel
You will have been given log in details and a URL to access to your cPanel by NameCheap when you signed up for hosting.
If for any reason you can’t remember the log in details, contact NameCheap, they’ll be more than happy to help.
Step 2: Locate the Softaculous App Installer
Once you’ve logged into cPanel you’ll be presented with your web hosting control panel.
Scroll down the the bottom section titled Softaculous Apps Installer.
Step 3: Go to the WordPress Installation Page
Click on the WordPress icon and you’ll be directed to the installation page.
Step 4: Begin the Installation Process
Click on the blue Install Now button to begin the installation process.
Step 5: Choose Installation Settings
Now there are a few options to go through to complete the WordPress installation process.
Choose Protocol: This is the URL of your website. If you have an SSL certificate installed ensure you choose https here. You can also choose here wether to have www. or not.
Choose Domain: If you’ve just signed up to NameCheap you’ll likely only have a single domain. If you have more than one, choose the domain you want to install WordPress in.
In Directory: If you want to install WordPress in the root domain (http://yourdomain.com), leave this blank. If you want to install WordPress in a sub-directory (http://yourdomain.com/subdirectory), specify this here.
Site Name: Specify the name of your WordPress website here.
Site Description: Specify the description of your WordPress website here.
Enable Multisite (WPMU): If you are installing WordPress Multisite, you can enable that here.
Admin Username: Here you can specify an admin username. It’s a wise decision not to use Admin.
Admin Password: Select a password for your WordPress admin here.
Admin Email: Choose an email for the WordPress admin account here.
Before you click install there are other options that you can go through. However, these options are not required.
Next, click the blue Install button (make sure you enter and email below to have your WordPress installation details emailed to you.
Now you know how to install WordPress and your WordPress installation is complete.
You can now visit your WordPress installation via the domain you used in step 5.
Now’s a good time to learn about themes and plugins. We’ve got some tutorials coming for them soon.
In this article we discussed the ease of installing WordPress and we learned how to install WordPress via cPanel.
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