How to Install WordPress in 5 Minutes With CPanel

wordpress in cpanelCPanel hosting is a type of Web hosting plan that is offered by many Web hosting companies. This Web hosting package is suitable for those who need to setup and conveniently manage a network of WordPress sites. Even if those WordPress sites will be embedded with many PHP, AJAX, Java and JavaScript Web applications, a CPanel hosting plan is still recommended for beginner to expert Web developers and website owners alike. Let’s initially look at what CPanel hosting plans can offer before we move forward to the quick and easy steps in installing WordPress in your CPanel Web server and managing a set of WordPress sites in one CPanel hosting plan.

What is CPanel?

CPanel is a control panel platform developed for Web servers. This is where account holders of these Web hosting packages can gain access to the files and folders as well as the other functionalities and features integrated into their Web servers. Whether you choose a shared CPanel hosting account, a dedicated CPanel hosting plan or a VPS (Virtual Private Server) CPanel package, the CPanel platform remains an easy to use control panel system with an intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) that even those with zero to minimal Web development and Web hosting management experience will find simple to operate.

CPanel Sections

The CPanel platform offers sections where you can enter, manage and edit or remove your primary domains and add-on domains. This is also the section where you can easily create sub domains under your primary domain or any of your preferred add-on domains.

There is also a section in some CPanel versions, mostly those offered by SEO (Search Engine Optimization) hosting companies, where you can assign different A, B, C and/or D class IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to your add-on domains that are different from the IP address attached to your primary domain. This is good for optimizing the sites under those add-on domains for local SEO.

Another CPanel section is where you can create, edit or remove and manage email accounts for your primary domain and each of your add-on domains and sub domains. You can even assign data storage quotas for each email account, as well as unlimited data storage quotas. When creating an email account under your primary domain or for any of your sub domains and add-on domains, you can simply go to this section, enter your desired username and password, assign a data storage quota, and with a click of a button: CPanel will create the email account. The email account features implemented into CPanel can also be used to configure anti-spam settings and certain mailing list functionalities.

The file management section of CPanel provides many options that users can implement for conveniently transferring and downloading their website files to and from their Web servers. The FTP management section of CPanel can on the other hand offer quick and easy FTP account creation and configuration.

The database creation and management section of CPanel is where you can create, assign, modify and delete databases associated to your websites. This is also where you can create backup copies of your database and website in simple steps. There is also an area in this section where you can upload backup copies of your website and database, so CPanel can restore your website and database.

There is also a section in CPanel where many scripts are available. These scripts can be used to easily install widely used CMS (Content Management System) software into your preferred directories of your CPanel account. There are also other scripts that can be used to install mailing list management applications, newsletter development programs and so on. One of these scripts can help you quickly and easily install a WordPress instance in any of the directories of your CPanel account. Here are the steps to do this:

How to Install WordPress in CPanel

  • 1. Click “Fantastico”. Some SEO Web hosting companies use “Softaculous” instead of “Fantastico” in the CPanel platform integrated into their Web servers; so click “Softaculous” instead of “Fantastico” if “Fantastico” is unavailable.
  • 2. Select one of your domains, be it your primary domain, one of your sub domains or any of your add-on domains where you want to install WordPress in a directory under that domain.
  • 3. Indicate whether you want to install WordPress in the main directory of the domain, or in a sub directory of your chosen domain. To install WordPress in the main directory of your selected domain, leave the “Directory Name” text field blank. If you want to on the other hand install WordPress in a sub directory under your chosen domain, enter a directory name so Fantastico or Softaculous can create this sub directory automatically.
  • 4. Fill out the other details required by the form. These include administrator name, username and password among others like website name and description. Fantastico or Softaculous will automatically create a database and associate it to the newly installed WordPress instance. Click the button when you’re done. A message will prompt you with the details of the installation and a button that you need to click to continue with the installation.
  • 5. Click this button, and WordPress is now installed in your chosen directory under your selected domain. Take note that CPanel will provide the admin login URL, username and password details for your WordPress site. Copy these details, or have CPanel send these details to your email by entering your email address into the provided text field, then click the button so CPanel can send these details to the email address you typed in the text field.

That’s it – A quick and easy 5-step process to install WordPress in your CPanel server. Now all you need to do is find and download a suitable WordPress theme for your website, search for WordPress plugins that you can upload to your WordPress directory to extend the functionalities of your WordPress site, and customize your logo banners and other images or visual elements of your WordPress site, so you can all upload and activate these using an FTP application and the sections provided by the WordPress Dashboard. You can access the WordPress Dashboard, also known as the WordPress Admin Panel, by using your Web browser to go to your WordPress site’s login URL, then entering your username and password.

The WordPress Admin Panel is where you can configure the settings of your WordPress site, activate and set your preferred configurations for your uploaded WordPress theme, activate and configure the settings of the WordPress plugins you uploaded and create, modify or delete posts, pages, images and videos among others. Remember, WordPress is Content Management System (CMS) software, so you’ll use it to quickly and conveniently manage the content of your WordPress site.


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