A quick tutorial on how to install WordPress on cPanel we have attached a helpful YouTube video for a more detailed how-to guide, but we are going to cover the basics in this brief article.
Step 1) Find the WordPress installer on your cPanel
Usually, by default, this is found as one of the last options in your cPanel interface. Some hosts may disable this installer, or they may have another plugin called Fantastico to install WordPress. We have attached a YouTube video for fantastico that we have sourced.
If your host doesn’t have Fantastico, you should find a WordPress installer at the bottom of cPanel
Click on the WordPress Manager in the cPanel interface to proceed to the setup.
Step 2) Select a new site
OR You can also manage your existing WordPress sites from this interface as well as the option to install WordPress in cPanel
WordPress manager will list your WordPress installations currently installed on your cPanel account, and you can press discover and do a search for existing installations that aren’t showing. This page also gives you further options to manage each installation which you can perform the following:
- View the site URL
- View the location of the install path
- See your WordPress site’s version
- Enable or disable automatic updates for either minor security updates or for all updates.
- View your WordPress Administrator’s username
- Change your WordPress Administrator’s password via cPanel, which is a handy tool not to have to change your password by modifying encrypted database rows.
- View your database information including server address, username, database name and the ability to change the user’s password.
- View your database prefix
- Backup your WordPress site
Step 3: Select the domain/subdomain and path you wish to install
Once you have selected the domain/subdomain and the directory path you want to install WordPress to click next.
NOTE: This will generate a random username and password for your admin login. If you wish to choose your own username and password for WP-Admin, you will need to click the ‘Show advanced configuration’ and then specify your details.
Once you click to install your WordPress installation may take a few moments to a few minutes to install depending on your web hosting. Sit back and relax and grab yourself a coffee or tea while the installer takes care of the installation. This tool is really an easy way to install WordPress in cPanel.
Step 4: Record and save your WordPress username and password
Hopefully, by now, you are confident in executing a successful installation, and you understand more about how to install WordPress in cPanel by now.
FAQ On How to Install WordPress in cPanel
How do I install WordPress to a subdomain in cPanel?
In step 3 under the install tab, there is a link labelled ‘Show advanced configuration’ this allows you to specify the exact path as well as the ability to change your username and password as the default installer will generate a username and password at random.
How do I change my admin username and password?
You can change your password by WP-Admin upon logging into your WordPress backend, or you can use the WordPress manager to change the password. You cannot change your admin username that easily. We recommend you create another secure WordPress admin login and give yourself admin rights.
We do recommend not using usernames such as admin, root, administrator or any common usernames as WordPress sites are targetted for hijacks, so we recommend using a randomly generated username and making sure you set a custom display name on your WordPress profile so that your username is not visible anywhere on your WordPress site.