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For Beginners: How-To Install WordPress Automatically via cPanel and Softaculous

How to install WordPress - via Softaculous:

Step 1: Login to your cPanel account

Step 2: 
Once logged into your cPanel account, scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find the WordPress icon under ‘Softaculous Apps Installer’. Select the WordPress icon highlighted below. 

Step 3: To continue with installation, select the highlighted Install button below.

Step 4: Next, you’ll be taken to the Setup page. We’ll walk you through each section.

  • Choose Protocol: decide whether to use just http:// or http://www. (please note: choose the HTTPS protocol if your site has SSL).

  • Choose Domain: select which domain from your cPanel account that you’d like to install WordPress to.

  • In Directory: choose what directory to install WordPress in. Leave empty to install only in http://mydomain/. For example, to install WordPress at http://mydomain/blog just enter blog (please note: the directory should not exist).

  • Database Name: this field will be auto-populated and can be left as-is
  • Table Prefix: this field will also be auto-populated and can be left as-is.

Step 5: Continue filling out the Setup details.

  • Site Name: choose your WordPress name (and don’t worry -- this can easily be changed later on).

  • Site Description: this is the “tagline” and can also be changed later on.

  • Enable Multisite: leave this unchecked, unless you have experience using WPMU.

  • Admin Account Details: select admin username and a secure password. This will be used to log in to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 6: You’re almost there!

  • Advanced Options: choose whether to ‘Disable Update Notifications’ or turn on ‘Auto Upgrades’ for WordPress Updates.
  • Before you click install: enter an email address at the bottom field where you’d like the installation details to be emailed to.
  • Install WordPress: Voila! Click Install and WordPress will automatically install.

Step 7:  You will then be taken to a loading screen (as seen below).

Step 8: If you see the following screen below, then congratulations you have successfully installed WordPress!

Step 9: To check your WordPress site, visit the domain you installed it at. And to log-in to the Administrative URL (WordPress Dashboard) to start making changes, visit http://mydomain/wp-admin/ and enter the admin username and password you created in Step 5.


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