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12/27/2013 – Installing WordPress Using cPanel

Posted by Jamison on 27 12 2013.

Many website developers turn to WordPress as one of their tools, and why not? It’s free and open source and features a plug-in architecture and template system.


Designers have also praised WordPress for its design, consistency and for having a huge community actively supporting its development. WordPress is now being used by almost 20 percent of the top 10 million websites of the world as of last month. It’s also the most popular blogging system in use on the Internet.


Are you stumped about how to install WordPress using cPanel? Let this walkthrough guide you.


Before you start, have data ready like your WordPress login details. You should also have the latest version of WordPress in a .zip file


Installing WordPress


Open cPanel then go to the Database section and click the MySQL Databases icon.


Enter the name for your database then click the create database button. There should be a new screen indicating the database has been created.


Go back to the previous page and go to the MySQL Users part of the page. Type in the username and password, you may want a different password as your WordPress account password.


Click create user. A new screen should appear indicating password accepted for the database username


Go back to the previous page and scroll down to the section Add User to Database. Enter data for User and Database. Click submit.


There should be a new screen reading Manage User Privileges. Check the box on top with All Privileges, then click Make Changes box. There should be a confirmation screen.


Go back to previous page. The database name should show under Current Database Section.


Go to main cPanel control panel and the File section. Click the File Manager icon. A small window titled “File manager directory selection” will open. Choose Web Root option and check the Show hidden files box. Click “Go” then close.


Return to File Manager. Look for folder public_html on the left side, click and load the folder. Choose upload tab in the folder menu. A new screen should appear, choose Browse.


Find the WordPress zip file. Click open. The file should start unloading.


Once it completes check for the WordPress .zip file in the File Manager list.  Click on the .zip file then click the Extract tab on the File manager menu. Make sure it says public_html in the pop-up window then click Extract.


The screen should show the files being extracted.


Go back to File Manager, there should be a WordPress folder. Open the folder, select all files and drag them all to the public_html folder.


Open public html to check everything is there.


Delete the empty WordPress folder and WordPress .zip file in File Manager.


Go to your website. There should be a window saying there is a missing wp-config file, it also offers you the option to create one.


After this is complete there should be a window welcoming you to WordPress and asking for your login details. Fill it up and run install.


After installation the program should run. Enter username and password.


Congratulations! You’ve just installed WordPress via cPanel. Now it’s ready for use.