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The In-Depth Guide to Getting WordPress for Your cPanel

Posted by Alex on 20 02 2017.

Did you know that you can get WordPress, an online an open source PHP-written creation tool, for your cPanel account? Nowadays, it has gained so much popularity that many people consider it as the most powerful, easiest-to-use, and most efficient management systems for both blogs and entire websites. Best of all, it is for free.

When you want to use WordPress, you can integrate it with your cPanel account. Here is what you need to know to achieve this goal.

The Pre-Requisites for WordPress Installation

Prior to the installation of WordPress for your cPanel, you first need to have access to your existing web server, either through shell or FTP, any text editor, any web browser, and an FTP client.

You need all these, or your installation will fail.

The Must-Haves Prior to WordPress Installation

Before you proceed with the installation, make sure you perform the following steps first:

  • Make certain that you (your machine) and your web hosting provider possess the minimum requirements set for operating WordPress.
  • Get the latest WordPress version.
  • Unzip and extract the WordPress version you just downloaded to one of your folders located in your hard drive.
  • Generate a powerful Secret Key password.

Beginning Installation

Once you have downloaded and unzipped the latest WordPress package version (you can get it from this link:, you can now proceed with the installation. Here are a few notes to keep in mind:

  • Uploading to a remote web server. When you choose to do this, you need to download the package to the machine (referring to your computer) via a browser of your choice. After that, you can then unzip it.
  • For FTP users. You can proceed to the next step.
  • For shell access users. When you want to use shell access to get WordPress, just make sure you have the skills and knowledge to utilize console-based tools. This way, you can download the CMS directly to the web server using tools like lynx, wget, or other types of console-based web browsers.
  • When you first downloaded the latest.tar.gz file, it went into a directory. This is where you will find your extracted WordPress package, inside a folder named “wordpress.”

Generating your cPanel Database and User

Some hosting providers deliver cPanel with a set of easy-to-follow instructions for WordPress username and database creation. In the event you do not have this, just follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Click on the “MySQL Database Wizard” under the section of “Databases.”
  3. Enter your preferred database name in the provided text box and hit the “Next Step” button.
  4. Enter your desired database user name and make sure you create a powerful password. Then, click on the “Create User” button.
  5. You can now add the user you just created to the database. Make sure you mark the checkbox for the “All Privileges” option before hitting the “Next Step” button.
  6. Enter the appropriate data for hostname values, username, password, and databasename. In most cases, the value for hostname is “localhost.”

Uploading the Files

Now, you just have to choose whether you want your blog or website powered by WordPress to appear in your site’s root directory ( or in its subdirectory (

Have the “Install Script” Running

Open a web browser to have the “Install Script running. This will depend on which of the two locations mentioned above you chose. When you placed it in the, head to For the other one, visit