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WordPress for Newbies

Posted by Alex on 10 03 2017.

WordPress is one of the most popular and sought-after website content management systems (CMSs) as well as blogging management tools. It has also made a name for itself for its ease of installation.

In most cases, such as those who use any of the Microsoft Windows Operating Systems, they can choose to opt for the system’s famous 5-minute installation process. However, for cPanel users who run on Linux OS, this installation method does not work. However, it does not mean that you will have a hard time installing the CMS on your system. In addition, some web hosting service providers offer tools that will automate the installation process for you.

In the event that you want to install the program on your own though, you can still choose to do so. And with the Automatic Upgrade feature now available, you do not have to worry about using an outdated version of the program.

The 5-Step WordPress Installation for cPanel

The following installation guide will help you, whether you go for the Famous 5 Minute Installation, or require the more detailed installation guide.

  1. Download, unzip, extract.

Head to this link: Here, you will find the URL for downloading the WordPress package. Unzip and extract it.

In the event you will upload WordPress to one of your remote web servers, make sure that you first download the package to the machine you use (your computer or laptop) using your browser of choice. Proceed with the unzipping. For those who will use FTP, just proceed to Step 2. You can also download WordPress directly to the server via wget, as long as you have shell access and you have knowledge when it comes to using console-based tools.

Once unzipped, you will find the extracted package in a folder named “wordpress.”

  1. Generate your database and create a user.

Some web hosting companies already have packages that comes with the WordPress database already set up for the users. In some cases, they also have a feature for automatically setting up the CMS.

Just in case you need to manually create one, follow these instructions for your cPanel account:

  1. Enter to your cPanel account.
  2. Look for the “Databases” section, and then locate and click the “MySQL Database Wizard” icon just right below it.
  3. Additions for Step 1: After creating a database, enter its name and then click the option “Next Step.”
  4. Additions for Step 2: When you create users for the database, make sure you key in a username and a strong password. After this, just hit the “Create User” button.
  5. Additions for Step 3: Add your database user, mark the checkbox titled “All Privileges,” and then Add User to Database click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
  6. Additions for Step 4. You need to complete everything here, including entering the details for the task note, name of database, and name of user.


  1. Configure the wp-config.php

Either you create and configure the wp-config.php on your own, or allow WordPress to attempt to do this for you.

  1. Upload your files

Now that you can already upload your files, you can choose to have it stored in your site’s root directory or subdirectory.

  1. Execute the Install Script

Direct your browser to run the installation script. When you stored it in the root directory, head to For subdirectory storage, head to