WordPress can be installed onto your hosting account by using Softaculous at no charge within your cPanel. As we continue our getting started in Wordpress series, in this tutorial we will walk you through the steps of installing WordPress using the Fantastico De Luxe script installer in your cPanel. To return to the previous course, please go to What Can I Build with Wordpress?

How to Install Wordpress:

  1. Begin by logging into your cPanel account.
  2. Once you have logged into your cPanel, click on Install WordPress under Preferences:
  3. This will bring you directly to the WordPress section in Softaculous. You will see a summary screen describing Wordpress and the current version.  You will also see the space required for installation as well a link to support.  At the bottom you will see a list of current installations if any installation has been previously completed.


    Above the summary in the right hand corner of the window, you will see a list of options beginning with a blue button labeled INSTALL.  You will also see OVERVIEW, FEATURES, and IMPORT.

    Click on INSTALL in order to proceed with the installation.

  4. You will then see a page that lets you configure the settings for the Wordpress installation.  There are five sections and each are detailed in the tables below:

    Choose Protocol You can setup SSL settings here if your site is using SSL
    Choose Domain Domain name that you will be using for the Wordpress site
    In Directory Folder where the files will exist
    Database Name Name of the database that will be created for the Wordpress install

    Table Prefix allows you to put an alpha-numeric combination to identify the tables created in the database for your Wordpress installation

    Site Name Name of the blog or website you are creating with the Wordpress installation
    Site Description Description of the website that you are creating with Wordpress
    Enable Multisite (WPMU)  Checkbox to enable the multi-site feature for Wordpress

    Admin Username Administrator name used to access Wordpress back end
    Admin Password Password used to access Wordpress back end
    Admin Email Email address for the Wordpress Admin

    Select Language Language used for the installation
    INSTALL button Click on this button to start installation once ALL of the sections have been completed.
    Email Installation details to: Use this address to have your Wordpress setup details copied and then sent through email.

    Fill in each section with the information required for your installation and then click on the INSTALL button at the bottom of the screen to proceed.  Remember that if you wish to keep a copy of all of the configuration information you have specified in this section, then fill in a valid email address in the "Email installation details to:" section at the bottom.  Note that the Administrator User name and password given in the installation are default values and should be replaced with your own values so that the installation is secure.

  5. The installation will finish after completing all of the installation steps for Wordpress.  You will a message stating:

    Congratulations, the software was installed successfully. 

    Or, you may see an error or list of errors if the software installation was unable to be completed.  You can then return to the overview, or close the Cpanel.  Your installation is complete!

Now you can go to your admin page and begin working on your website.  If this is your first time using WordPress, continue reading to find out how to log into your WordPress Dashboard and administer your site. Advance to the next course by clicking on Explaining the Wordpress Site Structure.  If you're interested in seeing the course list for the class, go to 101: Wordpress- Getting Started Guide.

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n/a Points
2014-04-01 12:21 pm



I uninstalled wordpress and reinstalled it as you instructed. I am not sure what to do from here. How would I move the pages I created in the original wordpress to the new one?  I know they are probably in the dir but I don't have nay clue what's what in there. 

Also, do I need to rename an index again?

Thanks. I'm a newbie completely and have tried using the tutorials but am still not getting it to function right.


8,823 Points
2014-04-01 2:15 pm
Hello Natasha,

If you uninstalled the original Wordpress site, all the content (posts, images, etc) would have been deleted as well. The index file should not need to be renamed for it to display.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-04-17 5:44 pm


I installed wordpress and completed everything but my url link does not work? Can you help. 



9,351 Points
2014-04-17 5:56 pm
Hello Catriona,

We need a little more information to give you some help please. You have not provided any information on the domain that is giving you a problem. If you have an account with us, we can look at the account and double-check everything. Remember that if you just registered the domain name, it may require up to 24 hours of propagation time before it can be recognized on the internet.

I hope that helps provide some information on the issue. If not, please provide us more information so that we can investigate the issue further.

Arnel C.

n/a Points
2014-04-17 6:18 pm

I think its because my domain name is with someone else and i need to change the nameserver to point to this web host... my domain name is circusandcupcakes.com and its with domainsforless. Can you tell me the nameserver or where i would find it?



9,351 Points
2014-04-17 7:52 pm
Hello Cat,

The domain is properly pointed to our name servers. I also checked your files and there is no indication of a WordPress installation there. Try going through our Installation guide for Wordpress using Softaculous and then let us know if you continue to have problems. At present, when I look at your files, there is nothing there to show a Wordpress installation.

Arnel C.

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