How to install WordPress in cPanel using Softaculous

How to install WordPress in cPanel

Today, you are going to find out how to set up and install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous.

To do this, you should already have setup your domain and hosting – including installing your SSL certificate.

Let’s kick off…



Watch training in Video Format

Prefer to watch rather than read? Not a problem the training also comes in video format.

You can watch it here:

However, if you would prefer to read, then keep scrolling.

How to install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

It is easy to do and should take you less than 10 minutes to set up.

Here’s how to do it…

Start by login in to your hosting provider – I use HostGator. Next click on your Cpanel.

Once on your Cpanel, find the “Softaculous Apps Installer” & click on this icon:

Cpanel using Softaculous

Then click on install now. 

There are a few more steps to take.

Don’t worry, I will break the steps down into bite size pieces so it is easy to follow.

Software Setup

Chose the version you want to install: it is best to select the latest version. In my case it’s version 5.6.

Chose installation URL: select “https://” – you should have your SSL certificate.

Then click on the drop down menu to select the domain on which you want to install WordPress.

I always leave “Directory” empty as I want my WordPress site to appear on my homepage.

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Site Settings

Site Name: type in the name of your site

Site description: type a brief description or a tagline for your site.

If you can’t think of anything right now, don’t worry you can change these both later.

Enable Multisite (WPMU): I tend to leave this unticked.

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Admin Account 

Admin Username: the name you want to be known for on your site. I wouldn’t make it your actual name. Hackers are on the prowl and you can only guess the first username they are going to try!

Admin password: enter a password. I tend to click on the key button to get a suggested password. 

Save both your username and password as you will need them to login to your site. 

Admin email: enter an email address you want to receive all your notifications. 

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Chose Language 

Select Language: choose your native language.

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Select Plugins

Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer): tick this to limit the amount of incorrect login attempts.

This is great to stop hackers who “brute force” their way into your WordPress site.

You can always deactivate it later if you want it but I’d keep it activated, personally.

Classic Editor: I tend to install this plugin later. It works well with Advanced Editor Tools (previously TinyMCE Advanced).

wpCentral – Manage Multiple WordPress: leave this unticked. If you manage more than 1 WordPress site it may be a good idea to tick it. 

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Advanced Options

Database Name: leave it as it is.

Table Prefix: I wouldn’t touch this either, keep this the same too.

Disable Update Notifications Emails: tick this if you don’t want to receive updates via email.

Auto Upgrade: tick “Upgrade to any latest version available (Major as well as Minor)”

Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins: tick this so all your plugins update automatically.

Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes: tick this so all your themes update automatically.

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Select Themes

This is where you choose the theme you want to use with your WordPress site.

Just in case you’re wondering, a theme dictates what your site will look like.

Don’t worry if you can’t find one you like right now, you can always change it later.

If you want to see what the theme looks like, click on the one you like then click on “Demo”:

Once you’ve found a WordPress theme you like, click the purple “Select Theme” button below it.

Then enter your email and click on “Install”.

Softaculous will then email your login details for your new WordPress site.

If you can’t find the email, check your spam as it can end up there sometimes.

Once you’ve got your email, you can finally login to your new WordPress website.

How to Install WordPress with Cpanel using Softaculous

Care to find out how to SEO optimise your site?

I am sure you are.

Well I have created this really handy checklist.

Check it out here.


Leave a comment