How To Install WordPress Using Softaculous In Cpanel



WordPress is known for its simplicity and easier user interface. So it’s no wonder that millions of bloggers and webmasters have relied on this wonderful piece of blogging software or should we say Content Management System (CMS). Installing WordPress in your web hosting is very easy and to make that easier for you, most of the web hosting available around the web, comes with an auto-installer that helps you install WordPress in a click! Now, different web hosting providers use different auto installers. In our WordPress tutorials on Gamefie , we are going help you with these auto installers one by one.

Today we are going to show you how to install WordPress using Softaculous auto installer in Cpanel.

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an auto installer for cPanel and DirectAdmin. Softaculous supports 373 scripts ready for one click installation. To use Softaculous to install WordPress, your hosting provider must have it installed in their servers. When you log into your control panel (in our case Cpanel 11 and most of hosting providers actually use Cpanel for their hosting clients), look for an icon like this:
softaculousicon.jpgUpon clicking on the Softaculous icon, you will be redirected to the Softaculous dashboard. The homepage of Softaculous shows the top scripts that has been downloaded and rated most. WordPress should be listed there.

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Softaculous homepage in Cpanel 11

If you don’t find WordPress in the Softaculous homepage, then there’s a list of software categories on the left hand side menu. Click on the “Blogs” category and then select WordPress.

Softaculous blog section in Cpanel 11.jpgSoftaculous WordPress Link

Now you will see a briefo verview of the software. Click on the big blue “install” button to start the process.

WordPress in Softaculous homepage in Cpanel 11.JPGSoftaculous WordPress Install Button

WordPress installation in Softaculous in Cpanel 11.jpg

Softaculous WordPress Setup

The install process of WordPress in Softaculous will require you fill in some important information. First thing you need to do is choose the protocol for your website, http or https. Then select the domain name you want to install WordPress on. After that select the directory you want WordPress in. If you want WordPress to be on your main domain, then you need to leave the “In Directory” field blank. Next, enter a database name for your WordPress installation. Be careful to make it hard to guess cause it can make your site vulnerable to some bad people.  Under the Database settings, you need to modify the table prefix to enhance your site security. We recommend that you change the default wp_ prefix to something harder to guess.

Then enter your site name description. Since this is a simple WordPress install, you sohuld leave the WPMU box unchecked unless you know what you are doing.

Further down the page, you will see the screen to create your WordPress administrator account. Please do not use the default “admin” username. Create something original for yourself. Also, don’t forget to create a strong password. Enter your best email address.

Then choose the site language for WordPress installation. If you want to limit the number of login attempts for your WordPress installation, then check to tick mark. Then there are some advanced options. If you tick the “Disable Update Notifications” check box, you will not receive an email notification for updates available for this installation. If the “Auto Upgrade” option is checked, this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when a new version is available. The next two options will automatically upgrade all the active WordPress plugins and themes to the latest version when your script installation is upgraded.

Softaculous will take automated backups via CRON if you select Automated backups. If the backup rotation limit is reached Softaculous will delete the oldest backup for this installation and create a new backup. The backups will utilize your space so choose the backup rotation as per the space available on your server.

Once you click the install button, within seconds WordPress will be installed and ready to go. All you need to do after that is go to and enter your login information to get into your WordPress dashboard.

Voila! Now you have successfully installed WordPress using Softaculous in Cpanel.