How to set up WordPress on a cPanel webhosting account

As one of the web’s most popular content management systems (CMS), WordPress supports nowadays more than 60 million websites worldwide. This blogging platform, with a heavy focus on aesthetics and usability, can be installed on a web server that is part of an Internet hosting service or a network.

WordPress is constantly updated and highly customizable, so you can rest assured that it will accommodate most of your needs within the blogging sphere. It’s also versatile, as native applications exist for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad), Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

If you’re currently in possession of a dedicated server with cPanel on which you want to run WordPress, the setup will not take you more than 15 minutes, as it is rather straightforward and secure. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Log into WHM on your service and search for cPAddons, using the search tool in the upper-left of the panel.
  2. Find the Install cPAddons Site Software menu.
  3. Select WordPress from the list of software and click Update cPAddon Config.

  1. Next, head to the Manage cPAddons Site Software menu. Make sure the box next to cPanel – Blogs – WordPress is checked, and then click Update Moderation.

  1. If you’ve completed all these steps, WordPress should be ready to be installed on your website through cPanel. So next, log into cPanel for your domain and search for the Site Software menu. Use the find feature to make your search easier.
  2. Select WordPress from the Site Software menu. You also have the option to receive notifications when automatic updates are available for the program.
  3. From here, you must proceed to set up your WordPress install:
    • Admin User – This is your WordPress administrative user.
    • Admin Pass – Set a WordPress administrative user password.
    • Email – Enter the email address associated with the WordPress admin user.
    • Installation URL – This is setting the home page your WordPress site can be found at. If you’d like to install it on the parent domain, leave this area blank.
    • Blog name – The name of your WordPress site.
    • Blog description – A few words to describe your new site.
    • Table Prefix – This determines the database table prefix to be used for your WordPress site. You can leave it as default and edit it later.
    • MySQL DB – Finally, here you can select the database to be used for your WordPress site. It’s recommended that you create a new database for each site, to avoid any interference.
  4. After filling in all the necessary information, click Submit Moderation Request.

  1. On the following page, click Submit Request.
  2. Next, you need to log back into the WHM panel, and go to Manage cPAddons Site Software to approve the request. And you’re set! WordPress should now be up and running on your server.


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