According to an estimate around 38% to 45% websites are powered by WordPress. If you have decided to choose WordPress for your website or blog, you have taken a great decision. The features, customizability, flexibility, plugins and themes, make WordPress the ultimate choice.
In this tutorial we will guide you step-by-step to how to install WordPress using the “WordPress Manager by Softaculous” Tool, available in your cPanel. The Softaculous is an auto-installer that helps you to install open source web applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, etc.
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- Browse your Namecheap cPanel. The URL will be similar to this: “https://server180.web-hosting.com/cpanel”. There could be a different number in place of “180”.
- Enter your Username and Password.
- Click “Log In”.
- Help: When you purchase web hosting from Namecheap, it sends you an email with the title “Your Hosting Account Details For Your_Domain_Name”, that contains the cPanel URL, Login Credentials(Username, Password) and other information.
- Scroll-down to “SOFTWARE” section and click the “WordPress Manager by Softaculous”.
- Click “Install” to begin the installation process. You can also see that it has not found any existing WordPress Installation.
- By default it chooses the latest version of WordPress. Leave it as it is.
- Choose Installation URL: Choose “https://www”, Choose your “domain”, and leave the “In Directory” empty. If there is already something written in “In Directory” delete it.
- In the “Site Name” enter the name of your website.
- In the “Site Description” enter a brief description about your website.
- This is the information that you will use to login to your WordPress Dashboard or Admin Section.
- In the “Admin Username” enter an admin name for your Admin Account. From the security point-of-view it is not a good practice to use the “admin” username because people can make attempts to access your website.
- Enter a secure Password.
- Enter an email for your Admin Account. You can use your Gmail ID, Hotmail ID, etc, as well as private or business email. In order to learn how to create Email Accounts in Namecheap cPanel, read this tutorial: How To Create Email Account In Namecheap cPanel | Access Webmail.
- From this section you can select plugins to install. Here we have only chosen “W3 Total Cache”. This plugin improves the performance of your website by reducing the loading time.
- Leave the “Advanced Options” as it is. If you wish you can change.
- It offers some optional themes as well. If you wish you can pick a theme here.
- If you have got a theme or if you are planning to buy a professional theme from Themeforest, you don’t need to do anything here. You can install later once WordPress installation is finished.
- Click “Install” to finish the WordPress Installation.
- The installation bar shows the WordPress installation progress in percentage.
- Once the WordPress is installed you will see the Congratulations message. Your WordPress has been successfully installed.
- It will also show you the URL of your WordPress Admin Section from where you can manage your website. It will be like this “https://www.example.com/wp-admin”. Instead of “example.com” there will be your domain.
- This is an additional information will help you to locate the root folder where files are installed.
- Scroll-down to FILES section in your cPanel.
- Click “File Manager”.
- Click/Double-Click the “public_html” directory. The “public_html” is the root directory which contains all your website files and folders.
- You can see the files and folders of your website. Here you can create, edit, delete, download, and upload Files and Folders. You can also set permissions for each file here.