Are you trying to figure out how to install WordPress? There are have some different methods you can use.

First, we have to know why are there different methods for installing WordPress in the first place? Because of WordPress’ popularity, there are a number of helper tools & system that makes it easier to install the platform on different servers and hosts. As a result, there’s not simply one choice for how to install WordPress but multiple alternative ones.

In this post, I’ll give you a tutorial for each of the common methods for installing WordPress. To give you some guidance for which method you should choose, I’ve ordered the guides from easiest to most time consuming. So if you’re just looking for the quickest and easiest way to install WordPress, start at the top!

Method 1: Choose a host that comes with WordPress pre-installed
Method 2: How to install WordPress via cPanel and auto installers
Method 3: How to install WordPress manually via FTP
Method 4: How to install WordPress on your own computer

Method 1: Choose a host that comes with WordPress pre-installed

The easy way to install WordPress on your hosting is just picking a host that does it for you. Many WordPress-specific hosts will let you choose to have WordPress pre-installed. Once you sign up for hosting, you can jump directly into your WordPress site. The whole question of “how to install WordPress?” is irrelevant in such a case!

Here are a few recommended hosts that will pre-install WordPress for you:

  • Bluehost – affordable and comes with pre-installed WordPress.
  • SiteGround – has tons of WordPress-specific features that make your life easier.
    Many managed WordPress hosts will pre-install WordPress for you, but the price tags on those can be higher.

If you already picked a different host, though. Most other hosts still make it super easy to install WordPress. But you will need to click at least a few buttons. 

Method 2: How to install WordPress via cPanel and auto installers

The cPanel is the dashboard that most web hosts give their customers to use all tools easily. When you sign up for hosting, your host should provide you with login details for cPanel. And for most hosts, the cPanel interface looks something like this:

In your hosting cPanel interface, your host should give you something called an auto installer. Autoinstallers basically automate the full WordPress install process that I’ll outline in the next section. So instead of needing to do everything manually, you just input some basic information, click a button, and the auto installer installs WordPress for you.

Here are a few different auto installers you might encounter:

 

  • Softaculous
  • Fantastico
  • QuickInstall
  • MOJO Marketplace

While there might be few minor interface differences, all of the auto installers more or less function the same. So while I’ll show you an example using Softaculous, then the exact interface for your auto installer might look a tiny bit different.

To get started, find the link to the WordPress auto installer in cPanel and give it a click:

On next screen, you should see an Install Now link (no matter which auto installer you’re using). Just give that another click:

Next, you will need to enter details for your WordPress install. Again, this interface should generally look the same no matter which auto installer you’re using.

First, fill in the protocol and domain name where you want to install WordPress:

For the Protocol, if you’re using an SSL certificate, you should choose HTTPS. Otherwise, you should choose HTTP. Unless you purposefully installed an SSL Certificate, the default is HTTP.

Next, choose the directory in which you want to install WordPress. For 99% of situations, you should leave this field blank. Leaving it empty means WordPress will be installed at your main domain. That is, if your domain isYOURDOMAIN.com, then WordPress will be installed at ratherYOURDOMAIN.com than something like YOURDOMAIN.com/mywpsite.

A bit further down, you need to enter your Website Settings. These are just the default values for your website’s name and description. You can change them later from the WordPress interface anytime:

 

Do not enable the WordPress Multisite unless you’re specifically trying to create a multisite network.

You will also need to create login credentials for your WordPress account. You will use this username & password combination when you will log into your WordPress dashboard after installation, so make sure that you remember it:

 

Depending on the auto-installer that you’re using, you might see a few other options as well. You can safely ignore these. That is, it’s fine to leave anything I didn’t cover as the defaults.

Once you have filled out everything, make sure to click Install at the bottom of the screen. It might take a minute or so to run. Then, you should get a confirmation. You can log into your brand new WordPress install by going to.YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin

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