How to Install WordPress using Softaculous in Cpanel

Nowadays, you don’t have to search for complicated documents to install WordPress and set up your blog. All you have to do is to click the auto-installer software and your blog will be alive. But, sometimes newbies find it confusing to use, and even, they enter the wrong information in the installation steps, especially with Softaculous.

It’s the best and easiest auto-installer and you can easily select the wrong location for your blog, and can’t find it with normal links. Today, I’ll show you how to install WordPress using Softaculous in cPanel, but with the correct and easiest way to avoid problems.

The majority of modern web hosting companies are using Softaculous for its popularity, and the great services that you can’t find with any other software to install your WordPress, or any other software. It allows you to select what type of protocol and the directory where you want your blog files to be installed.

Another good feature is that you will avoid using the default WordPress username which is “admin” which lets hackers access and hack your website easily. With Softaculous, you can change that username, so more security for your blog.

Now, let’s install your blog step by step using Softaculous in cPanel. The first thing to do is to login into your cPanel, (your login details are sent to you when you signed up for your web hosting account. Browse your email, and check your spam folder, if you can’t see them), then locate the icon ”Softaculous”, and click on it. Generally, it’s under the section Software/Services as below:

How to Install WordPress using Softaculous in Cpanel

Now, you get the Softaculous page where you can select which software you want to install. In our case, it’s WordPress, and it’s the first one on the page by default, just hover over the WordPress icon, and click ”Install”.

How to Install WordPress using Softaculous

The next page will be the one where you will set your WordPress admin username, password, and other information. This is the most important step, you should install WordPress in an empty directory where all your blog files will be stored. The pages look like the below screenshot.

how to install WordPress

As you can see, you need to define an HTTP protocol for your blog. You can use the default values, however, I recommend selecting the http://www. protocol, it looks better, and you don’t need to add the “www” later and lose some of your page rankings. So, make it easy and professional from the beginning and choose with the “www”.

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If you want to use the secured connection with SSL for the eCommerce website, then, you need to select the https://www. protocol.

You should delete the “wp” from the directory, or your blog will be located only in the”” and no one can access it directly from the domain name “” they need to add the “wp” at the end to be able to access it. You see? So give WordPress its own directory by deleting the “wp” and let it empty.

The WordPress database prefix is wp_ by default, it can be used to access your blog if you don’t have good protection. This never means that you should change it, but it’s really better. So, make it xy_ as an example.

You should also create a strong and complicated password to protect your admin login page, with a unique and long username that only you can remember. That way, You add an extra security level to your blog.

When you’re ready, save your username and password in a safe place and click the ”install” button (you can also check the “limit login attempts” that’s a plugin), and the final result will be the page with your blog address, and the admin login page URL as below:

Successful WordPress blog installation

Now, you have just installed your blog, and you can log in to your dashboard to start editing your settings, or simply creating posts. To access your login page, add wp-admin at the end of your blog address, it should look like this:

I hope that you understood and installed your blog as it should be without errors, and now you’re able to start blogging. Please add any issue that you’ve found or problems with WordPress and Softaculous installation in your comment, I’ll be happy to help.

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Fathi Arfaoui is a Physicist, Blogger and the founder of He shares Business, WordPress and Blogging tips to build a better blog and succeed online.

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