Softaculous makes it nice and easy to install wordpress but, in case some of you are scratching your heads over all the different settings and options, here’s a step by step guide to getting wordpress setup.
Once you’ve logged into cPanel scroll down until you see the software section. Click Softaculous App Installer.
In the softaculous home screen click WordPress or select Blogs then WordPress from the side menu.
Click Install Now on the wordpress installer page.
Now you’ll be presented with a nice long form to fill out before you can start the installation process.
Choose the version you want to install: Make sure this is set to the latest version.
Choose Protocol: Nowadays it’s pretty important to be using https:// but you need an SSL certificate to use that. If you haven’t got one yet then check out this guide to setting up your SSL certificate for free.
Choose Domain: choose the domain you want to install wordpress on from the dropdown.
In Directory: If you want your entire site to be wordpress then leave this box blank. If you want to only have wordpress appear when a user goes to a certain url (i.e. https://yourdomain.com/blog) then type the directory (i.e. blog) in the box.
Site Name: The title you want to appear at the top of your blog.
Site Description: A brief description or tagline for your blog. Not all blog templates display the description.
Enable Multisite (WPMU): If you’re planning on running a multisite then check this box. In my experience multi-sites tend to have some limitations compared to multiple single installs – however it’s been a while since I’ve installed a multisite so things might have changed since then.
Admin Username: the username you’ll use to login.
Admin Password: the password you’ll use to login – wordpress will autogenerate a very complicated hard to remember password for you, it’s a good idea to change it something more memorable but still secure.
Admin Email: the email address you’ll use to login.
Select Langauge: Select the language you want wordpress to be installed in from the dropdown.
Limit Login Attempts: Checking this box will install the loginizer plugin which will lock out anyone that tries to login with incorrect credentials after three attempts for a period of time.
Classic Editor: Times moving on and WordPress has recently introduced it’s new fancy editor. If you prefer the classic editor then check the box to install the plugin.
wpCentral: If you’re managing multiple wordpress accounts then check this box.
Database Name: You can leave this alone unless you want to change the database name for any reason.
Table Prefix: Whatever is entered here will be prefixed to every table name in the database – again, you can leave this alone.
Disable Update Notification Emails: It’s important to keep your wordpress up to date so it’s a good idea to receive notifications about updates.
Auto Upgrade: The only disadvantage to auto upgrading is your site might break during an update and if it’s happening automatically then it might take a while for you to notice the problem. I prefer to let the auto updates happen and have notifications on so that I can check that nothing has gone wrong.
Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins: As plugins tend to only affect a small portion of your site I think it’s worth letting them auto upgrade to avoid potential security flaws on your site.
Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes: As long as your theme is a reputable one then auto upgrading means you’ll get the latest version as soon as it’s released. Again, I prefer everything to be up to date as quickly as possible so I’d advise checking this one too.
Backup Location: It’s important to backup your blog and wordpress can handle that for you. Choose a location to store the backups from the dropdown (or leave it as default).
Automated Backups: The more frequently you publish posts the more frequently you’ll want to back up. If you’re publishing a post a week you might want to set this to fortnightly or monthly.
Backup Rotation: I set my backup rotation to 2. Because the backups aren’t too frequent I don’t need to keep more than 2 backups.
You could choose a theme to install from the ones it offers you but it’s very simple to install themes once wordpress is installed.
If you want to install a theme click Select underneath it.
If you want to be emailed details of the installations enter your email address into the box below the install button.
Click Install to start the installation process.
Stare excitedly at the progress bar for a few minutes until your brand spanking new wordpress installation has finished installing.
Once the installation’s complete wordpress will give you a link to your blogs homepage and your blogs admin panel. Click on them to check them out or click Return to Overview at the bottom of the screen to see your installation.
Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of your very own blog!