How to install WordPress using the cPanel WordPress Toolkit

This article describes how to quickly and easily install your own WordPress site using the WordPress Toolkit in cPanel. The WordPress Toolkit provides a convenient, easy-to-use interface directly within cPanel that you can use to install, configure, and manage WordPress websites. 

Installing WordPress

To install WordPress using the WordPress Toolkit, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the DOMAINS section of the cPanel home screen, click WordPress Toolkit:

    cPanel - Applications - WordPress Toolkit icon

  3. The WordPress Toolkit page appears. Under Installations, click Install:

    WordPress Toolkit - Install

  4. Under Choose installation options, customize your site:

    • Under General, in the Installation path text box, you can optionally specify a directory in which to install WordPress.
      If you want your domain name (for example, https://www.example.com) to go directly to WordPress, make sure the Installation path text box is blank.
    • In the Website title text box, specify the title of your site.
    • In the Plugin/theme set list box, you can optionally select a package of plugins and themes to install.
    • In the Website language list box, select the language for the site.
    • In the Version list box, select the WordPress version you want to install.
      Unless you have a specific reason for not doing so, you should install the current version.
    • Under WordPress Administrator, in the Username text box, type the username you want to use to log in to the site.
    • In the Password text box, type the password you want to use for the username to log in to the site. Click the eye icon to view the password.
      Make sure that you use a strong password! Alternatively, you can click Generate, and cPanel generates a strong, random password for you.
    • In the Email text box, type a valid e-mail address. This address is used to receive update notifications and other news.
    • Under Database, you can optionally change the database settings.
      The database options are for advanced users. You do not need to change any of them unless you have a specific reason for doing so.
    • Under Automatic Update Settings, you can optionally change the settings for WordPress, plugin, and theme updates.
      You do not need to change any of these settings unless you have a specific reason for doing so.
  5. Click Install. cPanel begins the installation and provides a progress indicator:

    WordPress Toolkit - Installation progress indicator

  6. After installation is complete, you can optionally install plugins:

    WordPress Toolkit - Installation Complete

  7. Now that WordPress is installed, you can use the WordPress Toolkit to help manage your site. For information about how to do this, please see this article.

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