How to install WordPress using Softaculous

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The following is an excerpt from my e-book Building Successful Websites, a step by step guide to building, marketing and maintaining profitable websites.

Step 1

Log in to your control panel (cPanel). In most cases, you can type in www.yourdomain.com/cpanel and it will take you to your cPanel login screen.

Step 2

Scroll down to the “Software/Services” tab. Click on the “Softaculous” icon.

Step 3

On the left, you’ll see a sidebar. Scroll down under the “Blogs” category and click on “WordPress.”

Step 4

Click the “Install” link above the header to start the installation.

Step 5

After the installation is complete, Softaculous will automatically populate some of the settings. Under “Software Setup,” choose the http:// protocol. Choose your domain in the drop-down menu. Leave “In Directory” blank and name the database (or use the name Softaculous automatically assigned).

Step 6

Under “Table Prefix” use “wp_” (without quotation marks) and under “Site Settings” name your site and give a brief description of your site. Under “Admin Account” fill in the desired username, password and email. Make sure you write this information down and keep it safe. It is also important to use a valid email address. Click “Install.”

Step 7

After a few moments, you should see a page announcing the software was installed successfully. Write down or print out and save the information provided on this page as it may be difficult to remember when you’re first starting out.


You can now log in to your new WordPress Dashboard. Visit http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin and log in with the username and password you selected during the Softaculous installation.

For more tips on building, marketing and maintaining a profitable website, read the e-book Building Successful Websites.

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Erin Clark is a full-time news editor and part-time web and software developer who also works extensively in graphic arts. She helps individuals and businesses create, market and maintain profitable websites. She's also the author of the e-book Building Successful Websites. Learn more about Erin here, or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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