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How to Install WordPress in cPanel [The Easy Way]

You didn’t think you could do it. But now, you couldn’t be more confident about yourself after learning how to create a MySQL database in cPanel. Now it’s time to install WordPress in cPanel!

We’ll show you how to install WordPress in cPanel by:

  1. Downloading the latest version of WordPress.
  2. Installing WordPress by using a MySQL database in your web hosting environment.

You’re super excited about getting your new home based business off the ground. If you plan to unlock cell phones as a business, then this is one of the many important steps in getting you on your way.

WordPress is a widely used content management system that has opened the door for many to enter into their own online business, showcasing their talents or just experimenting with technology.

For you to install and activate WordPress, you will be using the new MySQL database and username values that were created earlier.

How to Install WordPress in cPanel

Step 1: Download the latest version of WordPress

Download WordPress from here:

web page image for downloading wordpressNote: For this tutorial, we’re using the .zip file. While it’s perfectly fine to use the .tar.gz, we won’t cover that here.

Remember where you downloaded the .zip file. It needs to be uploaded to your web hosting server.

Step 2: Upload WordPress using the File Manager in cPanel

When logged into cPanel, click on the “Home” icon in the top right corner.

install wordpress in cpanel file manager sectionClick “File Manager” under the “FILES” section. A new tab will open, displaying files and folders.

the public_html directory for wordpress in cpanelClick on the folder in the left pane which will contain files for your website (e.g. /home/demo6/public_html/).

Substitute demo6 with the actual location on your server.

file manager upload to cpanel buttonClick “Upload” in the top menu. Another tab will open. (“Select the file you want to upload to “/home/demo6/public_html/”.)

cpanel select file to upload dialogTo now install WordPress in cPanel, click “Select File” to navigate to the WordPress installation .zip file that you downloaded earlier.

Wait for the upload to finish. You will know this when the following “complete” message appears:

cpanel wordpress file uplode completed dialogClick “Go Back to …” at the bottom of the screen to navigate back to the folder to see the actual .zip file.

clicking extract to expand wordpress .zip file in cpanelSelect the .zip file and click on “Extract” found in the top menu.

expanded public_html directory in cpanel to display wordpress directoryNote: All of the .zip file contents have been placed inside of a folder named “wordpress”. However, these files need to be moved to the root or main folder of your website.

Step 3: Extract and Move the WordPress Installation Files

cpanel displaying extracted contents of wordpress directoryImportant: Expand the folders in the left pane and click the “wordpress” folder to reveal all of its contents. As a result, the contents will appear in the right side of the window.

cpanel select all option for contents of wordpress directoryClick “Select All” checkbox that appears directly above. Checking this box selects all files.

move all files dialog appears after clicking move buttonClick “Move” in the top menu. A small pop up “Move” window will appear.

close up of cpanel move dialog highlighting wordpress directoryRemove everything to the right of the “forward” slash, including the slash so that you change it from: /public_html/wordpress to this: /public_html

cpanel move dialog after removal of wordpress referenceClick “Move File(s)” to complete the action. This results in moving all of the selected files into the root folder of your website.

cpanel displays empty wordpress directory after moving filesInstall WordPress in your Web Hosting Environment

Since you may want to keep this window active, open another browser tab and type the domain name of your website in the address bar to begin the WordPress installation.

Click all the WordPress installation prompts. However, pause when you arrive at the screen that requires you to input the Database Name, Username, Password, Database Host, and Table Prefix.

web browser presenting wordpress installation dialogEnter the the Database Name, Username, and Password values that you created from the “How to Create a MySQL database” section above.

Note: Do not change the default value “localhost” that appears after “Database Host”, since this may cause errors during the installation. The “Table Prefix” value can be whatever you like.

Click “Submit”.

Click “Run the Installation”.

wordpress installation welcome dialogIf everything went well, you should finally be presented with the WordPress “Welcome” screen. Here you will enter all of the information related to your newly created mobile phone unlocking website.

However, if there were errors or any unexpected screens, please let us know about them in the comment section below.

Closely follow the on-screen instructions to fill in the appropriate information for your WordPress website.

Click “Install WordPress”.

As a result, you will see the “Success!” screen displaying your chosen WordPress website admin username.

Click “Log In” to enter your website to further customize it.

From here, you can update WordPress to the latest version, install themes, plugins, etc.

install wordpress in cpanel showing the wordpress dashboard displayHover over the “Home” icon in the upper left corner to reveal “Visit Site”.

Click “Visit Site” to view your future cell phone/mobile device unlock website.

Congragutalations – You’ve just completed how to install WordPress in cPanel!

In Summary

Now you know what it takes to install WordPress in cPanel:

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress.
  2. Install and configure WordPress to use a MySQL database in your web hosting environment.

The WordPress ecosystem is a nice place for many theme designers and plugin developers to create beautiful environments and useful tools in which your online business can thrive.

How do you plan to make WordPress work for you? If you aren’t doing so already, why not look into building your own mobile or cell phone unlocking website? If that sounds interesting to you, take a look at How to Unlock Cell Phones with WordPress. (available: Oct. 3rd)


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