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Install WordPress on Your Own Server With Softaculous

Would you like to install WordPress on your own server the easy way?  Here’s how you can get WordPress up and running in only a few clicks on most webhosts.

We’ve recently been covering ways you can use a free WordPress.com blog, but the great thing about WordPress is that you can either get a free hosted blog or you can download the software and run it on your own server for free.  Many webhosts today offer scripts that make installing WordPress as easy as possible, so here we’re going to look at how you can install WordPress in only a few steps in cPanel with Softaculous.

Note: Not all webhosts use cPanel, and even some cPanel hosts don’t offer Softaculous.  Softaculous also works with other popular website control panels, so check with your hosting provider if you cannot find it.  Otherwise, you can install WordPress manually via FTP.  We’ll cover how to do that in an upcoming article.

Getting Started

Login to your website’s admin panel to get started installing WordPress on your site.  This is often located at yourdomain.com/cpanel, though this may vary depending on your hosting provider.

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Scroll down to the Software/Services section, and click the Softaculous link.

Note: If your host doesn’t offer Softaculous, it may offer another installer in this section, though it may work differently.

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Softaculous offers many different web apps you can install on your site, including blogging engines, wikis, image galleries, webmail clients, and more.  We’re going to install WordPress, but if you want to install a different web app the process will be similar.

To install WordPress, click the WordPress link on the left-hand sidebar in Softaculous.

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This page will give you some information about WordPress, including ratings and reviews from other users.  Click the Install link above the header to start the installation.

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Now you’ll need to enter some information about your site.  Softaculous will automatically fill in default settings, but you may want to customize them.

On the top of the page, choose the domain you want to use for WordPress.  We already had WordPress installed on the site techinch.com, so we wanted to install this test copy on a subdomain.  Then select what directory to install WordPress on.  By default, it will install to yourdomain.com/wp, but if you want yourdomain.com to go directly to WordPress, then leave this field blank.

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Now enter a name and description for your site, as well as an administrative username, password, and email.  If you’d like a more secure password, click the key logo and a random generated password will be entered in the field.

If you’d like a record of your site’s settings, enter your email in the bottom field under the Install button.  Finally, when you’re finished, click Install.

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After a few moments, you’ll see a page announcing that WordPress is now installed on your site.

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Click the link to go to the WordPress admin page, or simply browse to yourdomain.com/wp-login.php.  Login with the username and password you chose before.

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The first time you login, WordPress may prompt you to change your password.  Since you just chose the password for your site, this step is unnecessary. Click No Thanks, Do not remind me again to chose this notification.

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Now you can add posts and pictures, change the theme, and customize the settings of your WordPress site directly from the WordPress Dashboard.

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Here’s our new WordPress site after installing with Softaculous and submitting our first post.

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Backup or Delete WordPress with Softaculous

Softaculous is also useful for maintaining web apps you’ve installed with it.  If you’d like to backup your WordPress site, or even delete it entirely, you can easily from your Softaculous control panel.

Login to your cPanel and open Softaculous as above.  Select the box icon from the top right to see all the web apps you’ve installed.

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Here you can see the web app installation time and version number, as well as a link to it.  Click the folder icon to backup your site, or the (x) to delete it.

Please note: Do not click the X button unless you are certain you want to fully delete your WordPress site!

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If you choose to backup the site, Softaculous will ask if you want to backup the entire directory and database.  Generally it is good to select both, as you would be able to fully restore you’re entire site with both of these.  Click Backup Installation to confirm you want to do this.

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Click Ok at the prompt, and make sure to leave the webpage opening while it is backing up your site.

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After a few moments, Softaculous will let you know that the backup is complete.  Click the Backups link to access your backup file.

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Click the blue arrow to download the zip file containing a full backup of your site.  Once you’ve saved it, you can click the red X to delete the file from the server.

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Conclusion

WordPress is one of the best CMS and blog engines available today, and you can used it to power anything from your personal site, to a major website with millions of hits per day.  Installing WordPress manually isn’t too hard, but with Softaculous, it’s so easy anyone could do it.  If you ever want to try out any other web apps on your site, you can always install them quickly with Softaculous too.

If you’d like to try out installing WordPress with Softaculous, you can give it a test drive on their demo site (link below).  This is a great way to make sure you’re confident about installing it before you actually install it on your own website.

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  • Published 06/21/10

Comments (15)

  1. Richard

    my host, http://www.pacifichost.com has softaculous with this installed. These guys are really great and softaculous makes it that much better

  2. farah

    thx dear, for your information

  3. Babar saeed

    Very nice article ,,, but please mention at the end how to restore backup

  4. Dan

    Very helpful – thanks :)

  5. miniclip

    your a life saver! Thank you so much! I’ve been working w/ my new site!

  6. ian

    i think softaculous isn’t free now, it’s must have license for download it. CMIIW
    thx

  7. Sandra

    My website was ok till I tried to do this, now I get the “can’t find server” error. So I uninstalled Word Press from the control panel, and still get the error message.

  8. okta

    you just saved me.

    many thanks !!

  9. Holly

    Great clear instructions, however I am having trouble with installing WP within Softaculous. The error message reads ‘The maximum number of databases you can create has been reached, so installation cannot proceed’, even though I have no others in the installations area. Help and advice appreciated!

  10. Craig

    I am seeing the same issue as Holly (“The maximum number of databases you can create has been reached” error message). cPanel says my site has no other databases running. Has anyone else seen this?

  11. Abhijith

    hi, my i lost my softaculous backup, but i have it downloaded. Please instruct me on how to restore the downloaded site i have. Also i need to know, to which location is this backup created, as my backup was hacked n deleted by someone, who attacked my website.

  12. Altnetcoza

    Thanks, I skimmed through more than a dozen articles on installing WP using Softaculous, and this was the clearest and most detailed.

  13. zul

    thanks for the information…how about the addon domains…

  14. bay

    hey how do i uninstall wordpress?

  15. chandresh

    This is very helpful.

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