How To Install WordPress

WordPress is the industry-leading Content Management System for websites. Due to its ease of use, flexibility, and customizable nature, it can be used for many different types of websites, from eCommerce, to blogs, to knowledgebases (like the one you’re reading right now!)

OneHost uses an application called Softaculous, which makes deploying WordPress websites quick and easy.

1) Log Into cPanel

Upon signing up with OneHost, your cPanel credentials will be automatically emailed to you. If you don’t have them, our support department can reset them for you.

2) Click “Softaculous”

The Softaculous icon can be found under the “Software” section of cPanel. If you wish, you can search for it in the search box at the top as well.

3) Select “WordPress”

The Softaculous interface has over 400 different web applications for you to choose from. In this guide we will be installing WordPress, but we recommend you look through the available applications!

Locate the WordPress icon (it’s usually at the very top, since they are sorted by popularity). Hover over the icon and click “Install”.

4) Configure Basic Settings

You are going to be prompted for some basic information. Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything!

  1. Choose Protocol – you can select HTTPS or HTTP. We recommend using HTTPS – having your website secured will increase SEO visibility, and will soon be required for users accessing via Google Chrome.
  2. Choose Domain – select which domain you wish to install WordPress to.
  3. In Directory – if you want WordPress to be in a subdirectory (such as, you can enter the directory name here. Leave this field blank to install in the root of the domain.
  4. Site Name – enter the name of your website, as you want it to appear.
  5. Site Description – enter a tagline for your website. Don’t worry – you can change it later!
  6. Enable Multisite – in almost every case, you’re going to leave this unchecked.
  7. Admin Username – the username you wish to use for the admin area.
  8. Admin Password – choose something secure!
  9. Admin Email – we recommend using a commonly checked email account, as this is where notifications will be sent.
  10. Select Language – by default, English is selected. You can change this to any language.

We recommend enabling Backups – to do this, click “Advanced Options”, and change the “Automated Backups” field to “Once A Day”.

Once these settings have been selected, click the blue “Install” button.

5) Start Using WordPress!

After a minute or two you’ll be brought to a screen showing you that the installation is complete.

Simply click the Administrative URL and log in with your username and password to start using WordPress!

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