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How to Install WordPress on Cpanel without Softaculous

by Ayorinde Ayodeji
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We all can agree that WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS) that can be installed and used by anyone and most popular CMS platform on the internet.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install wordpress on your cpanel easily without using softaculous.

Why learn it?

Most times you might get tired of using 5min install like softaculous and wish to try something new.

Well, you have your own reason why you are reading this tutorial…

I could remember sometime last year wordpress partnered with fiverr to launch wordpress fundamental course for everyone which you can read about here.

According to Wikipedia, more than 30% of the top ten million websites run on WordPress.

Are you surprised?

WordPress has great features and wide support for developers since it was first released in May 2003. You can use WordPress attractive themes to run any kind of website including personal blogs, portals, and online shops.

By using WordPress you can create your website very easily in just a few minutes.

You can install your themes for your website’s design, install new plugins to add features to your website without having to code a single line, create as many pages & posts in your website & do a lot more with WordPress.

We will show you how to use softaculous to set up WordPress on your site via Cpanel. The entire procedure is fast, user-friendly and intuitive.

How to Install WordPress Manually Without Softaculous

Here you go…

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Step1: Download WordPress

  1. Download the most recent version of WordPress to a location of your choice at WordPress.org.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your local computer.
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Step 2: Upload WordPress to Hosting Account

Upload and extract the WordPress .ZIP file to your desired installation directory.

Within the File Manager, locate and navigate to that directory. From the top toolbar of the cPanel, select “Upload” and browse for the file you downloaded from WordPress.org. Once the .ZIP file has finished uploading, return to the directory by clicking the “← Go Back to “/home/yourserverhere/public_html/yoursitehere” link.

Within the directory root you will now see the wordpress.zip file. Click on this file to select it and then from the cPanel tool bar at the top, click “extract”. After that click “reload” in the cPanel toolbar and you will see the extracted wordpress folder. You can now delete the .ZIP file in order to keep everything nice and clean.

Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User

WordPress stores its information in a database. Therefore, a database will need to be created.

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
  3. For Step 1: Create A Database, enter the database name and click Next Step.
  4. For Step 2: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
  5. For Step 3: Add User to the Database, click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
  6. For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username and password, as you will need them for Step 4⤵ below.
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Step 4: Configure wp-config.php

The wp-config-sample.php file contains the database information and tells the WordPress application which database to pull information from.

This step must be completed to ensure the correct database information is associated with the WordPress installation.

Okay now it is time to navigate back to the proper directory in the file manager with your database information handy. In your site’s directory root, locate the file named “wp-config-sample.php“.  Click on this file and then select “Code Editor” from the top toolbar, click “Edit” and open the .php file.

Now that the wp-config-sample.php file is open in the Code Editor, it is time to start adding your database information…

Locate the line that reads “define(‘DB_NAME‘, ‘database_name_here‘);” and add your database name.

Locate the line that reads “define(‘DB_USER‘, ‘username_here‘);” and add your database username.

Locate the line that reads “define(‘DB_PASSWORD‘, ‘password_here‘);” and add your database password.

Edit the section as seen in the code below:

define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');
	
	/** MySQL database username */
	define('DB_USER', 'username_here');
	
	/** MySQL database password */
	define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');

Step 5: Run the Installation

Open a new browser window and go to the installation page to run the installation script. Depending on where you installed the script, you will find it at either of the following URLs:

http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

Be sure to replace example.com in the example above with your actual domain name.
You should now see a welcome page that says “Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!”

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Step 6: Complete the Installation

On this page, fill in the fields for:

  • Site Name
  • Username
  • Password (needs to be entered twice)
  • Email address (login information will be sent to this email address)
  • Select whether or not to have the search engines index the site

Click Install Now, and you should be taken to the final screen, showing the following message:

Success! WordPress has been installed.

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