cPanel is an online graphical interface based on Linux. You can use it to control, organize, manage, and improve a WordPress website. Not all WordPress sites install cPanel, but cPanel lets you manage your website efficiently.
You can use Softaculous if your hosting company doesn’t install WordPress. Here are the steps to take.
Go to cPanel, Home, then Software. Choose Softaculous Apps Installer and search for WordPress in the left-hand-side menu. The corresponding icon will appear. Click on Install and select between custom and quick install. You’ll need to fill out different forms depending on your choice.
Fill in the form that shows up. You can leave the preset default values.
Now, enter the domain where you will install the content management system. Enter the username and password for the WordPress admin, followed by the email address.
Choose what language you want to install the CMS in.
That’s all. Just press the Install button at the bottom of the form.
Install WordPress Manually
To install WordPress without Softaculous (manually), download WordPress from the official website (wordpress.org/download) and select the respective version.
Log in to your cPanel hosting account, then go to File and File Manager. You store your website’s data here. In the cPanel menu, there is an Upload option. Open the Public_html folder and click on it.
The installation file can be selected from your local computer. Go back to the public folder after completing the WordPress file upload.
A menu will appear when you right-click on the Zip file. Choose Extract from this menu. A popup will indicate the location to extract this file. Click on Extract File in the public folder.
A new popup will indicate the file has been extracted. Close the popup. The default folder will have the files, so they must all be moved to the public folder.
Move the files from the folder. With that, they are uploaded in cPanel.
Configure the Database
This is the next step. You must create a user and a database, as WordPress websites run MySQL databases. Find the section Databases in cPanel, then go to MySQL Databases. Click on Create Database and fill in the box that appears.
Assign a user to the database after creating it. Click the Create User button and grant him privileges. Then, configure the database with WordPress. Link the database using the wp-config.php file. When you scroll down, you will see some code linked to the user and the database. Enter the database name, database user, and password. Finally, press Save.
Common WordPress Installation Mistakes
One of the most common mistakes is using too many plugins. They can cause issues like white space, which prevents you from seeing the admin page. Your site will also load more slowly.
Disable plugins in the admin section of your website. This is a painstaking process as you will need to disable them one by one to see which one is causing the problem.
Go to the FTP page and rename the folder. This will make it possible to deactivate the problematic plugin.
When Do You Need to Reinstall WordPress?
If the installation process is disrupted, delete and install WordPress on cPanel. WordPress has an inbuilt updater that does this. It reinstalls files and makes any changes to plugins and themes per your settings.
You need to use FTP to connect to your site if you’re getting the message that you can’t connect to the database. Check the wp-config.php file to ensure there are no mistakes in the database name, the username, or the password.
If you’re still getting errors even though you’re sure the names and passwords are correct, your hosting provider can assist further. You might have a problem with your website database.
Check the Database Table
You might have issues with installation if the process is not associated with the core files or the plugin. Use phpMyAdmin to access the database table and look for errors in it. There might be more than one database table.
Choose the option Repair to fix any errors you’ve identified. One of the great things about WordPress is the wealth of self-help resources available. Supporting documents provide many details to resolve WordPress install issues on cPanel.