So let’s say you’re just starting out with WordPress, I mean this is going way back to the absolute basics after you’ve first signed up and you’re ready to set up your site. Depending on how you’re planning to use your site and your target audience, there can be tons and tons of different ways to install WordPress. So let’s talk about how to install WordPress with Softaculous, one of many easy automatic script installers and easily one of the most popular.
Softaculous can not only install WordPress, but also dozens of alternatives to WordPress. This type of script installer requires only a few clicks to have your site completely up and running, helping you to install any type of media. This covers anything from forum support, e-mail clients, stores, galleries of images, and wikis, and makes it as simple as a few clicks and keystrokes. But the most popular script is of course WordPress.
Finding Softaculous on cPanel or Through Your Host
So let’s talk about how to install WordPress with Softaculous and where exactly to find it. If it’s provided by your web hosting provider, you can usually find it in your cPanel admin control under the Software and Services tab. If it’s not there it’s definitely somewhere in your control panel, it doesn’t matter if it’s cPanel or something else. It may not necessarily be Softaculous, but generally every host will provide a script installer. If you can’t find it, you can always contact your host directly to find out where it is. Occasionally, some providers will even provide an entire tab for cPanel alone, adding icons for blogs, micro-blogs, CMS, forums and so on.
Alright, now let’s get into the direct step by step instructions on how to install WordPress with Softaculous. The first thing you’re going to need to do is to open Softaculous itself from within cPanel or whatever admin controls you are using. The majority, if not all, of the hosts we partner with on WPCaddy offer Softaculous in their cPanel. Once opened, look for the “Top Scripts” section of Softaculous. Hover over the WordPress icon, and then select install from the popup menu. If somehow WordPress is no longer in the top scripts, you can navigate to the “Blogs” option under the left hand column and select WordPress from there. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to take a few additional steps. It should take you to the Overview page, where it shows you a few additional details about the script as well as some other useful information. From there, all you have to do is to select “Install” from the top of the page. Once you’ve clicked that, it’ll bring up another menu where we’ll need to set up a few different options in order to get WordPress working properly.
Options When You Install WordPress With Softaculous
The first option is “Choose Protocol”, which by default is set to http://. You can also opt for https, but if you want to go that route you’ll need to purchase a certificate separately.
The next option is “Choose Domain.” A dropdown menu will appear if you have sub-domains within your account, and you can select whichever of them you’d like to install WordPress on.
Next we have the option that reads “In Directory.” This one is pretty simple. If you want WordPress to appear as yourdomain.com, leave that box empty. If you want it to be yourdomain.com/something, you would put something in that field, but of course you can put any extension you like there.
The final option is “Database Name,” and it usually begins with the letters WP for WordPress. You should give it a custom name though, one that relates somehow to the site that you want to make.
The next thing that we’re going to look at is the Database Settings tab, which we’ll only need to change one setting in. Where it says “Table Prefix”, by default it is usually wp_. This is something you’re definitely going to want to look into changing, because a lot of hackers specifically target the table prefix wp_ so they know they’ll be more likely to be able to successfully hack that target. Always make sure to end your prefix with an underscore, because it’s a prefix it needs to be separated.
Next is the “Site Settings” tab, which is where you’ll input the name of your site as well as the description of your site, it’s incredibly general and self-explanitory. Then there’s the check box for multisite. This feature enables multisite, but if you don’t want to use it at the moment or even if you think you might want to in the future, don’t install it yet. You can always come back and install it easily later, and your server must support Apache mod_rewrite in order to use it.
Next up is arguably THE most important step of how to install WordPress with Softaculous. It’s where you’ll input your username and administrator password. Do not, under any circumstances, use “admin” for your name and “password” for your password. This sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people actually do this. Subscribe to our blog to always get the latest on WordPress security and keeping your install malware free.
Next is choosing your native language, which is obvious and easy. Once you have selected a language, you can select your plugins. One very handy one actually limits the number of times you can attempt to login and locks your IP out if you don’t get the password correct, which is often enough to thwart the attempts of hackers and bots on its own.
The final tab is the advanced options tab, which is where you can disable notifications for available updates and set your site to auto-upgrade to the newest version of WordPress when a new patch releases. We would recommend keeping the alerts on, but it’s usually easier to just use WordPress’s built in upgrade system to trigger the update yourself. This way you can see if there are any major changes and if you want to go back to one of the older versions.
And that’s it, begin to install WordPress and a little while later you’ll have your website ready to go. We hope this helped to answer some questions about how to install WordPress with Softaculous. It’s really great software, and we’re sure it’ll help you out.