Getting Started: How to install Wordpress
Installing WordPress 3.5 manually

WordPress is a free open source software that is available for install in your cPanel Softaculous installer for free. This article will explain how to install WordPress through Softaculous.

Steps to install WordPress

  1. Login into your cPanel.
  2. Click Softaculous in cPanelGo to Software / Services. Click the Softaculous icon.
  3. Install Softaculous in cPanelClick the Install link on the WordPress install section.
  4. Setup the WordPress in Softaculous in cPanelFill in the WordPress set up information. The following is the necessary information you need to fill in.

    Software Setup
    Choose Domain Select the Domain you want to install your WordPress on from the drop box.
    In Directory Leave this blank to install on the domain directly. If you are installing in a subfolder of your site you type the folder name here. This will make the blog load like the following:
    Admin Username Enter a username for your WordPress Dashboard login.
    Admin Password Enter whatever password you want for the Dashboard Login.
    Admin email Enter a valid email here. The system will place an invalid email here. you will need a valid one.

    Installing to Subdomains- If you decide that you wish to install to a subodmain, then you will need to first make sure that you have correctly created the subdomain in cPanel. The main difference is that the path will appear like this: instead of like this If the Subdomain is already created, then you will be able to select the subdomain at the Choose Domain stage of the installation. If you are trying to install it to a sub-folder that is not specified as a subdomain, then the Choose domain option should remain as the domain name that you wish to use for the installation. The In Directory option will be filled with the folder that you wish to use - as per the example above.

    Click Install.

  5. Installing the Software Softaculous in cPanelSoftaculous will Check the submitted data and install the files to your server for WordPress..

    Congratulations Softaculous in cPanelClick Return to Overview.

    Current Installations Softaculous in cPanelNow you will se your WordPress Installation in the Current Installations.

  6. New Installation of Wordpress Softaculous in cPanelVisit your website in your browser. You should see a new WordPress install like the snapshot to the right.

    Note! If you do not see your website load after installing your WordPress site, you may need to point the nameservers, wait for propagation, or another DNS or Domain related issue.

Continued Education in Course 101: An introduction to WordPress
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2013-04-06 5:43 am
This is a nicely done installation script. A newbie will be able to follow the procedures easily.
2014-02-25 12:53 am
Non-techie newbie question here (sorry!)...does installing Wordpress via Softaculous install Wordpress.COM or Wordpress.ORG? I want to build my website through Wordpress.ORG and want to make sure I don't mess this up too badly:)

Thank you!

12,753 Points
2014-02-25 10:38 am
Hello Leslie,

Thank you for your question. When you install Wordpress from softaculous, it simplifies the process of downloading Wordpress from, and installing it.

It will then be hosted on your server with us, and you essentially have more access/control of your account, than you would with

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-03-03 8:31 am

pls can i install a ( and make use of it as my website

12,753 Points
2014-03-03 11:42 am
Hello albert,

I am not exactly sure what you are asking, but if you want to host your website on and use your personal domain name, you can Map an Existing Domain.

If this does not answer your specific question, please provide more details regarding what you are trying to accomplish.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-06-15 8:33 am

Confused about whether to install WordPress in the domain directly or in a sub-folder. What is the difference. Also, I plan to include an ecommerce element later down the road. Should I select HTPPS protocol now, or can I change it easily later when I add the ecommerce (such as Presta)? Finally, what is Table Prefix? Do I create my own name for Table Prefix, or are their specific prefix entry that should be used such as WP_? Thanks.

11,156 Points
2014-06-16 9:18 am
If you want your visitors to go to something like, then you would place it in a subdirectory named blog. If you want it running on your main site, leave the filed blank.

It is quite easy to change the installation to HTTPS later. If you already have an SSL certificate set up for your domain, selecting either will not affect you but if you do not have an SSL certificate, do not select the HTTPS option as this can cause the site to not work.

The table prefix simply obscures the table names which can help with security. What you put here is completely up to you.
n/a Points
2014-07-14 6:10 pm
I have no idea but I am LOST since i entered what you said but received a message that said:
The following errors were found :

Installation cannot proceed because the following files already exist in the target folder :
Please delete these files or choose another folder.OR
Select the checkbox to overwrite all files and continue.

SO which do I choose since I did not load ANY files before this popped up??? HELP
9,968 Points
2014-07-14 6:53 pm
Hello Roger,

It looks like you installed WordPress to your account with us already which you can verify by looking at your cPanel File Manager. So if this is the second time you're running through the Softaculous install, and trying to again install it to the main directory it's going to fail because all of those original WordPress files still exist.

You would want to modify your hosts file, or change the WordPress URL to use your temporary URL in order to access your website on our server since it's not currently hosted there live yet.

If you just try to go directly to your domain right now, it looks like it's currently hosted at another web host. Once you are ready to point your domain name over to us, you'll want to update your name servers to point to us.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-08-06 3:55 pm
Very easy to follow instructions.
n/a Points
2014-08-21 6:34 am

I just installed wordpress according to your guideline...leaving the In directory balnk but my post url shows Is there any solution ?

23,321 Points
2014-08-21 8:03 am

The 'In directory' field prefills with the value 'wp' not 'blog', at least on our servers. If it is showing up at it sounds as if it was mistakenly put there. If you have not yet begun with creating the site, it would be best to uninstall and then reinstall it from within the Softaculous.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-08-21 8:23 am

you are right, I leave In directory balnk and my site url is when i publish a post, the post's url shows where is the problem ?

12,753 Points
2014-08-21 9:56 am
Hello Aharodiya,

Thank you for your question. This means you installed WordPress into a folder called blog. Possibly your Softaculous was customized to install into a /blog folder.

I could not locate an account with us based on your email address. But when you leave the In Directory option blank on our servers it will install on the root of your domain. For instance:

We are happy to help, but will need some additional information.

Can you provide a link to your website? This will help us identify if you have an account with us, and allow us to look further into your setup.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,

n/a Points
2014-08-25 2:23 pm

Hi guys! i just installed wordpress using Softaculous and following the instructions above. When I vist my site url it does not show the wordpress site, but instead it says: “Index of” at the top of the page and also shows a link to the wordpress site and a link to the cgi-bin

What did I do wrong and how can I fix this?

20,799 Points
2014-08-25 2:36 pm
Hello Lerato,

Sorry to hear that you're having problems. Can you provide us the domain name that you're using? If youre domain name is new, then you may be seeing a delay due to domain propagation. Newly registered domain names do require up to 24 hours before you can use them on the internet. This is because the internet needs a little time to recognize your domain name after you register it.

If you continue to have the problem, please provide us a domain name and we can check on it for you.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-09-02 1:11 pm


I just opened an account yesterday and had Wordpress set up by the admins. I checked my site today and saw that they had it set up but they did not provide me the Wordpress admin username/password. How do I get the Wordpress admin username/password or Can I reinstall Wordpress myself to set up the username and password ?



H. Tran

23,321 Points
2014-09-02 1:38 pm
Hello H.Tran,

The credentials are sent to the primary email account for the hosting account. Be sure to check the Spam folder to be sure it was not sent there. If you wish, you can certainly remove the installation and then reinstall it via the Softaculous program.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-09-14 6:52 am

Hi Johnpaul,


Can you explain when installing on a subdomain, what do I do I input on the directory box should it be left blank or do I need anything entered as when installing on a sub folder





23,321 Points
2014-09-15 8:36 am
Hello Barry,

A subdomain is attached to a folder, typically with the same name. (ie: would be found at Using this example, you would enter the folder name associated with the subdomain, which is 'blog'. Enter it with no quotes or slashes. Wordpress will then install the files into that folder for you.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-11-07 6:00 pm
none needed...
n/a Points
2014-12-21 12:45 pm
Better instructions on how to make the URL for my forum. I installed the forum but can't access it because I don't know how to find the URL.
23,321 Points
2014-12-23 9:19 am
Hello Tom,

Which forum do you mean? Do you mean the WordPress software? If so, when you install it, it displays your URL on the screen as soon as it is done installing the files. It gives you two URLs, one for the main site and one for the admin login page. You can see the screenshot for this on Step 5, though the URLs have been blotted out on the image.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-12-22 10:41 pm

how do you delete plesk sitebuilder from my files. So I can down load worldpress.

23,321 Points
2014-12-23 9:26 am
Hello Bryant,

There is no tool for deleting the sitebuilder files. You can, however, go into the cPanel File Manager and delete them manually. From there you can then install the WordPress.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-01-02 7:54 pm

Every time I try to install Wordpress I get an error that says: "The maximum number of databases you can create has been reached, so installation cannot proceed." I've never installed Wordpress before for this site and I've checked the MySQL Databases and none currently exist. I have no clue what I am doing wrong. Any suggestions?

1,296 Points
2015-01-02 8:22 pm
Hello Joseph,

Can you please provide us the domain that is associated with your account so we may investigate further? Also you can contact our technical support team and they would also be able to assist you.

Kindest Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-01-02 8:27 pm

The website is Thanks!

1,296 Points
2015-01-02 8:51 pm
Hello Joseph,

I took a look into your account, which there were some issues with your package. This has since been resolved.

Kindest Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-01-08 12:29 am

I am super confused as to how installing Wordpress and using it to for a website design template. I am moving from one hosting company to inmotion so my website has already been created, but am looking to re-do it and just give a simple look with ecommerce capability. As I am navigating through themes using Wordpress how am suppose to make the changes and then connect it to my website?

12,753 Points
2015-01-08 8:58 pm
Hello Yahaira,

Thank you for contacting us today. If your existing site was already built in WordPress, I recommend following our walk-through guide on Migrating your Existing WordPress site to InMotion Hosting. You can also request a website transfer from AMP if you need assistance.

If your original site was not built using WordPress, you will have to install WordPress as described above, then build your site. We have a full WordPress Education Channel, with walk-through guides that will help familiarize you with the software.

You can add e-commerce functionality to a WordPress site with a plugin.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-01-12 10:33 pm

I would like to install wordpress, and then learn how to use it, and re-build our site.  I don't want it to go live right now, because I need time to learn to use Word Press and build the site.  I currently do it using Dreamweaver.  I am thinking that I need to install it in a subfolder, so it does not interfere with the existing site, until I am ready to deploy it.  Is that correct?  Will it be difficult to move once I am ready to make the switch?

11,156 Points
2015-01-13 11:37 am
Installing WordPress to a subfolder will allow you to easily make changes without affecting your site at all. To do so, you can simply enter something with the In Directory field of Softaculous. Once your site it built and ready to deploy, you can actually use the Softaculous clone feature to move it to your main production environment.
n/a Points
2015-01-19 8:19 am
thanks usefull information, this prblm created in my site, then i am using your trick, and now everthing is ok, thankalot to giving this wonderfull info
n/a Points
2015-02-26 10:29 pm


My website is currently hosted on InMotion… Seeking advice on how to proceed with WordPress installation, I don’t want to mess up my current website.  My website was created with InMotion’s site builder and I am concerned that I may overwrite it when installing WordPress, is there any danger of doing this?   


Thanks in Advance – Joe.

23,321 Points
2015-02-27 8:31 am
Hello Joe,

If you install WordPress in the same directory that you have the builder site in, it will overwrite the index.php file. This file is very important as it is the first page visitors see. That is likely the only file that will be overwritten but it is enough. If you wish to install WordPress onto your site and not interfere with the existing site, simply install it in its own folder. Step 4 has the instruction you need. Look at the "In Directory" part. If it is installed into its own directory it will not have any effect on the current site.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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