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How to install WordPress on cPanel with Softaculous in order to receive automatic patches and updates when released.


WordPress is a popular website content management and blog platform that can be used to get a basic website up quickly or customized for more complicated sites. This article will cover how to get WordPress installed in your cPanel account. If you are a WordPress beginner, you might find this training from LinkedIn Learning helpful for understanding WordPress itself.

Installing WordPress using Softaculous

Softaculous is a one click installation utility that makes it easy to install WordPress.

  1. Login to your cPanel account at

  2. Find “WordPress” in the Softaculous section of your cPanel dashboard and click it. 

  3. Click the Install Now button.

  4. Use the recommended settings below to complete your configuration.

Software Setup section

  1. Choose Protocol: Leave as “https

  2. Choose Domain: Normally your domain will be That is your default domain and will automatically be filled in. 
    1. If you are going to  use a custom domain (see cPanel, How to get a custom domain ), enter the custom domain here.

  3. In Directory: If you want your website to display at, and you haven't installed anything there previously, remove the “wp” in this field and leave this field empty
    If you want it to be, this location is where you would enter 'something'.
    (If you've installed something at the same location previously, check the cPanel, "An installation already exists" error  page for guidance on what to do next.)

     Adjusting where you install WordPress

    Softaculous WordPress

Site Settings

  1. Site Name: Enter a descriptive name for your website (for example, "CS 491 Final Project" or "(Your name's) Portfolio")

  2. Site Description: Enter a brief description of your site if you would like one.

  3. Do NOT choose Enable Multisite.

Admin Account

  1. Admin Username: This is the username you will enter to gain administrative access to your WordPress website in order to create the site and make changes to it. We recommend you NOT choose “admin” or your NetID.

  2. Admin Password: Accept the generated password or create one of your own. Make sure you know this password.

  3. Admin Email: Enter the email address you would like associated with the Admin Username. This email address will be used if you forget your WordPress password and need it to be reset.

Choose Language

  1. Select Language: Select your preferred language.

Select Plugin(s)

  1. Limit Login Attempts: WordPress is a target for hackers so it is a good idea to choose to install the Loginizer Plugin by checking the box.

Choose Theme

The "University of Illinois 2020" theme is preselected for you here and there are no other options to choose. Later, in the Select Theme section you may also choose from among several Page Builder style PopularFX themes. Whether you choose a Page Builder style theme or not, the "UofI 2020" theme will be available in your WordPress dashboard under Appearance->Themes. To switch to the "UofI 2020" theme from a PopularFX theme, you will need to both select "University of Illinois 2020" from Appearance->Themes AND visit Plugins from your WordPress dashboard and disable both PageLayer and PopularFX Website Templates.

Advanced Options

  1. Database Name – WordPress saves your web page designs and content in a MySQL database. The software installation process will install and configure the database for you.
  2. Table Prefix: This prefix will be added to WordPress database tables. You can leave it as the default or change it to whatever you prefer.
  3. Disable Update Notifications Emails: We suggest you NOT disable notification emails
  4. Auto Upgrade: WordPress MUST be kept updated. Keep the Auto Upgrade checked and Softaculous will take care of the upgrades automatically for you.
  5. Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins: Plugins are often the source of entry for hackers. Check the box to have your plugins automatically updated.
  6. Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes: Themes are often the source of entry for hackers. Check the box to have your themes automatically updated.

     Recommended settings

    Softaculous WordPress advanced

  7. Backup Location: It is a good idea to backup your website. Softaculous will create a backup of your website files and the database. Choose the location as Default which will place your backups in your WordPress directory.
  8. Automated Backups: You can choose how often to automatically back up your site.
  9. Backup Rotation: This is how many backups Softaculous will keep before deleting them. Keep in mind these backups will use part of your 1 Gb of available disk space.

Select Theme

This step is optional. It provides access to several site-builder style PopularFX templates. We recommend you only select one of these themes if you are sure you want a Page Builder style experience. Switching from a Page Builder style theme to a regular WordPress theme may result in content loss.
If you do not select a theme in this section, the University of Illinois 2020 theme will be installed and activated for you. You will also have access to the standard themes that come pre-installed with WordPress: "Twenty Nineteen", "Twenty Twenty", and "Twenty Twenty-One". Additionally, you can visit Appearance->Themes from your WordPress dashboard and click Add New to browse, search, select, and install any of the themes available on WordPress.Org.

And finally ...

Press “Install”. Softaculous will install WordPress and will let you know when the installation is complete. 

Getting started with WordPress

After WordPress is installed, use the admin name and password you created (under Admin Account above) to log in to WordPress and begin creating your web pages. From this point, WordPress' own Getting Started documentation or LinkedIn Learning's WordPress 5 Essential Training can help you progress further. 

KeywordscPanel, web hosting, WordPress   Doc ID84960
OwnerWeb H.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2018-08-17 12:03:17Updated2024-01-24 15:46:49
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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