How to Install WordPress via Softaculous

This tutorial takes us to the basics of installing WordPress in a web host. There are literally 10+ methods by which you can install a deployable WordPress site. Factors such as your operating system, intended usage (local or live) and hosting environment lead to several ways of installing WordPress.

Softaculous is an application installer that automates setting up various management systems.

In this case, it will install WordPress and its database after just a few pieces of information from yourself.

It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website without having to learn a single line of code.

1. Login to cPanel.

2. From cPanel, scroll to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click WordPress.

Scroll to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click WordPress.

3. Install WordPress, from the Softaculous script window, click the Install Now button in the description. The Softaculous software will usually have the most recent version of WordPress available.

Softaculous script window, click the Install Now button in the description.

In the next screen, you will need to input all of your website’s settings. Let me break them down a bit for you:

Software Setup
In this section, you’ll choose whether your site uses SSL protocols or not. This is done by selecting which “http:” version you want to use from the drop down options. You’ll also pick your domain. If you only have one domain name, it will be displayed automatically. Otherwise, you’ll have to select it from the list.

Site Settings
This is the basic information of your website. You’ll put in your site’s name and a short description. This will be used by most themes as well as the WordPress system for identification purposes. It will also play a part in search engine optimization, so make sure the information is something you want seen in sites like Google.

Admin Account
Input the admin username and password you want to use to log into WordPress. I suggest never using the name “admin” as the administrator username. It’s the first thing bots and hackers will try when attempting to access your website. Make it something completely unique to you.

Admin Email Address
This address is only used by WordPress itself and is not available publicly. Plugins you install may also use this address to send you messages or updates. It can also be used for password recovery should you forget or lose your login credentials.

Choose Language
This is set as English by default. However, you have the option of using many different language types for WordPress. Choose one that is ideal for you and your website.

Select Plugins
Softaculous often comes with a couple of Plugins readily available should you choose. GreenGeeks displays “Loginizer” and “WPForms Lite.” These two plugins are very helpful for those who want to protect the login screen and create forms such as what you would use for contact information. Click the check boxes to activate or deactivate these optional plugins.

Advanced Options
Advanced options are for those who have a firm grasp of databases, upgrades and backup control. You can customize these elements if you wish, but I would suggest new users to leave these settings.

Select Theme
WordPress comes with a few themes readily available. These files dictate how your website appears. In Softaculous, you can choose from a wide variety of layouts. Simply click the one you want to install with WordPress and Softaculous will do the rest. Please note that you can change themes at any time and as often as you like.

Under the install button, you can enter your email address. You will get an email when the install is complete.

Softaculous will then analyze your information and settings while installing the WordPress.

Softaculous will then analyze your information and settings while installing the WordPress.

And a few seconds later – bam! You have a fully functional WordPress installation.

Bookmark this URL so you can find it easier at a later date.

How to Establish FTP Connection

1. While connecting to your hosting account, you will need FTP login details. 

2. Your main/default FTP account login details are the same as your cPanel username and password.

3. You will need the following details to connect to your account via FTP :

  • FTP Hostname – Use the hosting server name. 
  • FTP Username – Default FTP username is same as your cPanel username.
  • FTP Password – Use your cPanel password.
  • FTP port – Default FTP port is 21.

4. Further, you can also create new FTP users in cPanel >> FTP Accounts.

5. Fill the user and password which you want to sent and click on “Create FTP Account”.

How to Create an Add-on Domain in cPanel

What is Addon domain.

The Addon domains allow you to control multiple domains from your single account. An addon domain links as a new domain name to a sub directory of your account’s public_html (document root) directory, and then stores its files in that sub directory. This means that you can host additional domains in your account.

You can give an addon domain email addresses, forwarders, and more the same way as a primary (main) domain on the account.

Create an addon domain.

To create an addon domain, perform the following steps:

Login to cPanel, under DOMAINS section, click on Addon Domains

Enter the new addon domain’s name in the New Domain Name text box.

Create Addon Domain

Enter the directory that you wish to contain the addon domain’s files in the document root text box.

Note:- When you enter the domain name, cPanel automatically populates the Subdomain or FTP Username text box. To create multiple addon domains with the same username and different extensions (such as and, manually enter a unique username in the Subdomain or FTP Username text box.

Create Addon Domain

Click on Password Generator, select I have copied this password in a safe place, Click on Use Password. 

And Click on Add Domain.

Now that your addon domain name has been added to your cPanel you can go to that folder and upload your web site files. Once the propagation takes place your web site files and emails for your addon domain name will be live on the internet.

How to Change Hostname For cPanel & WHM version 56

In computer networking, your hostname is used as a label by which to identify your physical server.

To change the server’s hostname, you should  use one of the following methods:

Enter your hostname in the Setup Networking section of WHM’s Initial Setup Wizard interface.

Login to WHM Change Host name interface

(Home >> Networking Setup >> Change Hostname).

Call WHM API 1’s sethostname function.

Run the /usr/local/cpanel/bin/set_hostname utility as the root user.

Hostname Should meet the below requirements:

A fully qualified domain name

Registered with a registrar.

 Follows the instructions in the Instructions section.

Perform the below details to change your Host name

  1. Enter your hostname into the New Hostname text box.
  2. Click Change. A popup window will appear that prompts you to add an A entry.
  3. Click Add An A Entry for your hostname.
  4. Review the information about your server and, if it is correct, click Add Entry.

System will automatically configure the hostname and Also add the correct A entry for hostname.


  • Don’t use socially-unacceptable hostname, as hostname will appear in mail headers.
  • Only use lowercase, Latin-script letters in hostnames.