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How To Install WordPress Manually on Any Web Hosting

    It is very easy to install WordPress manually from cPanel on any Web hosting.

    In this article, I will explain how you can Install WordPress from cPanel on any popular (Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostinger, iPage, SiteGround, Kinsta, etc.) Hosting providers.

    If you have not yet purchased the web hosting you can check this article on How to choose a hosting wisely for your website.

    Never go for a easier process (One-click Installation) the wrong way of Installing WordPress.

    By doing that you let allow the hosting providers drive the way they want you to. Are you going to use the same hosting provider for a lifetime? No!

    Don’t go with an easier one-click installation or a web hosting provided self-customized installation process. Where you allow the bot to set everything for you.

    The process I am going to tell you is not a very technical one, it is so simple process what you can implement on any popular hosting provider who offers a cPanel.

    By following this you can understand the basic structure of WordPress installation.

    So, Lets start.

    1 Go to the cPanel

    When you log in to your Hosting account you will find a login into cPanel. No password is required if you access cPanel from the hosting account.

    Bluehost cPanel

    Sometime it may ask password if your IP address has been changed or you are trying to login into cPanel directly.

    2 Look for the WordPress Installer

    After login to cPanel, you will find a lot of icons serving different purposes. Just look for the WordPress icon (install WordPress).

    Mostly it comes under a heading named SOFTACULOUS APP INSTALLER.

    Softaculous app installer on cPanel

    In some hosting, you will find the WordPress installer outside as well.

    Install WordPress manually on Bluehost

    3 Do The Basic Settings

    Click on Install Now WordPress.

    On the next screen don’t forget to select the latest version of WordPress. Select the SSL Status and Domain Name from the drop-down.

    Select Latest version on WordPress manually installation

    Scroll down to set your Site Name and a Site Description (will show next to your website name) about your website. Don’t stress much as you can change it any time from the WordPress dashboard settings.

    Set Site Name and Description while installing WordPress manually

    Next, you have to set the User Name and Password for the WordPress Admin Panel. It is recommended to set a strong password by clicking on the key icon (note-down the password). Set an admin email Id.

    Set the Admin username and password while installing WordPress manually

    Choose the Language for WordPress. Select the recommended helpful plugins.

    selecting useful plugin and language on manual WordPress installation process

    4 Advanced Settings (Optional)

    Even though it is optional, you should understand the things you can set here. I will explain the available options where you have to decide which one you want to consider for your installation.

    As this varies from person to person. Still, I will provide my recommendation inputs on this.

    Database Name: Here you can set a name for your database. When you install WordPress for your website it stores the data into tables through the PHP MySQL database. This name will be used for calling the data from the tables by setting it into the WP-Config file(will be set automatically in this case). It is recommended to set a tricky name that should not be related to your website for hackers to guess it easily.

    Table prefix: This is a naming structure for the tables inside the database. It will be common for all the tables under your database will start with. ( check below image for the example)

    Example of  Table prefix in MY SQL Database

    Auto Upgrade: Here you can set whether you want WordPress to upgrade automatically whenever there will be a new update available for your installed plugin and themes. It is recommended to activate this option if you don’t access the admin panel frequently.

    Automated Backup: Here you can set up the backup process of your WordPress website. It is not that important as you must have a backup option at the hosting provider end or you can install a separate plugin for managing the backup of your website.

    WordPress Manual installation Advanced options

    5 Install & Bookmark

    Select a theme if you want else, hit install.

    WordPress manual Installation Theme selection

    Well Done!

    You have completed the installation process. On this screen, you will have the link to your admin panel ending with /wp-admin. Bookmark and save the password if you are using your personal computer.

    Welcome to the first impression of the WordPress Dashboard landing page.

    First impression of WordPress Dashboard landing page.

    Video Version of this Article.

    Final Words:

    Every Popular Web Hosting providers nowadays are offering a customizing one-click WordPress installation. But for the long run and to understand the basics of WordPress you must install WordPress manually.

    I believe now you can able to install the WordPress manually on any popular Web Hosting!

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