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How to Install WordPress with One Click


This article discusses how to use the One-Click feature to install WordPress to your new Shared hosting's primary domain. Here is a video tutorial we created to guide you with the steps.

Important Note: 

The One-Click method only works for new Shared hosting packages and installs on its primary domain. This feature is only available in Shared hosting plans and does not apply to Cloud or Reseller hosting.

Here are the steps discussed in the video above.

Step 1: Install WordPress

The One-Click method installs WordPress on the primary domain of your new Shared hosting. You have two choices after purchasing your new Shared hosting plan. You can either proceed on building the website right away after the purchase or build your website later with just one click!

Option 1: Hey, I want to build my website right away

Excited to get started with your website? You can go ahead and install WordPress immediately after purchase. All it takes is one click!

After making a payment for your hosting package, you will be redirected to the Customer Portal Dashboard. 

  1. In the Customer Portal Dashboard, click on the Get Started button.

    Get started button

  2. Your WordPress account will be automatically created after clicking the Get Started button. 

    WordPress account creation prompt

  3. The next screen will show your WordPress account details. Make sure to copy your account details.

    WordPress account details

  4. Click on the Go to WordPress button.
  5. Enter your WordPress username and password, then click Log In.

    WP Login Card

  6. You are now logged in to your WordPress dashboard.

    WordPress  Dashboard


Option 2: I want to build my website later

If you want to explore and learn more about your new hosting account and its features, you can install WordPress later with one click within your Customer Portal.

  1. Log into your Customer Portal.
  2. On the Dashboard, you will see the Welcome (Your Name) section on the top. Click on the Create Website button.

    Create website button

  3. A new page will appear where you can install WordPress on your primary domain in one click! Click Get Started to initiate installation.

    Get Started button

  4. It will display a confirmation page notifying you of the successful installation and provide the logins of your new WordPress website and a temporary URL. The temporary URL will allow you access to your WordPress dashboard if the domain is not yet pointed to your server.

    WordPress account details

  5. Click Go to WordPress.
  6. Enter the credentials you copied earlier, then click Login.

    WordPress Login Card

  7. You should be redirected to your WordPress Dashboard.

    WordPress Dashboard

Step 2: Connect your primary domain name

Now that WordPress is installed on your primary domain, the next step is to make sure that your domain is properly connected to this new WordPress installation.

  1. Go back to the Customer Portal, and you will see the My Websites section. If it is not yet displayed, refresh your browser.
  2. There will be two buttons — Edit Site and Connect Domain.
    • The Edit Site button will log you back to the WordPress dashboard.
    • The Connect Domain button is to manage your domain's DNS records.
  3. Click the Connect Domain button.
  4. A pop-up window will appear, displaying your domain's connection status.

    If it says your domain is not yet connected, you will continue building your website in a temporary URL. This is why it is important to establish a connection on your domain.

  5. To proceed, select Show Me How.
  6. A new page will display the steps on how to connect your domain.
    • If you purchased the domain from HostGator and we are your domain registrar, we have already configured your domain for you.
      Note: Please make sure to check your emails for your domain's verification.
    • If the domain was purchased from another registrar, click the Copy buttons to copy your name servers and change them over at the current registrar. Then, come back here and click Verify Connection.
  7. Once done, propagation will commence, which may take 24-48 hours.

Step 3: View your WordPress dashboard

We have three options in viewing your website's WordPress dashboard:

Option 1: Via Customer Portal

The WordPress Single Sign-On (SSO) feature is only available to new Shared hosting customers who used the One-Click method to create a new WordPress site. 
  1. Log in to your Customer Portal.
  2. In the Dashboard, navigate to My Websites, then click Edit Site.

    HostGator Customer Portal Edit Website

  3. The WordPress Dashboard login page will be shown on the next page.

    WordPress Login page

  4. Enter your WordPress Admin username and Password. Click on the checkbox Remember Me, then click Log In.
    Note: You will be automatically logged in to your WordPress Dashboard when you click the Remember Me checkbox.
  5. You are now logged in to your WordPress Dashboard.

    WordPress Dashboard


Option 2: Via cPanel's Softaculous

  1. Log in to your cPanel.
  2. Look for the Software section, then click the Softaculous Apps Installer.

    cPanel - Softaculous Apps

  3. On the Softaculous home page, click the Installations box.

    Softaculous - Installations box

  4. Locate the WordPress site you wish to access, then click its profile icon under the Admin column.

    Wordpress Admin Button

  5. A new tab will open automatically, logging you into the WordPress dashboard.


Option 3: Via wp-admin (Direct Login)

Once full propagation is done, you can now directly access your WordPress dashboard through your domain name.

  1. In your browser, type in:


    (Please make sure to replace '' with your actual primary domain name.)

  2. Enter your WordPress username and password you copied from Step 1 above.