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How to Install WordPress With Softaculous


WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms around for a good reason. It is easy to install and features an attractive, user-friendly interface. At HostGator, you can install WordPress in several ways. In this article, we'll cover how to do so through Softaculous. We created this easy video tutorial to walk you through the process and then recap those steps below.

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There are recent changes to the look and feel of cPanel, and you may no longer find the cPanel styles mentioned here, but the functionality described should still be the same.
Note: The method shown in the video above is applicable to hosting platforms with cPanel. If you're on the Optimized WordPress hosting plan, the instructions on how to install WordPress are discussed in the article, How to Manage Optimized WordPress.

Installing WordPress using Softaculous

Before installing WordPress, ensure that your domain is connected to your HostGator account. For instructions on pointing (connecting) your domain to HostGator, please see the article How Do I Point My Existing Domain to HostGator?
  1. Log in to your cPanel.
  2. Navigate to the Software section, then click on the Softaculous Apps Installer.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous

  3. On the Softaculous homepage, hover over WordPress and click Install.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Install

  4. In Software Setup, fill out the Choose Installation URL section.
    Choose Installation URL details
    • Choose Protocol: It should default to the https:// option, ensuring that your website is secure by using the SSL certificate.
    • Choose Domain: Select the domain where you wish to install Softaculous.
    • In Directory: Typically, you would leave this blank. This field is utilized if you're trying to install WordPress in a sub-directory.
  5. Complete the rest of the installation setup. Choose the version of WordPress you want to install. We recommend using the most recent release, as it will be the most secure and should be compatible with most themes and plugins.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Software Setup

  6. In the Site Settings section, you'll need to enter a Site Name and Site Description. This can be whatever you want and can be changed after the installation.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Site Settings

  7. Complete the Admin Account section.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Admin Account

    • Admin Username: We suggest using something other than the default 'admin' for the username, as this is the default for all WordPress installations and poses a security risk.
    • Admin Password You can create a password or generate one using the key icon.
    • Admin Email: This is where WordPress notifications will be sent, including password reset (if you forget your password).
  8. Choose Language allows you to select the default language for your site.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Chooose Language

  9. Select Plugin(s) section allows you to select plugins to use for your site.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Select Plugins

  10. In the Advanced Options section, the options don't need to be changed, but they include the database name, table prefix, disable update notification emails, set auto-upgrade, and more.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Advance Options

  11. The Select Theme allows you to select a theme to use for your site. By default, WordPress uses a theme named after the year, but you can choose one that fits the purpose of your website.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Select Theme

  12. Once done, click Install. A progress bar will show your installation status and refresh once the installation is complete. Do not close the browser while this is in progress, as it can interrupt the installation.

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Progress Bar

  13. Congratulations! Your WordPress site is now ready for you to customize!

    HostGator cPanel Softaculous WordPress Installed

Additional Information

Are you new to WordPress?
We've got you covered! Here are articles you can refer to if you're new or looking for something specific about WordPress.

Are you not able to access your newly installed WordPress site? 

Make sure the domain you're using is registered and connected to HostGator. Please check out this article if you're having login issues.

Not sure how to update your name servers? Here are support articles to guide you in updating your name servers.