WordPress is known as the most popular blogging platform and content management system. New users are often surprised when we tell them that WordPress is also well known for its ease of installation. All best WordPress web hosting companies allow you to install WordPress within few clicks. In most circumstances, installing WordPress is a simple process that takes less than five minutes to complete. In this WordPress installation tutorial, our goal is to offer a comprehensive WordPress installation tutorial for beginners and advanced users alike. We will show you how to install WordPress using Fantastico, Softaculous, and SimpleScripts for beginners. We will explain how to install WordPress manually for our intermediate users. Lastly for our beginner developer and designers, we will show you how to install WordPress on a local computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux).
Things You Need Before Installing WordPress
Before you install WordPress, first you will need a domain name and a good web hosting company that knows WordPress.
We highly recommend that you use BlueHost because they will give you a free domain and 50% off their hosting plan (special for WPBeginner users). Bluehost is also an officially recommended hosting provider of WordPress.
How to Install WordPress using Fantastico
Fantastico is a common auto-installer script used by some WordPress hosting providers. It is similar to the other installer scripts in the list, and offers an easy way to quickly install WordPress.
First you need to login to your cPanel dashboard. Scroll down to software and services section, and there you will find the Fantastico icon.
Clicking on Fantastico icon will launch the auto-installer script.
Some hosting providers are still using an older version of Fantastico. In this tutorial we will be showing you screenshots from Fantastico F3 version. If Fantastico on your host looks different, then don’t worry. Basic installation steps are the same, and you should be able to easily follow them.
On the main Fantastico screen you will see a list of web applications on your left. You need to click on Blogs, and there you will find WordPress listed among many other applications.
Clicking on WordPress will show you an overview of the application with a Install button.
Simply click on the ‘Click here to install WordPress’ button to continue.
Fantastico auto-installer for WordPress will now ask you to fill in your installation settings. First you need to choose the domain where you want to install WordPress.
If you want to install WordPress in a sub-directory then you can enter the sub-directory name in the field below. Otherwise, make sure that this field is empty.
Under Administrator Details section, you need to provide admin user account information. Enter a username, password, and email address for your WordPress admin account.
Click on the Submit button to continue.
Fantastico will now install WordPress for you. You will be able to see the installation progress. Once it has finished installing WordPress you will see a success message.