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cPanel Control Panel – How to Install and Set Up WordPress


In today's digital landscape, creating a website has become more accessible and user-friendly than ever before. WordPress is among the most popular and influential content management systems (CMS) among the various website-building options available. It empowers millions of website owners to easily create and manage their online presence.

To make the process even smoother, cPanel, a widely used web hosting control panel, offers a user-friendly interface and powerful tools that streamline the installation and management of WordPress. In this blog, we will walk you through the cPanel WordPress installation process while exploring whether cPanel is necessary for WordPress.

Is cPanel Necessary for WordPress?

The short answer is no; cpanel is optional for WordPress. You can install WordPress without using cPanel by manually uploading the files and creating a database through other means. However, cPanel significantly simplifies the process, making it more accessible for beginners and offering advanced features for experienced users. Its user-friendly interface and one-click installation options make cPanel an excellent choice for setting up WordPress efficiently and effortlessly.

Section 1: Understanding cPanel and Its Benefits

cPanel is a hosting control panel that offers website owners a variety of features and tools to help them manage their websites and hosting accounts successfully. Some of the key benefits of using cPanel include:

One-Click WordPress Installation: cPanel offers a seamless one-click WordPress installation, eliminating the need for manual file uploads and database setup.

File Management: With CPanel's File Manager, you can easily upload, organize, and edit website files directly from your browser.

Database Management: cPanel simplifies database creation, management, and backups, which is crucial for WordPress's dynamic nature.

Email Management: cPanel enables you to create and manage email accounts associated with your domain.

Security Features: cPanel provides various security tools and options to safeguard your website from potential threats.

Section 2: Accessing cPanel

Log in to your hosting provider's website using your account credentials.

Find the cPanel login link on the website and click on it.

Enter your cPanel username and password to access the control panel.

Section 3: Creating a Database for WordPress in cPanel

In cPanel, navigate to the "Databases" section and click "MySQL Databases".

Create a new database by entering a name and clicking "Create Database".

After creating the database, scroll down to "MySQL Users" and add a new user. Remember to save the database name, username, and password for future reference.

Section 4: Downloading WordPress

Visit the official WordPress website (wordpress.org) and click the "Get WordPress" button.

Download the file and save it to a folder on your PC.

Section 5: Uploading WordPress to the Server in cPanel

Navigate to cPanel's "File Manager" component in the "Files" menu.

Navigate to the public_html directory (or your website's root directory).

Upload the extracted WordPress files to the public_html directory.

Section 6: Installing WordPress in cPanel

Access your website's URL in a web browser. You will see the WordPress installation wizard.

After you've made your language selection, click "Continue".

Enter the database details you created earlier (database name, username, and password).

Click "Submit" and wait for WordPress to connect with the database.

Click on "Run the Installation" after the connection is successful.

Fill in the required information for your website, such as site title, username, password, and admin email.

Click on "Install WordPress".

Section 7: Logging into WordPress Dashboard

Once the installation is complete, click "Log in" to access the WordPress admin dashboard.

To access the admin panel, please enter your username and password.

Section 8: Configuring WordPress Settings

Go to "Settings" in the WordPress dashboard and "Permalinks".

Choose a preferred permalink structure that is SEO-friendly, such as "Post name." That will improve your website's search engine ranking.

Section 9: Installing Essential Plugins

Go to "Plugins" in the WordPress dashboard and click "Add New".

Install valuable plugins such as "Yoast SEO" (search engine optimization) and "Akismet" (spam prevention) when you've found them.

Activate the plugins after installation.

Section 10: Choosing a Theme

Go to "Appearance" in the WordPress dashboard and click "Themes".

Browse through the available themes or upload a custom theme.

Activate the WP theme that best suits your website's design and purpose.


In conclusion, cPanel is not mandatory for installing and setting up WordPress, but its user-friendly interface and feature-rich environment make it a preferred choice for many website owners. Following this step-by-step guide, you have successfully learned how to install and set up WordPress using cPanel.

Whether you choose to utilize cPanel or not, WordPress remains an excellent choice for creating a dynamic and engaging website that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. Happy website building!

Useful links / Resources

  • How to install WordPress (cPanel)

  • Get WordPress (Official)

  • Advanced installation guide (Official)

  • Support Article (in Spanish)

  • Support Article (in Portuguese)

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