How to Install WordPress Manually

Creating A Database

  • First we will set up our database and database user.
  • Login to your cPanel account, find the Databases panel, and click MySQL Databases.
  • At the top, enter a name for your database and click Create Database. Most of the time, you will want to name your database with your website name, using lowercase letters.
  •  shared hosting accounts, there will be a prefix before the actual database name you create.
  • After the database is created, you will be taken to a confirmation page.
  • Click the Go Back button to return to the main databases page.

Creating A MySQL User

  • Scroll down to the MySQL Users section.
  • Enter a username and password for your database user and click Create User.
  • After the user is created, you will be taken to a confirmation page.
  • Click the Go Back button to return to the main databases page.

Adding A User to Your Database

  • you have created your database and user, you have to give the user permission to use the database.
  • Under the Add User to Databse section, choose your user from the User dropdown, and your database from the Database dropdown and click Add.
  • In the next screen, check the All Privelages checkbox to select everything and click Make Changes.
  • Our database is now ready for WordPress to be installed.

Downloading WordPress


If you are installing WordPress to the main domain name on your hosting account, use the instructions directly below. If you are installing WordPress to a subdomain or addon domain, use the second set of instrusctions below.

ZIP File Setup for Main Domain

Unzip the file you just downloaded. You will now have a folder named “wordpress”, with the WordPress files/folders inside.

Open the main “wordpress” folder, select everything inside, and create a new .ZIP file so that the files/folders are no longer inside the main “wordpress” folder.

If you are unable to create a new .ZIP file, you can use the original one you downloaded, but you will have to move the files once you unzip them onto the server.

ZIP File Setup for Subdomain or Addon Domain

Open the WordPress .ZIP file. Rename the main “wordpress” folder to the name of your website, in all lowercase letters, and with no spaces.

You don’t need to unzip the entire file to do this. Most archiving software will allow to simply open the .ZIP file, right click the “wordpress” folder, and rename it to whatever you want.

Uploading and Extracting Your Files

  • click File Manager under the Files panel to open the cPanel File Manager in a new window.
  • Navigate to the “public_html” folder in the left sidebar.
  • Click the Upload button in the top toolbar to open the file uploader in a new window
  • Browse to your .ZIP file and click Open. You will see an upload status bar in the bottom right corner
  • Once your file has finished uploading, close the file uploader window.
  • Click the Reload button to refresh the file list in the File Manager.
  • Find the .ZIP file you just uploaded, click to select it, and click the Extract button in the top toolbar.
  • Extract the contents of the .ZIP file into /public_html. If you are installing WordPress to your main domain, then the files/folders wp-admin, wp-content, wp-includes, etc. should all be located directly in /public_html.
  • If you are installing WordPress to a subdomain or addon domain, the files/folders should be under /public_html/websitename, with the subdomain or addon domain pointing to that folder.

WordPress Install

  • Visit Your Domain.
  • Click Create a Configuration File.
  • Click Let’s go!
  • Enter the Database Name of the database
  • Make sure you include your database prefix
  • Do the same for the User Name,including the prefix.
  • Enter the password for your User.
  • Leave the Database Host and Table Prefix at their default settings
  • Click Submit.
  •  You will see a confirmation screen telling you that all the information you entered was valid. If you get an error, go back and make sure you typed everything correctly.
  • Click Run the Install.
  • WordPress is now installed! 

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