This brief tutorial shows new users or webmasters how to manually install and configure WordPress settings in CPanel.

In our last post, we showed you how to create a new MySQL database for WordPress. WordPress uses databases to store its content.

If you followed our previous post on creating MySQL database in CPanel, then you’re half way through WordPress setup. The next things on the list are to download WordPress content, upload the content to your server and configure WordPress’ database settings.

Now that WordPress database is created, go back to CPanel and login.. then look at the Files section and select FTP Accounts.

CPanel FTP accounts

There you’ll find your FTP sever name, username and tools to help upload content to your server. Your password will be the same as the one you login to CPanel with.

To upload WordPress content to your server, you’ll need an FTP client.. the most popular client is FileZilla FTP client. Download and install it.

After that, go and download WordPress’ content from here.

When you’re done downloading WordPress content, go to your download folder on your computer and extract the file you just downloaded.

wordpress content extract


Next, you’ll use FileZilla FTP client to upload the extracted WordPress files to your server. To do that, open FileZilla, connect using your info… and browse to WordPress files using the left column.

For the right column, use that to browse to the destination (your host). Mostly likely, you’ll want to upload WordPress content to the /public_html folder on the host.

upload wordpress content

Select all WordPress content on the left column and drag, or right-click and select Upload.

After loading WordPress content to your server, the very last thing is to configure WordPress to connect to its database created earlier.

From CPanel, go to Files section –> File Manager.. click and select to go to the Document root of your domain.


When you’re there, select and right-click wp-config-sample.php and click Rename to wp-config.php

rename wp-config-sample.php

After renaming the file, right-click wp-config.php and select Edit. Then on the edit page, change the database name, username and password to match what you created earlier and save.

configure wordpress database

Save your changes and go test your site. If everything is setup correctly, you should see WordPress initial configuration page.

That’s it!  Browse to your domain, setup WordPress and enjoy!

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