How to Install WordPress

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms around for good reason. It is easy to install and features an attractive, user-friendly interface. At HostGator, you can install WordPress through QuickInstall or manually.

In the following tutorial, we'll cover the QuickInstall route for a WordPress self-hosted installation. It's a bit easier than a manual installation, and it only takes a click or two!

Install WordPress via QuickInstall

  1. Login to cPanel.

  2. Scroll down to the Software/Services section and click on the QuickInstall icon/link.

    QuickInstall in cPanel

  3. On the left, under Blog Software, click on WordPress

    Click on WordPress

  4. Click on Continue.

    Click on Continue

  5. Fill out the Application URL, if needed.
    Note: This is the path where you want to install WordPress. If you leave this field blank, WordPress will be installed to your main domain. If you use blog in this field, WordPress will be installed to http://yourdomain.com/blog. Don't leave this blank if you don't want WordPress to be your main website or if you already have content on the root of your account.

  6. Fill in the rest of the fields and options (the email, blog title, first and last name can be changed later through the WordPress Dashboard)

  7. Click Install Now!

    WordPress Install Now!

  8. After WordPress is finished installing, you should see a "Congratulations!" message like the one below with a link to click here. Click that link, and it will bring you to your newly installed WordPress blog!

    WordPress Install Finished

Your admin password will be emailed to you at the email address you provided in step 7. Retrieve your password and then visit the URL to which you installed WordPress, adding /wp-admin

Visit our login tutorial for more information on how to log into WordPress.

Note: If you recently changed your name servers or DNS records, it is possible that you will not be able to access your new WordPress installation until the domain propagates. This could take up to 24 to 48 hours.