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 Quick Install powered by MOJO Marketplace or manually.

Note: Optimized WordPress cannot be installed using these methods. If you have an Optimized WordPress account, please use the installation instructions in the following article:

In the following tutorials, 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! Use the following links to navigate to your hosting plan type.

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.

To install Wordpress using Quick Install on a Shared Server

  1. Log into your cPanel.
  2. In the Software section, click on the QuickInstall icon:
    QuickInstall Icon
  3. On this page you will then click the One-Click Installs option:
    One Click Install
  4. Next, select the Wordpress 7 icon
    Options for One Click Installs
  5. Using the drop down menu chose the domain that Wordpress should be installed to as well as any subdirectory you would like the site to load from if desired.
    Example: Should you wish your Wordpress URL to be example.com/site instead of just example.com.
    Domain Option for Wordpress Install
  6. Complete the form that appears with the following details:
    Wordpress Install Form
    1. For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.
    2. For Admin Username, enter your preferred username.
    3. Your first name.
    4. Your last name.
    5. For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.
    6. Check the box next to the Terms of Service Agreement.
    7. Click the orange Install button when you're ready to proceed.
  7. A progress bar will inform you of the progress of your installation. When complete, click Details for your admin URL, username, and password:
    Wordpress Install Finished

Once the installation is complete, and you have your credentials, you can begin working on your Wordpress site! Check your email for the Wordpress username and password as well as a link to your Wordpress login page.

If you do not receive an email with your login information, please contact us via phone or Live Chat.

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

To install Wordpress using Quick Install on a Reseller, VPS, or Dedicated Server

  1. Log into your cPanel.
  2. In the Software/Services section, click on the Quick Install icon:

  3. In the left menu, under Popular Installs, click WordPress, then click Install WordPress:

  4. Complete the form that appears with the following details:

    1. The Base Domain for your installation.
    2. The sub directory you would like the site to load from, if desired.

      Example: Should you wish your WordPress URL to be mydomain.com/site instead of just mydomain.com. Your site will always display this extension if you enter one.
    3. For Admin Email, enter an email address where you want the admin password emailed to. Make sure this is a working email address.
    4. For Blog Title, enter the name of the website. This is what will appear in the header as the name of your site.
    5. For Admin Username, enter your preferred user name.
    6. Your first name.
    7. Your last name.
    8. Click Install WordPress when you're ready to proceed.

A progress bar at the top of the page will let you know when installation is complete. Once complete, you will be able to start working on your WordPress site. Check your email for your WordPress username and password as well as a link to your WordPress dashboard.

You may also find your credentials by clicking View Credentials in the bar at the top of the page:

If you do not receive the login information at the email address you provided during the installation process, please feel free to contact us via phone or Live Chat.

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