How to Install WordPress Manually

There are more than a few ways you can install WordPress onto your domain. Most Hosts provide an easy way such as an Applications Installer which will allow you to install WordPress easily with little to no technical configuration. But, there are some instances where you may need to install WordPress Manually. In this article we will be discussing how to install WordPress manually using File Manager in cPanel.




How to Install WordPress Manually


Downloading and Uploading WordPress

1) Download the Latest Version of WordPress from the WordPress.org website. Click Here to Visit WordPress.org and Download the Latest Version of WordPress.


2) Upload the .ZIP (example: wordpress-5.3.2.zip) file to the document root for your domain using File Manager or via FTP.

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3) Extract the Contents of the file in the Document Root for your Domain.

How to Install WordPress Manually

Note: When you extract WordPress, the contents will be in a folder labeled WordPress. You will need to move these files out of the WordPress folder and into the Document Root for your domain.

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Setting up Your WordPress Database

1) Create your WordPress Database and Database User in cPanel. Add the User to the Database with full Administrator Privileges. 

Note: Remember your Database Name, Database Username and Password. You will need this information to connect WordPress to the Database.

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Installing WordPress

1) Browse to your Domain in your Internet Browser (example: http://mywebsite.com)


You should be redirected to the WordPress installation screen automatically.

2) Select Your WordPress Language. Then click ‘Continue‘.

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3) Click ‘Let’s Go‘ on the next page.

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4) Enter the Database Information you saved from earlier in Step 1 of Setting up Your WordPress Database.

Confirm the details look correct then click ‘Submit‘.

Manually Installing WordPress


Field Explanation
Database Name: exampledomain_newdatabase the name of the database (see Step 1 of Setting up Your WordPress Database)
Username: exampledomain_user the database username (see Step 1 of Setting up Your WordPress Database)
Password: ************** the database password created in an earlier step (see Step 1 of Setting up Your WordPress Database)
Database Host:   localhost the location of the database (you can general leave this as localhost)
Table Prefix:   wp_ the prefix of the tables within the database. wp_ is the default


5) In the next page you should be asked to input the details for your WordPress site. Input the desired details then click ‘Install WordPress‘.

WordPress Install Details



Field Explanation
Site Title: My New Website! Enter the desired Title for your Website. (this can be changed later in the WordPress Dashboard)
Username: Admin Username Choose a username to login to the Administration Dashboard of WordPress
Password: ************** Set a password for the admin user
Your Email: myemail@gmail.com The email of the Administrator for WordPress. It is best to use a Gmail, Yahoo or other email address.
Search Engine Visibility: Yes Decide whether or not you want your WordPress website to show up in search engines like Google.com




6) You should be redirected to a Success Page informing you that the installation was successful and WordPress is now installed.




Login to WordPress

1) Click on the ‘Login‘ button to be redirected to the WordPress login page. Login with your New Username and Password to access the WordPress Dashboard.

→ See our Guide on How to Login to WordPress.


That’s it! You’ve successfully completed a Manual Installation of WordPress. Head on over to our WordPress Product Guide Center for more helpful tips and Guides on WordPress!



Getting Started: How to Install WordPress

How to install WordPress using our simple guide. WordPress is a free, open-source Content Management System (CMS) for Website Building, Creation and Blogging. A Content Management System is a tool that makes it easy to manage your website and content with little to no technical knowledge. More than one in four websites that you will visit are likely powered by WordPress! You can learn more about WordPress Hosting here.

Note! If you’ve recently registered a new domain before you can view your website the DNS will need to propagate. See our guide: What is DNS propagation? If you’ve registered your domain through another provider, you’ll need to Point your Domain to your GlowFrog Hosting account.


Managed WordPress Hosting: How to Install WordPress

1. Login to FrogDen

2. Click on ‘Services

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3. Click on your ‘Active Service

Frog Den Active Services

4. Click on ‘WordPress ManagementWordPress Manager

5. Click ‘New InstallationHow to Install WordPress via WordPress Manager

6. Enter your installation details, then click ‘Create

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That’s it! WordPress should be installed and you can now manage your New WordPress installation inside of the WordPress Management Area in FrogDen.



Installing WordPress with the Free Apps Installer

You can Install WordPress right from your FrogDen Account using the Free Apps Installer which is included in your GlowFrog Hosting Account. It’s easy and quick to install and you can have your WordPress website up and running in a few clicks! Below are the steps to Install Your WordPress Website using the Free Apps Installer:


1. Log into FrogDen

2. From the Client Area, click on the Services Block to access your Hosting Services.

FrogDen Services

3. You will see a list of your active services. Click anywhere on your Active Hosting Product to open the Hosting Area for your domain.

Frog Den Active Services

4. Scroll down to your Quick Shortcuts and click on the Softaculous Icon.FrogDen Quick Shortcuts Softaculous

5. This will open up the Apps Installer window. Search for WordPress using the Search Feature or Click on the WordPress icon from the Top Scripts Section:

Softaculous WordPress icon

6. Fill out the form with your WordPress installation details . We will describe them for you below:

Softaculous WordPress Installation Details
Software Setup
Choose Domain Select the Domain you want to install your WordPress on from the drop-down menu.
In Directory Leave this blank to install on the domain directly. If you would like to install WordPress into a subfolder such as exampledomain.com/wordpress, type the folder name in this field.
Admin Username Enter a username for your WordPress Dashboard login.
Admin Password Enter the password you want to use in order to Login to Your WordPress Dashboard once the Install Completes
Admin email Enter an email address you’d like to use for recovering your password. We recommend using something like Gmail or Yahoo instead of your domain email.


7. Click Install! That’s it! Your WordPress site should be installed. If the domain is live you should be able to access your WordPress site right away. Click on the Administrative URL link to Login to WordPress.

Softaculous WordPress Has Been Installed Successfully

Important Note! If you recently pointed your Domain to GlowFrog Hosting, you may not see your website right away. The time it takes for a website to become accessible after making DNS Changes is known as a period of DNS Propagation and can take up to 24/hours to fully propagate. You can use a Host File Modification in the mean time to look at your site early and start editing it right away.


Installing WordPress Manually

If you’ve signed up for one of our VPS Hosting plans, you may not have the Softaculous Applications Installer installed in your Hosting Account. This is because Softaculous is Server Software that requires a license and a VPS (Virtual Private Server) is essentially a “new” server which belongs to you – unlike our shared Business Hosting plans.

You can instead install WordPress manually by downloading the files and uploading them to your server.

You will need to set up a database and database user, upload the files with FTP or the File manager, and configure the config.php file on the server.

→ Click here to Learn how to Install WordPress Manually