Do you want to install WordPress on Namecheap hosting? Then keep reading!
Namecheap is a famous WordPress hosting company with thousands of customers. Compared to most giant WordPress hosting companies, Namecheap got better features for the best price. So, most beginners will use Namecheap for their first website or blog.
If you have already purchased a Namecheap package and looking for a step-by-step tutorial for installing WordPress on Namecheap, we have got you covered. This article will show you how you can install WordPress on Namecheap in just one minute!
NOTE: I have installed WordPress using Namecheap hosting in this tutorial. However, the procedure for installing WordPress in other hosting services like Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy, etc., are just similar.
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Steps to install WordPress on Namecheap?
Let’s see the step-by-step instructions for installing WordPress on Namecheap WordPress hosting.
Log In To Your Namecheap cPanel Account
The first thing you will have to do is log in to your cPanel account. When you purchased a hosting plan through Namecheap, you would have received an email from Namecheap with your cPanel account credentials. Sometimes, it will land on your spam folder, too.
So you have the credentials now. But you are still confused, right?
How to access the cPanel of your website?
I will explain it.
Let’s say that you have a domain name associated with your Namecheap hosting plan – mydomain.com. Your cPanel can be accessed by mydomain.com/cpanel.
The cPanel login page will look like this:
If you face any issues while accessing the cPanel, you can log in to your Namecheap account and go to the website cPanel from your dashboard. Thankfully, the system won’t ask for the cPanel credentials when you follow this method.
Softaculous Apps Installer
Namecheap cPanel contains a Softaculous apps installer. Scroll down the cPanel Homepage, you will find this.
This will help you install WordPress and many other platforms like Joomla, AbanteCart, PrestaShop, etc.
As our title says, we will deal with the WordPress CMS for now. Click the WordPress icon, which you see in the Softaculous Apps installer section.
Now, you will get a page like the following one.
The page will show you every required information like the demo, features, ratings, reviews, etc. Now, you will need to go to the installation page.
Here you will find a list of sections to be filled out. Let me discuss the essential areas. The first one is the Software setup section.
Here, you will choose the protocol, which is generally HTTP:// or HTTPS://. By default, you will find the HTTP:// selected. You will be able to choose HTTPS:// only if you have an SSL for your site. (If you don’t have an SSL, you can find cheap SSL providers from most trusted CAs)
Thankfully, most WordPress hosting companies will give you free SSL certificates for their clients. Namecheap got that feature too. So, using HTTPS is recommended. Google is also considering SSL as a ranking factor.
Next, choose a domain for which you want to install the WordPress CMS.
If you need to install WordPress on any directory, add the directory name here:
Enter the site title and tagline.
We can always edit it later. If you check our website, our site title is BlogHeist. And our tagline is Learn To Make Money Online Through Blogging. You can always edit this later by logging in to your WordPress admin area.
Now we have an essential step.
You will have to set up the login details for the admin account. The following image shows you the default id.
You must create a strong password using the password generator (represented by key). Or, you can also enter a strong password yourself.
Now, you will be offered to install a plugin named Loginizer. This is a security plugin, and I recommend installing this because this will help you keep your WordPress site safe from hackers.
To install this just, click the checkbox shown below, and then enter the email id where you want to send your installation details. You must keep this mail safe, as it contains your website details.
And then, finally, click Install.
You have successfully installed WordPress CMS on your Namecheap hosting plan in a minute!! You can now access your WordPress website using the URL format mydomain.com and the admin area by mydomain.com/wp-admin.
I have also created a YouTube video for this tutorial. Watch it for more clarity.
How To Install WordPress Manually/ FTP?
Installing manually is not simple as the one-click installer method. It will take some time, and you need to do more with your web hosting control panel. For installing WordPress manually, we will be doing several tasks like:
- Downloading WordPress to your computer
- Extracting it
- Uploading the files to the server
- Creating a MySQL database
- Completing the configuration
The very first thing you need to do is, download WordPress from the official repository.
Once you have downloaded the software to your local computer, extract the file using any compression software like WinRAR.
You will see all the subfolders and files then.
Now, you need to upload these files to your server. For doing that, we can rely on an FTP client like FileZilla. You will need to download FileZilla if you haven’t already.
Using your FTP account credentials, log in to your server. If you don’t have an FTP account associated with your cPanel, you can create one yourself or the hosting’s support team’s help.
Once you have logged in to your web server, upload the folders, files to your home directory. It will take several minutes to complete the file upload.
Once you have uploaded the files to your server, create a MySQL database. You can do it from your website’s cPanel.
Create a database.
Once you have created a MySQL database, create a user and assign the user with the database. You can do this thing from the same screen. Now, you need to complete the WordPress installation.
Since we have already uploaded the files, we do not need to do anything else. All we need to do is, visit the website, configure it. Visit your website by entering the domain name. It can be example.com or https:///www.example.com.
You will see the WordPress installation screen there.
From there, you need to choose your website’s language. We also need to enter our database details to establish a connection between WordPress and the MySQL server. Click on the Let’s go button.
You do not need to edit any files for establishing the database connection. You can do it from the front end.
We need to enter the
- Database name
- Table prefix
There. Once you have entered those, submit the data.
Now, you need to run the installation.
They will ask for your basic details like
- Website title
- Email address
Now, you have successfully installed WordPress on the site.
You can log in to the site using the username and password you provided at the installation time. And for accessing the WordPress dashboard, open the website URL on your browser, add /wp-admin at the end of the URL.
You can manage your website from there.
How To Install WordPress On a Subdomain?
Once you have created a subdomain through the cPanel, the server will create a dedicated directory for the domain. That’s the root of the subdomain. You need to upload the files to that specific folder. For example, if you plan to install WordPress manually, upload the core files to that folder.
Now, you can enter the subdomain to your browser, install WordPress manually. On the other hand, if you are using the softaculous installer for installing WordPress on the site, choose the subdomain from the dropdown.
This is how you can install WordPress on a subdomain.
What Is The Best Way To Install WordPress?
If your web hosting provider is offering you Softaculous or any other one-click WordPress installers, that is the best way to install WordPress on your server. When you are using a managed WordPress hosting like Kinsta or WP Engine, you do not need to manually install WordPress.
When you have the one-click WordPress installer, you do not need to download WordPress manually to your computer; create a MySQL database. This is the best way to install WordPress on a server.
On the other hand, if you prefer manual installation, you need to create a MySQL database through the website hosting cPanel, download WordPress, extract the files, upload it to your server, configure everything manually.
As you know, this will take a lot of time and is not recommended for beginners.
Thankfully, most web hosting companies come with this one-click installer feature.
Can You Create a WordPress Website Without a Hosting?
Yes and no.
Suppose you want to create a WordPress website for testing new codes/ themes or plugins. In that case, you can create a staging environment using any popular software like Local by Flywheel or DevKinsta developed by Kinsta. When you do this, you do not need to buy a hosting plan.
The software will save all the website files on your computer. But, only you can visit the website and manage it. You can’t rank content on search engines and gain website visitors.
There are more web hosting providers are available like:
On top of hosting, you also need a domain name for starting a WordPress blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding Namecheap and WordPress.
Namecheap Hosting Free?
Sadly, NO! Namecheap is a premium web hosting company with affordable pricing. However, you will always get a moneyback guarantee.
Can We Install WordPress Manually?
Yes, you can. But, we will need to create MySQL databases, edit the core files when we install WordPress manually. Most beginners prefer this one-click WordPress installation method.
How To Contact Namecheap Support?
You can get in touch with them via phone/ live chat or ticketing system.
WordPress Free or Paid?
WordPress is 100% free CMS. But for hosting it, you need to pay a small fee to the web hosting companies.
Do I need to download WordPress?
When you use the one-click WordPress installer of Namecheap, you do not need to download WordPress CMS files and upload them. You can install WordPress with a single click from the Namecheap installer.On the other hand, if you prefer manual installation, you need to download WordPress core, upload the files manually.
How to install WordPress on subdomain cPanel
When you run the softaculous installer, you will see a field for choosing your installation directory. From there, choose the subdomain, not the main domain name. This way, you can install WordPress on your subdomain.
Can I install WordPress on a subdomain
Yes. You can do it. Every subdomain will get a dedicated space on your public_html directory. You can choose the subdomain from the softaculous app installer while installing the script or manually upload the files to the subdomain folder, perform the installation.
How to install WordPress in cPanel
Once you have logged in to your cPanel, you will see the Softaculous app installed under the software section. You need to go there for installing WordPress with a single click.
Do you need hosting for WordPress?
Yes. For hosting WordPress, we need to rely on web hosting companies. On the other hand, we can also host WordPress locally using any software like Local by Flywheel or DevKinsta.
In this tutorial, you learned how to install Namecheap in WordPress. Without creating MySQL databases or anything manually, you will install WordPress in some simple mouse clicks. Thankfully, Namecheap also provides chat/ phone or ticket support for their clients.
If you are stuck somewhere, you can quickly contact the support team. The support team will help you personally.
After you installed WordPress, you will have to log in to your WordPress dashboard and start creating content. Once you began creating content, you need to get traffic to your Blog.
So this is how you can install WordPress on Namecheap hosting. If you are looking for more WordPress tutorials, you might want to check our WordPress archives section. And our blog archive comes with every blogging resource.
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