Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

This tutorial will teach you how to install WordPress, the very popular blog content management system, using Fantastico in cPanel. It is a very simple task thanks to Fantastico. In order to complete this tutorial you will need to be using a hosting provider that offers cPanel web based management software.

If you are looking to install WordPress on a host that doesn’t use CPanel you may find more information at the official WordPress site. Another option is to switch to a hosting provider that offers cPanel. There are many hosting providers online that offer cPanel. I can also offer affordable cPanel hosting through my company Computer Systems Solutions. If you would like a great price on cPanel hosting for your domain, please contact me using the form on this site.

Log into your cPanel account and click the Fantastico icon (happily pictured below).
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

With the Fantastico window open, click on the WordPress link located in the Blogs section.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

The WordPress page will open and you will see a short description of what it is.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Verify that you have enough free space and then click the New Installation link.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

You will see the New Installation options.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Now we have to define the configuration. First is the installation location.
Install on Domain: From the drop down, your domain should be selected. (If not select it).
Install in Directory: Leave this blank if you want WordPress to be installed in the root of the domain. For example you will access WordPress at . If you want to specify a different directory, type it in this field. For example if you put “blog” in the field, the url will be .
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Now you will have to enter the administrator name and password. This is the username and password that you will use to access the WordPress backend.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

In the base configuration section, enter the following information:
Admin nickname: the name you want to display for the admin account.
Admin e-mail: the email address of the admin
Site name: your domain
Description: What your site is about.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Now enter the email account information. If this account doesn’t already exist, Fantastico will create it for you on your domain.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Once you have entered all of the settings click the install button.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

The installation will tell you what updates have been made. Click the Finish Installation button.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

The installation is finished. You have the option to email the details of the installation to someone, or return to the overview.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

Once your return to the WordPress Overview page, you will see that you have WordPress install in the “Current Installations” section. Click the Visit Site button to view your new site.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

If you can see the site, your installation was successful.
Install WordPress using Fantastico in cPanel

You can now start adding content to your site, change the layout, and take advantage of the power of the WordPress system. To login click the link on the menu to the right. Your username and password will be the ones that you enter earlier for the administrator. Good Luck!

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  • Not all web hosting providers that offer cPanel purchase the third party software known as Fantastico. If your web hosting provider has upgraded to cPanel 11 then you can do this without Fantastico.

    You will likely notice you are on cPanel 11 as your cPanel interface will look vastly different and be more organized.

    When you login, scroll down to the “Software / Services” feature block and click the “Site Software” icon. Under the blogs section, click “WordPress” and proceed to follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Thanks for the input, I have never used a host that provided cpanel without fantastico. Our host is still using CPanel 10.

  • I have had no luck installing WordPress with Fantastico. I’ve followed all the steps in the tutorial, but the final product never looks like a blog. All I get is a listing of files and folders in a directory.

    I’ve always chosen to set up the WordPress files in a separate folder, not the main one.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Hey thanks for the great tutorial i was looking for this everything is working great!

  • Kris T.


    Hi! I was wondering what part of the step is that says “…is prowdly powered by WordPress”

    In which step do you write what you would want that to say? Site name? Site description?



  • Krist, it grabs the site name when you fill it out in cPanel. You can also change this later by modifying the blog name in the WordPress control panel or by modifying the footer.php in the wp-content/themes/default/ folder.

    P.S. We can’t email notifications to you if you don’t enter an email address when you comment.

  • Hi, thanks for the tutorial – I will go and have a look at your other tuts. I have a really dumb question…I have WP installed on host, for 2 sites (addon domains), want to start a 3rd and 4th….Do I install WP each time for each site?, or is the one install all I need?? (The first ones were done for me by a techie)

  • I have used cPanel before to set up my wordpress blog, was not sure what the hosting provider was. Is there a recommendation of the best/cheapest hosting providers that offer cPanel as well? Thanks.

  • adi

    thanks! cpanel is the best

  • chenzen

    very good explanation with screenschots. resolved all doubts.
    Thanks very much

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  • Harish

    i have tried

    it is saying

    Sorry, the password you selected cannot be used because it is too weak and would be too easy to crack. Please select a password with strength rating of 100 or higher.

    please tell me what to do

  • lol Harish make a better password

  • Joe

    Thanks! this is very informative

    1 step system

  • Laura

    I just installed wordpress and it says my username is invalid. I am using the username I entered at installation. PLEASE HELP!! this is so frustrating!

    Thank you

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  • for some reason I’m not getting this to work. hmm .. I wonder if I did something wrong or there’s something missing in this tutorial.

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  • Nate

    This may seem like an odd question, but with the Fantastico version of wordpress… is it the version from or

    does that make sense?


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  • Jeannine

    Hi were able to install blog on my website in its own directory with no problems.
    Then I tried on my other website to install it on the main site as to be the main page, but i can’s view it. i am able to get into the admin side of it, but when I click visit site, it goes to the original web page and not the blog that is suppose to be there, what am i doing wrong?
    please what am i missing/

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  • John firstly thankyou for the time to oversee and share your wisdom here!

    I am a total convert to WordPress and in awe of just how plain clever it is and how the control panel lets non-designers write and not worry to much about coding..

    I would be really grateful for a bit of simple *yes/no* advice…

    I have made a site on thats about 1/3 way completed but now we want to host it on JustHost under a distinct domain name and throw it over to complete it once its up at JustHost using the WordPress Dashboard and widgets…

    Seeds of doubt are however looming like car-headlights as I read about this *Fantastico* as I sort of get the impression that the only way to get a wordpress site on JustHost is to throw the WordPress CMS and then start again (horror) – am I right or can I somehow FTP what Ive done in my theme and then go on with it using the WP Dashboard…

    I hope I have not been too muddled in describing my newbie situation..we are lawyers not coders it goes to say!!
    Anyway, whatever advice u could spare would be huge
    Many thanks for this whole post blog ..



  • Sorry John or anyone with WP tips on that last query by me – our email is

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    cheers – nick


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  • daniel

    Hi there – thanks to this page I did get wordpress running nicely

    i want my blog in a frame on my page

    which should be easy

    all of the templates, etc that i try – including the script / templates within fantastico as well as RVsitebuilder — the only thinkg I can do it go to a wordpress page that is on my site
    it doesnt look like my site, have my ads / menus, etc

    hel;p. please

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  • Don

    When I installed WordPress with cpanel and Fantastico, I put a folder name, “blog” in the setup. Now I need to add blog to the url to access the site. If I had left it blank, would it go to the WordPress main page instead of the CPanel login? How do I get it to access the WordPress main page with just the url?

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  • bharti

    I tried installing wordpress on my server using fantastico. All went as per the instructions but in the end nothing happened. When i open the url in the browser i see the Index of / and then a list of files that has been uploaded to the url during the installation process. I have tried this twice using fantastico. Can someone please guide m,e what to do or what went wrong.

    All help would be highly appreciated.

    Many thanks

  • alexandra

    Can someone please help. I am new at this. Namecheap is my host. I’m trying to install wordpress using fantastico. It keeps giving me an error message saying “access denied”. It’s indicating that I am giving worng username & password. (i think) I am trying to install it to one of my add on domains. When it asks for username & password, it’s asking for the username & password for that particular domain, right? Or not? Namecehap support isn’t helpful. I’d appreciate any advice from you tech people. Thanks.

    • Sounds like you don’t have permission to do that. Are you on shared hosting? Usually namecheap support is very helpful for me when I have domain/ssl issues.

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  • Is it a good idea to install WP in a subfolder and then use the settings option to direct it to the root folder? I heard it improved security.

  • Laura

    I am having the same problem as Alexandra and bharti. WordPress shows up as being installed, but when I try to visit my site I just get taken back to the index page. What could possibly be causing this? I am also with namecheap.

  • Great article.

    I have installed wordpress successfully using Fantastico. However it has installed it in the root directory however my domain is now

    I am wanting to have the domain as mainly for SEO purposes, I know it makes no difference as it redirects.

    How do I install so its appears as


  • Hi- I just followed this instruction to install WordPress. I suppose to finish all, but I cannot view the last part “wordpress” page. Also, I tried to go to my web address, but it said “server cannot found”. I checked my server’s public holder and the set of WordPress files are there. I don’t know what’s happening. Please help me.

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  • WP newbie

    Hi all, trying to install Fantastico per these directions, but keep getting the following error as step 2/3 of installation. Does anyone know how I can resolve this? Thanks!

    Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for user ‘myusername’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in /tmp/cpanel_phpengine.1310715414.15458apbfgNuB8t on line 1616 Access denied for user ‘myusername’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)

    • Amandavdb

      I am having the same problem.  Can you advise what to do?

      Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Access denied for
      user ‘agentfor’@’localhost’ (using password: YES) in
      /tmp/cpanel_phpengine.1337753025.29013qQQnr_mgJm on line
      1616Access denied for user ‘agentfor’@’localhost’ (using password:

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    • Fabiano_guerra_pereira

      the same problem instaling wordpress by filezilla

      • Anonymous

        I’m not familiar with You should contact their support to find out what their ftp server is.

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