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Install WordPress Using HostGator cPanel » How to Blog Series: Post #13

This post demonstrates how you can install WordPress in your HostGator account by using cPanel applications such as Fantastico Deluxe or QuickInstall.

In ‘How to Blog‘ series, you’ve already learned to set up XAAMP web server on your local computer and install WordPress to host your WordPress blog locally. Please click on the relevant links if you missed that post and you are interested to convert your local computer into local web server.

How to Install WordPress

Now, because you are well capable of installing it in local computer, let’s learn how to install it in remote computer – that’s your web host. You can implement any of the two methods – using FTP or using host applications.

Though, you have more control with the former method, the later is much simpler and quicker.

Using FTP

You can install WP in remote server with similar method as I explained in earlier post. Please check my earlier post for that, but it is really a huge job to:

  • Download the setup file (click here to download WordPress if you are interested),
  • Upload it again to your web server through FTP (Click here to download FileZilla FTP application),
  • Create MySql database and user, and then
  • Run installer supplying the required settings.

If you have a good host like HostGator you can install WordPress with a few clicks within a couple of minutes. I demonstrate the whole process here so that you can very easily install WordPress in your remote server.

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Why I prefer QuickInstall over Fantastico DeluxeUsing cPanel Applications

If you remember, I bought a new domain name ‘SureshKhanal.com‘ in post #11 of this series. I am going to install WordPress for this domain name.

HostGator cPanel has a section named Software/Services where you can find two applications that can be used to install WordPress in your account – Fantastico Delux and QuickInstall.

Fantastico De Luxe is an amazing cPanel/PHP based Web application. It integrates with cPanel and gives you the ability to automatically install the popular Open Source Applications. With Fantastico the installation procedure of all of the provided scripts takes only seconds and can be performed by novices without the need of setting up MySQL databases, importing structure, chmoding files and without the need of other tasks usually associated with installations:

Fantastico Deluxe in HostGator cPanel

If you have any of the shared or reseller hosting plan in HostGator, you can enjoy Fantastico. It is available for Linux dedicated servers too, however, dedicated server customers should contact HostGator support to request Fantastico to be installed on their server. Fantastico is not included on VPS and not available on Windows hosting or Plesk in HostGator.

It is really easier than you may think to install WordPress using Fantastico Deluxe. I will demonstrate how to do it, just in a moment.

QuickInstall is HostGator’s in-house script auto-installer which is functioning on all shared and re-seller plans. It works just like Fantastico (even better as I experienced!)

QuickInstall application in cPanel

If you are not in HostGator, sorry, but you can’t have this feature. The dedicated and VPS plans with cPanel customers (currently Plesk is not supported) should request by emailing support@hostgator.com to get it in their account.

I personally preferred QuickInstall for the two very good reasons:

  1. It lets you auto update your WordPress whenever new version is released. You know how important it is to stay updated!
  2. It installs WP SuperCache and JetPack along with the fresh WordPress installation. WP SupreCache and JetPack both are almost the most necessary plugins for any WordPress blogs!

Okay! Now when you have all this information, you are ready to learn the process – how to install WordPress in your HostGator account. I demonstrate how to install as well as how to remove WordPress installation using both of these applications. Watch the video below and hey! Don’t forget to comment.

How to install WordPress using Fantastico and Quick Install

Did you find this post useful? Do you have any better ideas? Do you like to install WordPress using the auto-installer or prefer to manually install it? Why?

by Suresh Khanal

Hi, it’s me behind this blog - Bivori.com. Interested to blogging, different monetization options, WordPress Themes, Plugins and various blogging tools. I love setting up new blogs, customize and optimizing them. Want me to write for you? Add in your Google+ circle and lets get connected.

19 comments… add one

  1. The above article is as important as many other ones.It also talks about the act of being oonline and blogging.The latter activity is a good one. This post demonstrates how you can install WordPress in your HostGator account by using cPanel applications such as Fantastico Deluxe or QuickInstall.

    1. Welcome Robert to the ‘How to Blog’ series.
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…Install WordPress Using HostGator cPanel » How to Blog Series: Post #13My Profile

  2. Installing wordpress automatically is what I prefer since I’m not all that the techie type. I like those insights you shared with regards to installing wordpress.

    1. Its really fun to install WordPress using QuickInstall and Fantastico. However, you must also learn how stuffs work. It will be helpful especially at hard times.

      Thank you Kabenlah for the comment here.
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…Install WordPress Using HostGator cPanel » How to Blog Series: Post #13My Profile

      1. I’m indeed learning how stuffs really works. I’m actually on the verge of producing my first online business enterprise.
        But the learning process is curving but I’m still on it and hopes it becomes a success after its launch.,ha..ha
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        1. Yea of course! My best wishes for your new venture.
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  3. Hostgator’s cPanel is really simple to use but your installation guide makes it even simpler. It would be nice to see a tutorial on a manual installation of Wordpress as well.
    Shaun Hoobler recently posted…successforyoursongs.com – How to Write Songs That SellMy Profile

    1. I wrote about manual installation in http://bivori.com/install-wordpress/

      I hope that will be useful for anybody trying to set up the blog by themselves.
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  4. I’ve used this method and it takes 5 minutes or less. The same applies for Bluehost. However, there’s still a lot of people who think installing WordPress or creating a blog is for tech users only. Actually, in the Wordpress.org page they make it so scary at the beginning…
    Servando Silva recently posted…Squarespace Review – The Apple of the CMS IndustryMy Profile

    1. That’s very true Silva. WordPress.org tried to explain independent of hosting providers. Having a good host has really some awesome benefits! :)

      Thanks for commenting here!
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…Start HereMy Profile

  5. Good explanation on how to install WordPress on cpanel. I like the video as well. Do you prefer Quickinstall over Fantastico? Other than the benefits of the 2 plugin you mention, are there any others?
    Shalu Sharma recently posted…Andy Bailey has Multiple Sclerosis – Can Indian yoga help MS patientsMy Profile

    1. All those scripts do is simply installing WordPress in your account. Once the WordPress is installed its task is over! You are free to make any modification you wish after the installation.

      I’m coming up with configuring WordPress in next post.
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…Start HereMy Profile

  6. Hostgator’s cPanel is pretty easy stuffs but with this post, it makes it even easier. Thanks for sharing bro.

  7. Well, I’m not a customer of HostGator, so I think this tutorial is not for me. But, instead of Fantastico, I have Softaculous in my host provider’s cPanel, which makes it easier for me to install WordPress on my sites instantly and easily, without much hassle :).
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    1. Any good web hosts have some easy applications to install these most popular software. Great to learn that you have Fantastico and Softaculous for easy disposal.
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…Start HereMy Profile

  8. Hello Suresh ,

    As far as I know each and every host with cPanel have similar interface and similar one click CMS Installers . According to me writing a post for each and every hosting might be a waste of time .

    But the effort you put into this post is appreciated :) .


    1. Navneet, I started this series from very basics ‘What is a blog’ and gradually built up to installing WordPress. I wills go through one route and readers can explore the other opportunities. I believe if I demonstrate it with one of the host, my readers will be able to do it in similar way with other hosts and scripts. Guess, it is easier once you saw something similar somewhere!

      Thank you Navneet for the concern and commenting here.
      Suresh Khanal recently posted…WordPress Installed, Now What? « How to Blog Series: Post #14My Profile

  9. I used Softaculus to install WordPress on my blog. I know softaculus is good software and has plenty of ready to install software. But fantastico is fantastic too. I am not hosting on hostgator. And my hosting company is not providing me fantastico.

  10. Hi

    I own two blogs. On one of my blog i’d installed the wordpress using fantastico & on other one i’d used the softaculus. I find both of these software equally good. Yes Hostgator cPanel comes with Fantastico.
    Tauseef Alam recently posted…Hostgator Reseller CouponMy Profile


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