This guide will take you through the steps of installing WordPress within Website Panel (.Net).
Before starting, if you recently purchased this package then we highly recommend that you take one of our Linux (cPanel) packages to install WordPress as it works best on that platform rather than the Windows (.Net) package. Please speak to one of our support team members if you wish to make the change.
If you decide to opt for our Linux (cPanel) then follow this article on how to install WordPress
1. First, you would need to download the latest WordPress installation file. It will be in a .zip format.
2. Then login to Website Panel which is your control panel for managing your domain.
3. Once you are logged in, hover the cursor over “Web” and select Web Sites
4. If you do not see your domain listed then click on the “Create Web Site” button
5. Select the domain you wish to create the site and click on “Create Web Site” again
6. Now that your domain is linked to a web server you can now continue to installing WordPress. Click on File Manager in the menu.
7. Click on your domain name
8. Click on the root folder as all your website files will be hosted here. Anything outside of this root folder will not be displayed and might cause your website to not function correctly.
9. Click on the Upload button and locate the .zip file you downloaded earlier.
10. Once the upload is complete you will see it listed in your File Manager. Check the box on its left and extract the contents. It will extract a folder called “wordpress” with all the necessary files in it.
11. Click on the new folder to view the contents
12. Since we need these files to be in the root folder they will have to be moved. Check the box to select all files in the WordPress folder and click on “Move”
13. A small window will pop up asking for its destination. Click inside the bar and select the drop menu next to each folder until you are able to select the “wwwroot” one. Click on “Move” thereafter to move the files over.
14. The last thing to do in File manager would be to click on “Home” after the files has been moved as we need to enable “write” permissions to the files.
15. Click on the lock symbol next to your domain name
16. You will now see a small window showing you which folders has read/write access. Check the box next to your domain name that says “write” so the WordPress installation can edit necessary files.
17. Once you are done moving the files we need to create a database and a database user. To do this you would need to hold the cursor over “databases” and select “My.SQL 5.x” in the menu.
18. The first thing you would want to do here is to click on the “Database login details” link below to find out what the “database host” is. You will need it soon.
19. A new screen will pop up with the host address. Please note that the host might not be the same as the one shown in the figure below. Copy or write down what you see in your control panel.
20. Done taking down the address? Great! Now you can hit the cancel button below.
Let’s go back to the “My.SQL 5.x” section in the menu and “Create User”.
21. Please ensure that your password is strong as you don’t want your website to be compromised at a later stage. Once you are done we can now “Create database”
22. Give your database a name and link the user you just created by checking the box next to it.
23. The final stretch! Let’s browse to your website now. Click on “Let’s go!”
24. You will be asked for some information which you should know now. Enter the details in their respective fields. The Database Host is what you copied/wrote down earlier. The Table Prefix by default can be left as is. Submit those details.
25. If all of those details are correct you should see the page asking what you would like to call your site and what your admin login details should be. Again, please ensure that the password is strong to avoid the site from being compromised.
26. Click on “Install WordPress” and off you go!
You have successfully installed WordPress and can now login by browsing to example.co.za/wp-admin and entering your login details.