Install WordPress CMS With Softaculous

WordPress powers more than one-third of all websites on the Internet, easily making it the world's most popular content management software. Installing WP on an Iron Ally hosting account is fast and easy with the 1-Click installer Softaculous.

With Softaculous, you can quickly install WordPress on any domain name, subdomain or directory on your hosting account. If you wish to use a domain other than the primary domain on your account, you will need to create it as an Addon Domain first.

To install WordPress, first find Softaculous in your Iron Ally cPanel account - this is usually located at the bottom of the page. This may look different depending on which Style your account uses (Basic is the default Style - Retro is also shown below).

Basic cPanel Style

Retro cPanel Style

Next, find the WordPress icon and click it - this should be the first icon on the left in the top row.

Click the WordPress icon

Now look for the blue Install Now button in the center of the page and click on it to get started with the installation.

Main Page for WordPress Install in Softaculous

Click Install Now Button to Get Started

There are a number of settings available to you on this WP install page, although many of these are completely optional. Use the guide below to help you decide whether to leave the default settings or change them.

Software Setup Settings

  • Choose the version you want to install - By default, the most recent version of WordPress will be selected here (currently 5.1 as of this writing). However, WP versions 5.0 and higher are now using the Gutenberg editor, which many users do not like. If you prefer, Iron Ally Hosting makes WP 4.9.9 available for you to install or you can install the most recent version and use the Classic Editor plugin to avoid using Gutenberg's visual editor. You can always upgrade WordPress to a higher version, but you will NOT be able to downgrade to a lower version!
  • Choose Protocol - If you are positive that the SSL Certificate is active for the domain name you're installing WP on, you can use https:// as the Protocol. Otherwise, http:// should be used. Using http:// is the safe way to go for the initial installation, but this can be changed after installing WordPress from the Settings -> General page in the Dashboard (there are two URL settings on that page - change the protocol on those two URLs). If https:// is used for this initial installation and there is not an active SSL Certificate on the domain then the installation will fail.
  • Choose Domain - This drop-down box controls which domain name will be used for the installation. The primary domain and addon domains on your hosting account will be available as choices, and subdomains for those domains can also be selected if desired.
  • In Directory - This will be blank by default and in most cases you will want to leave it that way unless you want to install WordPress to a directory on one of your domain names. For example, to install WordPress to, the word blog would be entered in this text box.

Software Setup Settings

Site Settings

  • Site Name - This is the title or name for your WordPress website. In many cases, this may be your brand name or domain name. Many themes will show this title after the page name for each page throughout your entire website (the title that shows up in your web browser tab). Many themes will also show this title at the top of all pages in the site header. The setting can be changed later from General -> Settings in the WP Dashboard.
  • Site Description - The description could be a one sentence summary of your site or even your company's slogan. This is also usually shown at the top of all pages in the site header, often below the Site Name. It can also be changed later from General -> Settings in the WP Dashboard.
  • Enable Multisite (WPMU) - This will NOT be checked by default. Unless you know what you are doing, you should leave this setting unchecked. With it checked, WordPress Multisite will be installed instead of standard WordPress. WPMU lets you use the same login information to control the dashboard for multiple WordPress sites, and these sites can also share plugins. However, this is a complex setup that is only recommended for advanced users and the complete usage of WP Multisite is not explained here.

Site Settings

Admin Account Settings

  • Admin Username - Do NOT use admin as the Admin Username because it makes your site an easy target for hackers. By default, a random 5 character phrase will be entered for the username but you are welcome make this a custom username that is easier to remember. This username is NOT easy to change after installation, although there are plugins that will let you change this username later.
  • Admin Password - The #1 reason why WordPress sites gets hacked is because the Admin account uses a weak password. For this reason, you should make this password as long and complicated as possible - we recommend a minimum of 18 characters using a combination of numbers, uppercase letters, lowercase letters and other special characters. The longer and more complicated you set this password, it will make your exponentially more difficult to hack. On the far-right of the text box for this setting you will find a key icon - you can click that to use a password generator or enter your own password. This password can be changed after installation by going to Users -> Your Profile in the WP Dashboard.
  • Admin Email - Enter the email address to use for the Admin account. This is used to send you email notices about the installation and also in case you need to recover your Admin account password. You can also change this setting later from Users -> Your Profile in the WP Dashboard.

Admin Account Settings

Choose Language & Select Plugin(s)

  • Select Language - The WordPress Dashboard system and most plugins / themes are available in many different languages. If English isn't your native language, you can change this setting to make this software easier to use.
  • Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer) - This plugin is installed by default on all new WP installations on Iron Ally servers. This plugins helps to stop hackers from attacking your site with password guesses, which is the most common method used to hack WP sites. To protect the security of your site, we force this plugin to be installed, but it can always be deactivated manually in your Dashboard.
  • Classic Editor - If you're installing a version of WordPress 5.0 or later (5.1 is current as of this writing), it uses the Gutenberg visual editor. However, many users prefer the classic editor that was used in WP 4.9.9 and earlier. For 5.0 installations, this Classic Editor plugin option shows up, although it is unchecked by default - simply check this box if you want to use the Classic Editor and not Gutenberg. The Classic Editor plugin can be installed or even uninstalled later through the Dashboard.

Choose Language & Select Plugin(s)

Advanced Options

By default, the Advanced Options settings will be collapsed, so you will need to click on the Advanced Options bar to expand it if you want to change any of these settings. For the average user, you can keep the default settings.

  • Database Name - WP needs a MySQL database to operate, so one will be created using this name during the installation process. If needed, you can customize the name here that will be used for the database creation.
  • Table Prefix - In the WP database, there will be a number of tables with different names. This setting controls the prefix that will be attached to the beginning of each table name. Since this table prefix includes randomly generated characters, it helps to give your site unique database table names. This can help overcome conflicts if you have two WordPress sites using the same database, and it is also considered a good security measure to use a custom string here (and not the default, generic value of "wp_"). By default, Iron Ally servers do not use the generic value so you do not need to change this value unless you have a specific reason to do so.
  • Disable Update Notifications Emails - The WordPress system will send emails to the admin email address to let you know about available updates or automatic updates on the site. If you do NOT want to receive these emails, check this box.
  • Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins & Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes - These two settings control whether Softaculous will automatically update plugins and themes on your site when a new version becomes available. This may be helpful if you plan to rarely login to the WP Dashboard, but some updates can break your live website, so it can also be potentially harmful to your website if you allow updates to happen without you taking action. Ideally, when you want to update the WordPress core software, plugins or themes, you should backup the files and database for the site before performing the updates manually so you have the option to restore the backups if the upgrades cause problems. If you use these auto upgrade features, you lose that protection, so these are not recommended settings to use.
  • Backup Location - The Softaculous system can perform automatic backups of your WordPress site. However, these backups are disabled by default on Iron Ally servers because all of our servers already provide automatic backups for your entire hosting account, while these backups are only covering WordPress installations.

Advanced Options

Select Theme

By default, WordPress will install a number of it's own themes that you can use to control the overall design of your website. Those default themes are best used for blogs, but they don't allow a lot of control over the look of your site. This Select Theme section allows you to select another theme to be installed on the site instead. However, you can also search for themes easier through the Dashboard after WordPress is installed.

Iron Ally Hosting recommends the Weaver Xtreme theme because it has many pre-built design choices and allows for a high level of customization and control over your site design. You can search for this theme in the Dashboard to install it.

If you want to install one of the themes you see in Softaculous during the installation, just click on the blue Select button below the theme you want.

Select Theme

Install WordPress

Once you are done with the Softaculous settings, just click on the blue Install button at the bottom of the page. One simple click on this button and Softaculous takes care of the rest of the WordPress installation for you.

You can optionally provide an email address in the text box below the Install button if you want to keep a record of the login details for this site.

1-Click WordPress Installation

WordPress Successfully Installed

After you click install, you'll see a progress meter and if everything goes well, you'll see a installation success message like the one below.

This success message provides a link to the live website and also a link to the Administrative URL, which is where you login to the WP Dashboard to build your site. Simply click on the Administrative URL link to start creating your WordPress website!

Click the Administrative URL to Login to Dashboard

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