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Steps to get started with WordPress on cPanel

Setting up your WordPress site after signing up for a shared plan

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Written by Justin Catello
Updated over a week ago

To get started, we first need to ensure your domain name is pointed to BigScoots this way when you view it in your browser it will load your website.

Step 1. Ensure domain is pointed to BigScoots

Use the following URL to determine if your domain is pointed to BigScoots:

Enter in your domain into the search box and hit enter, example:

You should be seeing our nameservers:

If you do not, please use the search feature to find your registrar on how to do so.

Step 2. Log into cPanel

Now we can log into cPanel to get started, in order to log into cPanel please browse to and sign in.

From here, please select the Shared or Reseller Service from the dashboard:

Now click, Access Control Panel and then, Click here to access Control Panel:

This will get you into cPanel where you will see a similar dashboard:

Step 3. Issue an SSL (https://)

Before we install WordPress we should issue an SSL certificate otherwise more steps are needed after the install is complete. If you did already install WordPress please check out this article issue your certificate and get your domain to use https://

In cPanel, scroll down and click the SSL/TLS Status link.

If you see red then that indicates we need to issue an SSL:

Simply click the Run AutoSSL option and allow it to run, this may take several minutes. Once it completes, it will automatically refresh in which case you will now see green locks!

Now click the cPanel logo at the top left go to back to the main dashboard.

Step 4. Installing WordPress 🙌

Now scroll down and click the WordPress icon under the Scripts section.

Click the blue Install button

There are several options here to fill out but for simplicity well point out the necessary ones.

Please choose from one of the 2 options:

  • https://

  • https://www

    There is no right or wrong here, it's your preference to use www or not

Other fields you should update:

Once those are all filled in, now click the blue Install button.

WordPress has now been successfully installed!

Step 5. Logging into WordPress

There are a few ways to log into WordPress. This first method requires the most clicking but doesn't require you to remember your login at all.

Method 1:

If you go back into cPanel, click the WordPress icon again at the bottom. Now scroll to the bottom and you will see a Current Installations section. Click the login link:

And just like that, you will be logged into WordPress as the admin user you created initially.

Method 2:

This method will be browsing to your domains WordPress Admin URL which is by adding /wp-admin to the end of of your domain.

Example, if your domain is then your WordPress Admin URL will be:

You will now see 2 screens, the first screen is a verification to block any bots:

After checking the box, it will bring you to your login page:

Please enter in the Username and Password you created when installing WordPress.

This concludes all the steps needed to get your WordPress site up, good luck!

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