Fastest way to install WordPress is through CPanel

I am often asked the question what is the fastest way to setup a WordPress blog.

WordPress installation procedure is already easy and quick as it can get, but only after you have uploaded all the files and created a database, which can take a while and actually prove to be a challenge for some users.

If your hosting uses CPanel, chance is you will also have Fantastico installed and you may conder yourself lucky. This combination allows you to install a new WordPress blog in a matter of seconds.


The installation script is pretty straight forward.

Select the target site, and an optional directory. This is useful if you want to have several wordpress installations on the same site.


After that, set your admin name and password and click Install WordPress! The script will create a database, install WordPress and set your login details in less then 10 seconds.

For earlier WordPress versions (prior to 2.7) installing via Fantastico had another advantage - Fantastico can also upgrade your WordPress installation to the latest version with just one click. This option is now build-in into WordPress 2.7 so you don't need it anymore.

So there you go and quickest way to install WordPress is using CPanel and Fantastico!

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  1. savage
    Oct 22nd, 2011 6:24 PM

    can u get me setup my website

  2. Apr 23rd, 2011 4:33 PM

    This is a great blog site. I run a small web development business and I always try to persuade my clients of the importance of having a blog. Besides the fact that now a day almost every website does have a blog. Congratulations on your posts, great job.

  3. Jan 9th, 2011 9:54 PM

    I do not usually go into cpanel. This method is so much quicker than ftp. Thanks a lot!

  4. Nov 7th, 2010 9:39 PM

    Thanks for sharing , I was looking for it a long time...Thanks again

  5. Jul 26th, 2010 7:38 PM

    i used to above method, went to to log in and edited new entries yet now when i go log back on it says ZERO posts, what do i do? is there anything wrong or thats how it suppose to be everytime? like one time edit system? please help

  6. Jun 28th, 2010 1:38 AM

    i have 2 places for my upload public.html & private.html where can i upload?

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  7. Shree
    Apr 5th, 2010 6:27 PM

    Thanks ... this saved me a lot of time :-)

  8. Feb 10th, 2010 11:10 PM

    This was definitely much easier than trying to install using FTP. thank you! You just saved me a ton of time. Much appreciated.

  9. Jan 17th, 2010 9:21 PM

    For install wordpress and cpanel
    extracting package and install

  10. Dec 27th, 2009 4:48 AM

    I am trying to install WP but am really lost. I don't want to install it on my site, just my server so that I can add a skin/theme and learn how to make a "site" using WP. I have a client who wants to use WP as a CMS because someone told them they could do that, though they don't want a blog right away. I am just trying to figure out how to install it on a server, and "build" a site using WP so I can teach someone else how to do it.
    I have cPanel, but not sure how to access Fantastico.....I'm just a designer trying to learn some elements of the programming world.

  11. Oct 17th, 2009 12:59 AM

    Thank you for the inforamation. What if you want to install 100 bolgs? Is this still the fastest way?

  12. Sep 25th, 2009 3:54 AM

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!

    I had spent too long trying to use the "5 Minute Installation" that just wasn't working. This was so simple and quick.

  13. Sep 4th, 2009 11:09 PM

    Wordpress installation via Fantastico looks very easy, but do you think that manual installation is better.
    I would welcome your comments.

  14. Jul 23rd, 2009 9:37 PM

    I am working on some sites using a subdomain of my own and wow...that was easy I literally spent 3 hours trying to install "the 5 minute install" way and that crap is for the birds.

    Thanks so much.

  15. Jul 11th, 2009 10:13 PM

    Very easy to follow and well laid out.
    Just the sort of thing that is needed to help those new to wordpress.

  16. Jun 6th, 2009 6:26 PM

    i had download wordpress through cpanel but i don't know how to post on it

  17. May 9th, 2009 10:35 AM

    Hi Nice themes thanks..
    I need one help..After installing themes and all different plugin's I found that I am not able save or post new articles.First time post is save, after that when I click on save draft button error page displayed..

  18. Mar 18th, 2009 3:47 PM

    tx Vladimir,

    that was handy when putting together a video how-to...

    hope that's useful too.

  19. Feb 8th, 2009 1:00 AM

    My Fantastico was a broken link in my cPanel (prob a host prob!)but i found 'Site Software' icon in cPanel takes you through a similar and simple installation!

  20. Jan 26th, 2009 6:30 PM

    Another very fast way to create a new WordPress blog is to use WordPress MU with the MU Multi-Site plugin. All setup is done via WordPress admin panels...

  21. Jan 24th, 2009 11:54 PM

    I quite agree with Luis on this. Further, many hosts do not have Fantastico as a default on cpanel; and would charge a fee to have it installed.

  22. Jan 21st, 2009 12:07 PM

    Thanks for pointing to simplescripts Sanix, I will check them out. The problem is they are not by default installed on most hosting cpanels, and that means you first need to install it in order to install wordpress through it, which of course takes time and is not a fastest way anymore.

  23. Jan 21st, 2009 5:13 AM

    Vladimir, I think the service of simplescripts is alot better than cpanel installation. simplescripts automates the installation and upgrading process. And contrary to what Luis said, all the newest versions of wordpress are available within hours of relaease. Even the beta versions are notified and can be upgraded to. Please give your remarks about this service.

  24. Jan 19th, 2009 4:29 PM

    Vladimir, this is so helpful! There are many people out there (like me) that have been waiting for a simple tutorial like this - thanks!

  25. Jan 19th, 2009 2:19 PM

    The problem with some hosting companies that have this type of service, is that they host an old version of wordpress. After installing, if you choose this route, make sure you update your installation files and your database. Great post Vladimir, thanks.

    • Sep 25th, 2009 4:37 AM

      I run into this sometimes - the outdated Fantastico WordPress installs. The funniest example was when a client asked me to do some maintenance work and upgrade her WordPress as well. I did. I billed her and she paid. The very next day, she emailed asking me why I billed without upgrading WordPress. Huh? I go and look. Sure enough, her WordPress has been downgraded.

      I go and look in her logs. At noon, someone logged on at her house and used Fantastico to upgrade a so-far-never-used subdomain about golfing. This was a dead give-away to me, as the husband had talked about wanting a golf blog, and I knew she was at work during the day. I point this out to her in the log. Mystery solved, the hubby did it! ;-) I upgraded both of their sites manually. So far, so good.