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How to use Plesk to install WordPress

This article describes how to use Plesk to install WordPress, a popular content management system (CMS).

There are two ways to install this application. Use whichever method you prefer:
  • Quick installation: Plesk supports a quick installation option that enables you to quickly and easily install the application using default, optimal settings.
  • Custom installation: The custom installation option enables you to customize many application configuration settings.

Method #1: Quick installation

To quickly install the latest WordPress version, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Plesk.
    If you do not know how to log in to your Plesk account, please see this article.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Applications.
  3. On the Applications page, click Featured Applications.
  4. Next to WordPress, click Install. The Installation of WordPress page appears.
  5. In the Specify the location where this web application should be installed section, select the protocol, domain, and directory.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, the protocol option may not be available.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the text box for the directory name is blank.
  6. Click Install. Plesk installs the application, and then displays configuration settings, including login information.

Method #2: Custom installation

To install WordPress using custom settings, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Plesk.
    If you do not know how to log in to your Plesk account, please see this article.
  2. In the left sidebar, click Applications.
  3. On the Applications page, click Featured Applications.
  4. Next to WordPress, click the down arrow, and then click Install (Custom). The Installation of WordPress page appears.
  5. Review the license agreement, select the I accept the terms of License Agreement check box, and then click Next.
  6. In the Specify the location where this web application should be installed section, select the protocol, domain, and directory.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, the protocol option may not be available.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the text box for the directory name is blank.
  7. Under Update Settings, select the Automatically update this app when updates are available check box to keep the application updated.
    Keeping your site updated helps prevent unauthorized access attempts and data loss.
  8. Under Administrative access, select one of the following options:
    • Use administrative credentials not connected to any particular user: Select this option if you want to create a dedicated administrative account for the application.
    • Grant administrative access to existing user: Select this option if you want to use an existing user as the administrator for the application.
  9. Specify the remaining options and settings for the application.
  10. Click Install. Plesk installs the application, and then displays configuration settings, including login information.

More Information

For more information about WordPress, please visit https://wordpress.org.