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How to custom install WordPress in Plesk

The Plesk panel for your Windows web hosting plan allows you to easily install applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento and more, directly from the Applications tab on the left-side menu. Since WordPress is the most downloaded app, Plesk has also added a WordPress shortcut on the left-side menu for easy download and management.

This tutorial will show you how to install WordPress using the Custom Install option in Plesk, via the WordPress shortcut and via the Applications tab.

Custom Install WordPress via WordPress shortcut

To Custom Install WordPress through the WordPress shortcut in Plesk, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click Sign Up / Log In at the top of this page.
  2. Select Hosting Manager from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter your username and password, then click Log In.
  4. Click WordPress from the left-side menu.
  5. Click the + Install ▼ button from the top menu and select Install (Custom).

    Note: The Install (Quick) option is the one-click installation feature in Plesk that allows you to install WordPress using all the default settings, which you can later manage and edit. If you select this, simply specify where you want to install WordPress then click Install and you're done.

  6. Under Installation path, specify where you want to install WordPress. This is where your website files will be saved.
  7. Under Administrative access, specify your Administrative username and password, then Confirm password.
    This will be your WordPress Admin access details.
  8. Under Main configuration, customise the following information:
    Version Select a WordPress version from the drop-down list.
    Install set Select a set of plugins and themes that you wish to be installed on this instance along with WordPress.
    Or, you can select None to install only WordPress.
    Administrator's email Enter a working email address that you would like to connect to this installation.
    Site name Enter the name of the website you would like to create.
    This can be changed anytime, within your WordPress admin dashboard.
    Interface language Select a language from the drop-down list.
    Database server Leave as it is.
    Database name Enter a name for your website's database.
    Prefix of tables You may leave this blank.
    Database user name Enter a username to connect to and access your database.
    Database user password You may leave this blank.
    Confirm password You may leave this blank.
  9. Under Auto-updates, select how you would like the system to deal with WordPress updates as soon as they become available.
  10. Under Advanced Settings, select or deselect the following according to the purpose of your website:
    Search Engine Visibility It is recommended that you enable this if your site is for production purposes.
    Debug Mode It is recommended that you enable this if your site is for development or testing purposes.
  11. Click the Install button at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations! You just custom-installed WordPress in Plesk via WordPress shortcut.

Custom Install WordPress via Applications tab

If for some reason you can't find the WordPress shortcut from the left-side menu on Plesk, then you can use these steps to Custom Install WordPress:

  1. Click Sign Up / Log In at the top of this page.
  2. Select Hosting Manager from the drop-down menu.
  3. Enter your username and password, then click Log In.
  4. Click Applications from the left-side menu.
  5. Click the Featured Applications link.
  6. Under WordPress, click the [v] arrow down symbol beside the Install button and select Install (Custom).
  7. Click I accept the terms of License Agreement on the next page, then click Next.
  8. Customise the following information for your WordPress app installation:
    Specify the location... Specify where you want to install WordPress. This is where your website files will be saved.
    Update Settings Tick the box under this option if you want the system to automatically update WordPress as soon as updates are available.
    Administrative access Choose between the 2 options available:

    • Tick Use administrative credentials not connected to any particular user if you wish to create a new user. Specify your Administrative username and password, then Confirm password.
      This will be your WordPress Admin access details.
    • Otherwise, you can tick Grant administrative access to existing user then select the specific user from the drop-down list.
      This existing user's login credentials will be used for WordPress Admin access.
    Administrator's email Enter a working email address that you would like to connect to this installation.
    Site name Enter the name of the website you would like to create.
    This can be changed anytime, within your WordPress admin dashboard.
    Interface language Select a language from the drop-down list.
    Database server Leave as it is.
    Database name Enter a name for your website's database.
    Prefix of tables You may leave this blank.
    Database user name Enter a username to connect to and access your database.
    Database user password You may leave this blank.
    Confirm password You may leave this blank.
  9. Click the Install button at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations! You just custom-installed WordPress in Plesk via Applications tab.

Tip: If you are getting an error during installation, adjust the PHP version that is configured on your website first, then install WordPress. If you need further assistance, contact our 24/7 support.

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