How To Install WordPress Manually on cPanel

As you are probably aware, most reputable hosting providers these days include automated WordPress install tools such as MOJO, Softaculous, etc. These installers work great in many cases, but often stuff your site full of unwanted plugins and themes. In addition, these automated tools have a reputation for timing out or being completely unavailable at times, which can be frustrating if you’re on a deadline.In this post we will walk you through the steps to successfully install WordPress manually using your cPanel. As an added bonus we have also included a tutorial video at the bottom of this post and a handy-dandy PDF Cheat Sheet with some useful instructions and links.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Step 1:

Download the most recent version of WordPress to a location of your choice at

Step 2:

Upload and extract the WordPress .ZIP file to your desired installation directory.

Okay so at this point I am assuming that you already have a hosting provider using cPanel and that you have already created an Add-On Domain or Subdirectory.

Within the File Manager, locate and navigate to that directory. From the top toolbar of the cPanel, select “Upload” and browse for the file you downloaded from Once the .ZIP file has finished uploading, return to the directory by clicking the “← Go Back to “/home/yourserverhere/public_html/yoursitehere” link.

Within the directory root you will now see the file. Click on this file to select it and then from the cPanel tool bar at the top, click “extract”. After that click “reload” in the cPanel toolbar and you will see the extracted wordpress folder. You can now delete the .ZIP file in order to keep everything nice and clean.

Step 3:

Move files from the wordpress folder back into the directory root.

Double click on the newly extracted “wordpress” folder and you should now see all the WordPress files. From the cPanel toolbar, click on the box “Select All”. All of the WordPress files should now be highlighted. In the cPanel toolbar select “Move File” and a modal will pop up with a directory link “/public_html/yourdirectoryname/wordpress”. Remove the “/wordpress” tail from the end of the path and click Move File(s). All files should now be moved to your directory root and click “Up One Level” from the toolbar to view them.

Step 4:

Create a database and database user

We have finished the initial steps and now it’s time to setup the database that will power your website. Navigate to your cPanel’s main dashboard and locate/click the icon “MySQL Database Wizard”.

Once inside the Database Wizard you will be prompted to create a New Database. Your database prefix will appear followed by an underscore and a blank area for you to populate your database name “yourserver_blankarea“. In the blank area you will enter your database name and keep it in a safe spot for a future step. The database name should be at least 3 characters and only contain alphanumeric characters. After filling in the name click “next step”.

You will now be prompted to create a Database User. Your database prefix will appear again followed by an underscore and a blank area for you to populate your database username “yourserver_username“. The database username cannot contain more than seven alphanumeric characters. Save the username to a safe location for future use. Now either manually enter a password of your choice or use the provided “Password Generator”… just make sure that your password is strong and secure. Now click on the button “Create User”.

Now that you have created the Database User, you will be brought to a page that asks you to assign privileges. Tick the box at the top that reads “All Privileges” and then click the button “Next Step”. Your database is now set up and you can now move on to plugging the database information into the wp-config.php file.

Step 5:

Populate the wp-config.php file with your database information

Okay now it is time to navigate back to the proper directory in the file manager with your database information handy. In your site’s directory root, locate the file named “wp-config-sample.php“.  Click on this file and then select “Code Editor” from the top toolbar, click “Edit” and open the .php file.

Now that the wp-config-sample.php file is open in the Code Editor, it is time to start adding your database information…

Locate the line that reads “define(DB_NAMEdatabase_name_here);” and add your database name.

Locate the line that reads “define(DB_USERusername_here);” and add your database username.

Locate the line that reads “define(DB_PASSWORDpassword_here);” and add your database password.

Step 6:

Replace default Unique Keys and Salts

With your wp-config-sample.php file still open in the Code Editor, navigate to the section that reads “*Authentication Unique Keys and Salts”. Visit the WordPress Unique Phrase and Salt Key generator here >> or as linked in the provided PDF “Cheat Sheet“. Copy the Unique Phrase and Salt Keys generated by the WordPress API and replace the default ones located in the wp-config-sample.php file. Once you are finished with that, hit “Save” and exit the Code Editor and return to the directory root.

Step 7:

Rename “wp-config-sample.php” to “wp-config.php”

Now that you are back in the directory’s root, single click on the wp-config-sample.php file to highlight it. From there click on the “Rename” icon in the top toolbar and rename “wp-config.sample.php” to “wp-config.php”. Click the “Rename File” button and you’re all finished with this phase.

Step 8:

Run the WordPress Installation Script

At this point you are all finished with the cPanel portion of this process… congrats!

Now it is time to run the WordPress Installation Script by visiting this link here >> or the one provided on the PDF Cheat Sheet.

Once you have visited the link for the Installation Script, you will be brought to a page with the URL “”. Replace the “” with the address of the website you are creating. Hit Return/Enter on your keyboard and the install process will begin.

Once you have arrived at the next screen, select the language of choice for your WordPress install and click “continue”.

You will then be brought to a page prompting you to enter all of your website’s pertinent information such as the site title, your username, your password, and email address. If you are developing a new site at this address, it may also be a good idea to tick the box “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” so Google, Bing, etc. don’t index your site before it is populated with content and ready to launch.

Once you have filled in all of the information, hit “Install WordPress” and you are all finished! You will be asked to log in to your new site with your provided username and password and you can now begin to build your masterpiece 🙂

How to earn money on YouTube

YouTubers, and Bloggers

To earn money on YouTube, you’ll need to apply for and be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). 
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A few things to know

  • YouTube won’t tell you what you can create on YouTube, but they do have a responsibility to do right by our viewers, creators and advertisers. If you’re in the YouTube Partner Program, you have the ability to earn money through YouTube, and because of that, they hold you to a higher standard.
  • To make sure they’re rewarding good creators, they review your channel before you’re accepted in the YouTube Partner Program. They also constantly review channels to ensure you’re meeting all their policies and guidelines.
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Ways to make money in the YouTube Partner Program

You may be able to make money on YouTube through the following features:

  • Advertising revenue: Get ad revenue from display, overlay, and video ads.
  • Channel membershipsYour members make recurring monthly payments in exchange for special perks that you offer.
  • Merchandise shelfYour fans can browse and buy official branded merchandise that’s showcased on your watch pages.
  • Super ChatYour fans pay to get their messages highlighted in chat streams.
  • YouTube Premium Revenue: Get part of a YouTube Premium subscriber’s subscription fee when they watch your content.

Each feature has its own set of eligibility requirements on top of subscriber and view count requirements. If their reviewers believe that your channel or video is not eligible, you may not be able to turn a specific feature on. These extra thresholds exist for 2 main reasons. The most important one is that we have to meet legal requirements in every area where the feature is available. Then, because they want to reward good creators, they need to make sure they have enough context on your channel — which generally means we need more content to look at.

Keep in mind that YouTube constantly review channels to make sure your content is in line with their policies.

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Minimum eligibility requirements to turn on monetization features

Keep in mind that each feature has its own requirements. Some features may not be available to you due to local legal requirements.

Once you’ve been accepted in the YouTube Partner Program, you may get access to these monetization features:

Ad revenue
  • Be at least 18 years old, or have a legal guardian older than 18 years of age who can handle your payments via AdSense.
  • Create content that meets our advertiser-friendly content guidelines
Channel memberships
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have more than 30,000 subscribers
  • Have no Community Guidelines strikes
Merchandise shelf
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have more than 10,000 subscribers
  • Have no Community Guidelines strikes
Super Chat
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have live chat enabled
  • Live in a country/region where Super Chat is available
YouTube Premium revenue Create content watched by a viewer who is a YouTube Premium subscriber


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Tips On Using Google AdSense To Make You Money
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Google AdSense can be an absolute goldmine for anyone who is willing to invest some time in learning how to use it effectively. A lot of people who start using Google AdSense tend to get turned off by it within the first couple of months because they just don’t seem to be making the money that they had expected.



Arm yourself against making the typical newbie mistakes and read our tips below so that you’ll know just how you can make some good cash off of AdSense.

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1. Where Does AdSense Make Sense?

Perhaps the biggest mistake that those who use AdSense make is that they throw ads on every type of website imaginable. Don’t waste your time, effort and ads on sites that won’t be bringing in the cash.

Let’s take a tech info website for example. If you run a site that provides high level tech advice, then there’s a very low chance that anyone visiting your site will bother with your AdSense ads. Why? Because these people just don’t generally click on those types of ads. They know about AdSense, and they didn’t come to your website for anything but the information written on your site. They want answers to a problem, and then they want to get out.

Let’s say you have a website that’s more geared towards sales, however. This would be a better type of site to have ads on as people will be far more likely to click on the advertisements you put up.

It may take a bit of trial and error since some niches tend to do better than others when it comes to these types of ads, but generally speaking, if your blog or website is about selling things, then AdSense will work better for you.

2. “SmartPricing:” Anything But Smart

Whenever possible, you have to avoid Google’s “SmartPricing” scheme. With SmartPricing, Google gives advertisers a discount based on how popular or “valuable” your website is. They tend to base this on your site’s click through ratio.

So if your website has a high click through ratio, then the perceived value of your site is high so then the cost per ad click is higher. If your click through ratio is low, however, the value of your site is “low” so you get less money per click. The difference between a SmartPriced site and a non-SmartPriced site can be anywhere from a couple cents to several dollars in difference.

One way to avoid this is to post your AdSense ads only on your older posts. Why? Because anyone who regularly visits your site isn’t going to click on your ads. If you post them on your older posts however, you’ll be able to possibly keep your click through ratio pretty high. There are a lot of resources out there about how you can change the coding of your website or blog to keep your ads only on your older posts.

Another way to avoid the dreaded SmartPricing is to display your ads to those who have landed on your page through a search engine only. You can again tailor your blog using the “function” file to change where the ads are displayed.

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3. Choose The Best Keywords

Google is all about keywords, so in order to make the biggest profit you need to choose the best CPC keywords out there. You can use a number of great tools out there to help identify what the high paying keywords for your niche are, and there are several lists supplied for free, such as

Keywords also determine what kind of ads are going to show up on your website or blog. Nothing’s worse than visiting a website that’s cluttered with ads that don’t even make sense. Target your keywords so that you’ll be able to “influence” what types of ads will show up on your blog or site. Make sure that these keywords are on your website or blog entry, but BE CAREFUL. If the keyword density is too high, you WILL be penalized by Google and can even be tossed out of their AdSense program.


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TIP: Read Google’s terms of service. Once you’re out of the program, you’re pretty much out for good. Follow the terms of service, stay in their good graces, and write great content so you’ll continue to get visitors who’ll click on your ads.

4. Choose Big Ads

AdSense advertisements come in a variety of formats, so you can tailor the formats to see which works best with your blog. Having an advertisement that looks good on your blog or site is important, but keep this in mind: the large 336×280 rectangle sized advertisements has long proven to give the best payout.

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Maybe this is because the ad is right in any visitors face, or maybe it’s because that size can display video ads (which are increasing in popularity). Either way, it may be a good idea to start out with an ad around that size.

5. Monitor Your Success

No matter what you do with your blog or website, you need to keep track of how successful your ads are doing. If you don’t monitor your ads, then you will ultimately fail. You’ll be able to pin point which ads work, which don’t, and over time you may discover that certain ads work best at certain times throughout the year while others work best at other times.

One of the best things that we can suggest is that you look at your top 1/5 of pages, and then you take a look at your bottom 1/5 of pages. Why are the top 1/5 of pages making more money? What are you doing right? Try to take what seems to be working with the top 1/5 of your pages and then incorporate those ideas and methods into the bottom 1/5.

You’ll also be able to quickly see whether or not your chosen keywords are making money. If your keywords aren’t working, change them up! You should always do a top keyword run at least once a week to make sure that your site is up to date and current.


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SSL and HTTPS - Why you need SSL


What is SSL and HTTPS?

SSL creates a secure connection between two machines or devices over the Web or an internal network, safeguarding and allowing sensitive data to be privately transmitted.

An SSL certificate is issued after verifying the authenticity of a website and identity of its owner, as indicated by the ‘S’ in https.

Many payment gateways require it. We strongly recommend it. And customers visiting your WooCommerce store see it as a sign of trustworthiness and expect to see the padlock in the address bar when browsing, buying, and entering their account and payment details.

SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is a protocol used on the Web for:

  • Encrypting website data sent from the browser to the server, and vice versa, so it’s protected
  • Authenticating your website so visitors know your identity has been verified
HTTPS is/means HTTP with SSL.
Just as “http://” means “this is a website,” seeing “https://” means “this is a website, and it’s using SSL to encrypt data and authenticate the website.”

Why you need SSL

  • You are accepting/transmitting sensitive information, such as addresses and credit card numbers, and need to keep them safe.
  • You want to secure logins and signups on your site.
  • You need to comply with privacy and security requirements.
  • You want users to trust your website.
  • You want customers to buy from your eCommerce store.

Websites with SSL are also said to rank higher with search engines and load faster.

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