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How to install WHMCS with your web hosting

Guide: Installing WHMCS on Your Web Hosting

To install WHMCS on your web hosting, follow these general steps:

Step 1: Download WHMCS
Visit the official WHMCS website ( and log in to your account.
Download the latest version of WHMCS to your local computer.

Step 2: Prepare Your Web Hosting
Ensure that your web hosting meets the minimum requirements for WHMCS, which typically include PHP and MySQL database support.
If needed, consult your web hosting provider's documentation or support team for assistance in verifying or adjusting the server configuration.

Step 3: Create a MySQL Database
Log in to your web hosting control panel, such as cPanel or Plesk.
Create a new MySQL database.
Make note of the database name, username, and password as you will need them during the installation process.

Step 4: Upload WHMCS Files
Using an FTP client or the file manager provided by your hosting control panel, upload the WHMCS files to your web hosting account.
Select a subdirectory or use an existing directory where you want to install WHMCS.

Step 5: Extract the Files
If you uploaded the WHMCS installation package in a compressed format (e.g., ZIP or TAR), extract the files within the chosen directory.

Step 6: Configure WHMCS
In your web browser, visit the URL where you uploaded the WHMCS files to access the WHMCS installation wizard.
Follow the on-screen instructions to configure your installation:

- Enter the database details: Provide the MySQL database name, username, and password created earlier.
- Enter the desired admin details: Set up the admin username, password, and email address.
- Configure other settings: Review and adjust additional settings according to your preferences.
- Agree to the license agreement and proceed with the installation.

Step 7: Complete the Installation
Once you've provided all the necessary information, click the "Finish Installation" button.
WHMCS will perform the installation process, create the necessary database tables, and set up the required configuration files.

Step 8: Remove the Installation Directory
After the installation is complete, remove or rename the installation directory for security purposes. This step helps prevent unauthorized access to sensitive installation files.
Consult your web hosting control panel or use an FTP client to delete or rename the installation directory.

Step 9: Access WHMCS Admin Area
After the installation is finished, access the WHMCS admin area by visiting the URL of your WHMCS installation followed by "/admin" (e.g.,
Log in using the admin credentials you set up during the installation process.

Congratulations! You've successfully installed WHMCS on your web hosting. From the admin area, you can further configure and customize WHMCS to suit your specific needs.

Rapid Hosting 2023

Updated on: 27/10/2023

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