How To Use Softaculous?

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Some web-enabled applications, like WordPress, need little introduction. Powerful and easy to use, many blogging and eCommerce applications have become immensely popular. Of course, there’s still that small matter of their installation.

In WordPress’s own description of its “Famous 5-Minute Install”. Users are instructed to unzip the WordPress package, create a database with a MySQL user with correct privileges, rename and edit a .php file, upload the WordPress files to the right web directory, create a blog directory, and (finally) run a WordPress installation script.

Isn’t there a less painful option to get applications like this installed?

That is what Softaculous sets out to do!

Softaculous is a one click application installer. It automates the installation of web applications to a website with predefined scripts. All installations are launched through the website admin area. Softaculous is run within the cPanel control panel and also through other website control programs like H-Sphere, DirectAdmin and Plesk.

This is what a Softaculous interface looks like:

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First let’s have a look at the main highlights of Softaculous that determine its popularity:

  • Easy to use
  • One click installation of applications
  • Over 300 scripts
  • Scripts are updated regularly
  • User friendly interface that is ideal for beginners
  • All installation settings can be modified through user interface
  • Backup and restore tool
  • Demo scripts available before you install them on the server
  • Great technical  support and community forums.

Getting Started:

You can install any application through Softaculous with just a click! Does that mean installing Softaculous is also that easy? Well not really, but Softaculous has strived hard in order to make its installation relatively straightforward.

If you are installing Softaculous by yourself, basic knowledge of Linux system administration will be helpful. With the Linux platform, installation of Softaculous can be as simple as entering three one line commands.

On the other hand, you don’t have to worry about installation. Softaculous is provided in the control panels by Gen X Web Hosting.

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Using Softaculous to Install Applications:

To start installing with Softaculous, first log into the Softaculous application via cPanel, as an example. Then, choose an application from the list on the left-hand side of the screen.

Softaculous policy is to update its application options to reflect the latest stable versions. User options in Softaculous allow the language to be changed. The screen display of side menus to be adjusted, and the default time zone to be redefined.

Many of the applications are associated with scripts written in standard PHP, although Softaculous also offers some JavaScript, Perl, and PHP class functionality for the more technically-minded.

Conclusion:

This quick and easy installation of web applications is already a good thing, but Softaculous goes further. They provide demo screens of the different applications, so users can get an idea of what the web application looks like. If you would like to work with various web applications, then you must have Softaculous as it makes life easier! The one click install option saves a lot of time and effort spent on integrating the application in your website. Get Softaculous integrated in your web hosting now!