2-Minute Manual: Auto-Install With Softaculous

By CertifiedHosting 08/21/2013

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We all want our businesses to be simple and fast to run. That’s why the web can be so great, after all: because it automates parts of our operations. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to install with Softaculous, one of the web’s most popular auto-installer applications. We have covered this topic before as a tutorial. This post will also be relatively short but will cover Softaculous use in a bit more detail.

Softaculous can be used with most web hosting companies, including ours. It’s compatible with both cPanel and DirectAdmin. It also can be used with a wide variety of applications. To simplify, we will focus on WordPress today (but it will easily translate to whatever you are trying to install). Either way, Softaculous is an opportunity to remove some of the confusion from the process for the non-tech-geeks out there.

One word of caution: Auto-installers can have bugs just like anything else does, so take note of a couple of arguments against auto-installation (although of course note that it’s not Softaculous). If you decide to install manually, you can do that using an FTP client as described here (which is also relatively fast).

Despite the critics, we include Softaculous in our hosting packages for a reason: it‘s used and beloved by thousands of users of WordPress and other applications around the planet because it’s fast, simple, and usually error-free. Let’s look at how to put it to use below.

1.    Access cPanel – Enter the administrative panel for the account with your web hosting provider.

2.    Find the Auto-Installer – Go to Software/Services. Click on Softaculous. (You may also see Fantastico here or another alternative.)

3.    Choose the Application – Click on WordPress. It’s in the sidebar to the left side of the window.

4.    App Overview & Installation Page – The Softaculous app has a separate descriptive page for each app, with reviews from people. Obviously with WordPress it’s not as helpful as with less well-known apps because … we all know lots of people love WordPress. Go ahead and click Install (at top).

5.    Site Info – Default data will be populated for you, but change whatever needs changed. Of course, pick the site. Keep in mind that you may want to have WordPress specific to a subdomain, such as blog.yoursite.com, if you don’t want to use it for the entire site.
You also choose here the directory where it’s going to be located on your server. The default is yoursite.com/wp. However, yoursite.com can be entirely WordPress if nothing is listed in this field.

Now enter descriptive info for your site, login details, and email contact. When generating a password, if you want to heighten your security – which of course is a great idea if you can memorize it – the key button will create a randomized password.
The site info will be sent to the email in the bottom text field if desired.

Once all that is entered, click Install.

6.    Success Page & Login – You’ll now get a message stating that WordPress has been successfully installed.

You can either go via the link on that page, or directly to yoursite.com/wp-login.php, where you can go at any point to enter the WordPress control panel.

Note that when you initially log in, WordPress may ask you to change the password. That’s unnecessary. (That step is a helpful prompt for additional users if you send them an easily remembered password that you want changed.)

7.    Start Using WordPress – You’re ready to go now. You’re in what’s called the dashboard of the WordPress CP. You can navigate to various themes, to define the basic design of the site (here’s a sample of free ones, but you can find them elsewhere too). Also, since there are thousands, here are some top business themes to help you zero in.

You can change the settings and add plugins (adding pre-built tools to the site) as well – here are the official ones. Again, since there are so many, here is a “top plugins for business” list.

That’s About All …

That describes for you how to go through the basic process. Softaculous makes installation of WordPress and many different commonly used applications faster, so it’s no wonder it’s so popular. That whole process might take 5 minutes or even 10 if you’re unfamiliar. It’ll be quite a bit faster than that with future installs, especially if there’s nothing much you need to change in the settings.

Note that at Certified Hosting, we like to consider ourselves to be WordPress hosting experts. Plus, keep prices affordable so you can use your web budget wisely. We offer an unlimited WordPress blog package, which you can check out here. Thanks for reading, and good luck with your first Softaculous install!

If you have any concerns, feel free to comment below or contact us by phone, email, or live chat.