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Softaculous: A Fabulous cPanel Web App Installation Automation Program

Posted by Jamison on 04 10 2016.

WordPress is one of the web-operated apps that need little to no introduction. Quite powerful and nifty, it remains one of the easiest-to-use blogging and eCommerce programs that have quickly gained so much popularity over the years.

 

Despite all its benefits though, it still has its share of minor cons, such as its installation.

 

The 5-Minute Installation Process of WordPress

 

According to WordPress, the installation process of the program only takes five minutes. All users need to do is to download the WordPress exe file, open it, and then unzip the package. They then have to create an account with the right privileges as a MySQL user. And there is the small thing about renaming and editing a .php file. The final steps involve uploading the WordPress files to the correct directory, creating a blog directory, and then running a WordPress installation script.

 

That is all there is to it, as WordPress says. But…

WordPress is one of the web-operated apps that need little to no introduction. Quite powerful and nifty, it remains one of the easiest-to-use blogging and eCommerce programs that have quickly gained so much popularity over the years.

 

Despite all its benefits though, it still has its share of minor cons, such as its installation.

 

The 5-Minute Installation Process of WordPress

 

According to WordPress, the installation process of the program only takes five minutes. All users need to do is to download the WordPress exe file, open it, and then unzip the package. They then have to create an account with the right privileges as a MySQL user. And there is the small thing about renaming and editing a .php file. The final steps involve uploading the WordPress files to the correct directory, creating a blog directory, and then running a WordPress installation script.

 

That is all there is to it, as WordPress says. But from the looks of it, do you really believe all it takes is 5 minutes? And here is another thing: the company says this is the quick version.

 

Although it is not really that difficult, the truth still remains that installing programs and apps, and not just WordPress, takes time. If you combine all the minutes you spent downloading, running, and installing them, you will be surprised at just how many it is.

 

This is where the application known as Softaculous comes into play.

 

Softaculous: The One-Click App Installer

 

Even if it is not really a major hassle to install apps and programs, their combined download, running, and installation processes still takes up a lot of time. Softaculous has been designed to get rid of these inconveniences. At its core, it automates the processes involved in installing web apps by using predefined scripts.

 

You can launch the installations from your cPanel website admin area. Aside from the Linux-based cPanel control panel, the one-click app installer also runs on other web-based control programs.

 

There are so many Softaculous installation scripts that allow users to take advantage of it for a huge array of web apps. Just a few of the categories of apps that this installer can take care of for you are blogging, ad management, customer support, ERP, content management, and CRM among many others. All in all, as of the time of this writing, the installer boasts of a total of 325 scripts.

 

Installing Apps Using Softaculous

 

To start enjoying all the benefits of Softaculous, you first need to log into the app, which you will find in your cPanel account interface. From there, you can already choose a certain app you want from its extensive list located at the left-hand side of your interface screen. Since there are just so many applications to choose from, it pays for you to do a bit of research first so that you can easily find the one you really need. A bit of exploration is also recommended.

 

As a final note, make sure you update the app as often as possible, so that all rolled out updates get included in your version.