How do I locate and use Softaculous?

After logging into your cPanel you want to locate the section "Software" and in this area will be an icon that looks similar to the one shown below:

cPanel Softaculous

Once you've selected this icon it will load a new page that is outside cPanel. If at any point you want to return to the cPanel you can click the icon in the top right of Softaculous that resembles a hammer. Once loaded, the new page will look as follows:

Softaculous Screenshot

From here you can select any of the icons in the middle to learn more about the various installations available. Or you can click from within the left menu to expand more installations that will also be available through Softaculous. For the purpose of this demonstration, we'll be using WordPress.

If you've moused over the icons to the right column, each will present you with two options, "Install" or "Demo". You can click "Install" to begin the installation setup. If you've selected an item from the left menu, there will be a tab at the top of whatever installation you're currently viewing that will have "Install" highlighted. Select this and you'll see the following page:

Softaculous WordPress Install

As you can see there's a few options required for you to fill in. As a standard, the defaults will be displayed. If you've created multiple WordPress installations the database name will update itself to something unique. We'll discuss a little about each option:

1. Choose Protocol: Here you can select the "http://" format you wish to use. If you want to "force the http://www." or if you'd prefer using just "http://". This is an optional setting but we would encourage you to use the "http://www." from within the drop-down section menu.

2. Choose Domain: If you have multiple domains added, you can select from the drop-down which domain you're wanting to install this WordPress installation within.

3. In Directory: The directory is relative to your domain and should not exist. e.g. To install at http://mydomain/dir/ just type dir. To install only in http://mydomain/ leave this empty.

4. Database Name: This is unique to the installation. You do not have to change this name but if you plan to have multiple installations of WordPress or other databases, it may be useful to give it a name specific to your use. So this WordPress installation is going to be about gardening, name it "gard" for short.

5. Database Prefix: By default, WordPress will automatically use "wp_" and we would highly recommend you changing this to something unique for the purpose of security hardening. It's a known fact by most people that "wp_" is used within 90% of the installation of mySQL database. To harden the attempt for hackers to gain access, use a unique name such as "xx_".

6. Site Name: This is the title of the website you'll be creating. It can be changed at a later time from within your WordPress settings.

7. Site Description: This is the description of your website. It can also be changed at a later time from within your WordPress settings.

8. Enable Multisite: This is only for if you wish to install WPMU. Otherwise do not select this box as an option for your installation.

9. Admin Username: By default, "admin" us the username assigned. It again is highly recommended that for security purposes you change this "admin" username to be something unqiue.

10. Admin Password: Set up a password that is unique and secure, an example of a good password could be considered as "4 lowercases", "4 uppercases", "2 special characters" and "2 numbers". Mix them together. Do not use words within your passwords as this will be an easy attempt for brute force attacks to gain access to.

11. Admin Email Address: Insert the email you want associated with the admin user you've created above.

12. Language: Select the language you want to use as a default for the WordPress installation you're completing.

13. Installation Details: Enter the email address you wish to have the installation details emailed to. This is handy for having a record down the road should you require it.

Once you've completed all the options, you can hit "INSTALL". Once this button is clicked, it will give you a progress bar that shows the installation being completed. Once it has completed, the page will reload to display the information pertaining to your installation. If you have not opted to have this emailed to you, take the time now to write this down for your records.

Now you can close out of the tab you've opened or click the "hammer" icon to return to the cPanel. At any time now you can visit your new installation to begin setting up and using your new website!

If you need help, we would encourage you to contact technical support.

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