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Install Drupal with Softaculous

If you want to install a fresh instance of Drupal on your cPanel account, you can do so very easily with Softaculous. Softaculous is an auto-installer for cPanel that can auto-install over 266 useful scripts. It's a pretty awesome tool.

Note: if Softaculous isn't currently available in your cPanel account (Shared hosting customers get it by default), you can request to have it installed by our friendly and helpful support staff! It's a mere $3 a month, and one of the best features of Softaculous is that you can set it to auto-update your WordPress version. As each new version of Drupal includes valuable security patches that keep your site safe and secure, we think Softaculous is a worthy buy.

To get started:

  1. Log in to cPanel for the domain

  2. Navigate to the Software section and click Softaculous App Installer

  3. Hover your mouse over the Drupal icon and click Install, or find Drupal in the list on the left sidebar 

  4. On the Install screen in the Software Setup section, do the following:

    • Choose the version you'd like to install (7 or later is preferred).

    • Protocol can be left unchanged unless you have an SSL certificate installed on the domain or prefer the 'www' prefix to exist for the site address.

    • Choose your target domain from the dropdown menu.

    • If you would like to have the software installed in the root of your domain, leave 'In Directory' empty; otherwise, input the directory name relative to the domain's folder

    • Leave the Database name as is unless you'd like a different name
    • The CRON job field can be safely left empty unless you'd like cron to run at other times (defaults recommended) 

  5. ​In the Site Settings section, modify the Site Name as desired (it can also be modified in the Drupal dashboard later)

  6. In the Database Settings section, leave the Table Prefix information as is unless you'd like a different prefix

  7. The Database Settings can be left with defaults unless you'd like a different database table prefix or sample data imported ​

  8. In the Admin Account section, do the following:

    • Important! Change the administrative username to something other than 'admin' to minimize the risk of someone guessing it

    • Choose a strong password for the Admin password, or click the Key icon to generate a random password

    • Enter a working email address for the Admin email 

  9. (Optional) Click the arrow to the left of Advanced Options and alter the configurations as you choose

  10. Click the Install button

The login address will be displayed once the Install is complete.

After you've completed the installation, check out the latest Drupal vulnerabilities database, as this will help you decide which modules are best for you to use on your site.