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Install Joomla with Softaculous

If you want to install a fresh instance of Joomla on your cPanel account, you can do so quickly 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 Joomla 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 Joomla icon and click Install.

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

    • Choose the version you'd like to install (3 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.

  5. Leave the Database name as is unless you'd like a different name. 

  6. ​In the Site Settings section, do the following:

    • Modify Site Name as desired (it can also be modified in the Joomla dashboard later).

    • Modify Site Description as desired (it can also be modified in the Joomla administrative dashboard later). 

  7. 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 strong random password to use.

    • Fill out the Real Name field.

    • Enter a working e-mail address for the Admin E-mail​.

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

  10. Click the Install button.

    Login address will be displayed once the Install is complete.

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

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