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Install Magento with Softaculous

If you want to install a fresh instance of Magento 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.

Note: If Softaculous isn't currently available in your cPanel account (Shared hosting customers get it by default), you can request that our friendly and helpful support staff install it! 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 Magento includes valuable security patches that keep your site safe and secure, we think Softaculous is a worthy buy.

To get started:

  1. Login to cPanel for the domain.

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

  3. Hover your mouse over the Magento icon and click Install.
    Magento - Install button

  4. On the Install screen in the Software Setup section:

    • The 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 want the software installed in the root of your domain, leave the In Directory option 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 left with the defaults in place unless you'd like the cronjob to execute at a specific time.

    • Select the version you'd like to use (the latest version is recommended). 
      Magento - Software Setup
  5. The Table Prefix can be left with its default value in the Database Settings section unless you'd like a different one. 
    Magento - Database settings

  6. The Site Settings section changes the Admin Directory to something not so easily guessed (for security reasons).
    Magento - Site settings

  7. In the Admin Account section:

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

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

    • Enter a working email address for the Admin email.
      Magento - Admin Account

    • Fill out the First Name and Last Name fields.

    • Click the arrow to the left of Advanced Options and alter the configurations as you choose. You can also email the installation details to a chosen email address.

    • Click the Install button.

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