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Install OpenCart with Softaculous


If you want to install a fresh instance of OpenCart on your cPanel account, you can do so very quickly with Softaculous. Softaculous is an auto-installer for cPanel that can auto-install over 266 useful scripts.

To get started:

  1. Log into cPanel for the domain.

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

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

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

    • 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 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. 

      OpenCart - Software Settings

  5. In the Store Settings section:
    • Modify Store Name, Description, Owner, and Address as desired (these settings can be modified in the OpenCart dashboard later) 

      OpenCart - Store Settings
  6. Database Settings can be left with defaults unless you'd like a different database table prefix 
  7. In the Admin Account section:

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

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