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Install Prestashop with Softaculous

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If you want to install a fresh instance of Prestashop on your cPanel account, you can do so easily 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 WordPress includes valuable security patches that keep your site safe and secure, we think Softaculous is a worthy buy.

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 Prestashop icon and click Install.
    Prestashop - Install button

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

    • Select the version you'd like to install (newest 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 want the software installed in the root of your domain, leave the In Directory section 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. 

      Prestashop - Software Setup

  5. In the Site Settings section:

    • Modify Store NameDescriptionOwner, and Address as desired (these settings can be modified in the Prestashop dashboard later).

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

      Prestashop - Site Settings

  6. The Database Settings can be left with defaults unless you'd like a different database table prefix.

  7. In the Admin Account section:

    • 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.

      Prestashop - Admin Account

    • 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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