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What is Softaculous Hosting?
Softaculous is a robust and easy-to-use auto-installer, used by customers of managed web hosting to automatically build websites and install web-based software and applications, such as WordPress, Drupal, and OpenCart. As of this writing, it provides automated installation support for 345 scripts, and is continuously growing that number.
Softaculous for Developers and Webmasters
If you are a professional web developer or webmaster, and need to install and deploy script-driven websites for your clients, Softaculous is great tool.
With Softaculous, you don't have to worry about installing all the right dependencies, setting up the databases, or getting all the configuration and settings options right. Softaculous provides complete one-click installation and setup for scripts and applications in a wide variety of website categories.
- Content Management Systems
- Image Galleries
- Social Networks
- Ad Management
- Polls and Surveys
- Project Management
- Guest Books
- Customer Support
- Database Tools
- File Management
This makes it easy to drastically expand the types of website solutions you can offer your clients. If you are used to developing in WordPress, but you want to try out Drupal for a new project, you can get it up and running on your first try, without worrying that some minor mistake will cause you hours of lost work and productivity.
How can I get Softaculous on my web hosting?
Softaculous is available through a number of web control panel solutions, including:
If you are a developer or webmaster and you want to use Softaculous auto-installer to build your website, make sure you check that your web hosting provider makes Softaculous available through your web admin control panel. If this is an important feature for you, make sure it is supported before you commit to a hosting package.
If you are not using a control panel solution, but are accessing your web server directly, you can take advantage of Softaculous by installing it directly on your server yourself. You can also use Softaculous Remote, which works from your own computer and installs scripts to your web server via FTP.
Softaculous for Hosting Providers
If you are a hosting reseller or provide hosting administration services to web developers, you should consider installing Softaculous on your system and making it available to your customers via their control panel.
By offering Softaculous on your cPanel, Plesk, Directadmin, or Interworx control panel, your web hosting offerings become more valuable and attractive, and therefore more profitable.
For the most popular scripts, such as WordPress and Drupal, you can provide Softaculous auto-installation features without any additional expense through their free license. This no-cost option provides automated setup and deployment of 54 scripts.
To really amaze your customers, and provide a complete range of scripts for every purpose and type of website project, Softaculous offers a premium license which gives you complete access to 345 (and counting) scripts in 24 categories. This helps you to greatly expand your potential customer base, allowing you to offer easy, one-click installation for online projects as diverse as project management systems, question-and-answer websites, video hosting, and podcasting.
Additionally, if you have more than five servers, Softaculous has a special Network Operations Center (NOC) program that you are able to join, which will help make your server provisioning more cost effective and profitable.
Softaculous as an Enterprise Solution
Another way to take advantage of Softaculous and its one-click script installation features is through Softaculous Enterprise.
Softaculous Enterprise is installed on a Virtual Machine (VM) and then installs applications to other connected servers through Network File System (NFS). You can then easily integrate Softaculous to your custom-built control panel with a simple PHP script. From there you can access Softaculous through its own GUI.
Another way to use Softaculous in an enterprise environment is by accessing it through its robust API. This allows you to build your own GUI on top of Softaculous, or integrate its features into another web administration product.
Other Softaculous Features
Softaculous offers a number of other features.
Almost all of the 345 scripts available through Softaculous are under active development. Softaculous monitors each of these projects and makes sure that you and your customers have access to the latest stable release of each application within one day of it being made available.
Even though one-click installation makes trying out a new application quick and easy, you may not always want to install a complete application and database just to see what an app does or how it works. Softaculous provides functional demos of its most popular applications so that you can try them out before you install.
Backup and Restore
Softaculous provides easy-to-use backup and restoration features.
Ratings and Reviews
Softaculous provides reviews and aggregated ratings for the applications it supports, letting you see how other users felt about a script before you install it.
Softaculous provides tools for cloning an existing application, along with its custom code, configuration, and content-filled database. This allows you to easily setup development and test environments.
Softaculous Hosting Frequently Asked Questions
What is Softaculous?
Softaculous is a system that automates the installation of web applications like WordPress and Magento.
How does Softaculous compare to other auto-installer software?
There are alternatives out there, including services like Fantastico and Installatron. Softaculous sets itself apart with a number of features you won't find in other applications. The demo option lets you provide software demos for your customers to try out. User Reviews provide a place for users to review the installation packs and make an informed decision on which to install based on user ratings.
Softaculous also provides support for a number of other features, including Perl Scripts, installing apps using HTTPS, installing apps using IP, Multilanguage apps, one-step installs, re-branding options, and automated APIs.
How hard is it to rebrand Softaculous to match my site or business?
Basic rebranding couldn't be easier. From the admin panel, simply enter the site name you want to appear at the top of the page and provide a URL for your company's logo. Setting up a custom theme will require a bit more work, but detailed steps to accomplish this are provided in their support documents. Or if you would prefer not to go that in-depth, you can select from one of their pre-installed themes.
What will I need to do when Softaculous scripts get updated?
Whenever new versions of scripts are available, a notice will appear in the Softaculous End user panel. Simply click on the notice, and you will be taken to a page listing all of the scripts with available upgrades. Select the scripts you wish to update, and the guide will walk you through the processes with just a few clicks. It's about as easy as updating apps on your phone.
What type of support is available for Softaculous?
Softaculous provides support through a ticket system. You can create and check the status of a ticket directly from their website.
How do I make changes to applications I installed using Softaculous, such as adding plugins, themes, or new modules?
Softaculous simply installs the program to your server, it does not maintain the program or inhibit its use in any way. Once you install the program, you are free to make changes or add features exactly the same way you would if you installed the application yourself.
Can I create backups of my installed applications using Softaculous?
Yes. If you used Softaculous to install an application, you can also use it to backup that application. For example, if you used Softaculous to install WordPress, you can then create backups of your WordPress files, including any customizations you've made or articles you've posted, directly from the Softaculous control panel. Softaculous will walk you through the process of backing up both the application directory and its database. You can download the backup files to your personal computer or a backup system, and restore it at any time using the Softaculous control panel.
Will Softaculous notify me when applications are updated?
Yes. Any time you log into your Softaculous panel, you will see a notification of available updates. Additionally, you can configure Softaculous to email you any time an application is installed, deleted, or edited.
Can I add applications to Softaculous that I installed myself?
You can easily add a self-installed application to Softaculous. Simply log in to your control panel, click the import button, and tell Softaculous the directory you want to import. Once it's been imported, you will be able to upgrade, create backups, and restore the application directly from the Softaculous interface in your web browser.
Can I reinstall an Application using Softaculous?
If for some reason you need to reinstall an application, you will need to completely remove the application using the Softaculous control panel. Make sure you backup any personal files or content, first. Once you've uninstalled the original instance of the application, you can then go ahead and reinstall it using Softaculous.
Does Softaculous support multiple languages?
Yes. The Softaculous panel supports multiple languages, and several of the scripts are available in multiple languages. As an admin, you can set the default language for your end users. For a complete list of supported languages and instructions on how to set your language preferences and installations, see the Softaculous docs page.
As a Softaculous admin, how do I choose which scripts to make available to my customers?
You can easily enable or disable scripts through the admin panel. Simply go to the software section and check or uncheck the "installed" box beside each available applications. Any items you uncheck will no longer be available for your customers to install.
Can Softaculous be customized for how scripts are displayed for end users?
Yes. You can set Softaculous to display a set of Top Scripts prominently for your end users. These are typically programs you believe will be most popular with your users. To do so, you have to first enable the Top Apps feature, provide a name for your Top Apps list, and select which apps you want to appear there. You can select up to 14 applications to be displayed in your Top Apps list. If you don't have 14 applications to display, Softaculous can fill in the remaining slots with their own list of top apps.