The web is a fast paced world. You want something that works just as quickly as you do. These days tools like Softaculous have made it much easier and faster for a webmaster to get software installed and working. But what can you install and how does it work?
What is Softaculous?
Softaculous is an automatic installer for web apps like WordPress, Joomla, PHPBB, OpenCart and Magento. It gives you a one click method to get your site software installed without the need to FTP all of your files, setup a database, and other tasks needed just to get the app activated. This can save you a lot of time, especially if your internet connection doesn’t upload very fast.
New and seasoned webmasters will enjoy how easy it is to use. In less than 2 minutes, you can go from nothing to ready by filling in a few form details and hitting Install. Most of the form is already filled out, so you may only need to set your login, email, and password to get going. If you make a mistake or miss anything, you’ll get an on screen error message to let you know what needs to be fixed. Most of the time, you can use the defaults, but it’s a good idea to change your login information before the software is installed.
Softaculous is the current king of automatic installers, giving a webmaster rapid installation of over 100 applications. It does everything for you, from downloading the necessary files to creating a database. It even offers automatic updating and automatic backups for your installation. This way you can focus on building your content, while your site remains up to date and backed up automatically.
Where can I find Softaculous?
Many web hosting providers offer Softaculous. Because of the easy to use interface and power it brings, web hosts like A2 Hosting realize that their customers will benefit greatly with this feature addition. If your web host offers cPanel, check your Software/Services section for the Softaculous icon.
If you can’t find the icon in your control panel, check with your web host. These days, it’s hard to find a great web host who doesn’t offer Softaculous.