Install Software with Softaculous in 1 Click

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.

Focus on using apps rather than spending time on installing them.

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.

Softaculous is a popular auto installer offered by web hosts like A2 Hosting.
Softaculous is a popular auto installer offered by web hosts like A2 Hosting.

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.

5 Great WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Website

If you’re running a website that uses WordPress, you should be taking advantage of the Plugins feature. It provides a huge universe of additional functionality that you can add to your website easily, usually without needing to do anything outside of the admin panel.

Plugins can help improve your website in many ways. What I’m going to do is go over 5 fantastic plugins that you should add to your WordPress website to make it even better.

WordPress SEO

If you’re concerned about search engine optimization (and you should be), using WordPress SEO should be on the top of your to-do list. It’s a highly powerful tool that gives you a lot of advanced features to make your site more attractive to search engines.

Akismet

Everyone hates spam. Something you’ll notice on your WordPress website is that your comment section can often become a breeding ground for fake purses, medications, and other strange comments that usually don’t relate to your content.

One of the best ways to fight comment spam is by using the Akismet plugin. It can punch back the junk and keep your blog posts free of spam. It does require a subscription to use, but it’s free to sign up for. We highly recommend it.

WP Super Cache

Your WordPress website is powered by a database. Because of that, things are a little more intense for the server you’re hosted on. This usually isn’t a problem until your site gets really popular.

To help your site stay quick and keep your web host from complaining, we recommend using WP Super Cache. This plugin can take your content and build static files to provide for visitors instead of pulling from the database. They won’t notice any difference other than a possible speed increase.

Wordfence Security

Security is always a concern. To help take the pressure off, the Wordfence Security plugin is there to help prevent unauthorized logins, alert you to out of date plugins and bad URLs, find changes in files and locate malware. It can do a lot more than this list shows and is highly recommended to use.

Jetpack

An official WordPress plugin, using Jetpack is like throwing an entire toolbox at your website. It comes with a large number of features for your website. From social sharing and contact forms to visitor stats and proofreading, Jetpack can give you a lot.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the plugins you should be using, but instead, a few of the most important ones we feel will help improve your website.

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