Softaculous is an auto installer compatible with multiple hosting control panels such as cPanel and Plesk. Softaculous’s purpose is to simplify the installation and configuration of hundreds of scripts. With Softaculous, in fact, the installation of the main CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, can be done with a few clicks.

In addition to installing scripts, with Softaculous it is also possible to manage their installations. It is in fact possible to update the installations to the latest version available and create a clone, or a copy of STAGING.

Softaculous allows you to create a site staging environment in order to be able to carry out tests on a test environment before making the changes effective on the final online site, without compromising its operation during the changes in progress.

To complete a manual installation of the scripts without the use of Softaculous, where possible, intermediate skills are required, while with Softaculous there are no difficulties and the procedure is within everyone’s reach.

With Softaculous, in fact, all these operations are combined and simplified and the installation and configuration process takes place in a few clicks.

Free version or PREMIUM version?

Softaculous is available both in the Free version with a free license and in the Premium version

The free version has a single license and includes 59 scripts, which you can consult in this list. In the Premium version, present in all our hosting plans that include it, over 400 scripts are included.

How to use Softaculous

The first thing to do to use Softaculous is to access your cPanel, then scrolling to the Software section we find Softaculous Apps Installer as shown in the image below. Of course the same thing also applies to the Plesk panel, which has different graphics, however the functions, resources and above all its icon are identical.

Selecting it we will access the Softaculous main page of your hosting plan

From this screen we can see a series of the most used scripts, and on the left a side menu with the scripts grouped by categories.

At the top right we can see a bar with a series of buttons, let’s see their functions:

1 – Go to the Control Panel: by clicking on it we return to our cPanel

2 – WordPress Manager: Allows you to search for any existing WordPress installations or install WordPress

3 – Demo version script: it allows us to try one of the scripts (for example WordPress or Drupal) showing us the result we will have by installing the script

4 – Script ratings: allows you to open a list of scripts and by clicking on each one you can see user ratings (from 1 to 5 stars)

5 – All installations: from here you can see all the scripts installed on your hosting along with other information such as the installation date and version. From this window you can also create a copy of the installation or create a staging.

6 – Task List: allows you to follow the activities in progress, such as the installation of a script (if there is no activity in progress it will show a message “At the moment there are no tasks”)

7 – Change Settings: from here you can select the language and time zone. You can choose whether to use a custom theme for the application and allows you to check the location where the backups are saved or add a new one. If you want to change some parameters, you must then confirm by clicking on the Change Settings button.

8 – Backup and Restore: Backups of installed applications are shown here and previous backups can be restored if necessary.

9 – Email Settings: allows you to choose which emails to receive, for example whether to be notified when a new application is installed or when an existing installation is modified.

10 – Import Installations: allows you to import any installations completed with other automatic installers, or installations carried out manually, to Softaculous.

11 – Help and support: allows you to access frequently asked questions on use.

12 – Logout: closes the session, returning to the cPanel login page.

Application Script Only?

Of course not, Softaculous is not just an application script container, it is much more. Among the many installable utilities there are the frameworks and libraries, much appreciated by developers, let’s see together which ones:

Framework

  • Laravel
  • CodeIgniter
  • yii
  • Bootstrap
  • CakePHP
  • Symfony
  • Zend
  • Symfony2
  • Kohana
  • UIkit
  • Smarty
  • UserSpice
  • FuelPHP
  • HTML Purifier
  • Symfony3
  • Webasyst
  • PRADO

Libraries

  • jQuery
  • AngularJS
  • Vue.js
  • Dojo
  • Raphael
  • DHTMLX
  • MooTools
  • Modernizr
  • php.JS
  • Sizzle
  • Prototype
  • jqPlot
  • jsMorph
  • PHPlot
  • PaintbrushJS
  • YUI
  • DropzoneJs
  • LESS
  • Elycharts
  • JSZip