Softaculous is the leading auto installer software solution for cPanel, and is a great solution for both experienced and inexperienced users alike. Softaculous makes it easy to install your favourite software such as WordPress, Joomla, phpBB, Simple Machines and more, with a few clicks. In fact, it can even automatically install PHP frameworks for you, such as CodeIgniter, if you’re experienced in server-side programming languages such as PHP. In essence, Softaculous saves you a lot of time and hassle in managing software on your website, as it also assist in updating software for you too.
To install new software in the Softaculous repository, it’s as simple as hitting the “Install” button on the specific software you want to install, enter a few details and sit back and wait while the software is installed for you.
Once you press the “Install” button at the bottom, it will install phpBB for you using the specified settings. Comparing this to installing it manually, which requires you to download the software, extract it, open up your FTP client, upload the necessary files, create the MySQL database and MySQL database account, and go through the installation procedure – this is a much quicker solution to installing your favourite software.
How can I get Softaculous?
Many web hosting providers will have Softaculous installed already. However, if not, you may want to suggest to your hosting provider to install Softaculous, or choose a new web hosting provider that has Softaculous installed on their servers.
I have my own server. How much does Softaculous cost and where can I get it from?
If you have a VPS (and we have many providers listed in our VPS Hosting Providers page if you’re looking for a VPS Hosting provider), you can purchase a Softaculous license at a cheaper rate than that of Dedicated Servers. As of writing, you can purchase a Softaculous license for just $12 USD per year per virtual server. And for Dedicated Servers, just $24 per year per dedicated server. In fact, you can even purchase Softaculous for your sever on a monthly payment term, from $1.50 USD per month for VPS Servers and $2.50 USD per month for Dedicated Servers (per virtual/dedicated server).
Can I get Softaculous for free?
You can get a reduced version for free which does not include the entire set of software in the repository. If you choose a yearly/monthly license, you get the entire software catalogue available for your server (currently 265 scripts). For the free version, you get a reduced 59 scripts available to install through the software.
Is Softaculous only compatible with cPanel?
Absolutely not. Softaculous is compatible with 5 different control panels:
- Plesk (for Linux)
More information about Softaculous.
You can find more information about Softaculous on their website.