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How To Install Software Using Softaculous

Posted on by Matt Aurand | Updated:
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Softaculous is an easy to use one-click installer, allowing you to install software packages on your Fully Managed Linux server quickly, easily backup, and update any software that is installed with softaculous. While Softaculous is designed with ease of use in mind, it can be confusing to install software with Softaculous. The purpose of this article is to walk through installing a piece of software using Softaculous.

Getting to Softaculous

To start, you will want to log in to cPanel or Plesk, depending on what your server has as a management panel. Once inside your server’s respective control panel, you will want to navigate to the Softaculous interface.

If you are running cPanel, Softaculous is located here:

Location of the Softaculous button

If you are running Plesk, Softaculous is located here:

Location of Softaculous in Plesk

Installing Software

Once you are inside Softaculous, you will want to pick which software package you want to install.  For instance, if you wanted to install the Simple Machine Forum, or SMF, on your domain, you would want to expand the Forums section and then click on the arrow next SMF, as shown in the picture below.

Install SMF 1

Once you have clicked on that, you will be on the main page for Softaculous. Click on the button labeled “Install” and you will be greeted with a screen that looks like the following:

Installing SMF

Simply change the default options to whatever you would like and click install. A few moments later a page will load stating the success or failure of the installation. That’s it. Installing software is with Softaculous is that easy. If you have any questions regarding softaculous or your installation does not go as planned, please feel free to contact Heroic Support.


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