What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is often offered by web hosting companies to automate the installation of software applications to a website, and Softaculous is proving to be so popular some web hosting companies are now using it instead of Fantastico, which has been in widespread use. Softaculous now has over 176 unique scripts, and more are being added regularly, and the reviews of this auto-installer so far have been overwhelmingly positive.

Scripts are used to install software, create tables in a database, modify web server configurations and adjust permissions, and are executed when a new website is created or a new application, such as a blog or gallery, is added to an existing website. An auto installer allows you to install the software without having to upload any files, and often with a simple point and click.

Softaculous works seamlessly with the two most popular webhosting control panels, cPanel and Direct Admin. Among the many popular applications you can use Softaculous to install are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, ZenCart, VX Guestbook, b2Evolution, EasyPoll, Magento, Moodle, and dozens more.

Some highlights of Softaculous are:

  • a backup utility to allow you to create and download backups directly from your Softaculous panel
  • a search feature, so you can simply type the script name and you will be redirected to the script
  • you can choose http://, https://, http: //www, or https: //www while installing scripts
  • you are automatically emailed if newer versions of scripts become available

In addition, Softaculous offers the convenience of importing and maintaining any script even if it was not originally installed by Softaculous. This is a very simple and fast process, which also allows you to import data of installed scripts from other auto installers. Simply choose which scripts you would like to import and once they are imported Softaculous maintains and updates the scripts.

Another useful feature of Softaculous is that it allows you to compare software applications and view a database of user reviews and ratings before you decide which application is right for you. You can also add your own reviews and ratings to help others decide.

Whether you are new to webhosting and scripts or a seasoned professional, Softaculous offers you the ability to work quickly and more efficiently. With little more than point and click you can build a better website faster. Covering almost every possible need or use a customer has, this all-in-one program offers great flexibility.