Most of the web-enabled applications having blogging, eCommerce, and other solutions like WordPress need to be installed in some steps. According to the WordPress installation method, you need to download the zip file having a compete setup, unzip the package, create a database with correct user privileges, edit .php file, upload files to the website directory and run a WordPress installation script. WordPress says that it is a very easy installation method but in this article, I will provide you another less painful solution to get these web applications. You will learn what is softaculous and how you can get started to install your required web applications with a single click.
Softaculous is a software auto-installer that is used to install web applications including different scripts and PHP classes with one-click. It is the most widely used application in the web hosting industry and used to install web portals, e-commerce solutions, CMSs (content management systems), Wikis, social networking, ad management, blogs, polls, project management, forums and many more. Moreover, softaculous has another cool feature to take the backups of installations at any time with ease. It runs within the cPanel control panel or any other website control programs like Plesk, H-Sphere, DirectAdmin, and Interworx.
Softaculous uses the predefined scripts to install web applications on a website and launched from the website administration area. As you can view the left sidebar, a wide range of applications are categorized including, customer support, ERP, and 455 others.
For the installation of any application, you need to fill out the required information and click on the install button. Different processes like, database configurations, web server files, user permissions, and installation are done automatically without facing any issue. Take a look at the main highlights of to understand its popularity:
An application that provides one-click installations of different other web applications has its own installation very easy and straightforward. If you have basic knowledge of Linux System Administration then you can perform these installations with a few commands. But if you are not tech-savvy then there are no worries, your web hosting provider will provide softaculous installations already.
You have learned about installing web applications, it is also necessary for you to understand the process of updating or uninstalling the apps. When you will open the softaculous, you will see the homepage where you will see a note for the updates of installed applications. Once you have clicked on the note, you will be redirected to a new page having a list of all outdated software applications. Click on the blue update button and your application will be updated to the latest version.
For uninstalling any application, click on the all installations button available on the softaculous homepage to view all installed applications on your account. In order to remove a list of applications then select all those apps, you want to uninstall/delete and click on the red remove button or any particular app. The softaculous will delete all the files, databases, and database users without deleting the app files manually.
On all popular control panels like DirectAdmin, Plesk or Cpanel softaculous goes beyond the installation of web applications:
Softaculous is not only the web application one-click installer, but it is the most popular and widely used software. It has the latest version 5.4.8 and perfect for every beginner but you can also use different other installers like Installatron, Fantastico, Plesk Power Pack and Simplescripts. Independent user reviews will help you to decide which one is more suitable for you.