General Uses of Softaculous
Written by Arian Jahansouz Sunday, 28 March 2010
This article will give a demonstration of all the features available in Softaculous. To begin, sign into your cPanel account.
What is Softaculous?
Softaculous is an Instant/Auto Installer. Softaculous helps users to install free/open source software in minutes. A user can install a software, available in Softaculous, without having to download/upload any files, change any files. Additionally we have made it possible for the user to choose the software they think is the best, after showing them ratings voted by users who have already tested and used the software. In short, Softaculous just helps you to install software really FAST.
How do I get to Softaculous?
After you have logged into your cPanel, scroll down to Software/Services. You will see an icon that says “Softaculous”. Click on the icon to access Softaculous.
What is on the home screen?
After you open Softaculous, you will notice a lot on the main screen.
The first section gives you an overview of the features of Softaculous (all of which we will cover).
Scrolling down further will show you the recent, up to date news from the Softaculous team. This will show you new software releases, updates and many other features.
How do I install a program?
Installing a program is very simple with Softaculous.
All of the programs offered are on the left side of the screen.
You can find a very simple explanation of how to install all of the software offered by Softaculous under the Arvixe Blog.
What do the buttons on the top right of my screen do?
The buttons on the top right of the screen are the buttons you will use to navigate Softaculous (all of which will be explained later).
How do I return to my cPanel?
Clicking the first button on the top right of your screen (hammer) will instantly return you to your cPanel.
How do I go back to the Softaculous home page?
Clicking the second button on the top right of your screen (house) will instantly return you to the page you first saw when you opened Softaculous.
What are script demos?
Clicking the third button on the top right of your screen (play) will instantly take you to the demos page.
On the script demo page, you will see the logo for all of the software offered from Softaculous.
Clicking any of these programs will open a new window in your browser. This window will imitate what you would see once you install the program you have selected. The demos page is a great way to test the software before installing it.
How do I view the rating of a script?
Clicking the forth button on the top right of your screen (star) will instantly take you to the script rating page.
On the script ratings page, you will see the logo for all of the software offered from Softaculous.
Clicking any of these logos will take you to that software rating page. For this example, we will use Serendipity.
On the ratings page, you will find the number of stars different users have given the software. At the bottom, you will find the average rating. On the right, you will find buttons to rate the software yourself.
How do I delete an installation?
Clicking the fifth button on the top right of your screen (box) will instantly take you to a page which lists all of your installations.
On the page with your installations, click the “Remove” button. Again, we will use Serendipity as an example.
Click the “Remove Installation” button.
You will then get a confirmation that your installation has been successfully removed.
Where can I access my settings?
Clicking the sixth button on the top right of your screen (tools) will instantly take you to your settings.
From your settings page, you can choose your language, whether to expand or collapse your menu and your time zone.
Where can I change my email settings?
Clicking the seventh button on the top right of your screen (mail) will instantly take you to your email options.
From your email settings page, you can choose which email address you would like to be your default and whether or not you would like an email to confirm installation and un-installation of a software.
How can I sync Softaculous with other auto installers?
Clicking the eight button on the top right of your screen (sync/refresh) will instantly take you to your sync/import page.
From here you can sync or import software from any other auto installer.
What if I need help?
Clicking the ninth button on the top right of your screen (question mark) will instantly take you the Softaculous FAQs.
For other questions and support, contact us here.
This concludes a general demonstration of how to use Softaculous.
For more Softaculous software and hosting, look no further than Arvixe Web Hosting.