Tutorial on How to Install Joomla with Softaculous

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Joomla is an award-winning content management system designed to help users build and maintain everything from personal websites to complex corporate intranets.  Plus, Joomla is easy to install using Softaculous, and we’ve created a tutorial with screenshots to guide you through every step of the installation process.

Login to your cPanel and type “softaculous” in the find box.  The Softaculous icon will appear to the right of the box.


Click on the Softaculous icon.   On the next page, type ‘joomla’ in the search box at the top of the page and press enter.


Next, click the Install button.


On the next page, you will need to configure your installation.

The Software Setup section allows you to control various aspects of your Joomla installation.  You can select the version of Joomla you would like to install by using the dropdown.  We recommend always installing the latest version, as it will offer the most security and features.

The Choose Protocol dropdown allows you to configure the URL you want people to use to access your site, such as https:// for sites with SSL certificates  and http:// for sites without SSLs.

The Choose Domain dropdown allows you to choose where you install Joomla.  If you have multiple domains in your cPanel account, then you will need to select the desired domain from the Choose Domain dropdown.

If you want people to be able to access your Joomla installation by simply visiting your domain name, then leave the In Directory field blank.  However, if you want people to access your Joomla installation by visiting a URL like www.yourdomain.com/portal, then you should type portal in the In Directory field.

Unless you need your database to have a specific name, you can use the default name in the Database Name field.


The Site Settings section allows you to add your site’s name and description.  This information will be displayed on your site, web browsers, and search engine results.  You can update this information later via the admin area of your site.


The Database Settings section allows you to use a custom prefix for your database tables.  Unless you want your Joomla installation to use a specific table prefix, you can use the default value in the Table Prefix field.  Also, if you would like to add sample data to your Joomla installation, please select the desired data using the Import Sample Data dropdown.


The Admin Account section allows you to configure various aspects of your admin account.

You can enter the username, password, name, and email address for the admin area of your Joomla site.  Please do not use “admin” or “administrator” as the username for the admin area of your site, as this will make your installation vulnerable to hackers.  Also, please choose a strong password for the admin area of your site to help make your website as secure as possible.  Make a note of your username and password; you will use these details to login to the admin area of your site.  You can also update the Real Name field with your name.  The admin email address for your site is where all messages regarding updates, password resets, etc. will be sent.

Finally, click the Install button to install Joomla.


Once you’ve successfully installed Joomla, you will be able to login to the admin area of your site by clicking the admin URL.


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