Tutorial on How to Install Magento!

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Magento is an ecommerce and online store-management software program which makes setting up, running, and maintaining online stores quick and easy.  Plus, Magento is so simple to install!  Just follow the steps below, and you’ll have Magento installed in a matter of minutes!

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


Click on the Installatron icon.  On the next page, type “magento” in the search box and hit enter.


On the next page, click the “install this application” button.


On the next page, you will need to configure your Magento installation using the install wizard.

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

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


The Version section allows you to choose which version of Magento to install, accept the license agreement, and manage automatic updates.

You can select the version of Magento you would like to install by using the Version dropdown.  We recommend always installing the latest version, as it will offer the most security and features.  If you want the admin area of your Magento site to use a language other than English, select your desired language from the Language dropdown.  You can also choose whether or not to have demo content added during the installation process.

Next, you can review the license agreement for Magento.  If you don’t want to accept the license agreement, then you will not be able to install Magento.

Next, you can manage your Automatic Update settings.  We recommend automatically updating to new minor versions and security releases, as this will help keep your Magento installation secure from hackers.


The Settings section allows you to customise your Magento installation.

You can enter the username, password, and email address for the admin area of your Magento 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.  The admin email address for your site is where all messages regarding updates, password resets, etc. will be sent.

Next, enter the title for your website.  This information will appear on your website, web browsers, and in search engine results.  You can update this information at a later date via the admin area of Magento.

You will also see an Encoding Key, which is a unique string of characters for credit card encoding.  This key is automatically generated, and it cannot be changed during the installation process.


The Advanced section allows you to choose whether or not you want to manage databases, email notifications, default backup locations, and automatic backups yourself.  Unless you are familiar with managing these settings, we recommend choosing to allow Installatron to automatically manage these settings for you.

Once you’ve configured your settings, click the Install button to begin installing Magento.


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


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  1. On December 8, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Matt27 said:

    Installation = easy
    configuration and making any of it work. not easy 🙁

  2. On July 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    smith said:

    thanks for the tutorial,

    this really was a painless installation, great to be with a webhost that helps me out!

  3. On April 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Chicago Web Development said:

    Thanks for the tutorial; heard a lot of good things about Magento

  4. On June 30, 2009 at 6:04 am

    drupal development said:

    nice tutorial. This is great.

  5. On June 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    David Skelton said:

    Thanks, been playing around with Magento, and now have a client wants an eCommerce solution. The install was dead easy, now the fun part – configuring.

  6. On June 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Danielle@Throw Pillows said:

    I love Magento. My business partners and I are setting up some new ecommerce websites after working for a large corporation that spent millions a year on Microsoft platforms that had to be constantly customized to what we wanted. Magento offers almost everything we need at no cost, and of the features it doesn’t have yet, many are being developed by the community already. Open source solutions are the way of the future and I wish more big companies would realize that!

  7. On June 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Marco said:

    nice tutorial
    what about performance? i have heard magento is demanding

    • On June 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

      Cat M. said:

      Magento is not as taxing on servers as a lot of people would have you believe. It works just fine on a larger shared hosting package like our ecommerce plan. Honestly, I think a lot of web hosting companies have mislead people into believing that they MUST have a dedicated server if they’re using Magento, but that just hasn’t been true in our experience. Glad you like the tutorial! Hope you give Magento a try!

  8. On May 31, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Tony said:

    Excellent tuto, and by the way nice blog. Thanks for sharing.