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Tutorial on How to Install PrestaShop with Softaculous

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PrestaShop is a user-friendly open source application for building and maintaining online stores, and it’s incredibly easy to install using Softaculous, an auto-installer.  To help make the installation process as easy as possible, we’ve created a tutorial with screenshots to guide you through every step.

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

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

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Next, click the Install button.

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

The Software Setup section allows you to control various aspects of your PrestaShop installation.  You can select the version of PrestaShop 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 store, 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 PrestaShop.  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 PrestaShop installation by simply visiting your domain name, then leave the In Directory field blank.  However, if you want people to access your PrestaShop installation by visiting a URL like www.yourdomain.com/store, then you should type store 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.

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The Site Settings section allows you to add the name of your store, and this information will be displayed on your website, in emails, search engine results, web browsers, etc.  You can update this information later via the admin area of your site.  Also, to help make your website more secure, you can rename your PrestaShop installation’s admin folder (we recommend a random mix of letters and numbers).

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The Database Settings section allows you to use a custom prefix for your database tables.  Unless you want your PrestaShop installation to use a specific table prefix, you can use the default value in the Table Prefix field.

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

You can enter the password and email address for the admin area of your PrestaShop site.  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  password; you will use this password 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, and it will also serve as the username for your site’s admin area.

Finally, enter your first and last names in the respective fields, and click the Install button.

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

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