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How to Install Joomla Using Softaculous

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How Do I Install Joomla Easily With Softaculous?

  1. First you will want to Go to your cPanel, which can be accessed from the Hostwinds Client Area or
  2. Next, you will want to navigate to the Software Section of the cPanel (usually near the bottom) to find the Softaculous Apps Installer.
    Where to find Softaculous Apps Installer Icon
  3. Click on the Softaculous Apps Installer Icon to be brought to another page.
  4. If you do not see Joomla listed in the Top Scripts, you can click on Portals/CMS on the left. This will show Content Management Systems that can be installed. You will want to find Joomla from the list and click on it.
    Where to find Joomla in Softaculous
  5. Once you have the Joomla Overview page up, you will see a button that states Install Now. Click this to be brought to a page for the final steps of the installation.
    Where to find the Install Now Button on Joomla
  6. After you have clicked the Install Now button, you will be brought  to a page for the last steps of the installation. Here you will enter information to get Joomla setup and installed on your website.
    1. First select the Version of Joomla that you would like to have installed. It is often recommended to go with the newest version due to fixes that have been implemented.
    2. Next you will want to choose the Protocol. Basically, whether or not you want traffic to be encrypted by default for Joomla. More about SSL Encryption can be read here.
    3. For the Domain, you will want to choose the Site that you are installing Joomla for, or where it will be accessed from.
    4. The In Directory field is used if you want it to be in a sub directory of your domain. Such as, If you want it to be installed on the main domain (, leave this blank.
    5. This will be the name of your site. If this is a blog, you will want to put that name here.
    6. For the Site Description, you will usually want to summarize what your site is about in a couple of sentences.
    7. You can use this option to import some sample data on your site, so that you can see what it would look like with actual content later on.
    8. This is where you will put your Admin username. It is recommended change this from admin so that this username is unique to you and cannot be easily guessed.
    9. Here is where you will set the password that is used to login along with your Admin Username. You will want to make sure that it is nice and secure, to make sure it does not get guessed easily. There is a meter that can help gauge how strong the password is as well as a password generator to help you generate a strong password.
    10. The Real Name field will be your real name. You can put whatever you want here as well. Joomla only uses this to identify you.
    11. Admin Email will be the email that you want all your emails to be sent by Joomla.
    12. Here you would put the native language of your site. This would be what the interface is translated to, as well as what the content will be written in.
    13. These Advanced Options are not entirely necessary, however if you do want to change the Database Name and Table Prefixes, you can do so here.
    14. Once you have filled out all the fields correctly, you would Click the Install button to complete the setup.
First Set of Steps To Install Joomla
Second Set of Steps for Installing Joomla
Last Set of Steps for Installing Joomla

Once the installation has completed, you will be brought to a page that will say the installation completed successfully. This page will also have links to where you can access your Joomla site, as well as the Administrator Dashboard for Joomla. It is important to save these details in a secure location in case you need to reference them at a later time.

Example of What is Shown After Installation of Joomla

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