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How to Order and Activate Softaculous for a cPanel/WHM Server

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Softaculous is an application installer that can be used in conjunction with several different control panels (including cPanel, CentOS Web Panel and other Control Panels), to easily install, manage, clone, and stage web 400+ supported applications and frameworks such as WordPress.

While not necessary to be able to install web applications onto your host, Softaculous definitely makes the process a lot easier, as nearly all the installations are as simple as selecting the domain you want to install it to, providing an administrator password, and clicking ‘Install’.

You can find more details about Softaculous here.

How to Order the Softaculous License

Hostwinds offers a Softaculous license that can be used on our VPSs or Dedicated Servers. It is available for VPSs for $1.50/mo, and available for dedicated servers for $2/mo.

You can add a Softaculous license to the same order as a new VPS or dedicated server on the checkout page. When doing this method, the license will be automatically activated to the new server’s IP address.

Checkout Page Software Licenses

Otherwise, you can order the license separately through your client area:

First: Login to your client area at

Second: Navigate to Services -> Order new Services

Services Dropdown

Third: Select ‘Licenses’ from the Categories sidebar

Service Categories

Fourth: Click ‘ORDER NOW’ on the Softaculous License for the server type you are ordering this license for (i.e. the VPS Softaculous License for Cloud/VPS, or the Dedicated Softaculous License for dedicated servers).

Licenses Page

Fifth: On the checkout page for the license, under the Package Information section, enter your server’s IP address into the ‘License IP’ field.

License Checkout Package Information

Sixth: Complete and pay the order.

Activating the License in WHM

Once you have ordered the license and it is activated to your server’s IP address, you may still need to check for its activation within WHM.

First: Login to WHM on your server

You can login to WHM by opening a web browser and navigating to either your server’s IP, hostname, or any domain pointed to your server with port 2087.


The login details are for your server’s root account, which were included in the welcome email you received for the server.

Second: Navigate to the Softaculous – Instant Installs section of WHM, located in the sidebar under ‘Plugins’

WHM Plugins

If you do not see the Softaculous section in WHM, it may not be installed on your server. You can check this guide to see how to manually reinstall it.

Third: Under the ‘Home’ section in the sidebar, find the Software Info box and click the ‘Refresh License’ link next to where it lists the License Type.

Softaculous Home
Softaculous Software Info

Now you should see that the License Type has updated to ‘Premium’, and all Softaculous features have been unlocked.

Softaculous Software Info

If you are experiencing difficulties in activating the license on your Hostwinds server, feel free to reach our to our frontline support in our live chat.

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