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While WordPress might be the most popular script in Softaculous, many people want to set up a shop without a blog framework. PrestaShop, similar to WordPress, is written in PHP and uses MySQL. It's available in Softaculous and works well with our Shared or Business web hosting. We also have a VPS image with it pre-loaded that you can install with these instructions.
To continue with this guide with your Hostwinds Shared or Business web hosting account, you will want to be log into cPanel.
Step 1. Scroll to the bottom of your cPanel
Step 2. Please hover over the > until you get to E-Commerce and click it
Step 3. This will open Softaculous in the E-Commerce section. Click PrestaShop.
Step 4. Click the Install Now button to start installing PrestaShop
Step 5. The pre-installation configuration asks the version, protocol, domain, and directory to install into.
Make sure you have taken a backup of your files in the document root, as this will overwrite any files in the current document root.
Step 6. Enter in your Site Settings
Step 7. Enter in the Admin Account details and keep these in a safe place. We strongly suggest using a strong password here.
Step 8. Enter in the Advanced options
Step 9. Once you have entered all the information, click Install
The installation will show you a progress bar then finish. It will give you the links to the shop and admin pages to retrieve from Softaculous.
Viola! Then you'll have the default PrestaShop installation.
And this is the Admin login screen at domain.com/presta/admin123 to show you an example of how this looks.
Once you are logged in as the admin user, this will lead you to the PrestaShop Admin console and look similar to this.
Written by Hostwinds Team / January 3, 2019
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