Magento is one of the best e-commerce software applications that powers thousands of online stores. The open-source platform runs from the cloud and is written in PHP and MySQL. If you want flexibility in your web store and a rapid innovative shopping cart, then Magento should be your number one choice.
You can install Magento manually by downloading its latest release from magento.com website. However, if you hosting supports cPanel, the procedure is quite simple and straightforward. In this guide, we are going to show you how to install Magento using automatic script installer.
Special Note: there are Hosting providers specializing in Magento Hosting services. Such hosting providers often offer important features and support options that will boost your Magento experience and you business performance.
- A domain name e.g. www.example.com
- Web hosting account that supports Cpanel, PHP and MySQL
- Cpanel username and password.
Step 1: Launch cPanel from the web browser
Visit your cPanel account from your web browser. To do this, add ‘/cpanel’ right after your domain name. For instance, if your domain name is ‘www.example.com’, type the ‘www.example.com/cpanel’. Alternatively, you can just add ‘:2083’ after your domain name (e.g. www.example.com:2083).
Remember to replace ‘example.com’ with the primary domain associated with your hosting account. Then enter your cPanel username and password to login.
Step 2: Locate Softaculous Apps Installer
Once you are on the cPanel dashboard, locate ‘softaculous Apps Installer’ by typing the phrase on the search box and click the Softaculous icon as shown below:
Step 3: Locate Magento from Softaculous dashboard
You can install dozens of apps and web-based software applications right from softaculous dashboard. The add-on library automates the process hence eliminating the need for manual installation.
In softaculous, scripts are grouped in categories for easy access. Find, Magento under E-Commerce category on the left pane. Then click on ‘Install Now’ button on the right pane as shown below:
Step 4: Magento Software setup
On the next screen, you will see a software setup page for customizing your Magento Installation. First, you need to choose the version of the software that you want to install. Use the highest number on the drop down box so that you can have the latest release.
On the protocol, ‘https://www’ is the best because in almost all cases, you will need an SSL certificate to encrypt customers information on your web store.
Then choose a domain name from the list. If you are installing Magento on a sub-directory (e.g. www.example.com/magento), enter the name of the directory on the ‘In Directory’ field. Leave the CRON job settings intact as shown below:
On the site settings, enter your preferred admin path. This is the path for accessing Magento administration area from your browser. For instance, if you want the admin path to be found on www.example.com/magento-admin, just enter the word ‘magento-admin’ on that field.
Enable test data by ticking the check box ‘Sample Data’
Then, choose your desired username, password (use both number, symbols, lower and upper case characters for added security), names and email address and click on ‘Install’ button as shown below:
Softaculous will check the submitted data and finalize the installation
Finally, you can visit your Magento e-commerce website or visit the admin page to start adding products.
That’s all when it comes to installing Magento from cPanel. You can now start selling to your customers. Remember, you should add or import all products including categories to your web store. Also, for a full function website, you will need to set up shipping and payment methods.