FindMyHost Interviews Softaculous – Your #1 cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin Script Installer
Tell us here @FindMyHost and our readers how Softaculous started?
I noticed the difficulty people had in installing and maintaining their websites if they don’t have a technical background, which many people don’t have. The idea came from this very observation. I started writing the code for Softaculous in January 2009. The first version was launched in April 2009. BTW, the name Softaculous is a combination of Software + Spectaculous
What control panels is Softaculous available for?
cPanel was the first panel we integrated into, Then DirectAdmin and Plesk were integrated.
At present we support cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, H-Sphere and Interworx. But we also have a Custom Panel integration solution.
What are some of the most popular scripts that can be installed using Softaculous?
WordPress, b2evolution, StatusNet, Drupal, Joomla, Concrete5, phpBB, MyBB, SMF, bbPress, Coppermine, Gallery, Mediawiki, DokuWiki, TikiWiki, Elgg, Dolphin, OpenX, SquirrelMail, LimeSurvey, Piwik, Mantis, SugarCRM, WHMCS, PrestaShop, Magento, CraftySyntax, osTicket, Moodle, Claroline, etc. There are 259 Apps at the moment. Softaculous Auto Installer is used by millions of users in over 130 countries.
Can Web Host owners do a trial or free version of Softaculous?
Yes, we offer a Free Version with 59 Apps and a Trial version of the Premium Version. To get the free version simply install Softaculous on your server and a FREE version will be issued. To get a Trial Premium License, use the following link : http://www.softaculous.com/for_hosts
Do you have special pricing for bulk purchases such as for Web Hosting companies?
Yes, we do have a different type of Account for Bulk License Purchasing – NOC Account. NOC accounts get a better price with more licenses.
We also have a NOC API to buy licenses. More information about the NOC Account can be found here: http://www.softaculous.com/NOCs
Also SOME of our NOC partners: http://www.softaculous.com/noc_partners
Does Softaculous handle the updates? I know WordPress seems to have an update every other day and it is hard to keep up with.
Yes, Softaculous does have the capability to update installations. As soon as an Update becomes available, our team will push the updates to all the servers.
The users then have the option to Upgrade by a click.
Do you provide support for end users of Softaculous?
Yes, if a user faces any difficulty with the installation or upgrade, they can email our support team and we will be happy to assist you.
We also have a Desktop version of Softaculous called AMPPS which is now a POPULAR WAMP (windows) and MAMP (Mac) stack. Its free and is used by Developers for developing Websites as it has 259 apps to install by the click of a button. AMPPS has the most updated versions Apache, PHP, MySQL for the desktops.
Where is the best place for webhosts to purchase Softaculous?
Webhosts can Buy Softaculous from their Datacenters if they offer Softaculous. Otherwise they can buy directly from our Website: http://www.softaculous.com
If you are using a Virtual Server we also have a Standalone Softaculous version called Webuzo: http://www.webuzo.com