Knowledgebase: Third-Party Software
Install WHMCS with Softaculous
Posted by CTX Admin on 26 September 2014 11:32 AM

If you want to install a fresh instance of WHMCS on your cPanel account you can do so very easily with Softaculous. Softaculous is an auto-installer for cPanel that can auto-install over 266 useful scripts. WHMCS, a management, billing, and support solution for online businesses, is an add-on product that costs $10 per month.

Note: if Softaculous isn't currently available in your cPanel account (Shared hosting customers get it by default) you can request to have it installed by our friendly and helpful support staff! It's a mere $3 a month, and one of the best features of Softaculous is that you can set it to auto-update your WordPress version! As each new version of WHMCS includes valuable security patches that keep your site safe and secure, we think Softaculous is a worthy buy.

To get started:

In the Admin Account section:

  1. Login to cPanel for the domain

  2. Navigate to the Software section and click Softaculous App Installer

  3. Hover your mouse over the WHMCS icon and click Install

    WHMCS icon

  4. On the Install screen in the Software Setup section:

    • Protocol can be left unchanged unless you have a SSL certificate installed on the domain or prefer the 'www' prefix to exist for the site address

    • ​Choose your target domain from the dropdown menu

    • If you would like to have the software installed in the root of your domain, leave the In Directory option empty; otherwise input directory name relative to the domain's folder

    • ​The Data Directory section does not need to be changed unless required or preferred

    • ​Leave Database name as is unless you'd like a different name

    • The CRON Job field can be left with its defaults unless you'd like the cronjob to execute at a specific time

      Software setup

  5. ​In the Site Settings section:

    • Modify Company Name as desired (it can also be modified in the WHMCS dashboard later)

    • Change the Admin Folder to something not as easily guessed to help avoid potential attacks

    • Change the Company Email to a working email address for WHMCS notifications

    • Input your License Key in the Valid License Key field

      Site Settings
  6. In the Admin Account section:

    • Important! Change the administrative username to something other than 'admin' to minimize risk of someone guessing it

    • Choose a strong password for the Admin Password, or click the Key icon to generate a random password

    • Fill out the First and Last Name fields as desired

    • Enter a working email address for the Admin Email

      Admin Account

  7. Click the arrow to the left of Advanced Options and alter the configurations as you choose, you can also email the installation details to a chosen email address

  8. Select the appropriate language for the board in the Choose Language section

    Choose Language

  9. Click the Install button

Your login address will be displayed once the install is complete.



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