Installing PrestaShop
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:24 PM

Installing PrestaShop

In order to install PrestaShop through softaculous you need to make sure that you have follow these steps.

First, select either the Install tab at the top of the PrestaShop overview screen or click on the Install Now button;

Install Location

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Version, Protocol, Domain and Directory that you wish for PrestaShop to manage.

Select the Version that you wish to install. Both are viable and secure options, personally i would recommend the latest version as it comes with more quality of life features to make your life easier. 

The Domain dictates the level of security your site has as a maximum if your site is SSL/TLS enabled then you should select https:// or https://www. else you should select one of the http:// variants.

Choose the domain you wish to have PrestaShop installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where PrestaShop will be installed within your domain.

If you wish for it to be installed at the start of your domain for example then delete what is in this field, however if you need to install the software in another directory for testing or some other reason then enter that in here.

An example would be if you wanted to install PrestaShop at then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

PrestaShop Software Setup

The site settings allow you to change some of the basic information that PrestaShop will display about your site and it's SEO. Make sure to have appropriate names and descriptions of what your site is and is about.

In addition you will have to define a folder to be used to store PrestaShop content and logs. We recommend that you change this from the default to help increase security of your site and data.

PrestaShop Site Settings

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup of the PrestaShop site. This user will have full control over all features of the PrestaShop so this account should be made highly secure. The Admin email can be an account that you have created for your domain or a 3rd party email which ever you wish.

PrestaShop Admin Options 

The Advanced Options are optional, non of these need to be changed or modified by yourself for the basic installation however you may wish to.

PrestaShop needs a Database to run on your server as a result it will create one when you install it. By default this will be a randomly generated name for both database and table. If you do not wish this you can choose the names of them both through the advanced options.

By Default PrestaShop will send an email to you should you need to update PrestaShop or any of the plugin or extensions however disabling Update Notifications will prevent PrestaShop from emailing you when new versions are available.

PrestaShop can also be configured to automatically keep itself up to date. Using the most up to date versions of software is always recommended as they often contain security fixes. However you can choose to update manually.

You can also enable backups of your PrestaShop site from the advanced options which I would recommend. This safeguards you should any changes be made to your site on accident that you then want to revert.

When you select to enable backups you will select the frequency of them you can choose from once a day, once a week or once a month, if you are going to be making lots of changes to your site frequently more frequent backups are preferable.

You should also choose how many backup copies you keep before they begin to be overwritten. For example if you perform daily backups having this set at 7 will mean you will have a copy of backups from the last 7 days. 


Finally you should input your email address to have the installation details forwarded to. This will send you a copy of all the details of the installation including admin information and password.

Joomla Installation Details Email

Lastly click Install this will install PrestaShop onto your server. 

PrestaShop Install

During the Installation you will be presented with a loading screen to show you the progress of the installation;

PrestaShop Installation Progress

Finally after it completes you will be presented with a screen that will tell you whether the software installed correctly, where it was installed and provide you with the administrative URL in order to access your PrestaShop sites management. 

Installation Success


Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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