Installing Magento
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:22 PM

Installing Magento

Installing Magento through softaculous is a simple and easy process however here is some information to help guide you through the process;

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

Magento Install Location 

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Version to install, Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for Magento to manage. As well as setup a cron to manage and automate some of the tasks.

Select the Version that you wish to install. Personally I would recommend the latest version as it comes with more quality of life features to make your life easier as well as being more secure software.

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 Magento installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where Magento 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 Magento at then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

Some of our Magento's features use cron jobs to run certain actions automatically at specified intervals, for example the Tracking Number Import Module can be configured to import shipments/tracking numbers every couple of minutes or every hour. As it is the configuration of the "CRON Job" fields should be correct so do not change these. 

Magento Software Setup

Magento Requires to know the path to your admin folder within your directory or what you wish to call that directory if you wish for it to create one. This should always be changed from the default name for additional security. 

Magento Site Setup

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup and maintenance of the Magento site. This user will have full control over all features of the Magento site 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. 

Magento Admin Setup

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.

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

Magento 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 Magento 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. 

Magento Advanced Options

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 Magento onto your server.

Magento Install

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

Magento 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 Magento sites management.

Magento Successfully Installed


Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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