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Softaculous – An easy script installer

It is an auto script installer for web servers. It includes more than 400 web applications (free or paid) ready to install. As per user requirement these applications can be installed and used for site development. Softaculous works on many Web Hosting Control Panels i.e. cPanel, DirectAdmin, Plesk, H-Sphere, ISP System and Interworx. Its very easy to integrate.

For developers, Softaculous comes with different package for AMP (Apache, MySql, PHP) like XAMPP and WAMP packages. Here also it gives same test like Web Hosting Control Panels.

XAMPP : A software package which facilitate development-testing of PHP web sites on local machine itself. Read more >>

How to install Softaculous on XAMPP?

1. Requirements before loading Softaculous Package :
  • A working XAMPP must be loaded on local machine.
  • Working Internet Connection.
  • ionCube Loaders must be loaded first (if not previous) and enabled before Softaculous.
  • If you have firewall enabled, then please allow access to *.softaculous.com and deactivate your antivirus application for a while to avoid any complicacy. 
2. ionCube Loaders Installation: The ionCube Loader is necessary to run PHP files that have been encoded with the ionCube Encoder.
  • Download correct package of loaders from ionCube Site ( http://www.ioncube.com/loaders.php ). Here package is available in Zip and Uploader format. ( Zip is advisable).
  • Unzip package and place its contents under C:\xampp\htdocs\ioncube directory (for window OS).
  • Add following line into php.ini file of  C:\xampp\php folder.
  • zend_extension = "C:\xampp\htdocs\ioncube\ioncube_loader_win_5.5.dll" 
  • Type following address in browser. (ensure Apache server is ON)
  •   localhost/ioncube/loader-wizard.php  or   127.0.0.1/ioncube/loader-wizard.php   
    It will install loader. After installation check the status. Below screen should come after installation. In case of any error it will show with suggestion on screen.

3. Softaculous package installation:
  • Download Softaculous package matching XAMPP PHP version from below given link. (php version show under phpinfo( ) on XAMPP home page).
PHP 5.2  (http://files.softaculous.com/amp/current.php?php=5.2.17 )
PHP 5.3+  (http://files.softaculous.com/amp/current.php
  • Extract the package under “softaculous” folder and place it in htdocs. 
  • C:\xampp\htdocs\softaculous
  • Type following address in browser. (ensure Apache and MySql Server is ON) 
  • http://localhost/softaculous/install.php
  • Start the installation with default settings.
  • If any error occurred, it is to be corrected. Restart the installation process from step 3.
  • After completion “Installation Complete” page will appear. Now go to the following browser address to start the newly installed Softaculous Software:
  • http://localhost/softaculous/enduser
  • If  “Installation Complete” massage page not appeared, then wait for a while to complete the process. If blank page appears instead, then before re-trying for whole installation process again, first confirm installation by giving above address in browser.
  • After installation of Softaculous Software, start installing scripts.




4.  Working with Softaculous : Read here >>

 Note: For reading more go to Softaculous web site:
 http://www.softaculous.com
 http://www.softaculous.com/docs/Installing_Softaculous_in_XAMPP

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