How to Set up Existing Website to Softaculous

Softaculous is a cPanel feature where open-source web applications like WordPress, Joomla, Magento, among others, can be installed so that websites can be managed virtually. New installation of any web applications for a domain name with an existing website needs to be avoided to prevent the files from being overwritten. However, the existing website can still be imported to Softaculous. 

You can do two types of import in Softaculous Apps Installer: 

  • From This Server – This is the type of import done if the website files are in your cPanel account.  
  • From Remote Server – This is the type of import done if the website files are on another cPanel account.  

From This Server 

Follow the steps below on how to import existing website from the same cPanel account to Softaculous. 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel.    

Step 2. Click the Softaculous Apps Installer icon found under Software menu.  

cPanel Softaculous Installer Button

Step 3. Use the search box to look for the CMS used by your website and click it. You can also select it from the web applications displayed on the Softaculous home page.

Joomla Option and Search Bar in Softaculous  

Note: Joomla is used as an example in this article.

Step 4. Click Import.  

Import Tab in Softaculous

Step 5. Under From This Server, fill out the boxes with the following information: 

  • Choose Protocol – Select the protocol your website is using. If your website is live, access it on a browser to check if the URL starts with http:// or https:// and if it’s with or without www. 
  • Choose Domain – Select the domain or subdomain of the website in question.  
  • In Directory – This is usually left blank if your website URL is just https://yourdomain.com but if your website’s URL is https://yourdomain.com/blog  for example, write the word after the last slash in the box provided. In this case, the directory blog 

Step 6. Click Import.  

A message for the successful installation displays on the page as what is shown in the screenshot below.  

Import Successful Message in Softaculous

From Remote Server  

Follow the steps below on how to import existing website from another cPanel account to Softaculous. 

Step 1. Log in to cPanel.    

Step 2. Click the Softaculous Apps Installer icon found under Software menu. 

Softaculous Button on Cpanel

Step 3. Use the search box to look for the CMS used by your website and click it. You can also select it from the web applications displayed on the Softaculous home page.  

Joomla Option and Search Bar in Softaculous

Note: Joomla is used as an example in this article.

Step 4. Click Import. 

Import Tab in Softaculous

Step 5. Under From Remote Server, fill out the boxes with the following information: 

  • Source – The information under this section is about where the website files are currently in. Obtain the FTP details from your current website host.  
  • Domain Name  Enter the domain or subdomain used by the website from the source. 
  • Server Host (Optional) – Enter the domain name, IP address, or hostname where the website files are currently in.  
  • Protocol – Choose the protocol from the drop-down. If the website is currently from another Vodien cPanel account, choose FTP. 
  • Port – Enter 21 if you choose either FTP or FTPS protocol, and 22 if SFTP. 
  • FTP Username – Enter the username of the source’s FTP account.  
  • FTP Password – Enter the password of the source’s FTP account. 
  • FTP Path – Enter the file directory of where the website files are in the source. If the website files are in another Vodien cPanel account, enter /public_html.  
  • Installation Directory – Enter the installation directory of where the website files are. This is applicable to addon domains and subdomains in a hosting account. 
  • Destination – The information under this section is about where the website files need to be imported. Make sure the domain or subdomain is already setup in your Vodien cPanel account.  
  • Choose Protocol – Select the protocol your website is using. If your website is live, access it on a browser to check if the URL starts with http:// or https:// and if it’s with or without www. 
  • Choose Domain – Select the domain or subdomain of the website in question.  
  • In Directory – This is usually left blank if your website URL is just https://yourdomain.com but if your website’s URL is https://yourdomain.com/blog  for example, write the word after the last slash in the box provided. In this case, the directory blog. 

Step 6. Click Import.  

A message for the successful installation displays on the page as what is shown in the screenshot below. 

Import Successful Message in Softaculous

You can now manage the website via Softaculous Apps Installer.

Feel free to contact our 24/7 Singapore or Australia Support Team if you have further questions. 

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