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How to Install Magento on an A2Hosting Account with Guidance

updated on Sep 14, 2014
How to Install Magento on an A2Hosting Account with Guidance The installation of open source applications like Magento is always a problem for beginners who'd like to build their first website on the flexible platforms. This guide, therefore, is worked out to show detailed steps for installing Magento properly on an A2Hosting account.

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There are totally 2 ways to get Magento installed on an A2Hosting hosting account – installing the software with a 1-click installer, or taking a process of manual installation. The former way is much more time and energy saving, while the latter is good for webmasters who want to try some simple technical stuff by their own. But all in all, both of the 2 ways are quite simple to operate.

In below, we are to give further information and steps for the 2 ways.

Install Magento with Softaculous

Install Magento with Softaculous A2Hosting offers a 1-click script installers named Softaculous which is widely-used and completely integrated with the cPanel control panel. The following guides walk you through the way of getting Magento up and running with the easy-to-use tool. No technical knowledge or skill is required.
  1. Log into cPanel with your username and password.
  2. Scroll down to the Software/Service section. Find the icon that says Softaculous and then have a click on it. Here comes the Softaculous installer page.
  3. Type "magento" (it does not matter whether the first letter of the word is capitalized) in the Search box and press ENTER.
  4. Click Install.
  5. When the installation page shows itself, select the protocol in the Choose Protocol box. In the case that you have an SSL certificate installed, you should select // or //www. If not, choosing // or //www is the right way.
  6. When it comes to Choose Domain, select a domain on which you want to install Magento or choose to accept the default value.
  7. In the In Directory text box, type the directory that you would like to install the software. If you don't want to get Magento installed in a directory but instead, the whole domain is prepared for the new installation, make sure to leave the box blank.
  8. Choose a database, or type the name of the database that will be automatically created for the application in the Database Name box.
  9. Set up the Cron Job by configuring the intervals. If you are unsure about the settings, accept the default values.
  10. In the Table Prefix text box, fill in the database table prefix.
  11. Create a special administrator username in the Admin Username section.
  12. Type a strong administrator password in the Admin Password box. Make sure when you fill in the password, the ranking displayed by Softaculous is green, which means that the password is strong enough. If you have no idea about what letters or numbers to use, click the icon appearing like a key to generate a strong random password.
  13. Fill in the First Name and Last Name of the administrator, and put an email address in Admin Email.
  14. Expand the Advanced Options, and choose to receive email notifications for security reason.
  15. Type an email address in the text box next to Email installation details to to receive site configuration information.
  16. Review the settings and options you have made and click Install.

Now all things have been done, and you only need to wait for Softaculous to get Magento installed on your account.

Install Magento Manually

Install Magento Manually Doing this way may require some certain knowledge in database and server configuration, but the following steps can certainly guide you through the process with the minimum efforts. Just keep reading.
  1. Log into cPanel and create a new database in which Magento will be installed.
  2. Go to Magento.com to download the zipped file of the preferred version of the community edition.
  3. Extract the file downloaded before on your web server's document root.
  4. Enter //www.yourdomainname.com/magento in the address bar of your browser.
  5. When the welcome page appears, check the box to indicate that you agree to the terms and conditions. Then click Continue.
  6. On the Localization page, select the Locale, Time Zone and Default Currency according to your own needs. Click Continue. Here comes the Configuration page in which you need to complete 3 tasks.
  7. In Database connection, fill in the database type, host, database name, username and password of the database that you have created before.
  8. In Web access options, fill in the Base URL and Admin Path, and choose to check the several boxes depending on your real situation.
  9. In Sessions Storage Options section, select File to store user session data or choose Database if you have a clustered database.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. On the Create Admin Account page, fill in the required personal information login information and encryption key. Then Continue. Now you have had a successful manual installation.

To make sure that Magento has been installed, you can log into A2Hosting cPanel to check the version or visit //www.yourdomainname.com/magento/admin (admin refers to the admin path you set before) to access the brand new site.

If you have demands on the installation guide of some other applications, check this tutorial for PrestaShop or this tutorial for OpenCart (Note that this guide is for the installation on a different web host InMotion Hosting, but the steps should be similar).

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