2018 Year In Review – Softaculous Auto Installer

Happy New Year from all of us at Softaculous !!

As we enter 2019, we would like to highlight some of the major changes that happened with Softaculous in 2018. It was a wonderful year at Softaculous and we are confident 2019 will be much bigger with several new features coming up in this year.

Major Changes in Softaculous in 2018

  1. Added 21 New Scripts: Some of the recent scripts we added include Hubzilla, IceHrm, WBCE CMS, Directus, Framadate, eLabFTW, Plikli CMS, Leafpub, Xibo, Atlantis CMS. Checkout the complete list here.
  2. 1307 Script Updates: With our commitment to keep our scripts library updated we released the updates for most of scripts on the same day when the script vendor released the update. Check out the complete list here.
  3. Added Staging option: This feature can be used to create a staging environment of your production website and test any changes you need. You can then Push these changes (files, database structure, database data) to your production website using the Push To Live option. You can refer to the Staging guide and Push to Live guide.
  4. Backup to Google Drive: You can now backup your website directly to your Google Drive account. You can refer to the Backup to Google Drive guide.
  5. WordPress Auto Upgrade Major/Minor branch: Users can now configure if they would like to auto upgrade their WordPress installations only to Minor versions or even upgrade to Major versions.
  6. WordPress Plugins and Themes Upgrade: Several improvements were made to the auto upgrade for WordPress Plugins and Themes which include checking for upgrades once every 24 hours.
  7. Added Quick Install option: Want to install scripts quickly ? This feature saves your time in configuring advanced options for a script and lets you install with minimal options and using default values for other options.
  8. Changed Password encryption to OpenSSL: Previously Softaculous used mcrypt for encrypting passwords which is Deprecated in PHP 7 hence we have moved to new password encryption method using OpenSSL. The existing passwords have been re-hashed.
  9. Support for PHP 7.1 and 7.2: With PHP community releasing new branches faster than ever, we have made changes in Softaculous to support all the latest versions of PHP. We also made structure changes in Softaculous to make sure Softaculous works fine when you upgrade the 3rd party PHP version.
  10. Better handling for Outdated Scripts: Softaculous now displays a notice on the script install page for scripts that have not been updated for more than 2 years (by the script vendor) so that the user knows that there has been no updates since two years for this script and make a wise decision if they want to install such script.

We would like to Thank all our clients for showing confidence in our products. We appreciate your business with us and assure you that we will deliver more features and enhancements in 2019

Regards,
The Softaculous Team

Auto Install Scripts – Blesta Plugin

We are pleased to announce the release of Softaculous plugin for Blesta. This plugin along with the easy to use Blesta UI makes it easier than ever to setup specialized hosting like WordPress Hosting, Joomla Hosting, Drupal Hosting, etc. The plugin will install the script on the user’s domain after the cPanel account creation is completed.

Currently this plugin supports only cPanel. Directadmin and Plesk support will be added soon.

The Softaculous plugin will be shipped with the default Blesta package from Blesta 4.5+. If you would like to use this plugin with Blesta 4.4.x you can use the following download link.

Setting up the plugin is pretty easy and can be completed in just couple of minutes. Refer to the following guide for the steps.

“Softaculous is must-have software for any shared hosting provider. Combining Softaculous and Blesta for automatic installation of software applications was a natural progression of our long-term relationship. The value it provides to hosting providers who put their trust in Blesta to power their businesses is extraordinary, and we know it will be a popular integration for years to come.”

Paul Phillips, President, Phillips Data, Inc. / Blesta

Using this plugin allows you to offer Application Hosting for literally any script you would like to offer.

If you are looking for a Billing application for you hosting business, Blesta is the right choice.

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” is now available via Softaculous

We have released WordPress 5.0 package. We have also added a new branch for WordPress 4.9.x so if you are not yet comfortable with installation 5.0 you can install 4.9.8

Let’s see what happens to your WordPress installs with this new version.

Auto Update (Minor Version)

Softaculous supports auto update for major as well as minor versions so if you have auto update enabled for WordPress for only minor versions, your installation will not be updated to 5.0 unless your update it from Softaculous enduser panel.

Auto Update (Major Version)

If you have auto update enabled for major versions as well your installation will be automatically updated to 5.0. However Softaculous creates a backup before auto upgrading your installation so if you feel you are not comfortable with 5.0 yet you can restore your installation from Softaculous Enduser panel -> Backups and Restore page.

The New Editor

WordPress 5.0 is shipped with Gutenberg editor as the default editor for your pages/posts. In case you face issues in editing with the new editor you can install the Classic Editor which lets you edit with the same feel as the familiar editor which was shipped with the previous version of WordPress. Support for the Classic Editor plugin will remain in WordPress through 2021.

You can one click install the Classic Editor from Softaculous as well on the Install, Edit as well as Upgrade installations page in the Softaculous enduser panel.

In case you need any support with the upgrades you can contact us via Support Ticket.

What’s New with WordPress 5.0

Gutenberg – The new Block-Based Editor

The new block-based editor is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site. You’ll have more flexibility with how content is displayed, whether you are building your first site, revamping your blog, or write code for a living.

The new block-based editor won’t change the way any of your content looks to your visitors. What it will do is let you insert any type of multimedia in a snap and rearrange to your heart’s content. Each piece of content will be in its own block; a distinct wrapper for easy maneuvering. If you’re more of an HTML and CSS sort of person, then the blocks won’t stand in your way. WordPress is here to simplify the process, not the outcome.

Here are some default Blocks that are included in WordPress 5.0

  • Paragraph
  • Heading
  • Preformatted
  • Quote
  • Image
  • Gallery
  • Cover
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Columns
  • File
  • Code
  • List
  • Button
  • Embeds
  • More
Twenty Nineteen – The New Default Theme

Twenty Nineteen, the new default theme that shows off the power of the new editor.

Designed for the block editor

Twenty Nineteen features custom styles for the blocks available by default in 5.0. It makes extensive use of editor styles throughout the theme. That way, what you create in your content editor is what you see on the front of your site.

Simple, type-driven layout

Featuring ample whitespace, and modern sans-serif headlines paired with classic serif body text, Twenty Nineteen is built to be beautiful on the go. It uses system fonts to increase loading speed. No more long waits on slow networks!

Versatile design for all sites

Twenty Nineteen is designed to work for a wide variety of use cases. Whether you’re running a photo blog, launching a new business, or supporting a non-profit, Twenty Nineteen is flexible enough to fit your needs.

Source : wordpress.org

Site Crashed ? Need a backup ? Use Softaculous Automated Backups!

What is an Automatic backup?

Backup is a system that copies your data into an archive which can be used to restore the files to the original state. By automating a backup through a regular back up system, you don’t have to back up your data manually. The automated backups are performed through cronjob/scheduled tasks.

How does Softaculous Automated Backup Feature Help?

I am sure we have lost our essential data at some point of time in life Or had a moment of panic where you thought you did? Data is too valuable to lose. Backing up data regularly will help you to crush such types of feeling and it will keep you free from the insecurity of losing your data. But manually backing up all the changes and data is a lot of hard work. Don’t worry! Team Softaculous has got your back.

We have a feature “Automated Backups” which will Backup your installations on a regular basis (as per your preference). You can use the Automated Backup feature for new installations as well as existing installations.

Configuring Automated Backups in Softaculous

1. Backup Frequency: This option lets you choose when you want softaculous to backup your installation.

  • Once a Day: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a day.
  • Once a Week: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a week.
  • Once a Month: Select this option if you want to backup your installation once in a month.
  • Custom: You can define custom time for cronjob to run the backup command.

2. Backup Rotation: This option helps you to choose how many recent backups you want to preserve.

For better understanding let’s see the below example:

Suppose you choose to backup your installation once a day and you choose the backup rotation value as 3. Softaculous will perform the backup once every day and will preserve maximum three backups for a particular installation. So if you start the automated backup on 11th Aug, Softaculous will create a backup on 11th Aug, 12 Aug & 13th Aug.  Now, When the backup is created on 14th Aug it will delete the backup created on 11th Aug as you have selected the backup rotation limit 3. Similarly, the backup created on 12th Aug will be deleted after the backup is created on 15th Aug. As soon as it creates the latest backup, it will delete the oldest back up as per your selected rotation preference(which is 3 in this case).

You can refer to the following link for configuring Automated Backups.

We hope this feature helps you recover your data in case of any unexpected disaster.

Prevent Breaking your live website with our Staging Feature

What is Staging?

The staging environment is a copy of your production website where you can preview any changes or upgrades before you apply them on your production website. This prevents any downtime or unexpected errors on your live website.

Why Risk your production website when you can play safe with our Staging tool!

How our Staging Tool makes the process Easier & Efficient? 

Our new Staging feature will help you create and manage staging copies with one just click.

You can create staging copy of your live website to test the upgrades, install plugins, themes, add new pages or any other changes to make sure you are satisfied with the changes before pushing it to the live installation.

Softaculous lets you maintain Staging as well as Production website simultaneously for any changes you would want to make in future.

Let’s take an Example of a WordPress installation

In this process, we will create a Staging copy of a live WordPress installation in a sub-directory “staging”.

1) Login to your control panel

  • Go to your panel (e.g. cPanel’s URL will be https://domain.com:2083) and log in with your credentials
  • Click on the Softaculous Icon or Link
  • This will take you to Softaculous Enduser Panel
  • Go to the Installations page as shown in the screenshot below

2) Choose the installation for which you want to create a Staging copy

  • Click on the Create Staging icon as shown in the screenshot below

The create Staging page will appear with the live installation details and a form asking for details about the staging copy you want to create.

3) Fill in the Staging Installation details as shown in the screenshot below

Click on the Create Staging button and it will do the trick.

That’s it! Your staging copy is ready. You can login to the WordPress admin panel with the same credentials as in the live installation.

Make any changes you need e.g. :

  • Install/Update Plugins
  • Install Themes
  • Update WordPress Core
  • Add/Edit Pages
  • Any other changes you would like to make.

Once you are satisfied with the changes in Staging copy, you can now Push these changes to your live website (again with just one click).

4) Choose the Staging installation you want to push to live

Click on the Push To Live icon next to the corresponding Staging installation you wish to push to live as shown in the screenshot below

The Push to Live page will appear asking for details about how you want to merge the changes i.e. you want to just update the files or update the database as well.

You will see two tabs :

  • Default Options

If you want to push the current staging website as is to your production website i.e. files as well as the exact same database. This option will

  1. Create a backup of your live website
  2. Overwrite all the files from your staging copy to your live installation
  3. Erase the database of your live installation and replace it with the one in your staging copy

  • Customize

This option will allow you to choose exactly what changes you want to push from your staging copy to live installation. You can choose if you want to

  • Push the Files
  • Full Database (includes structure changes as well as rows in the tables)
  • Only Database structure
  • Only Data from the database tables

This option will :

  1. Create a backup of your live website
  2. If you choose the “Overwrite Files/Folders” the files from your staging copy will be copied to your live website
  3. As per the option you choose it will make the changes to your database

Once you have decided what changes you want to Push to your live website, hit the Push to Live button.

That’s it! Let Softaculous do the hard work.

The Success message will appear and you can login to your production website and check if everything works fine.

We hope this feature helps you save time and hassle in managing your staging and live installations.

We will be coming up with more features soon.

Contact our support team for any assistance.

WHMCS 6.0 is here!

Version 6.0 is out now and available. You can auto install WHMCS 6.0.0 with one click via Softaculous. Here is the guide.  You can also upgrade your existing installations to WHMCS 6.0.0 via Softaculous. Here is the guide.

whmcs-v6-bannerVersion 6 is packed with new features, watch the video below for a look at some of them in action.

Key Features in WHMCS V6 include :

  • Optimized for Mobile

  • Contextual Sidebars

  • Dynamic Searching & Pagination

  • Client Notifications

  • Localisation – Bonjour, Ciao, Hola…

  • Developer Friendly

Release Notes for V6

Source : http://blog.whmcs.com

Experience Twenty Fifteen with WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”

Version 4.1 of WordPress, named “Dinah” in honor of jazz singer Dinah Washington, is now available for install and upgrade via Softaculous. New features in WordPress 4.1 help you focus on your writing, and the new default theme lets you show it off in style.

Try the new theme Twenty Fifteen

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The newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.

Twenty Fifteen has flawless language support, with help from Google’s Noto font family.

The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size.

Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
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Distraction-free writing

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Just write.

Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.

The Finer Points

Choose a language

Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into over forty languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.

Log out everywhere

If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.

Vine embeds

Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post. See the full list of supported embeds.

Plugin recommendations

The plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.

Under the Hood

Complex Queries

Metadata, date, and term queries now support advanced conditional logic, like nested clauses and multiple operators — A AND ( B OR C ).

Customizer API

The customizer now supports conditionally showing panels and sections based on the page being previewed.

<title> tags in themes

add_theme_support( ‘title-tag’ ) tells WordPress to handle the complexities of document titles.

Developer Reference

Continued improvements to inline code documentation have made the developer reference more complete than ever.

Source : http://wordpress.org/

WordPress 4.0 “Benny” now available

Version 4.0 of WordPress, named “Benny” in honor of jazz clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman, is available for download or update. This release brings you a smoother writing and management experience.

WordPress is already updated to 4.0 in Softaculous. You can install a new copy of WordPress 4.0 or update existing installation to the latest version via Softaculous to experience the new features included in 4.0

Manage your media with style
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Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Working with embeds has never been easier
Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

WordPress has expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

Focus on your content
Writing and editing is smoother and more immersive with an editor that expands to fit your content as you write, and keeps the formatting tools available at all times.

Finding the right plugin
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There are more than 30,000 free and open source plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. WordPress 4.0 makes it easier to find the right one for your needs, with new metrics, improved search, and a more visual browsing experience.

Source : wordpress.org

AMPPS now available for Linux distros

The Softaculous AMPPS Team has released AMPPS 2.3 for Linux. This version of AMPPS adds the latest versions of PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc.

AMPPS is a free WAMP (Windows), LAMP (Linux) and MAMP (Macintosh) stack of Apache, MySQL, MongoDB, PHP, Perl & Python for desktops. AMPPS enables you to focus more on using applications rather than maintaining them as it has the Softaculous Auto Installer with 300+ scripts. AMPPS is suited for PHP and MySQL developers who develop PHP applications on their desktops.

The current version of AMPPS for Linux include :

  • Softaculous 4.4.4
  • Apache 2.4.7
  • PHP 5.5.10, PHP 5.4.26 and 5.3.28
  • PERL 5.18.1
  • Python 2.7.6 with mod_wsgi 3.4 module
  • MySQL 5.6.16
  • phpMyAdmin 4.1.9
  • SQLite Manager 1.2.4
  • MongoDB 2.4.9
  • RockMongo 1.1.5
  • Pure-FTPd Server 1.0.36


Ampps Linux will work with most of the desktop / GUI distros of linux like Fedora, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu, etc.
You can download AMPPS for Linux, Windows or Mac from the AMPPS download center :
http://www.ampps.com/download

We hope you enjoy the feature(s), we will be adding many more features in the upcoming versions.

What’s new with WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is now available via Softaculous. Upgrade your existing installation to 3.8 with one click or install a fresh new blog.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

Beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsiveWe all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality

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WordPress just got a colorful new update. WordPress 3.8 includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

themesThe new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, WordPress team has worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our WordPress’ simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is the most intrepid default theme yet.

Try Twenty Fourteen live

Source : http://wordpress.org