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Following our PrestaShop getting started guide? Your next step is to learn how to log into your dashboard.

Softaculous is an installation program available to you when you sign up for the InMotion Hosting web hosting service. It allows you to save a lot of time by providing a quick installation process as well as update and backup services. The following tutorial will walk you through the process of using Softaculous to install PrestaShop on to your webserver. Visit our page on PrestaShop hosting for more information.

Setting up PrestaShop with Softaculous

  1. Login to your cPanel then look for the Softaculous icon in the Software/Services section.
  2. PrestaShop Install screen in Softaculous Click on the Softaculous icon to open it, then select E-commerce in the menu in the left hand side of the screen. When the drop-down list opens for the e-commerce programs scroll down until you find PrestaShop and click on it to select it. You can also click on the icon for PrestaShop that appears in the right hand side of the screen if you see it first.
  3. The next screen that appears is the Install screen. The table below will break up each section and describe the settings in detail:
    Screenshot of PrestaShop Install section Description of section
    Software Setup SOFTWARE SETUP - Note that you can select version or 1.4 of PrestaShop. You can also set the SSL link here if you already have an SSL certificate purchased. Clicking on the Choose Domains option will allow you to select a domain that is registered to your account. If you select In Directory and you add text, then the path to the store will be altered based on your entry. For example, if the domain is and the directory is ecomm, then the path to store would be
    Site Settings SITE SETTINGS - Here you can set the name of the store and the location of the admin folder. Note that you cannot name the admin folder as "admin". Please name it something else and note it. This is one of the steps to help keep your store secure.
    Database Settings DATABASE SETTINGS - Here you can set the table prefix used in the created database.
    Admin Account ADMIN ACCOUNT - This allows you to set the Admin email, password as well as the name of the Administrator. You can also click on ADVANCED OPTIONS in order to select if you want to be notified for updates to the software. The last field at the bottom of the page allows you to specify the email address where details for the installation will be sent.
  4. After you have finished filling all of the fields, click on the INSTALL button at the bottom of the screen.

This will complete the installation process. You will see a Softaculous-generated screen similar to the following after the install has finished.

Database Settings

The links given in this final screen will go to the PrestaShop storefront and to the administrator dashboard as per the settings that you selected in the install process.

The next step is to log into the PrestaShop 1.5 dashboard.

Continued Education in Course 101: Getting Started with Prestashop 1.5
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Section 2: How to manually install Prestashop 1.5

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n/a Points
2014-07-27 1:12 pm

I am using prestashop I am using is as host, the site is not fast

please vist my webshop

I am looking for better service, if I move my website to yours server, will the site be faster?

best regards

Wisam Mustafa

31,840 Points
2014-07-27 6:38 pm
Hello Wisam,

That question is very ambiguous as we do not know the details of your server and site. You will first want to ensure your site is optimized and running the bast it can on its current server.

You can also use online tools such as to give further advice. Once you have that done, if the server is still slow, it is possible a move would increase your speed.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
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2014-07-31 12:41 am



I just found out that Prestashop was installed already during my in motion hosting account set up.

The trouble is that, i went to the admin to access my prestashop dashboard and it requires logging, i have used my email and password but prestashop does not recognised it.

I would like to know which password in motion hosting used to set up the installation?

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Best regards

31,840 Points
2014-07-31 9:06 am

When PrestaShop is automatically setup, it uses your hosting account's primary email address and sets a random password. You will simply need to use the reset password link on the login page. (The link leads to the 1.5 instructions, but they are the same for 1.6)

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-07-29 7:09 pm

Hi there,

"Note that you can select version or 1.4 of PrestaShop."

Does this means i can't use my prestashop 1.6 theme with your hosting?


28,466 Points
2014-07-29 7:28 pm
Hello, T. Pereira,

No, it means that the article you're viewing is old. You can find the updated article by going to Installing PrestaShop 1.6.

Arnel C.
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2014-11-04 4:52 pm

Do you have spanish support?


31,840 Points
2014-11-04 5:02 pm
Hello Deegital,

No, we do not have Spanish support, we only provide English support at this time.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-04-03 11:26 am

We want to switch over from OpenCart to PrestaShop. What is the best method to make the switch without having my site down for hours/days?

28,466 Points
2015-04-03 3:40 pm
Hello CJ Maxey.

There are several factors that you need to consider when you say that you are transferring from one type of software-based site to another with minimal downtime. Are you using the same domain name? Would you be using the same hosting? If you're using the same domain name and you're keeping all of the files in one place, then you need to think about what information you need to transfer. Do you need to import any data from the old store to the new? The installation is actually very quick, but then you would need to determine how you want the store to look. Here's a quick list:

  • Are there any site transfer issues? Domain transfer to new hosting or website file transfers required?

  • Are there are any store data transfer requirements? Any business processes that you did in OpenCart that you need to make sure have an equivalent (or better) in PrestaShop?

  • Store installation, modification, and setup

  • Verification that everything is setup correctly

  • Learning period to understand PrestaShop software administration and operation

  • Store goes live

Those would be my main concerns in switching from one software to the other. I hope this helps to answer your question in regards to the transfer- there not really a method. Please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-09-17 10:43 am

Where do i find permanet links in prestashop


Where do i find permanetlinks in prestashop Because i would like to edit the Sign in menu link to make it change to Sign in/Register as many people get confused about where to create an account from on my website


Your help will be highly appreciated


Thank you



19,934 Points
2015-09-17 5:44 pm
Hello Ronnie,

Thank you for contacting us. I found a post in the official PrestaShop forums, where they discuss how to change the Sign in text in the top header menu.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-09-17 10:57 am

I installed Prestashop on my server (hosted on HostPapa) using Softaculous. I can access the 'Back end' (admin) but I can't access the store. The message that appears is: ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS.

19,934 Points
2015-09-17 12:31 pm
Hello Marcia,

Thank you for contacting us. I recommend trounleshooting your .htaccess file, since it handles redirects.

Also, check any other redirects that you may have setup.

Thank you,

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