Import with Softaculous for Local Sites

Doing an import with Softaculous will allow you to move CMS installations (Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, etc) on the current server into Softaculous to use its various tools, including cloning and staging.

This article will walk you through the process. Let’s start!

Importing from another host or server?

Please refer to this article to import a site from a remote server (another host, for example).

Finding Softaculous


Softaculous is available via cPanel with all of our shared hosting plans. It is not available by default on Managed Cloud Servers (MCS). However, we’d be happy to install it for you at no charge. Simply open a ticket if you’d like to request this.

Just as you did when creating your staging site, log in to your cPanel account and go to the Softaculous section. Click on any application. 

    1. Softaculous icon in cPanel

Beginning the Import with Softaculous

For this demonstration, we’re going to move a WordPress script, using import with Softaculous, from another server.

Helpful Hint

Even though we’re using a WordPress site for our example, the same steps will apply for importing Joomla, Drupal, Magento sites, etc.

  1. Click on the Import Tab on the Software page in the Softaculous panel, as shown below

    1. Import with Softaculous option
  2. Now Click on the From This Server tab and do the following:
    1. Enter protocol and then choose a domain from the dropdown
    2. enter the directory in which the installation currently resides. If your installation is in your domain root, just leave the directory box empty. 
    3. Now click on the Import button
  3. When the import with softaculous is complete, you will see a message on your screen to let you know. 

Now that you’ve moved your site using import with Softaculous, it will be eligible for use with various Softaculous tools including cloning and staging

If you have any questions about using import with Softaculous, or any of the features, please open a technical support ticket so that we can help.

Updated on May 19, 2022

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