Import local Site to Softaculous

This article is for importing existing CMS installations (Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, etc), on the existing server, into Softaculous so that you can use the various Softaculous tools such as cloning, staging, etc. To import a site from a remote server (another host, for example) pleaser refer to this article.

Helpful Hint

This import process is only applicable for sites built with certain scripts available through Softaculous. These include popular CMS’s, such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.

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 head to the “Softaculous” section. Click on any application. 

Beginning the Import Process

For this demonstration we’re going to import a WordPress script 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

  2. Now Click on the “From This Server” tab and do the following:
    1. Enter protocol and then choose 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 is complete, you will see a message on your screen to let you know. 

Now that you’ve imported your installation in to Softaculous, it will now be eligible for use with various Softaculous tools such as cloning and staging

Updated on April 28, 2021

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