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How to install ownCloud using Softaculous

This article describes how to install ownCloud using the Softaculous installer in cPanel. With ownCloud, you can set up your own "personal cloud" file storage application on a web server.

This application is only available in Softaculous Premium. If you are using Softaculous on a managed VPS, you must upgrade to Softaculous Premium to install this application. If you need further assistance, please open a ticket at http://my.a2hosting.com.

Because it is a file hosting service, ownCloud is not suitable for installation in a shared or reseller hosting environment.

Installing ownCloud

You can have ownCloud up and running on your web site in minutes by using the Softaculous application installer in cPanel.

To install ownCloud using Softaculous, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the Software/Services section of the cPanel home screen, click Softaculous. The Softaculous installer page appears.
  3. In the Search text box, type owncloud and then press ENTER.
    Alternatively, you can use the navigation pane on the left side. To do this, click File Management, and then click ownCloud.
  4. Click Install. The installation page appears.
  5. In the Choose Protocol list box, select the protocol.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https:// or https://www. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select http:// or http://www.
  6. In the Choose Domain list box, select the domain for installation, or accept the default value.
  7. In the In Directory text box, type the directory where you want to install the application, or accept the default value.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the In Directory text box is blank.
  8. In the Data Directory text box, type the directory where you want to store application data, or accept the default value.
  9. In the Database Name text box, type the name of the database to create for the application, or accept the default value.
  10. In the Admin Username text box, type the administrator username.
  11. In the Admin Password text box, type the administrator password.
    Make sure that you choose a strong password! The Softaculous installer provides a ranking for your password's strength, and turns green when the password is strong. Alternatively, you can click the Random Password icon icon next to the Admin Password text box, and Softaculous generates a strong, random password for you.
  12. In the Select Language list box, select the default language for the application.
  13. Click the Advanced Options icon icon to expand Advanced Options.
  14. If you do not want to receive e-mail notifications when application updates are available, select the Disable Update Notifications check box.
    A2 Hosting strongly recommends that you receive e-mail notifications when application updates are available. Keeping your site updated helps prevent unauthorized access attempts and data loss.
  15. In the Automated backups list box, select the backup frequency.
  16. In the Backup Rotation list box, select the backup rotation frequency.
  17. To receive site configuration information after the installation is complete, type an e-mail address in the Email installation details to text box.
  18. Review the installation options and settings, and then click Install. When installation is complete, Softaculous provides information about the application's configuration.

Configuring ownCloud

After you install ownCloud, you may need to complete some additional configuration steps to access the application. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Use a web browser to go to your ownCloud installation at http://www.example.com/owncloud. Replace example.com with your web site's domain name.
  2. If you receive an error message about magic quotes, you must use a custom php.ini file to disable the PHP magic quotes directive on your web site. For more information about how to do this, please see this article.
  3. Additionally, you must enable the pdo.so and pdo_mysql.so extensions in the custom php.ini file. Copy and paste the following text into your php.ini file:
    extension="pdo.so"
    extension="pdo_mysql.so"
    
  4. The ownCloud login page should now appear when you go to http://www.example.com/owncloud.

More Information

For more information about ownCloud, please visit http://owncloud.org.