Software auto-installer Softaculous announced on Tuesday that web hosting provider A Small Orange will provide the Softaculous Apps Installer to its customer base.
According to the A Small Orange blog, it switched from auto installer Fantastico to Softaculous in early March. It cited the speed of installing scripts with Softaculous, regular updates, and one-step installation as a few of the reasons it chose Softaculous.
Softaculous launched its latest version at the beginning of March, which included some bug fixes, improved language translation in some scripts, as well as API improvements.
A Small Orange is the latest web hosting provider to offer its customers the Softaculous installer which provides end-users with auto-install scripts including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, MyBB, and more. It also works with several hosting control panels like cPanel and Parallels Plesk. The app library allows customers to completely customize their website with blog, e-commerce, social networking and forums.
“Softaculous has the apps customers need and want and updates them on a regular basis,” Doug Hanna, CEO of A Small Orange said in a statement. “Their software is easy to use and offers more choices than similar products.”
Softaculous support is the latest value-add that A Small Orange has announced in the past few months. In March, A Small Orange announced a partnership with CodeGuard to provide customers with daily automatic website backups and website monitoring for free. In February, A Small Orange added CloudFlare security and site optimization.
CodeGuard and CloudFlare are available to A Small Orange customers through cPanel, so it would appear that it will offer Softaculous via the control panel as well. Offering customers the ability to add a new service through the control panel makes it easy for customers to add and remove services as they see fit.
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