Installing Applications with Installatron

Installatron is a script installer that allows you to quickly and easily install Web applications to your Web space. By default, when you use Installatron, the application you add will be automatically upgraded whenever a new version is available (and a backup will be kept, just in case).

  • To get started you’ll need to login to your control panel by going to
  • Here you’ll login with your OUNetID (4×4) and password. Once logged in you’ll be at the homepage of your control panel.
Screenshot of the control panel in OU Create showing the many icons and links for various software and configuration controls.
The applications section in the control panel displays the most commonly used web apps along with links the apps you’ve already installed and the full catalog of apps.
  • From the applications section, you can click on WordPress, Omeka, Grav, or Scalar to start installing these commonly used apps.
  • If you have already installed an app, you can access that app through “My Apps.”
Second screenshot of the control panel in OU Create showing the many icons and links for various software and configuration controls.
  • You can also access Installatron from a section of the Control Panel labeled “Software.” Within this section you will see an icon for Installatron which you should click.​
Screenshot of the "My Apps" page in OU Create. This page lists all installed apps in a user's account.
If you’ve already installed an app, you can find it by click on “My Apps” in the Applications section of the cPanel or by clicking on “Installatron” in the Software section.
  • When Installatron opens, you will see a list of any applications you’ve already installed. To install something new, click on the Applications Browser button (labeled with a large star).
  • A listing of all of the applications you can install be default in Installatron will appear. Browse to the one you want to install, and click the icon.
The web apps are broken down into different categories of tools. The content management tools are the most commonly used apps.
  • After clicking the icon, a page will appear with information about the application, links to resources, and a link to install it.
  • Click “Install this application” when you are ready.

A page will appear with a number of settings you can choose/change. The image below shows these settings; here is a rundown of them:

Screenshot of an app configuration form.
The configuration screens will vary slightly between apps. For most apps, the location and administrator credentials are the fields that you will need to focus on.
  • Location: You’ll need to choose where to install your new application. You can install it at the root of your domain or in a subdomain (which you need to set up first). In addition, you can place your application in a folder (in either your root domain or a subdomain)
  • Version Information: You can choose a version of the application. Generally, we recommend choosing the default version. It is likely to be the most recent, stable release.
  • Updates & Database Management: By default, the system is set up to automatically upgrade (and create backups upon upgrading) all applications. In addition, by default, the database will be set up for you automatically. We recommend NOT changing these options.
  • Username/Password: An username/password will be automatically generated for you. You can choose to change this, if you like.
  • Website Title: Pick a title for the site that will be created when you install your application. You should change this from the default title! After installation, you’ll be taken back to the main Installatron page, with details about the application you just installed. At anytime you can come back here to review the application details, back it up manually, or uninstall it.

To get to your new site, you can click the “website” link. What’s more, with certain applications you can use this space to login to the admin area.

In addition, you’ll have received an email with your username/password and a link to your new site.

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