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Joomla! Study Notes (1)

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

Conventional Joomla! Installation

  1. Obtain Joomla! installation file from the official Joomla! website. The latest stable version of Joomla! is version 1.7 as of this writing.
  2. Upload the downloaded installation file to your web server. The file is a zip file and should be uploaded to the root directory of your desired domain/subdomain. In my case, I wanted to use Joomla! for my “engineering.eternj.net” subdomain so I uploaded the zip file to the root directory for this subdomain, which is “/public_html/engineering/”.
  3. From cPanel open “File Manager”. Navigate to “/public_html/engineering/” directory and extract the zip file you just uploaded.
  4. Setup MySQL database and user accounts:
    • In cPanel, create database: eternjne_engineering.
    • In cPanel, create a database user and give it a strong password.
    • In cPanel, add the user created in the above step to database eternjne_engineering and give all privileges to this user.
    • Host Name: localhost.
  5. Setup FTP user accounts (Note: The FTP Layer is not required on localhost installations or on Windows or Mac OSX based host/server services as the file write protection is handled differently. This is primarily required on Linux Shared Hosting where access to change user permissions is not given.):
    • In cPanel, create an FTP user and give it a strong password.
    • Host: ftp.eternj.net.
    • Port: 21.
    • Root: / (not sure about this).
  6. In cPanel, create a subdomain named “engineering.eternj.net” and set the root directory for this subdomain. In my case, it is “/public_html/engineering/”.
  7. Start Joomla! Web Installation:
    • Make sure you completed all previous steps. In Firefox (or your favorite web browser) type “http://engineering.eternj.net” in the address bar and hit Enter. You will be directed to the Joomla! installation page automatically.
    • Choose “English (US)” as the language for the installation.
    • Make sure all the items in “Pre-Installation Check” list are green. Otherwise you’ll need to take actions to correct the red items first. Mine showed all green so I was good to go.
    • Read the License.
    • Enter the database configuration information you obtained before starting Joomla! Web Installation:
      • Database Type: MySQLi.
      • Host Name: localhost.
      • Username and Password: enter the username and password you created in the database setup steps.
      • Database Name: eternjne_engineering.
      • Table_Prefix: wt_.
    • Enter the FTP Configuration Information you obtained before starting Joomla! Web Installation:
      • Username and Password: enter the username and password you created in the FTP setup steps.
    • Main Configuration:
      • Site Name: choose a name for your website.
      • Administrator Username and password: I used the default username “admin” and created a password for it.
      • Email: provide your email address.
    • Remove “/engineering/installation/” directory for security reasons.
    • In the last step, you can click either “Site” to go to the front-end of your website or “Admin” to enter the administrator back-end of your website.

That’s it for Joomla! installation. If everything goes right you should have a Joomla! website up and running.

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