This is a step by step tutorial on how to install Joomla manually on a web server. In this article we focus on the installation of Joomla 3, as it is the latest stable branch officially recommended for all new projects.
We know that manual Joomla installation requires some time and effort. To spare you these our Joomla hosting service includes 3 easy install options that can save you the hassle:
To start a Joomla installation on a web server, first you need to download the Joomla installation package. We recommend that you download Joomla only from the official website of the application – Joomla.org. If you download the Joomla 3 installation package from other than the official one, there is a risk of malicious code in the setup files.
Once you click on the Download button for the latest Joomla version, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the installation package (should be named Joomla_3.0.3-Stable-Full_Package.zip or similar) that you’ve just downloaded and extract it to a new folder.
Now, you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your web server. The easiest way to upload the Joomla installation files is via FTP. For detailed information on how to upload files via FTP, please check our FTP Tutorial.
Next, you need to create a MySQL database and assign a user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, please follow the steps described in our tutorial on How to Create MySQL Username and Database. Once you create your MySQL Database and User, make sure you write down the database name, database username and password you’ve just created. You will need those for the installation process.
If you have uploaded the installation files, simply open your browser and navigate to your main domain (i.e. http://mydomain.com), or to the appropriate subdomain (i.e http://mydomain.com/joomla), depending where you have uploaded the Joomla installation package. Once you do that, you will be taken to the first screen of the Joomla Web Installer. On the first step of the installation process, you need to add the necessary information about your site and your administrative username.
Once you fill in all the required fields, press the Next button to proceed with the installation.
On the next screen, you will have to enter the necessary information for your MySQL database.
After you enter all the necessary information, press the Next button to proceed.
You will be forwarded to the last page of the installation process. On this page, you can specify if you want any sample data installed on your server. For beginners, we recommend you to choose the Default Sample data option since it will serve as an example/backbone, that you can use to build your actual website. Note that you can delete all sample articles, menus, etc. at any time.
The second part of the page will show you all pre-installation checks. The SiteGround servers meet all Joomla requirements and you will see a green check after each line.
Finally, hit the Install button to start the actual Joomla installation. In a few minutes you will be redirected to the last screen of the Joomla Web Installer.
On the last screen of the installation process you need to press the Remove installation folder button. This is required for security reasons, so no one can reinstall your existing site later on. Note that Joomla won’t let you use your site unless you remove this folder completely!
That’s it! You have a fully functional Joomla website. You can now start building your website content!
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