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Installing Joomla! for the first time is very easy. Joomla!’s built-in web installer makes setting up your new site a breeze.
Before we start installing Joomla!, there are a couple prerequisites that need to be met to install Joomla! successfully. These apply whether you have a dedicated server, a shared hosting plan, or are installing a copy on a local computer for testing or development. You’ll need to meet the following requirements below to install and use Joomla! 3.0
If you unpack the files on your own computer, then copy them to your server, be sure to move only the folders and files contained INSIDE the Joomla! package. If you unpack the folders and files into a folder, for example called,
Joomla and then upload that folder, your site will have to be accessed at
yoursitename.com/Joomla instead of
With the above requirements met, a database created and the required Joomla! files in place, you are ready to install Joomla!. Start the Joomla! web installer by browsing to the site's domain name,
www.yoursitename.com and you should see:
Joomla! will try to identify the Select Language field automatically from your browser's language. You can change this if needed.
Fill in the following information.
yoursitename.comto view the home page. No - this means the site is live when you browse to
yoursitename.comto view the home page. You can use the Site Global Configuration in the Administration interface to change the Offline status at any time.
When everything on the first page is completed, click the next button to proceed:
You will need the information about the database which was suggested above to note.
For simplification, these intructions are a reference to installing with a MySQLi database. The instructions on the installation page are self explanatory, but here they are again:
localhost, but some hosts use a specific database server such as
jos3_can be used. Just don't forget to put the underscore character(
_) at the end of the prefix.
All these choices can be edited on the Site Global Configuration page, under Server options after the installation is completed. Note, you will break your installation if you change these settings after installation unless you have a complete copy of the current database being used by the Joomla! installation. Common uses would be to update the username and password of the database or to complete a move of an existing installation to a new host with different parameters.
When all the information has been filled in, click the next button to proceed:
It is now time to finalise the Joomla! installation. This includes configuration checks at the bottom of the page. The first options are for automatically installing sample content to the website and emailing the configuration settings.
If you are new to Joomla! it would be benefical to install some sample data to see how Joomla! works. You can at this time choose to have the configuration settings emailed to you. The email password choice is off by default for security.
Time to check the configurations of your install and the environment of the installation.
Joomla! 3 is now installed, but there is one last step to complete. You must delete the Installation Folder.