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Using the the Joomla! Installer

Once your files have been uploaded to the hosting space using an FTP client, it is time to install Joomla!.

First open an Internet Browser and type in the address of your Joomla! installation directory. For example:

or if you are running from your local server, type:

 http://localhost/name of your joomla site/installation/index.php

Screen 1: After the correct address is entered, the image below will appear. Joomla! has redirected you to the /installation subdirectory. In this step you can choose the default language (English) or anyother one.

Installer Lang.jpg

Screen 2: Click 'Next' and Joomla! displays the Pre-Installation Checklist. Specific details relating to PHP settings are outlined here. To proceed with the installation, all the lights should be green and set to Yes.

Installer PreCheck.jpg


  • PHP version must be 4.3.10 or greater than 4.3.10
    • Your webserver's PHP version must be over 4.3.10
  • Zlib Compression Support
  • XML support
  • MySQL support
  • MB Language is Default
  • MB String Overload Off
  • Writable configuration.php
    • Create a file named configuration.php on root or rename the default one from the package(configuration.php-dist)

Recommended settings:

  • Safe Mode is off in the actual column
  • Display Errors is on in the actual column
  • File Uploads is on in the actual column
  • Magic Quotes Runtime is off in the actual column
  • Register Globals is off in the actual column
  • Output Buffering is off in the actual column
  • Session Auto Start is off in the actual column

Screen 3: Click 'Next' and the licence prompt below will appear.GNU/GPL

Installer GNUGPL.jpg

Screen 4: Click 'Next' to enter the Database specifics. Guidelines are provided on the right-hand side to assist in completing the text fields properly. Please note that all data must be entered correctly to avoid errors.

Installer FTP.jpg

Screen 5: Click 'Next' to enter the FTP settings. This allows Joomla! to operate in a more secure way, eliminating the need for PHP to handle file upload requests. Note: The FTP layer is not necessary on Windows servers.

Installer FTP.jpg

Screen 6: Click 'Next' to enter the Main Configuration details.

Installer MainConfig.jpg

Screen 7: Click 'Next' and a warning to delete the installation directory will appear. Once that is done (most likely using FTP client, click either the 'View Site' tab or the 'Administrator' tab to continue using Joomla!.