Installing Joomla

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Hosting Requirements

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 Joomla 3.0

Downloading and Uploading Joomla! Package Files

  1. Download the current release of Joomla! 3.0.x
  2. Create a database for use with Joomla! You will need to note basic database information needed when the actual Joomla! installation is started.
    • Location of datase, localhost? Or a specific host's server such as
    • The database name
    • The database user's name
    • The database user's password
  3. Move the downloaded Joomla! installation package to the server. Use a FTP Client to transfer the Joomla! 3.0 files to your server. If you don’t already have an FTP client, we recommend Filezilla
Hint - This can be accomplished by simply moving the downloaded package to your server, then unpacking it. Or you can unpack the files on your local computer, then move the Joomla installation over to your server. Either way, the Joomla installation needs to be unpacked in the root of your site.
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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! top level package folder, called Joomla. If you transfer the Joomla folder as well, your site will be accessed at 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, and you should see:

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