Moving the site among directories/sub-directories

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Please note that this item applies to Joomla version Joomla 1.5 only.

Many times you install Joomla in a sub-directory and then want to move it to a higher level directory, here's a short tutorial on how to do it.

Say you have installed Joomla in the following folder: public_html/tryjoomla. Now that you are satisfied with the site, you'll want to move to public_html.

1. Move all the files from the sub-directory (i.e., public_/tryjoomla) to the upper level directory (i.e., public_html). You can use your favourite FTP client or the control panel that your hosting service provides.

2. Download and open the configuration.php file in a text editor.

3. Look for the following variables

var $log_path
var $tmp_path
var $ftp_root
var $live_site

The first two will definitely have a long value; the other two might not. The first line will look similar to

var $log_path = '/home/username/public_html/tryjoomla/logs';

Change this to

var $log_path = '/home/username/public_html/logs';

We've simply removed the tryjoomla folder name from the path. Similarly change the tmp path

var $tmp_path = '/home/username/public_html/tmp';

If you have the $live_site and $ftp_root variables with some values, they too need to give up the tryjoomla folder, so they can look something like

var $live_site = '';


var $live_site = '';


var $ftp_root = 'public_html/tryjoomla';


var $ftp_root = 'public_html';

If you have cache enabled, login to the administrator backend (which will now be at and not Go to Tools -> Clean Cache and delete all cache files.