How To Install Joomla

If you've chosen Joomla as your preferred Content Management System, you will still need to install it. Luckily, the Joomla community have worked hard to make this a relatively simple process, even for those who are not familiar with coding or programming. Joomla comes complete with a simple installer which should make setting up your CMS a breeze.

Firstly, you need to make sure that the hosting provider you have chosen meets the requirements for installing Joomla. They must provide PHP v 5.2 or better, MySQL 5.04 or better, and Apache 1.3. This information should be readily available, either through your web interface, or on the hosting provider's website.

Secondly, you need to have set up a MySQL database before trying to install Joomla. Your hosting provider should have some form of 'Database' or 'MySQL' icon which will enable you to do this in a few easy steps. Make sure that you note down the information that you are given at the end of this process, such as your username, hostname, and password. If you run into any problems here, your hosting provider should be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Once you have checked the system requirements and set up your database, you are ready to install Joomla. The first step is to move the installation package over to your web server. The easiest way to do this is probably to download (from http://www.joomlacode.org) onto your computer and unzip the installation files on your desktop first, and then to use an FTP client to transfer them into the web server. Joomla, along with a number of other open source Content Management Systems, recommend that you use an application called Filezilla for FTP transfer.

Filezilla, or whatever FTP application you use, will provide its own help and instructions. The key thing is to make sure that you download the unzipped files straight into the 'root directory' on your webserver, and not to download the Joomla folder itself. Doing this will lead to confusion, so just download the contents of the folder.

Once you have done this, simply visit the homepage for your website. If all has gone well, you should see a Joomla installation page, asking for your preferred language. Make your selection, and Joomla will check your system for compatibility. If all is well, the indicators will turn green and you will be taken through the rest of the installation process. At one point, you will need to enter details such as your username, hostname and password. Luckily, you saved them on a text editor when you set up your MySQL database, earlier on! Now, just click on the 'Remove Installation Directory' button which appears, and you are finished. Joomla is installed.

If any of this still seems a little too technical, there is plenty more information available on the Joomla community sites, including Frequently Asked Questions about the installation process. You should be able to find the solution to any problem you encounter.