Step-by-step instructions for installing Joomla 1.5 RC & nightly build.
These instructions assume that you:
- have basic computer skills
- know how to use FTP
- have access to your webhosting account
Download Joomla 1.5
1. Download Joomla 1.5 from Joomla.org
Extract the download to your computer's website directory
2. Open the file and extract the contents to the directory or folder on your system where you'll keep your website backup. If you want to install it in a special folder on your site do so. It isn't recommendable to install it in the same folder as another web program, so if you have already installed WordPress or another program in your public-html directory then put Joomla in another directory like /joomla or /yoursitestopic.
Upload Joomla 1.5 via FTP to the web server
3. Upload everything to your webhost's server's FTP account. I use Dreamweaver for normal HTML coding and it has FTP included so I use that but any program that lets you upload a folder or directory is fine.
Some webhosting companies let you upload .zip files for later extraction online but many do not. That is why I don't tell you to upload the compressed file. If your host lets you do so then extract the file online to save time.
Take a break
4. While your Joomla files are uploading, watch something on TV, play a video game, call your mom, or whatever.
Go to your uploaded directory on the server
5. Once the files have finished uploading and they DID all upload, go in your favorite webbrowser, mine is Firefox, to http://yourdomain.com/yourjoomladirectory
Substitute the domain that you have registered and the folder you put the Joomla contents in.
If you installed Joomla in the public_html or main web directory on your server then just go to: http://yourdomain.com
again substituting your actual domain.
Verify that the Joomla! page appears
6. If you typed the address correctly then you'll see a page with "Joomla! Installation version 1.5" in the header.
Choose your installation Language
7. First you have to choose your installation language. En-GB for British English is selected. You could select a different language in the list and click the 'next' button. The next button is to the right of the language list.
8. The next page is the Pre-installation check. The Pre-installation check checks your PHP and Mysql settings.
This depends on your webhosting company and the server software that they installed. If your system fails a check then you'll need to let your hosting company know and see if they can change the software or if they can help you modify your php.ini. I have been using Bluehost and by default my system passed the Pre-installation check.
You know you are ok if all the settings are in green, so click on 'next'.
9. This next screen has the License agreement. You can read it and click on 'next'.
10. This screen has fields for the Mysql database. You need to create a database for use with Joomla. If you haven't already just open a new window or tab in your webbrowser, login to your webhosting account, and create a database and user. Write down all this information so you can enter it into the Joomla window that is still open.
- In the hostname field type: localhost
- In the username field type the username for the database as you setup via your webhost.
- In the password field type you username's password for the database that you setup.
- In the database name field type the name of the database.
Click on 'next'
11. This page asks for you to configure Joomla 1.5 with FTP. Use the same settings that you used to upload the Joomla files to your server OR create a new account with your webhost and enter it instead.
Click on 'autofind ftp path' and it will test your FTP settings and enter the actual directory path from your account root.
Click on 'next'
12. This page is called 'Main Configuration'
Enter the name of your site.
Enter the e-mail address that you will use.
Enter your administrator username and password (and write it down in a txt file or on a sheet of paper).
If you have a new install keep the dot in the 'install the default sample data'.
If you are upgrading, use the option to load the migration script and add the required information.
click on 'next'
13. You are now on the 'finish' page. This means that Joomla 1.5 is installed. Wasn't that easy?
Delete your Joomla installation directory
14. Using your FTP program or your webhost's control panel or file manager, delete the installation directory inside your Joomla directory. You could also rename it but you should delete it for security reasons.
Log in to your account as administrator for further configuration
15. Log in as administrator so you can configure it to your heart's content.
warning: If you enable the 'wrapper' module you must add a URL to its URL field or the system won't open in Internet Explorer and you'll get an error message in Firefox saying that the URL is not valid.
As long as the site's URL is entered OR the wrapper module is disabled you won't have a problem.