Wednesday, December 5, 2012

How to Install Joomla manually

Manual Installation of Joomla.

This tutorial will show you how to install Joomla manually. Alternatively, you can install Joomla using an Auto-Installer tool like Fantastico and Quick install and softacolous or any other that your host company may have, do contact them incase they have an Auto- installer. You can also get a free professional Joomla installation by Contacting me .

How to Manually Install Joomla 

To install Joomla manually follow the steps below:
Step 1.Create a MySQL database for your Joomla installation and add a new user to it. This can be done easily with cPanel by following the MySQL database tutorial. In case you are not using cPanel you can refer to the MySQL manual on creating databases and adding users to it.
Step 2. Create a folder called upload on your computer.
Step 3.Go to the Joomla download page. Download the .zip file with the latest version to the upload folder and extract it there.
Step 4.Upload all the content from upload to the directory on the server where Joomla  will be installed. 
Step 5.Open the URL of the newly uploaded Joomla files. This will be either or a subdirectory such as
Step 6.You will be redirected to the Joomla installation page:
Joomla installation page
On the first page of the installation you will be able to choose the Language for the installation.
Important The selected language will be valid only for the installation process. Once installed Joomla will be back in English.
We recommend selecting "English" in order to follow easier the next steps from the tutorial.
Step 7.Joomla will perform a pre-installation check of the system environment. Failing to meet a requirement or recommendation may cause functional and security problems later.
Here is a screenshot of all Joomla  requirements met on a standard SiteGround hosting account:
SiteGround Joomla hosting
Step 8.Once you make sure all requirements are met, click on the [Next] button from the top right menu.
Step 9.Next you will have to accept Joomla's license and click on [Next] to continue.
 Step 10. The following page will ask about the MySQL details for the new Joomla  installation.
Here are some example entries and explanations for these fields in case you have difficulties understanding exactly what information you should enter:
Joomla installation - Info box
Step 11. Next you will have to configure your File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Leave it to the default settings and just click [Next] from the top right menu.
 Step 12. From the page that appears you will be able to complete the final Joomla settings specifying your email and specifying the admin password. Click on [Next] to proceed.
Joomla 1.5 settings
Important In our example we will not use the option Install Sample Data because it may cause confusion and require time to remove all the data populated later.
Step 13. In the last page of the installation wizard you will receive a confirmation that Joomla has been successfully installed.
Before being able to access your new Joomla you must delete the installation directory. For this purpose use FTP as described in Step 3.
Well done! Your Joomla website is now installed.

After Successfully  installing Joomla manaully, many have problems with installing extensions, this problem isnt common with Auto0- installers, just when its manually installed. below are a few checks you should make inorder to solve this issue.

Go to your Global configuration section in administration backend and click on server, scroll down and enter your ftp details to your joomla site and turn ftp ON by ticking it. then try to install any extension, if it doesnt work try, turning off FTP. If it gives "Configuration saved successfully" and FTP is still On , then its solved. If not solved see below for possible solution.

tmp directory: An incorrect tmp directory can cause this problem. To check this, look in your configuration.php file for the var $tmp_path value and make certain it matches your actual path. This must be writable to Joomla!.
Session path: The session.save_path directive in your php.ini file must be writable. To verify, use the Forum Post Assistant. If it reports save.session_path: Not Writable then there is a problem. Look at your php.ini directives and verify the location and the permissions of the session.save_path value. It must be a valid location and it must be writable for Joomla!. You may require the assistance of your Web host for this, depending on your Web hosting situation.
php.ini: You could also check your php.ini file, main file is generally under /etc directory. If you can edit this file, you can set open_basedir to include the temp directory: open_basedir = /tmp. If you have another path included, as suggested by security settings for Joomla!, you can add additional paths by adding :/path. An example: open_basedir = /var/www/html:/tmp.

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