5 Simple Steps to Install Joomla

There are two popular ways to upload and install Joomla on your website. The first (and simplest) is using the automated Joomla installation feature that your web hosting service provider may have activated on your “Control Panel”. The second way to upload Joomla and install it is to do it manually. This may seem kind of difficult initially, but it is very simple, if you understand how. In either of the two cases, you must have a web hosting account and be able to access it to be able to go ahead. You can’t use a free blog hosting account (Blogspot, etc) to do this. Below, I will give you a step by step blueprint for uploading and installing Joomla manually in 5 minutes or less. Here we go:

1. Download Joomla: The first step would be to of course download the latest Joomla installation package. You can do this by visiting Joomla.org and following the instructions to download the Joomla package.

2. Create a Joomla Installation Database: Now, login to your Joomla web hosting account and open the MySQL database creation and management program. A list of your databases and database user details are in the MySQL area of your Control Panel. Now, you should create a database and a username and password to go with it. Next, add the username to the database and give it all the privileges. This is simple as the interface is easy to follow. (But you can also watch the video instead if that is preferable to you.) This user ID and password and its database are what you will use to install Joomla on your website.

3. Upload Joomla: The next step is to determine where you want the Joomla installation to be and upload it to that. If you want to install Joomla on the main website/full domain name (eg mywebsite.com, etc), then you should go to the home directory and upload Joomla to it.

4. The Actual Joomla Installation: This is the simplest and most self-fulfilling part of the whole process. But you should also be careful not to make mistakes here or you may never be able to install the Joomla software correctly. You should also take note of the Joomla admin user name and password that you create during this process, to prevent losing access to your account. During the Joomla installation, you will put in such details as the name of the database that you created in step #2 and the username and password that you attached to it. You will put in the name and title of your website (great for Joomla SEO) and your email address to be used as the admin email in case you forget your Joomla admin login username and password. I would advise that you save all your login details in a secure place (like a random file on your computer or your brain [yeah, memorize it!] ) to avoid discomfort later on when you start the business of designing your Joomla website.

5. Finish: Yes, that’s it! You have just finished uploading and installing Joomla on your website! Now head on to the /administrator directory of the website where you installed Joomla (eg mywebsite.com/administrator ) and use the login ID and password that you created during the installation process to login to your Joomla website for the first time. How does it look in there?