Installing Joomla

Keep your web apps up to date and close the door on hackers

Anytime you add an application to your website, such as a store, blog, bulletin board, email form, or any other dynamic page or web application, you could be adding functionality that a hacker can use to gain access to your data, and possibly do damage. MacHighway recommends that you frequently check for updates and use only trusted and well scripted applications, like the ones offered through MacHighway..

For detailed information on choosing a suitable script and checking for updates, please review our knowledgebase article here.

 

Installation:
Ease of Use:
Technical Support: http://www.joomla.org/

 

1. Login to the cPanel for your hosting package, commonly found at http://www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel (yourdomainname.com should be replaced with your actual domain name)

 

2. Click on the Softaculous icon.

Softaculous icon

3.  Enter Joomla in the top right search box. When the full name appears below your search, click on Joomla.

Softaculous Joomla search

4. Click the Install button on the top of the page.

 

5. On the next page, you will have many options for how and where you want to install Joomla. Follow my recommendations below to get through this without stress:

Choose the version you want to install: Choose the latest version available.

Choose Protocol: Select http://www.

Choose Domain:
 Select the domain name you want Drupal installed in.

In Directory:
 If you want this installed in your main directory (http://www.mydomain.com) then leave this blank. If you want it installed in a sub-directory (like http://www.mydomain.com/blog) then enter that sub-domain (blog) in this field.

Database Name: Leave this field alone.

CRON Job: Leave these settings alone. Trust us. 

Site Name: Enter your site name.

Site Description: Write a little something about your site in this field.

Table Prefix: Leave this field alone.

Import Sample Data: It can be helpful to have some sample data that you can modify and remove as you build your site. You should decide if this will be useful to you and proceed accordingly. 

Admin Username: Change this. Do not use Admin as the username, as it's a frequent target for hackers. Why not use your first name?

Admin Password: Leave this as is. Copy and paste it into some place safe.

Real Name: Enter your actual name in this field.

Admin Email: Enter a good contact email address for yourself. One that already exists.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to Email installation details to : and enter a good email address where the installation details (including the password) can be sent to.

 

6. Click the Install link.

 

Congratulations. You have installed Joomla on to your site.

Did this work for you? If not, let us know what trouble you had in the MacHighway Forums.

 

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