Getting Started with Joomla! – Installation and configuration

After finishing our series First steps in WordPress , now we begin a new serial, centered on the powerful content management system Joomla. Speaking about Joomla, we refer to one of the best CMS (Content Management System) for general purpose: powerful, versatile and a great community behind. It is used on millions of websites, including those of various government institutions worldwide, which certainly should give us an idea of how robust it is.

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Although Joomla can easily be installed from the pack of Applications include in our hosting plans, in this first post we will focus on installation and manual configuration .

Joomla! It is open source and free, even for commercial purposes. The development team is constantly above the project, quickly releasing versions and correcting safety problems that may arise. It is a highly professional for personal and small or large business projects option that also can be extended by new components that allow you to customize and extend it further.

Download Joomla!

We started by downloading the CMS, the compressed file that contains all the code of Joomla! The recommendation is to get the download directly from the official site:


Apart from English, Joomla is available to download in different languages that provide customized versions of CMS. We will explain how to install the language packs of your choice, so you would not need to opt for that option.

Once downloaded the zip code with Content Manager, unpack it and place it on our web server. You can use your web server locally, if you set one up, or upload files via FTP to the server.

Start Joomla for the first time

The procedure for installing Joomla has been greatly simplified, allowing almost all settings too semi-automatically, with web interface. Accessing Joomla for the first time will begin our process.

You will see that it is simply a wizard that asks us each and every one of the data we need, starting with the general site configuration.


In this step you can change the language and also fill in the general data on our website. We click Next to continue.

Then they ask us to configure the database, for which we introduce all parameters requested connection. If you are installing Joomla locally, probably you know. If you are installing directly on the server, see your name. Control panel to get the information you need.

The database that Joomla need should be previously created. If not, the wizard will try to create it for us, but it is likely that in a remote hosting, PHP does not have permission to create databases. In that case, it is preferable to have created it before.


In the third step of the wizard we offer basically a summary of our configuration. And you can choose whether you want to install a package of sample data in the CMS.

These sample data are interesting if you are doing a first exploration of Joomla to see how the information is organized within the CMS, to start learning to understand. For more experienced users this option is not required.

Another interesting thing in this wizard screen is check if you have activated each and every feature required on your server. If one is marked “No”, you should correct it before continuing.

It is done! Joomla is installed on your system!

Before use, you just have to delete the installation files, for obvious safety reasons. Joomla will not let you continue until you have not done. In the wizard itself you will find a button for Joomla. Do it, but if it is not enabled, you can simply delete the “installation” folder.


Joomla is ready to use

On this screen you can access both the front (the site that users see) and the portion of Administration, for which you will have to authenticate with data administrator created during installation.

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