How to download the latest Joomla version and install it on your server

Joomla New Setup series

How to download the latest Joomla version and install it on your server

1) For this tutorial, you will need to open your web browser and go to http://www.joomla.org

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2) Click Download Joomla

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3) Click the link next to the version you wish to download

It is recommended that you save the file to your desktop so that you can find it easily

4) Make sure Save File is selected and click OK

Now you will need to unzip the file and upload it to your server. Go to the location where you saved the file

5) Right click the file and unzip it

6) Double click the folder to open it

Now you will need to use an FTP client such as FileZilla to upload Joomla to your sever

Make sure you have entered your host name, username and password and are connected to your server before proceeding

7) Press CTRL + A to highlight all the files and folders

8) Click and drag them into the directory you want to upload them to

9) Once all of the files have finished uploading, go to your new Joomla site in your browser

It is now time to install Joomla on your sever

10) Choose the language you wish to use during the installation and click Next

This page will show a list of requirements and recommended settings. If your sever doesn’t meet all of these, Joomla may not function properly

11) For this installation, we need to make the configuration.php file writable. Go back to the directory where you uploaded Joomla in your FTP client

12) Scroll down to configuration.php-dist

13) Right click and select Rename

14) Now right click and select File Attributes

15) Change the numeric value to 777 and click OK

16) Return to your Joomla installation in your browser

17) Click Check Again to recheck your requirements

18) Once all the requirements are met, click Next to continue the installation

Here you can read the license information

19) Click Next

On this page, you will need to enter your database information. If you haven’t already created the database on your server, you will need to do that before continuing

20) Enter the host name (usually localhost)

21) Enter the database username

22) Enter the password

23) Type the database name

24) Click Next

This step allows you to create an FTP account that will be used to access only your Joomla site and not the entire Web server

25) Select Yes to enable the FTP

26) Create an FTP username and password

27) Type in the FTP Root Path

28) Click Next

29) Enter a name for your site

30) Type in your email address. This is what you will use to login to your site

31) Type a password and confirm it

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Now you can choose to install the sample data. This will populate your database with the default Joomla data and is recommended for new users

32) Click Install Sample Data

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Wait until the data has been installed. This can take up to several minutes

33) Click Next

Success! Joomla has now been installed on your server

Before you can use your Joomla site, you will need to completely remove the installation directory. This can be done through any FTP manager

34) Once this is done, click Site

Here you can view your new Joomla site

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to download Joomla and install it on your server

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