Tutorial on How to Install Joomla!

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Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications.  Plus, it’s simple to install — just follow the instructions and screenshots below as we walk you through every step of the installation process!

Login to your cpanel and type “installatron” in the find box.  The Installatron icon will appear to the right of the box.


Click on the Installatron icon.  On the next page, type “joomla” in the search box and hit enter.


On the next page, click the “install this application” button.


On the next page, you will need to configure your Joomla installation using the install wizard.

The Location section allows you to choose where you install Joomla.  If you have multiple domains in your cPanel account, then you will need to select the desired domain from the Domain dropdown.

If you want people to be able to access your Joomla installation by simply visiting your domain name, then leave the Directory field blank.  However, if you want people to access your Joomla installation by visiting a URL like www.yourdomain.com/blog, then you should type blog in the Directory field.


The Version section allows you to choose which version of Joomla to install, accept the license agreement, and manage automatic updates.

You can select the version of Joomla you would like to install by using the Version dropdown.  We recommend always installing the latest version, as it will offer the most security and features.  If you want the admin area of your Joomla site to use a language other than English, select your desired language from the Language dropdown.  You can also choose whether or not you want demo content added during the installation process.

Next, you can review the license agreement for Joomla.  If you don’t want to accept the license agreement, then you will not be able to install Joomla.

Next, you can manage your Automatic Update settings.  We recommend automatically updating to new minor versions and security releases, as this will help keep your Joomla installation secure from hackers.


The Settings section allows you to customise your Joomla installation.

You can enter the username, password, and email address for the admin area of your Joomla site.  Please do not use “admin” or “administrator” as the username for the admin area of your site, as this will make your installation vulnerable to hackers.  Also, please choose a strong password for the admin area of your site to help make your website as secure as possible.  Make a note of your username and password; you will use these details to login to the admin area of your site.  The admin email address for your site is where all messages regarding updates, password resets, etc. will be sent.

Next, enter the title for your website.  This information will appear on your website, web browsers, and in search engine results.  You can update this information at a later date via the admin area of Joomla.


The Advanced section allows you to choose whether or not you want to manage databases, email notifications, default backup locations, and automatic backups yourself.  Unless you are familiar with managing these settings, we recommend choosing to allow Installatron to automatically manage these settings for you.

Once you’ve configured your settings, click the Install button to begin installing Joomla.


Once you’ve successfully installed Joomla, you will be able to login to the admin area of your site by clicking the admin URL.


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  1. On May 31, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    lopezfernando said:

    I simply like it!
    Its because I like Joomla. This will help our new joomla user.

    thanks again.

  2. On May 29, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Shaz@Photoshop Tutorials said:

    I have never looked into joomla but your tutorial just made it easier for me 🙂 thanks

  3. On May 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Modified Car Club said:

    Another great step by step guide well worth reading. I have used joomla time and time again its great !

    Do mambo templates still work with joomla?

    • On May 14, 2009 at 10:32 am

      Cat M. said:

      Glad you enjoyed the post! To answer your question, this really varies from template to template. Some Mambo templates will work with Joomla, while others are incompatible. It’s best to read the documentation provided by the developer of the template — that should tell you whether it will work with Joomla or not. Hope that answers your question! Thanks for your post!