cPanel puts the power of CMS websites in your hands. Today we are going to have a look at how to install Joomla from your cPanel. First we’ll check out the process for installing it manually, then we’ll have a look at how you can use Softaculous to do the work for you.
Installing Joomla Manually
Log into your cPanel account and navigate to Databases > MySQL Databases. Click on the MySQL database icon and create a new database.
Then create a new database user. Remember to use a strong password, so use the password generator to create something secure.
Then you’ll need to add the User to the Database. Select the relevant user and database from the dropdown menu, and give it all privileges.
Navigate back to your cPanel dashboard.
Visit https://downloads.joomla.org and download the latest version of Joomla. Then navigate to File Manager in your cPanel and access your public_html folder. Click on the Upload button. If there is another site already loaded in the public_html folder you will need to install Joomla in a sub folder.
Upload the Joomla file you downloaded, select the package and then click on Extract.
Then, visit your website through your browser. If you had to upload the Joomla files to a subfolder, type the sub folder’s name on the end of your domain.
You will find the installation script on the page, which needs to be configured.
Now type on the MySQL database username and password that you created earlier, and then type in the database name. It’s important that you include the full names for both fields; you need to insert the part that came before the underscore. You can leave the rest of the fields on their default settings.
Then, hit ‘Next’.
We recommend that you do not install any sample data, so hit ‘Install’.
In the event that you are configuring a multi-lingual website you will need to activate the ‘Extra steps’ feature where you can ‘Install languages’. Once this is complete, hit ‘Remove installation folder’.
And that’s pretty much all you’ll need to do. Your site will be live on your domain, and any edits you may need to performed can be done by accessing your admin panel on yourwebsite.com/administrator.
Using Softaculous To Install Joomla
Log into your cPanel and click on the Softaculous Apps installer. Click on the Install button at the top. Select the latest version of Joomla and then select which folder you’d like the installation to appear in. If you leave the field empty, Softaculous will install Joomla in your website’s root directory.
Type in your Admin username, password and administration email address (this is the email address associated with the user, and all installation information will be sent to this address so make double sure you’ve entered the correct information.
In a few seconds your installation will be complete and ready to use.
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