Joomla 2.5 Installation (valid for Joomla 1.7/1.6 too)
In this tutorial you will learn how to install Joomla 2.5 manually. If you face any difficulties, you can always get a free professional Joomla installation with your Joomla hosting account at SiteGround.com.
How to Install Joomla 2.5 Manually (valid for Joomla 1.7/1.6 too)
In order to complete the manual Joomla 2.5 installation, follow the steps listed below:
Step 1. Create a MySQL database from cPanel->MySQL Databases and add a user to it. If you are not using cPanel, you can check the MySQL manual for more details on the database and user setup.
Step 2. Download the archive file with the latest stable version of Joomla 2.5 from the official web site. Store it in a folder on your local computer and extract the archive.
Step 3. Upload all the content from this local folder to the directory on the server where Joomla 2.5 will be stored. The easiest way to upload the files and the folders is through an FTP client. Detailed instructions about this are available in our FTP tutorial.
Step 4. Open the URL of the newly-uploaded Joomla script. If the content is uploaded in the main web directory, use http://yourdomainname.com. In case you have uploaded it in a subdirectory, open http://yourdomainname.com/example. Replace the domain and the directory names with the corresponding ones for your web site.
Step 5. The Joomla installation page will be loaded:
There you can select the language for the installation. It will be valid only during the installation. Once completed Joomla will be switched back to English.
In order to follow easier the next steps of the tutorial it is recommended that you choose "English".
Step 6. On the next page Joomla will check whether the system requirements are met on the server. If one or more are not met, a corresponding message will be shown.
SiteGround servers are fully compatible with Joomla 2.5:
Step 7. After you make sure that all system requirements are met, proceed by clicking on the Next button from the top right menu. On the next page you should read and accept Joomla's license.
Again, click Next to continue.
Step 8. Here you have to enter the MySQL details for the new Joomla 2.5 installation. Use the ones set in Step 1.
In the following screenshot you can find example entries and explanations for these fields:
Step 9. Next, you can set your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) configuration. Keep the default settings and click Next to proceed.
Step 10. On the current page the main Joomla 2.5 configuration should be defined. Specify your site name, meta description and keywords, admin user, email and password.
Click on Next to proceed.
Important: In this example we will not use the Install Sample Data feature because it may cause confusion and require time to remove all the data populated later.
Step 11. In the last page of the installation wizard you will receive a confirmation that Joomla 2.5 has been successfully installed.
In order to access your new Joomla 2.5 web site you must delete the installation directory. This can be done with your FTP client.
Well done! Your Joomla website is now installed.
If you want to learn more about the options the manual Joomla installation offers, please contact the SiteGround Technical Support Team. Our technical team is expert in Joomla related questions and able to build the perfect environment for your Joomla 2.5 website.