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Manual Installation of Joomla 1.5

This tutorial will show you how to install Joomla manually. Alternatively, you can install Joomla using an Auto-Installer tool like Fantastico. You can also get a free professional Joomla installation with your Joomla hosting account at

How to Manually Install Joomla 1.5

To install Joomla manually follow the steps below:

Step 1 Create a MySQL database for your Joomla installation and add a new user to it. This can be done easily with cPanel by following the MySQL database tutorial. In case you are not using cPanel you can refer to the MySQL manual on creating databases and adding users to it.

Step 2 Create a folder called upload on your computer.

Step 3 Go to the Joomla download page. Download the .zip file with the latest version to the upload folder and extract it there.

Step 4 Upload all the content from upload to the directory on the server where Joomla 1.5 will be installed. SiteGround recommends using FTP for this purpose and the FTP tutorial will guide you through the necessary steps.

Step 5 Open the URL of the newly uploaded Joomla files. This will be either or a subdirectory such as

Step 6 You will be redirected to the Joomla installation page:

On the first page of the installation you will be able to choose the Language for the installation.

Step 7 Joomla will perform a pre-installation check of the system environment. Failing to meet a requirement or recommendation may cause functional and security problems later.

Here is a screenshot of all Joomla 1.5 requirements met on a standard SiteGround hosting account:

Step 8.Once you make sure all requirements are met, click on the [Next] button from the top right menu.

Step 9 Next you will have to accept Joomla's license and click on [Next] to continue.

Step 10 The following page will ask about the MySQL details for the new Joomla 1.5 installation.

Here are some example entries and explanations for these fields in case you have difficulties understanding exactly what information you should enter:

Step 11 Next you will have to configure your File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Leave it to the default settings and just click [Next] from the top right menu.

Step 12 From the page that appears you will be able to complete the final Joomla 1.5 settings specifying your email and specifying the admin password. Click on [Next] to proceed.

Step 13 In the last page of the installation wizard you will receive a confirmation that Joomla has been successfully installed.

Before being able to access your new Joomla 1.5 you must delete the installation directory. For this purpose use FTP as described in Step 3.

Well done! Your Joomla website is now installed.

If you would like to learn more about the options the manual Joomla installation offers, please contact the SiteGround support team. Our technical team is expert in Joomla related questions and able to build the perfect environment for running your Joomla 1.5 website.