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Joomla Installation Quick Guide

This guide contains step-by-step instructions on Joomla templates usage since the template download to the completing of your website.

 

Preparations

There are several things you should do before you start working with your website.

1. View the template preview page and check Joomla engine version required.

2. Make sure you have all necessary software for the template customization.

Both Joomla version and software requirements could be found at the template preview page.

Note! The template details may vary from the specified above

 

Even if you are planning to order the template customization from some third party company you need specific software to extract the files from the template package.

WinZip for Windows OS and Stuffit Expander for MAC OS

3. Contact your hosting provider and make sure your server meets the Joomla engine requirements.

4. Make sure you already ordered a domain name from your hosting provider. Otherwise you won’t be able to run the website online.

5. Make sure you already created new MySQL database using the hosting control panel. Your Joomla website will need it. Feel free to check the detailed video tutorial on how to create a database

 

Engine Download

The initial step would be the downloading of the Joomla engine. Make sure you are downloading the correct version that suites your template requirements. You can find the template requirements at the template preview page.

Joomla engine could be downloaded from the official website at Joomla.org

The download procedure is the same as for any other file. Click the Download link and in the appeared window click Save button. The downloaded file will be available in your Downloads folder.

After the downloading you need to extract the files from the downloaded Joomla package. You can use the default extracting software or use the downloaded WinZip or Stuffit Expander applications.

 

Engine installation

When you are done downloading the Joomla engine package and extracting the files you can start the installation.

1. Upload the Joomla engine files from the downloaded package to your hosting server. You can use your hosting control panel file manager or the third party FTP manager as FileZilla, CureFTP etc. Check the tutorial on how to upload fles to the hosting server.

2. To begin the installation procedure open your browser and in the address bar type your website address and root to the Joomla installation directory.

For example:if you uploaded Joomla engine to your web-server root directory (www or http-docs) the root to the Joomla installation would be http://your-domain-name.
In case you uploaded them to some sub-directory the root would be: http://your-domain-name/sub-directory

Please check the following detailed video tutorials on how to install the Joomla engine to your hosting server.

When the Joomla engine installation is complete you can start working with your purchased Joomla template.

 

Template download

1. Download the template.

The template download procedure is similar with downloading any file from the internet. Click the download link from your template delivery email or order details page and in the appeared window click Save button. Feel free to check the following tutorial on how to download the template.

2. Extract the files from the Joomla template package. You can check the following video tutorials on how to extract the files on MAC and on PC:

Extract files on MAC

Extract files on PC

Now you are ready to install your Joomla template.

 

Template installation

There are several way to install the template.

Manual installation
In case you have a fully working Joomla website and you want to keep your posts and settings you need to install the template manually:

  1. Open Joomla admin panel
  2. Go to Extensions>Install/Uninstall
  3. Upload the theme###.zip archive from the downloaded template package
  4. Use Joomla-readme.pdf file instructions to configure the template modules

Automatic installation
In case you are installing the template over the clear Joomla installation you can use the automatic install method that won’t require any manual configuration:

  1. Open Joomla admin panel
  2. Go to Extensions>Install/Uninstall
  3. Upload the theme###.zip archive from the downloaded template package
  4. Open your database management tool (e.g. phpMyAdmin )
  5. Import the dump.sql file from the template package sources directory.

Importing dump.sql file will add the module settings and articles to your Joomla database and will make your template appear as at the preview.

Feel free to check the following detailed video tutorials on how to install Joomla template:

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Joomla engine and Joomla template to your web-server. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions.

 

 
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