Joomla is an easy-to-use CMS (content management system) with immense flexibility and options. It has a special user-friendly interface, which makes it easy to build to Web sites and powerful online applications.
Joomla was created in 2005 by some open source developers. With facilities like gorgeous templates and friendly community, Joomla has become popular PHP based platform for creating websites. It has more than 200000 users and contributors all over the world. In this tutorial, we are going to discuss how to make an awesome CMS based Joomla website easily.
There are three requirements for installing Joomla.
– Web Hosting Requirement
– FTP software
– Zip software
First, we need to create an SQL database in order to install Joomla on to it. Joomla’s CMS stores it files in database. We need a web server to store these. It is better to use a Joomla-friendly web host, which have a wide range of Joomla experiences. There are two type of servers where we can store files. Thought most Joomla websites run on Linux servers, we can use windows servers as well. We are going to focus on Linux hosting using apache web servers because of its usability of Joomla’s CMS. However, if you are thinking of using windows servers, you still might find this tutorial useful for you.
There are some technical requirements for installing Joomla 3.0 on servers. You do not need to understand this, just ask your provider if their hosting meet these technical requirements.
- In Linus hosting, we will need-
- Apache 2
- PHP 5.3.1
- MySQL 5.1
- In Windows hosting, we will need-
- IIS 7
- PHP 5.3.1
- MySQL 5.1 or MSSQL 10.50.1600.1
There are many ways we can install Joomla. Either, we can use software, or can do it manually. Many hosting companies provide support of quick installation. It is online hosting panel provided by the hosting companies. Third party software like Softaculous, Simple script and Fantastico are usually used there. Usually installing Joomla is much easier and time saving by using these host panel feature.
The other way to install Joomla is to do it manually. This requires more works and some additional software. FTP software for data uploading and zip software for extracting Joomla. We will discuss more about quick install and standard install in later part of our tutorial.
- Quick Installation
- Manual Installation