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Manually Install Joomla! via FTP

Follow the steps below to install Joomla! 1.7.1 to your webspace via FTP.

As a prerequisite, a MySQL database is already available.

Step 1
Download and save the latest Full Package version of Joomla! from the Joomla! download page to your computer. It is suggested to save this file to your Desktop so it can be easily found.
Step 2
Double-click the ZIP file downloaded to open the ZIP file.
Windows explorer
Windows explorer
Step 3
Click the Extract All Files button.
Extract all files menu item
Extract all files menu item
Step 4
Select a destination where the files will be stored after unzipping. If you saved the file to your Desktop, the default destination will be a new folder on your Desktop which is ideal. Click the Extract button.
Download window
Download window
Step 5
You should see that a new Joomla folder exists now that you have uncompressed the ZIP file. It is best to rename the folder similar to the website that will be using Joomla. Right-click the folder and then choose Rename.
In this example, we rename the folder to 1and1help.
Context menu: Rename
Context menu: Rename

Windows explorer
Windows explorer
Step 6
Upload the folder to the root of your webspace via FTP.
Step 7
Now that the folder has been uploaded, you will have to ensure that the domain points to this folder. You must log into the 1&1 Control Panel and change the destination folder for the domain to the folder you just uploaded.
Please note:
It may take a couple of minutes until the domain will point at the correct folder after making changes.
Step 8
Open a browser and access your domain. In this example, the domain is http://1and1help.com/ When the domain points to the correct folder, you should see the Joomla! installation page. If you receive a message that you need PHP5 to run Joomla!:
  • Click the Start Menu > Run
  • Type notepad and press ENTER
  • Write AddType x-mapp-php5 .php in the text file and save it as htaccess.txt
  • Upload the file to the folder that holds your Joomla! files
  • Using your FTP program, rename the file to .htaccess. You must include the period before the filename.
  • Reload the webpage.
Step 9
Select your language and then click the Next button.
Language options
Language options
Step 10
Joomla! will perform a Pre-Installation Check to make sure that requirements are met and display whether the recommended settings are already in place. Display Errors may be Enabled which is not the recommended setting but it is best to keep this enabled for now. This will display any PHP errors, which may help you resolve any complications during the install and initial setup of your Joomla! site.

Click the Next button.

Pre-installation check window
Pre-installation check window
Step 11
You will need to accept the GNU General Public License for Joomla! in order to install it. Click the Next button if you agree with the terms.
Agreement to GNU Public License Window
Agreement to GNU Public License Window
Step 12
Now you will need to fill out the MySQL database information so that Joomla! knows which database to store the site data in.

Fill out the database info. The Table Prefix is used to differentiate one Joomla! install from another in cases where you are using one database for multiple Joomla! sites (which is not recommended). You can leave the auto-generated Table Prefix or write in your own. Click the Next button when you have finished entering the database details.
Database Configuration window
Database Configuration window
Step 13
Skip the FTP Configuration for the time being by clicking the Next button.
FTP Configuration window
FTP Configuration window
Step 14
Enter a Site Name, supply your e-mail address and create a username and password (A).

If this is your first time using Joomla! you may want to click the Install Sample Data button (B) so that after Joomla! installs you can view a sample site.

Click the Next button when you are finished.
Main Configuration Window

Main Configuration Window

Step 15
After Joomla! installs, click the Remove installation folder
Option removal of installation folder
Option removal of installation folder

If the installation folder could not be removed, you can simply delete the installation folder via FTP.
You are now finished and can view the Joomla! site or log in to the Admin section.
Installation notification

Installation notification