Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Howto Install Joomla 3 on MS Windows 8

Content Management Systems (CMS) provides a simple framework to focus on developing a web site to deliver specific contents. Basic stuff like user authentication, layout and web standards will be handled by the CMS while more important stuffs like getting the message across and providing a specific service can be the main focus.

Yes, gain insights of experts and community around the world by using a CMS like Joomla! that practices use of open source software (OSS) license.

Installation was done based on notes from at!_on_your_own_computer

Following are my notes on installation of Joomla! 3.3.6 on Windows 8. Before going to step 1, ensure the web server has;

Apache 2.4
PHP 5.4 (min 5.3.10), enable following PHP modules
  • Magic Quotes GPC Off
  • Register Globals Off   
  • Zlib Compression Support 
  • XML Support   
  • Database Support: (mysql, mysqli, pdo)  
  • MB Language is Default 
  • MB String Overload Off  
  • INI Parser Support    
  • JSON Support  
  • configuration.php Writeable
MySQL 5.5

Step 1: Getting Joomla!

Download Joomla! from and extract it to a folder, e.g. myjoomla.
Copy this to your web folder. e.g. C:\apache24htdocs

Step 2: Preparation

Create a MySQL database called myjoomla3. Login to MySQL client and type;

CREATE database myjoomla3;

 And logout.

Step 3: Installation

Open a web browser and enter URL Address. E.g. http://localhost/myjoomla and enter details. Complete the sections for "Configuration", "Database", "Overview".


I choose to create the default Administrator username as "admin".

Ensure the configuration for database created is entered correctly. Choose MYSQLi if you are prompted to do so.

Choose Install Sample Data: Default English (GB) Sample Data

Click "Install". When installation is completed, you will receive the confirmation message "Congratulations! Joomla! is now installed."

Open Windows Explorer and remove the installation folder in joomla named installation. E.g. C:\Apache24\htdocs\myjoomla\installation

Step 4: Post installation

Test the installation with a web browser as;
  1.  front-end page  at http://localhost/myjoomla/
  2.  site administration page  at http://localhost/myjoomla/administrator/
First access: Front-end on desktop

First access: Front-end on mobile
First access:Administration page

Step 5: Choosing a template

This is an extra step for looks. In a web browser open the Administration page, e.g. http://localhost/myjoomla/administrator

In the default Administration page, observer the left column and click "Template Manager". In the left menu choose "Styles". There are 4 styles available for you;
  1. Beez3 (for Front-end)
  2. Hathor (for Administration page)
  3. isis (Default for Administration page)
  4. protostar (Default for Front-end)
 Try to click on Hathor, notice the page has changed. Click Beez3, and in Front-end see the changes.


1 comment:

Jayce Bennett said...

Thanks for sharing the installation process with us.
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