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How to Install Joomla 3 Using Auto Installers & Manually

updated on Feb 14, 2017
How to Install Joomla 3 Using Auto Installers & Manually As a most renowned and free open-source content management framework, Joomla has gained so much overwhelming popularity that it is just second to WordPress. It is widely used by webmasters to publish their websites' content and its newest version has been downloaded over 50 million times.

However, there are still many people who are not acquainted with Joomla would get stuck into troubles when they are trying to start a website with Joomla and install its newest version-Joomla 3. Under this trend, we have figured out an easy-to-understand tutorial on the steps that are needed to install Joomla 3 by using auto installer and manual means both.

Besides, the mentioned two methods including the auto installer installation and the manual installation differ from each other. In a word, the former installation approach is much easier than the latter.

How to Install Joomla 3 Through Auto Installer

How to Install Joomla 3 Nowadays, there are countless auto installers on the market, such as Softaculous, Simplescript and QuickInstall, and they are basically integrated in most of the web hosting control panels. It needs to point out that the steps to install Joomla 3 with those auto installers are similar. Thus, let's take the admin panel of HostGator - QuickInstall for example and details are showed as follows:
  1. Log in your admin panel-cPanel.
  2. Click the QuickInstall icon which is in the Software/Services section.
  3. Click Joomla under CMS Software which is in the left menu.
  4. Click the Continue button.
  5. Fill in the form in obedience to those following details.
  • Select the directory location and the domain you want to install Joomla.
  • Enter an email address in Admin Email section and your admin username or password will be mailed backwards to this address.
  • Enter a username in the Admin Username section.
  • Enter a website's name in the Site Name section and this name will appear in the header on your site.
  • Select the Sample content check box in case you plan to adopt it.
  • Finally, click Install Now to finish the installation.
It takes a few minutes for system to complete the installation and you should then check your email to confirm whether your Joomla username, password as well as the link to the administration area are right.

How to Install Joomla 3 Manually

First of all, attention should be paid to the Joomla 3 requirements as follows:
  1. The minimum version of PHP requires PHP 5.3.1.
  2. The register_globals of PHP must be turned off.
  3. The magic_quotes_gpc of PHP must be disabled.
How to Install Joomla 3 Then, the detailed steps of manual installation are displayed in the following list.


For starting the installation of Joomla on your web server, the first thing you need to do is to download it and we recommend you to visit its official site to download. When you click the Download button for its latest version, the installation package is then saved in the hard disk. Backwards, put the installation package in one folder and extract it in another folder.


Having downloaded this software, then you need to upload it to your server. You can upload the downloaded compressed file and then unzip it directly on the server, if your server permits you to unzip files. Whereas, you have to unzip the file on your desktop and then use FTP to upload the uncompressed individual files.

Create a New Database

As a database is needed for installation, you need to build up your new database by using the MySQL Database when you log into your admin panel. Later, you just need to select "MySQL Database" section to create your new database. Moreover, whichever control panel that you adopt, there is no big difference and no big troubles in the installation steps.

Take an Overview on the Installation Process

How to Install Joomla 3 Once you have successfully uploaded your installation files, then you need to open the browser and manage the main domain (i.e. // or the subdomain (i.e. // and it depends on where you put the installation package. Next, take a look at the Joomla Web Installer and fill in some necessary information on the site name, description, administration email, username, password, or more. Having accomplished the vacant information, you need to click the Next button to fill out your MySQL database' information including the database type, host name, password, table prefix and so on.

Additionally, you perhaps want to install the sample data if this is your first time to install Joomla 3. In this condition, we suggest you to select the default sample data option as it can help to build an actual website and all sample content in it can be deleted whenever you want. At length, don't forget to click the Install button to finish the installation.

If there is no mistake made during the mentioned steps above, a successful message will appear to notify you that Joomla 3 has been successfully installed.

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