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The quickest way to install Joomla 1.5 on a LAMP server

So I was going to setup a website for my wife’s new gig on my web-server. I created the MySQL database, FTP account and configured Apache accordingly. After downloading the Joomla 1.5.15 tarball and starting the FTP upload to my web-server, I went looking for the Joomla quickstart guide. To my astonishment, the “quickstart” guide is a full 49 pages long. Awesome, to say the least…and not too quick.

Here’s another one of those blog posts that’s mostly self-serving but hopefully helps a few other Joomla hopefuls.

To install Joomla 1.5 on a LAMP (Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP) server:

  1. Download the tar or zip file from the www.joomla.org website
  2. FTP the contents of the file to your web server
  3. Browse to the URL of your web-server (the URL of where you uploaded it)
  4. Walk through the wizard, enter all information as needed.
  5. Once you’re at the ‘Congratulations’ page, reconnect via FTP and delete the ‘installation’ folder from the server.
  6. That’s it! You can now manage your Joomla site by going to the http://sitename.com/administrator address.

What’s great is that with the newer versions of Joomla, the admin console actually connects to your web-server using FTP to make changes to your config files and to upload Themes/Plugins, etc.. No more chmod’ing files on your web-server!

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