Many hosting services use the 'cPanel' software to give users an easy way to manage their hosting account.
One feature of cPanel is "Fantastico." Fantastico provides "one click" installation (it's actually more than 1 click) of many open source web applications. It provides a great and easy way to experiment with different applications.
Although most advanced Joomla users prefer to install Joomla manually, Fantastico provides a perfectly good alternative to many.
In order to install Joomla with Fantastico, you will first log into your web hosting control panel. The Fantastico icon is usually located somewhere near the bottom of the cPanel page.
Once you start Fantastico, you will see a list of available applications on the left side of the screen.
Click on "Joomla 1.5" on the menu.
You will then see a brief description of Joomla. To create a new installation of Joomla, click on "New Installation."
Next, you will be asked to fill out a form with some basic information about your Joomla site. Let's look at the fields in the form:
|Install on Domain||Use this box to select the domain where you want to install Joomla. This is only an option if you have multiple domain names being managed by your cPanel hosting account.|
|Install in Directory||this determines the address where your Joomla installation will be accessible at. If you want to use Joomla for your home page, just leave this field blank, otherwise put in a folder name. Note: the folder should not exist at this point. Fantastico will create it for you.
|Admin access data||this is the username and password for the super-administrator of the Joomla site. This will be the initial login for your site.|
|Base Configuration Admin e-mail||your e-mail address|
|Admin full name||your name|
|Site Name||the name of your website that will be displayed on the front page|
|Install Sample Data||Fantatico will optionally install the sample Joomla data (articles, menus, modules) if you wish. This is usefull when you are first getting started, but if you are designing a new site from the "ground up" you will probably not want to have the sample data installed.|
Once you have filled in the form, the next step is to click on the "Install Joomla" button.
You will be asked to confirm that you want to install Joomla. After a few seconds, you will see an informatin page that confirms that Joomla was installed successfully.
Be sure to remember your login and password!
In addition, Fantastico will send an email to the email address of the site administrator (probably you) with the same information.
That's it. You are now ready to log in and start building your Joomla based website.
GoDaddy is one of the largest hosting companies in the US and can be a great place to get started with a web site. I've had hosting accounts with them for years and have, for the most part, been satisfied. I've moved on to other services for most of my sites, but GoDaddy is still home to several Joomla installations of mine.
So, if you are thinking about setting up a Joomla site on GoDaddy, you have several options. First of all, GoDaddy now has a "one-click" (well, sure, it's more than one click) installation of Joomla now which can work quite well. They have a "wizard" on their hosting service that can walk you through the process.
But, if you want to do it yourself via FTP (a skill all Joomla people should develop), here is a great guide in pdf format from the Joomla forums to installing Joomla on GoDaddy.http://forum.joomla.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=31497.0;attach=16231
Joomla is a web-based website management program and is installed on the webserver where you will be hosting the website itself.
Now, how do you get it there?
First of all, there are several ways to install Joomla, and many different server destinations, so there is no quick and simple answer to that question.
Let's take a look at some of the common Joomla installation options:
- Many webhosts offer "one-click" installation (well, it's more like three or four clicks) through "Fantastico" or some other similar "script installer." This is a great way to get a Joomla site up and running in just a few minutes. Here is a link to installing Joomla with Fantastico.
- Perhaps you want to install Joomla manually. If you have a level of comfort using FTP and can create a mySQL database through your hosting service control panel, then follow these directions in the Joomla installation manual.
- Are you using GoDaddy as your webhost? Here is a link to a long thread on the Joomla forum with some special help for installing Joomla on GoDaddy servers .
- Are you installing to a Windows based web-host? You may find this information helpful.
- If you run into problems, there is an entire area of the Joomla forum dedicated to installation problems . Do some searching there and you'll find some good tips.
- Do you want to install a copy of Joomla on your own computer? This can be handy for developing your site "offline" but there are some special challenges! You'll need to install an Apache web server on your computer as well as mySQL, but fortunately there are Joomla tools that will make it easier. You can try the Ravenswood Joomla server, the Joomla Stand Alone Server. And, here is a forum article with step-by-step instructions for setting up Joomla on xammp