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How to Create Your Own Joomla Website?

A person does really need his or her own website today. Celebrities cannot be without a website. There are a number of uses of a website out there, for small business, for making money online, or for showcasing your talent. Some people want to build their own web applications and get users to sign up for them. Some users want to create online resumes so that they can hunt for jobs. Hence, creating a website has its own use.

There are a number of different web-based content management systems that can help you create your own website, and some of them include WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. Joomla is a content management system with which you can create a small business website with all the features you need from it. It is a complete package and it is available for download for free.

A free content management system with powerful features is difficult to come by. This is the reason Joomla is so popular. Let’s check out the various steps with which you can create your own Joomla website.

Step 1. As a first step, download Joomla, the latest edition. Joomla is available as a free software under GNU/GPL v2.0 license. It is available from Joomla official website, joomla.org. The package is available in ZIP format. Hence you should be able to view the files using WinZIP or WinRAR.

Step 2. You need an FTP client like FileZilla. You can use this to upload the files to the web hosting directory. After downloading Joomla package, unzip it and then upload it.

Step 3. As the third step, go to the file named ‘configuration.php’ and set the permission value to 666.

Step 4. Select your appropriate language. You can go to the Joomla installed directory and set the language options.

Step 5. Do the pre-installation check. This step checks your PHP version, XML support, MySQL support, etc. If you find anything to be listed as ‘NO’, Joomla will give you the steps to rectify the issue. One of the issues that usually comes up is that the configuration.php file is not writeable. In oder to rectify this issue, you can create an empty text file and save it with the name ‘configuration.php’. Save the file into the ‘joomla_root’ directory.

Step 6. After the check, if the installation is fine, Joomla will give you the License that you can review and accept.

Step 7. Enter the details of your database. You should know the details of the database you use to install Joomla. This is usually a MySQL database, with its own name, username, password, etc. Find out the details from your web host if you don’t know them.

Step 8. In order to upload files into your Joomla website, you may need to enable and configure FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Generally on Windows computers, you may not need this step.

Step 9. Under configuration menu, you can put in the name for your site, administrator email address and password, after this, click on ‘Install Sample Data’ button.

Step 10. Now, you can delete the ‘installation’ directory. You may be asked to copy the configuration.php file to the Joomla directory. Do it if asked.

Your installation should be finished now. As you can see, Joomla installation is pretty straightforward. Your web hosting platform may provide you with an automated installation.

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