Got a domain? Check. Got hosting? Done. Domain propagating? Yes. Then it's time to install Joomla.

Gone are the days of downloading Joomla files and uploading them to your host with FTP files transfer software. Now it's super easy to install Joomla using Softaculous. Watch this video tutorial to see how.

How to Install Joomla

  1. Go to C-Panel - yourdomain.com/cpanel.
    If you followed along with the previous tutorials your Namecheap domain and hosting are setup and connected. That means you can navigate in your browser to your domain name forward slash cpanel.
  2. Login. Go to your welcome guide email, find the cPanel access section and copy the username and password into your cPanel login.
    (You can update the look to the more modern paper lantern theme.)
  3. Clean up. First, let's go to the file manager and delete the parking page files.
    Go into public_html folder, select all, then delete.
  4. Go back to cPanel. Scroll down to the Softaculous Installer section and click Joomla.
  5. Click install.
  6. Edit the settings as follows:
    1. Leave the version as is - it's set to the latest release of Joomla.
    2. Choose either www or non-www. (If you're unsure, go with www.)
    3. If you have multiple domains, choose the correct domain.
    4. Leave the directory blank.
    5. Enter your site name and your site description
    6. Leave the sample data import setting to None.
    7. Create your website login username and password. (Note that logging into your website is different from logging into namecheap or cPanel.)
    8. And leave the email as it is.
    9. Looking at the advanced options you can leave these settings but if you ever have multiple websites on the same host, it's nice to have easy to recognise labels so I'll change the database name to brewven and the table prefix, leaving the underscore, to brew and turn backups on to once a week.
  7. Click install.

You can now:

  • go to your domain name and see your brand new Joomla website;
  • access your admin area by going to yourdomain.com/administrator;
  • login using the username and password you created during installation.

In the next couple of videos, we'll have a quick look at the files and database that makes your Joomla website what it is and after that we'll take a look at the admin area which is where the real work begins.