Joomla is a powerful content management system. It is not only used for building simple website and blogs, but it is used for building high quality e-commerce and membership sites also.
Installing any CMS offline has a good advantage of testing and then implementing it online. So here is a detailed tutorial which will help you to learn how to install Joomla offline on your local computer.
- Latest version of Joomla
- XAMPP, WAMP or any other software containing Apache webserver, Php, MySql
Steps: How to Install Joomla on a Local Computer
Before we proceed to install Joomla offline you need to have XAMPP or WAMP installed on your computer. If you haven’t installed then do follow the below tutorials to install and head over to this page again.
How to Install and Use XAMPP
How to Install and Use WAMP
Either WAMP or XAMPP is recommended, but not both.
Download the latest version of Joomla. Once downloaded you will have a compressed file. By default all the files and folders will be compressed and no separate folder will be created. So create folder and then extract.
I have Created folder and named it Joomla. You can name it as you want and then extract all the files and folders to it.
1. Copy the extracted Joomla folder and paste it in htdocs folder if you are using XAMPP and in “WWW” folder if you are using WAMP.
2. Now rename the Joomla folder to the name you would like to give for your site. Here i would like my site to be called as demosite. So, i will rename it to demosite.
3. We should create a database to install Joomla. Goto localhost/phpmyadmin/ and login. Now we should create a database name.
I Would like to name it as demosite_db. You can name it anything you like. Do not change any setting in it. After you are done click on continue.
4. If there is no other database with the same name then you will see this message “Database created successfully”.
5. We are done with creating all the necessary settings required to install Joomla. Now it’s time to install Joomla offline.
Type localhost/demosite/ in your browser’s address bar where demosite is the name of the folder which we renamed from Joomla to demosite (step 2). If you have given a different name then include that name in the url.
First step is to select you preferred language. Select the language you are comfortable with and click next to continue.
6. The next step is “pre installation check”. It checks whether everything is fine or not. If everything in the first box is marked as “yes” then click on “next” to continue. If not then you have to make some changes to the ini file. If you come across any problem, you can take the help of Google.
7. Click on “next” after you complete reading the “license”.
8. This is an important step in installing Joomla. If you are following everything according to this tutorial, then make sure you fill all the details according to the screenshot. Other wise read the explanation and fill it accordingly.
Host-name: Leave it as localhost
Name: It is the phpMyAdmin username. It will be root by default.
Password: It is the phpMyAdmin password. It is root by default.
If you are using WAMP the phpMyAdmin username and password may differ. So read the WAMP documentation.
Database name: It is the name which we created in phpMyAdmin. In this tutorial i created it as demosite_db.
9. In the “FTP configuration” step leave everything as it is. Do not make any changes as we won’t be using any FTP to transfer files. Just click on “Next” continue.
10. In this step you should type the site information and choose the admin username and password. Make sure you click on “Install Sample Data”. If you do not click on install sample data then you will find the final site to be simple without any data on it. You should then add the content to test the site. Click “Next” to continue if you feel everything is correct.
11. The final step is to delete the “installation” folder. Click on “Delete the installation folder” to delete it. Once deleted you can login to the admin control panel.
If you are using any older version of Joomla then you should manually delete the installation folder.
You have now successfully learn’t how to install Joomla offline on your local computer. You can now test and see how powerful is Joomla. Just play around with it to know more. Also, stay tuned for other tutorials on Joomla.
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