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How To Install Joomla 2.5

Time to state the obvious, to install Joomla 2.5 you will need a website to install it to. Most of you will likely already have a website but for those of you who haven’t purchased your own website yet check out my Tutorial at “How To Get Your Own Website”, getting your own website is very affordable.


Usually I recommend using Fantastico to install web applications like Joomla 2.5 to your website. However lately Fantastico has been falling behind and don’t offer the latest versions of a few different apps, including Joomla 2.5.

Never fear QuickInstall is here, QuickInstall is basically the same product as Fantastico with the only difference being that QuickInstall has been keeping all their apps up to date.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with QuickInstall or Fantastico they are what’s called script installers. Put simply they automatically install different web apps (like Joomla 2.5) to you website, QuickInstall/Fantastico take care of all the configuration for you.

This tutorial is going to show you exactly how to install Joomla 2.5 the easy way, using QuickInstall. Not every hosting company will supply you with access to QuickInstall however if you have gone with my favourite hosting company, Hostgator, you will have it and you can follow this tutorial exactly.

If you find you don’t have access to QuickInstall you can use another one of my tutorials “How To Install Joomla 2.5 Manually”, this should work for everyone.

How To Install Joomla 2.5 Video Tutorial:

Video Tutorial Coming Soon

Requirements :

To install Joomla 2.5 and follow this guide you will require the following;

  • A Website to install Joomla 2.5 onto (How To Get Your Own Website)
  • Your Website will need cPanel and QuickInstall (most do, including Hostgator)
  • The excitement of creating a Joomla 2.5 Website

Step By Step Guide:

Now as usual I will have a full step by step guide including images the whole way, although you may find it easier to just watch the video above.

Step 1) Let’s start by going to the website you want to install Joomla 2.5 onto and login to your cPanel account. You can do this by adding “/cpanel” to the end of your website address, without the “” of course. (If you have trouble logging into cPanel for your website here is a tutorial to help “How To Login To CPanel”)


Step2) You should now be on your cPanel front page, simply scroll down to the “software/services” section and then select the “QuickInstall” icon.


Step 3) This will place you on the QuickInstall front page, now to install Joomla 2.5 select “Joomla 2.5” from the column on the left, it will be under the “CMS Software” heading.


Step 4) Now in the middle of the page click the “Continue” button for Joomla 2.5.


Step 5) Now you need to enter a few details for this Joomla 2.5 installation. The first box “Application URL” is where you would like to install Joomla 2.5 to. If you want this to be installed straight to then leave this box blank. Otherwise enter in the directory you want Joomla 2.5 to be installed too. For example if you want to install it to you would enter “joomla” into the box.


Step 6) Now fill in your email address into the “Admin email” box, use your address here as you will be emailed a password to login to the admin section of Joomla 2.5. Next type in the name of your website in the Site Name box. As for the “Sample content” this is optional, if you are completely new to Joomla 2.5 then installing the sample data can help you see how content is entered on the administration side. If you simply want a blank site to start adding your own content to then don’t install the sample data.


Step 7) Click “Install Now”. You will see a progress bar, wait until that is finished and you will see a “Congratulations” message. You have successfully installed Joomla 2.5 to your website.


Additional Information:

Installing Joomla 2.5 is only the start, you now need to learn how to use it, luckily I have tutorials helping you with just this. To start with you should move onto the tutorial that shows you how to login to joomla 2.5. Other Joomla 2.5 tutorials can be found on the menu to the left, this menu will show whenever you are on a Joomla 2.5 page within my website.