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2. Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running

2. Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running

Chapter 2. Installation: Getting Joomla Up and Running Joomla isn't just any ordinary software package that you can install on your own computer; it needs a web server to run on. If you are new to Joomla, installing a web application may seem daunting. And, let's be honest, running the installation procedure is probably the least exciting part of working with Joomla. However, if you just follow the required steps, it's pretty straightforward. It does take a little preparation, but if you have got everything ready, you can walk through Joomla's user-friendly setup wizard that takes most of the hassle out of the installation. In this chapter, you will install Joomla on a web server, allowing you or anyone else with Internet access to immediately see and visit your Joomla-powered site. Your site will be accessible via your own web address (URL), such as http://www.example.com. When you build and customize the site, you will access the site through your browser. Tip Don't fear the technical mumbo jumbo Joomla will make it really easy for you to build a state-of-the-art website—but installing the program will inevitably introduce you to some technical names and acronyms. Don't let this intimidate you. If you have never heard of PHP, MySQL, and the like, you may be tempted to call in your computer geek nephew to carry out the installation for you, allowing you to jump ahead to the fun and creative part—creating a beautiful site. But rest assured, you can pull this off yourself. It's like following directions to a destination in a city you are new to. If you keep to the instructions, you are certain to get there. Moreover, as you will do this more often, you will get to know the city map better and better. It will take you less and less time to get a new Joomla site up and running. In this chapter, you will learn about the following: What you need to install JoomlaHow to get Joomla up and runningWhat's in the box: what do you get when you install Joomla?Where to find further help if you get stuck So let's get started!

  

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