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Easy Steps to Install Joomla 1.5 Quickly (Local Installation)

Updated on June 15, 2011

Joomla is one of the best open source CMS (Content Management Systes) which enables anyone to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Building websites using Joomla is easy and fast. Using Joomla you can create website locally on your computer and finally upload it to your hosting space. That's all to build a Joomla website. This page explains the local installation of Joomla 1.5 of your computer.

Local Installation Requirements to Install Joomla 1.5

The popular open source CMS Joomla can be installed locally to your computer and then can easily uploaded to your hosting space. Installation Joomla to your computer is very simple and easy. Just download XAMPP and Joomla 1.5 from the following two links

Before going to the next paragraphs, just download XAMPP and Joomla 1.5 from the above two mentioned links. Because we need them to install Joomla 1.5.

Quick Steps to Install Joomla 1.5

Installing Joomla 1.5 is very easy and simple. Just follow the following steps and you can easily install Joomla 1.5 to your computer.

Step 1: XAMPP Installation

Actually we are learning quick and easiest way to install Joomla 1.5. For running Joomla, you must have to install PHP, MySQL, Apache. All these software installation needs some time and effort. You need to download and install them one by one which is really a time consuming task. But using XAMPP you can easily do all thing by simply finished installation of XAMPP.

So, we need to install XAMPP. To install it, just download XAMPP and then install it simply. Just download it from the download link and then install it step by step. After finished XAMPP installation, you have to install Joomla 1.5

Step 2: Unzipping Joomla 1.5 to XAMPP 's htdocs

  1. Extract the Joomla 1.5 installaion file which you download previously and rename it as Joomla after extraction is completed..
  2. The default installation location of XAMPP  on your computer is on C drive. Go to the location C:\xampp\htdocs
  3. Now, copy the extract folder (in step 1) and paste that folder into htdocs

Step 3: Running Apache and MySQL through XAMPP

  1. Double click on the shortcut of XAMPP Control Panel that and it will popped up to the right-bottom side of your monitor. (When you finished XAMPP installation, you will find a shortcut on your desktop XAMPP Control Panel. )
  2. Click on Start button of Apache to start and run Apache
  3. Click on Start button of Mysql to start and run Mysql

Note: You will see a Running when Apache and Mysql starts running.

Step 3: Opening Joomla 1.5 to Your Browser

Open any browser and write http://localhost/joomla to the address bar of the browser and hit Enter key of your computer keyboard. Throughout this tutorial, everything is done using Google Chrome Browser.

Step 4: Selecting Language for Joomla 1.5

After step 3, you will see a prompt to select language to install Joomla 1.5. Joomla 1.5 offers several languages to install Joomla 1.5. Just choose the language and click on Next button. We select English (US) and click on Next button.

Step 5: Pre-installation Checking

At this step, you will find the pre-installation check. If everything is properly working, there will be green Yes marked. Now, you have to click on Next button to proceed Joomla 1.5 installation.

Step 6: Agreeing Joomla 1.5 License Agreement

After step 5, you will find the Joomla 1.5 license agreement. You could find the details of Joomla 1.5 license agreement here. Again, click on Next button to continue your Joomla 1.5 installation. Actually clicking Next button means that you are agree Joomla terms and conditions.

Step 7: Configuration of Database for Joomla 1.5

You need to configure the database for completing Joomla installation. You have to put the information of hostname, username, password and database name. Generally, if you install Joomla through XAMPP then you just need to put hostname, username and database name. In this step, you have to do the following configuration:

  • Database Type: The type of Database. We are using mysql so select mysql form the drop down menu.
  • Host Name: Put the hostname. This is usually localhost or a host name provided by the hosting provider.
  • User Name: Just put the user name. This can be the default MySQL username root, a username provided by your hosting provider, or one that you created in setting up your database server.
  • Password: Using a password for the MySQL account is mandatory for site security. This is the same password used to access your database. This may be predefined by your hosting provider. Leave this field blank as we don't put any password during XAMPP installation. If you put any password, you have to give that password in this field. We dont put any information as there is no password.
  • Database Name: At last put a Database name as you like. You may put any name. For example, we put joomladb for our installation.

Step 8: FTP Configuration for Joomla 1.5

You can also configure FTP for your Joomla 1.5. If you like to configure it, just put the infomation. For our Joomla 1.5 installation, we do not configure any FTP account. Just go to Next button to proceed Joomal 1.5 installation

Step 9: Finishing Main Configuration

Here, you have to put several information to complete installation. The things which you need to configure are mentioned below:

  • Site Name: Put a name of yoru site. For example, we give the site name as My Joomla Site as the site name of our site.
  • Your Email: You have to put your email address. We put for our Joomla 1.5 installation.
  • Admin Password: Put the admin password.
  • Confirm admin password:Just re-typ the admin password.
  • Install Default Sample Data:This option creates several default Joomla data. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to enable this feature. Because you can learn easily see the effect when you learn several thing. Just click on that button and it will automatically install all the default sample data.

After doing all the above steps, click on Next button to complete Joomla 1.5 installation

Step 10: Deleting the Installation Folder

You have to be careful after finishing the above step. Please do not go further from this screen. Just go to the Joomla 1.5 installation directory. If you install XAMPP in your C drive of your harddisk, then just go to C:\xampp\htdocs\Joomla and there you will find a folder named as installation. Select that folder and delete that folder permanently. You must have delete that folder otherwise you can not complete the installation of Joomla 1.5

Step 11: Accessing to Admin Panel

After deleting the installation folder from your Joomla installed location, you are ready to go your Joomal control panel i.e. Joomla admin panel. Just click on the Admin button.

If you successfully completed all the above steps, a log in prompt will be appeared. From here you can access the admin panel of your Joomla site. Just put the Username and Password and click on Login button to access the control panel of admin.

Remember, for Joomla 1.5 the log in Username is always admin.

And that's all. By following the above steps, you can easily install Joomla 1.5. Hope, follwoing the above mentined steps, you are able to complete installation Joomla 1.5 locally to your computer. In the next tutorial, I will explain the details about installing Joomla 1.5 to your hosting space i.e. the real web server installation.

Furthermore, if you face any difficulties to install Joomla 1.5 then please mention that in the comment section. I will try to resolve the problem.

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      Gregory Sears 4 years ago from United States

      There are 11 step are representing to install joomla 1.5 in this blog but I have one confusion in STEP-5 how to do pre-installation checking?

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      ahsan 6 years ago

      great. just went through instructions and installed joomla 2.5

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      parfumerij 6 years ago


      I have done all these steps and joomla has been installed but there are many errors on the screen and then in the end joomla page is there and also i cant login into admin panel.

      Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::import() should not be called statically in C:\xampp\htdocs\myjoomla\libraries\joomla\import.php on line 29

      Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::register() should not be called statically in C:\xampp\htdocs\myjoomla\libraries\loader.php on line 71

      Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::import() should not be called statically in C:\xampp\htdocs\myjoomla\libraries\joomla\import.php on line 32

      Strict Standards: Non-static method JLoader::register() should not be called statically in C:\xampp\htdocs\myjoomla\libraries\loader.php on line 71

      How to resolve it?

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      ajay kumar 6 years ago

      thanks.........for such easy steps to follow

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      ABHIJIT 7 years ago


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      rancidTaste 7 years ago

      Dear tommyvicky, if the mysql is not running then you will get an error message. Would you please mention in details that whether there is any error message and if so would you please mention it. I will try to resolve your problem.

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      tommyvicky 7 years ago

      Hello sir, I am still having problem with mysql running.It is not running from the control panel and I think because of this issue , I cannot complete the installation of the joomla

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      waqas 7 years ago

      You are brilliant........

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      tejas 7 years ago

      thanks for wonderful explanation..i have successfully installed xampp & joomla.

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      This is very very useful explanation. I just made a mistake with my computer and am recovering from the shock. When I am over this, and brave enough, I will come and try this. I think I will soon need a webpage, but this planet is still dark for me and I am cautious to do things when I do not know what I am doing. When I know how to put the handle in the knife, I'll be back.

      Thank you for this info.

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      rancidTaste 7 years ago

      Would you please check whether mysql is running from the xampp. If not please run mysql from the xampp. I think the problem will be solved. If you face any other problem then plz tell me... I will try to help u to solve the problem

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      LensMan999 7 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      in Step 7: Configuration of Database for Joomla 1.5, An error has occurred.:

      Could not connect to the database. Connector returned number: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL

      How to solve it ?