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Installing Joomla in cPanel

Updated on September 28, 2010
Joomla Logo
Joomla Logo

Joomla Content Management System

Joomla is a CMS used to create web pages and powerful internet applications. Joomla is recognized for its extensibility and user friendly design. It is the most well-known software for web sites that is freely accessible to everyone.

The Joomal Content Management System is a software that stores all the content on your internet site. Photographs, video, music, documents, and text are some of the items which fall under the definition of content. The main advantage of a content management system is that almost anyone can use it. Technocal skills are not required because the content management system manages all of your content for you.

Joomla is used to manage corporate websites and portals, corporate extranets and intranets, online publications, newspapers and magazines, internet reservations and e-commerce, government applications, small business pages, organizational and non-profit websites, community portals, church and school websites, and personal homepages. Some companies that use Joomla to manage their home pages include MTV Networks Quizilla, IHOP, Harvard University, Citibank, The Green Maven, Outdoor Photographer,, and Senso Interiors.

The basic framework of Joomla allows developers to build additional features for organizations and companies who have more sophisticated requirements. Tools for data reporting, systems for inventory control, application bridges, product catalogues, e-commerce systems, complicated business directories, reservation systems, and communication tools can be created easily and quickly. Because Joomla relies on PHP and MySQL, the applications build on this platform can be used, shared, and supported by anyone.

It is estimated that more than one million websites now use Joomla to manage their content. If you wish to download Joomla, simply visit the Joomla home page and begin the simple installation process. The Joomla website also offers customer support and additional information about Joomla extensions and other features.

Joomla 1.0 vs 1.5
Joomla 1.0 vs 1.5

Joomla 1.0 or Joomla 1.5?

There are two stable versions of Joomla. Both has their advantages and disadvantages. Both versions are ready to be installed through cPanel.

Joomla 1.0

Joomla 1.0 is the first stable Joomla version. Thousand of sites still use this version.


  • Light weight, stable and relative secure
  • There are many free great templates available
  • There are many free 3rd party plugins available
  • Not officially supported anymore
  • Less coding friendly

If you already install this version and don't want to migrate to new version, you can stick with this version.

Joomla 1.5

Joomla 1.5 is the latest stable Joomla version and still gaining popularity. It's second generation with object oriented and MVC approach. Fully support by Joomla developer.


  • Fully support, stable, and secure
  • Better programming approach, better usability, scalability and flexibility
  • Many templates available
  • Many 3rd party plugins available, and support legacy plugins also
  • Take up more space and resources than the predecessor
  • Predecessor templates and plugins may not working
  • Upgrading from Joomla 1.0 to Joomla 1.5 may be painful

This is the latest and fully support version. If you are setup new site it's better to use this version.

Step by Step Installation

Now we know the different between Joomla versions. They have their own superiority. But Joomla 1.5 is current stable release, so It's better to install this version.

Before you start installing, your hosting should support below requirements :

  • cPanel. cPanel is popular hosting management, with user friendly graphical interface, and automation tools. Almost all web hosting supports this control panel.
  • Fantastico. Fantastico is script auto installer addon. It contains script library and automates the installation. Almost cPanel hosting supports this Fantastico addon.

Ask your web hosting company whether they have this features or not.

cPanel Screenshot
cPanel Screenshot

Step 1: Login to your cPanel control panel

First, you need to login to your cPanel account. Usually cPanel can be accessed from below URL, but it's depend on your web hosting configurations:




Fantastico De Luxe Button
Fantastico De Luxe Button

Step 2: Open Fantastico Installer

After you log on in cPanel, then click 'Fantastico De Luxe' button. Usually this button placed under Software / Services box.

Then Fantastico installer interface will appear.

Joomla 1.5 Link
Joomla 1.5 Link

Step 3: Open Joomla 1.5 Installer

After Fanstico interface appears, there will two Joomla links under 'Content Management' category. 'Joomla 1.5' link is used to install version 1.5. 'Joomla' link is used to install legacy Joomla 1.0 version. We have discussed this two versions in above paragraphs.

Because we want to install version 1.5, then choose 'Joomla 1.5' link from the left menu.Then the Joomla 1.5 installer will appear.


New Installation of Joomla
New Installation of Joomla

Step 4: Installing Joomla

After Joomla installer appears, click 'New Installation' link. Joomla needs about 27 MB space. Check whether disk space is still available for this installation.

Then the next installer step page will appear.

Step 1 of 3
Step 1 of 3

Step 5: Install Joomla 1.5 (1/3)

It is the step 1 of 3 steps in Joomla Fantastico installer. In here you need to fill some configurations.

  1. Install on domain. Choose domain name that Joomla will be installed. If your domain doesn't exist, you should add the domain from cPanel domain management.
  2. Install in directory. This is the directory where Joomla will be copied. Leave blank if you want to be accessed from root directory (e.g: accessed from Type directory name if you want Joomla to be accessed from domain name (e.g: accessed from
  3. Admin username. Fill the admin username with your easily to remember username. Don't use common username like admin, administrator, or root.
  4. Admin password. Fill with your easily to remember password but hard to be guessed. Don't use birthday date, name, or common word.
  5. Admin e-mail. Fill with your e-mail. Joomla related e-mail will be sent to this e-mail.
  6. Admin full name. Fill with your full name.
  7. Site name. Fill with title of your site.
  8. Install sample data. Tick if you want to install some dummy/example data.

Click install button to go to next step.

Confirmation Page
Confirmation Page

Step 6: Install Joomla 1.5 (2/3)

After you click install button, confirmation page will appear. In this step, basic information of this installation will be shown.

If the information is right, you can go to next step by click 'Finish Installation' button.

Final Step
Final Step

Step 7: Install Joomla 1.5 (3/3)

This is the final step. In this step, Fantastico will install Joomla automatically based on configurations that you have entered before.

If this step success, the report will appear. In this report you will see:

  • where your Joomla installed
  • your admin username and password
  • admin URL

You can save this page for future use. You can send the detail information to your e-mail also.

Video: Installing Joomla 1.5 in Fantastico De Luxe


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    • sharingknowledge profile image

      SHAR NOR 4 years ago from Miami, FL

      Thank you for sharing. I like Joomla and go by Joomla.

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      Harshree 5 years ago from India

      A very easy-to-understand and detailed explanation. Thank you so much for writing this. I am gonna bookmark this.

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      learnjoomla 5 years ago from Calicut, Kerala, India

      To be frank, The system of Installing from Fentastico or softaculus is not advised by me... I advise to install Manually.

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      Sumith Harshan 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for your guide.installation directory path is incorrect of my installation.But now that is corrected.thanks!