How to Manually Install Joomla Using cPanel

    Posted in Joomla Hosting, Whm/Cpanel on May 30, 2018


    One of our students was having trouble installing Joomla in cPanel, so we created this tutorial for him.

    This tutorial will cover setting up the database, the files, and the configuration of the Joomla install.


    Step #1. Log into cPanel

    • Go to
    • Log in with the username and password. Hosting companies usually send an email with this info when you first sign up with them.


    Step #2. Set up the database


    • Click on the "MySQL Databases" icon
    • Create a new database:


    • Scroll down and create a new database user. Use the password generator for a good secure password. Save this password in a secure place. We'll use it for an upcoming step.

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    • Assign the database user to the database:


    • And give it all privileges:


    • Go back to the cPanel home page

    Step #3. Set up the files


    • In cPanel, access File Manager


    • Access the public_html folder and click the Upload button.
    • Or if needed, access a sub folder of the public_html folder if you're setting up a test site and/or if another site is in the public_html folder.


    • Upload the Joomla package that you downloaded previously:


    • Select the package, then Extract it.


    Step #4. Install Joomla

    • Visit the domain of the website. If you upload the files to a subfolder, add the subfolder name to the end of the domain.
    • You'll see the Joomla installation script open.
    • Fill in the fields, then click Next.


    • Fill in the database user and user password that you created in step 1 of this tutorial.
    • Fill in the database name as well.
    • For both of the above, be sure to copy the full name (including the account prefix - i.e. the part before the underscore).
    • The rest of the fields can be left at their defaults. If a connection can't be made, ask your web host if any of these should be changed. In most cases, the default will work well though.
    • Click Next when ready.


    • It's usually best to not install sample data.
    • Click Install when ready.


    • Congrats, you've just installed Joomla!
    • If you're setting up a multi-lingual site, use the "Extra steps: install languages" feature.
    • Finally, use the "Remove installation folder" feature when done.


    • That's all there is to it!

    • Now you can access your site at your domain. You can access the admin area at