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Installation of Joomla from start to finish


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Latest Stable English version: MamboV4.5.2.3-stable.tar.gz [1.5 MB] [87 kB]

Official MAMBO installation manual (in English)

Page de téléchargement [2.4 MB]

Download page [2.5 MB]


Help page

Les guides en français (pour Mambo 4.5.3, équivalent à Joomla v1.0.3)



Extraction du fichier téléchargé dans le répertoire de développement.

En français, en anglais.


Dreamweaver, will then allow me to upload everything to the web site itself in the appropriate directories (about 12 MB). Both packages at the same time (it means it took a rather long time over my ADSL link, but it only happens once).


Ready to start the configuration through the browser interface (what they call the easy way).


Ready to start the configuration through the browser interface (what they call the easy way). This is Pre-installation check, and I see the first installation screen.

Since the configuration file is announced as Unwriteable, I put an empty configuration.php file in the root directory of the installation. Then, I go to the server using Putty (a nice little freeware SSH client for Windows). I go and order the empty configuration.php file to be fully writeable (chmod +rw configuration.php).

I also had to change the access writes to several directories.

I go to License, where I accept the terms and conditions and jump to Step 1.

I answer the easy configuration questions with information provided by my web host. Since I will be running two Joomla at the same time, I modified the prefix of the tables for each configuration (jfr_ for French installation and jen_ for English part). This way, they will be independent and will not mix on with the other.

The installation immediately checks the validity of the information provided, so typos can easily be corrected.

The site name is given in Step 2. Some additional technical information is provide in Step 3 including the email address and password for the Administrator.

In Step 4, I receive the complete contents of the configuration file that I will just have to copy into the file by myself. And I am reminded to remove the installation directory (nobody really wants to see the web site reconfigured by the next passing guy).

I upload the configuration files, remove the installation directories and can start browsing the two newly created web sites.


Actually, browsing the web site is impossible, and you have to start by the administration side in order to finish some configuration.

In the global configuration

When I try to check the web site, I have a nice view to a default presentation using the data I entered and some pretty simple template (that I will have to modify, of course).


Latest news:

  • Two lawsuits (one class action) are started against Sony BMG in the US for this.
  • A Trojan horse (Stinx-E) was just spotted exploiting the presence of the Sony rootkit to propagate itself.
  • Finally, Sony published a patch that actually removes the rootkit, but it is as difficult as ever to find it on the Sony web site and it leaves your PC unable to read the mere music CD you just bought.

Sections, content, authors


I start creating a few sections and my first articles to fill in the page (even if some fake news are already provided by the installation).

Il y a des sections (Actualités, Flashes, FAQ, etc.) qui découpent en très grands domaines les informations du site. I chose to close (unpublished) the FAQ section.

Then, I started creating a few categories corresponding to my current categories of information. This allows to start inserting new articles quite easily. Actually, categories are so easy to create that it's not worth creating too many from the beginning.




Of course, I had to migrate the existing DreamWeaver templates I use to organize my site to the Joomla templates. No problem. Even if the things is slightly different, it is a very simple task. Everything is based upon a PHP file (essentially a nearly HTML file with a few additions of Joomla-specific code where you want to add menus of parts).

The longest part is clearly to define the CSS style sheet because there are so many different styles to create and parameter. It does not mean it's difficult, but it's some real work. Things are made easier by the presence of the HTML and CSS editors in the administrator part of Joomla.

By the way, doing this, I found a bug in my traditional web site construction. I optimized the DreamWeaver templates and modified the background image for faster loads.


I now have a template that works for most parts. Displays correctly the main body, most menus, the buttons, the polls.


Sony really must love its customers!


And some analysts are still wondering why the CD sales are only growing slowly (don't worry too much about the financial health of Sony BMG and other majors. The sales keep growing - albeit slowly - and the music industry shouts only when sales slow down in a local market of for a few months).

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Latest update: 30-oct-08