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					  The Beginners Guide to creating a local server on your PC to test and "play"
                                with Joomla!!
If you are unfamiliar with how a server works then take a few minutes to read this short

Now to start:

Create a folder on your hard drive or external hard drive if that's where you normally store data
named say "Joomla". In this guide we will use Wamp software. There are others available but I
personally prefer Wamp!

Download the following and save to this folder.

The earlier version of Joomla from here: (That is for version 1.7.3.)

The brand new Version 2.5 released on 24/01/2012 is here:

The following Guide is good for Version 2.5!

The latest version of Wamp from here: If you have Windows 7
or Vista make sure you choose the right version of Wamp either 32 or 64 bit.

Now to Create a localserver.

Locate the Wamp exe file that you downloaded and double click. Follow the install on screen
instructions and install direct to your "C" drive, not to a programs folder.
*When installed you will see a desktop icon. Double click this and the servers will start. You will see
a small icon in your taskbar that starts off in Red then turns Orange then Green. When it is green the
servers will be running. Remember once you have Joomla up and running you will need to start the
servers in this way every time you want to use Joomla.

Install Joomla.

Navigate to C:\wamp\www

Creat a new folder in the www directory and name it "test"

Now Locate the Joomla ZIP file that you downloaded earlier and extract that directly to the
www/test folder in the Wamp directory. (To extract just right click on the file and choose "Extract
files" in Windows 7 or in XP "Extract All")
Now if you open the www/test folder you should see a number of folders starting with
"administrator" and looking like this:

and more.....

Now we come to the interesting part:

Go back to the "Create a local Server" part above and start the servers, see*

When the taskbar icon turns green, open your internet browser. Delete what is in the address bar
and copy and paste or type this into the address bar http://localhost/test and press Enter!

You should be presented with this:

Check to make sure your language is selected and press the Next button (at top right)

Now you should get this:

If all the answers in the top section are green as here then press Next.

You should be presented with this:

You "should" read all the Terms of Licence, then press Next

You should be presented with this:

Choose MySQL from the drop down box at the top and fill in the details exactly as shown in the next
image. This is most important and is the usual place for things to go wrong.

Double check the setting you have filled in and when sure they are correct (it is right to leave the
password box EMPTY) press Next.

You should be presented with this:

Skip this window and just press Next.

You should be presented with this:

Complete the details as shown in the following image. I suggest using "1234" as the password but if
you use something else make sure you remember it (it is case sensitive) You will need this password
to login to the admin eventually). Fill in your normal email address! Click the "install Sample Data"
box (ringed in red). Let that finish until that box reads "Sample data installed successfully" and press

You should be presented with this:

If all looks correct then Just press Next

Read the red notice and click the "Remove Installation folder" (Very important!)

Then press Next.

You should be presented with this:

Make sure the box confirms that the installation folder has been removed and click the "Site"
button at the top

That should open your Joomla site with all the Sample Data for you to read, inwardly digest.

To open the "Backend" admin area, in your address bar enter "localhost/test/administrator"
without the quotes and press Enter and then fill in the login details with

User Name: admin

Password: 1234 (or the password you chose earlier)

That's it for now - You have started with Joomla.

More guides coming later including:

 Guide2. Setting up a second Joomla site on your local server without the Sample Data so you can
start creating your own site.

Guide3. Setting up a new site on a host server.

Guide4. Transferring your local site to a host server.

John Mitchell

January 2012


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