How To Install Joomla on Ubuntu Server

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This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Joomla on an new released  Ubuntu 18.04 server.

In today’s Joomla is popular open source content management systems that powers hundreds of thousands of websites. It is written in PHP and packs a ton of features that can be extended with free and premium extensions and themes. With Joomla, you can easily create your personal website, social site or blog and modern eCommerce store.

Install Joomla on Ubuntu 18.04 server

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) server.

A Ubuntu 18.04 server is required. If you do not have installed, you must installed first. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Joomla on Ubuntu 18.04.

First thing to do is to go to Joomla’s download page and download the latest stable version of Joomla, At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.9.5:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Joomla.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. You should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB.

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Joomla. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Joomla installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Joomla.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘joomla.conf’ on your virtual server:

Add the following lines:

Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Step 6. Accessing Joomla.

Joomla will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/ or http://server-ip and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Have fun with Joomla!

You have successfully installed Joomla. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Joomla CMS (content management system) on Ubuntu 18.04 systems.

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