Joomla! 2.5 Tutorial – Step 2: Installation

Now that we’ve set up MAMP (or its equivalent), and the Joomla! 2.5 installation files placed in the ‘htdocs’ folder of the MAMP application files, it’s time to create databases and install Joomla! on the local server simulation.

Again, I’m working on a Mac, so if you’re working on a Windows or Linux operating system you’ll have to adapt a little bit.  However, the most important thing to do on a non-Mac system is to locate the place where your programs/applications are installed (i.e., Program Files on Windows).  At this point I am going to stop reminding you  in my tutorials that MAMP has Windows and Linux counterparts, but you can always find links at the bottom of the post to help you find the right software for your operating system.  Now back to the tutorial.

MAMP and MAMP start page

MAMP and MAMP start page (click to enlarge)

Start up MAMP.  Now, when you installed MAMP you also installed a trial version of MAMP Pro.  Ignore MAMP Pro for now, you don’t need it for this tutorial.  Once MAMP is started, it should automatically start the Apache and SQL servers.  As soon as they’re ready, your default web browser should automatically open the MAMP start page (please inspect the image on the right).  Here’s what’s important on this startup page:

  • The URL bar (top of screen – notice that it is not http://anything – it’s localhost:8888/whatever)
  • Link to phpMyAdmin (top navigation bar, below URL)
  • MAMP, the application, open with two green dots indicating that Apache and SQL are working
  • MySQL connection parameters (host, port, username, password) – we’ll need these in a bit Continue reading