How to install Joomla at Rochen

Rochen is the host of the main Joomla website and you can host your site with them also. This guide will walk you through installing Joomla and will give you a much better understanding of how the web technologies work together.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: November 10, 2009 | Updated: June 11, 2013

3 popular methods for installing Joomla at Rochen:

  1. Standard Joomla Installer (Default built-in installer, this page)
  2. Joomla Utilities (Rochen's custom one-click installer)
  3. Fantastico (cPanel one-click installer)

Standard Install -- The method uses Joomla's built-in install tools. First the files are uploaded and extracted on the server. Then the default Joomla installer is used to complete the installation. Read on to learn more about this method.

Rochen's custom Joomla Utilities -- Rochen has created a suite of Joomla tools to make installation easier. Rochen keeps their tools up to date unlike Fantastico which can be more than a month behind the latest version. If you are trying to decide between Rochen's Joomla Utilities or Fantastico, use Rochen for a Joomla install. Read our full install Joomla using Rochen's Joomla Utilities guide.

Fantastico -- This method uses a cPanel one-click installer to make installation automatic and easy. This method is great for those who only know the basics about Joomla. Read our full guide on installing Joomla using Fantastico.

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Watch the Video or follow the steps below

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Before you begin, you will need:

  • Rochen Account (Sign up)
  • cPanel Username & Password
  • DNS configured (Domain name pointed to Rochen Server)

Step 1: Download Joomla

  1. Download the Joomla install 'full package' (.zip) The package is available here:

*Note at the time of this documents creation Joomla 1.7 is the current version. However, it's recommended to download the latest version.

Step 2: Login to Rochen Control Panel

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your cPanel Username, Password and click 'LOGIN'

Step 3: Launch 'File Manager'

  1. Click 'File Manager' found under the "Files" section.
  2. Select 'Web Root' and click 'Go' in the dialogue box that appears after you click on 'File Manager'. By default the web root puts you into the public_html folder. This is where we are installing Joomla.

Step 4: upload Joomla Package

  1. Verify you are in the 'public_html' folder (This is the top level folder).
  2. Click Upload. In the upload window, click 'Choose File' or 'Browse'. Select the Joomla Install Package (The '.ZIP' Joomla package) that was downloaded from, and click 'Open' (This is a separate window that is not pictured).
  3. Highlight uploaded Joomla Package (back in the File Manager after using the upload window).
  4. Click ‘Extract’ (There should not be ANY files EXCEPT the ‘cgi bin’ folder in the directory you install to. Extra files could mess up Joomla).

*Optional - You can also upload the .Zip of Joomla already extracted via FTP. We recommend Filezilla FTP client software for this.

Step 5: Database Creation

  1. Click on ‘MySQL Databases’ after scrolling down to the "Databases" section in the Rochen control panel.

Step 6: Create MySQL Database and User

  1. Create a New Database by entering 6-7 (Where we have x’s in the example) characters where it says ‘New Database: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX’ (For our database is called ‘frame_JOOMLA’), then click ‘Create Database’.
  2. Create a New User by entering 6-7 characters where it says ‘Username: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX’ (For our username is ‘frame_JOOMLAUSER'), create a strong password, then click ‘Create User’.
  3. Add the USER to the DATABASE by selecting ‘User: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX’ to ‘Database: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX’ (For it is ‘User: frame_JOOMLAUSER’ to ‘Database: frame_JOOMLA’) and click ‘Add’.
  4. Check ‘All Privileges’ and click, ‘Make Changes’ (Not Pictured).

*Note Keep this information close. We will need it in a few minutes.

Step 7: Start the Joomla Install

  1. Visit (For us it is to start the web-installation.
  2. Choose the preferred language.
  3. Click 'Next'.

Step 8: Joomla 'Pre-Installation Check'

  1. Joomla Performs a pre-installation check. All areas need to say, ‘Yes’ in green. If any of these settings say 'No' in red, consult’s help section for more information.
  2. 'Recommended Settings' are not required to be green, but they are recommended for a reason. It is best if they are all green.
  3. Click ‘Next’.

Step 9: Joomla 'License'

  1. Read and agree to Joomla's GNU Public License.
  2. Click ‘Next’.

Step 10: Joomla 'Database Configuration'

  1. MySQLi (Most common. It should work for you.)
  2. Host Name: localhost (Joomla defaults to this)
  3. Username: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX (Ours is frame_JOOMLAUSER)
  4. Password: YOURPASSWORD
  5. Database Name: YOURUNIQUEID_XXXX (Ours is frame_JOOMLA) *Note - Skip over ‘Table Prefix’ and/or ‘Old Database Process’ unless you know what you're doing. As of Joomla 1.7 'Table Prefix' is randomly generated per installation of Joomla for security reasons.
  6. Click ‘Next’.

Step 11: Joomla 'FTP Config' (Skip)

  1. Don't touch this section unless you know what to do (Refer to for more information).
  2. Click ‘Next’.

Step 12: Joomla 'Main Configuration'

  1. Enter the desired website name into ‘Site Name’ (Ours is Dropline Menu).
  2. Enter the email you plan to use with Joomla.
  3. Enter preferred Joomla login information.
  4. Choose if you want Sample Data. *Note Sample Data is good for new Joomla users. It populates Joomla with sample articles, menu items and modules. If you're an experienced Joomla user, the sample data is not necessary and can be irritating.
  5. Click ‘Next

Step 13: Joomla 'Finish'

  1. Make sure to click ‘Remove Installation Folder’.
  2. Visit your site to see the installation
  3. Login to Joomla to start building your website (http://YOURDOMAIN.COM/administrator). Congratulations! You are ready to start using Joomla to develop your website! Just have your login information handy and you are set.

Step 14: Visit Your New Joomla Site

  1. Visit the "Frontend" of the site to make sure it is working properly. Go to YOURDOMAIN.COM ours was DROPLINEMENU.COM. Your website should look similar to the image above.
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Steven Johnson

Steven is a Joomla web developer and worked with Joomla since the Mambo days. He has built websites for startup businesses all the way to for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, he now happily spends his time building websites and reviewing all types of technology.