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Where To Install Joomla?


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Here's my challenge:

 

I have to rework or rebuild a new website being moved to TCH. When the old files were uploaded, the internal referencing system (whatever it is-am not sure) quit working. The files are a conglomeration of php with nested javascript. I have no idea what was used to build this site initially, but suspect it was Dreamweaver because of _notes subdirectories with dwsyn.html files. Since it was built, another person worked with it and placed their own proprietary traffic tracking script in it.

 

This is the thing - the info in the old pages is old and needs to be updated and revised to a large degree anyway, plus it could stand a newer look. It would be NICE to be able to rework the current pages by importing it into a CMS software. I don't have, nor want, dreamweaver. If anyone has any suggestions on the CMS software to look at that may do this, please speak up.

 

I am, however, resolved to probably having to build a new structure from scratch, using a lot of cut and paste for the content. I am seriously considering Joomla, though I've never used this or any other CMS software. Up to now, I have just created quick hacks of html using Frontpage, then cleaning it up and pasting it where I need it, and have been maintaining and tweeking my Zencart for 3 years now. Which is why I want to be brave and go to something a little more sophisticated than a basic HTML system.

 

Questions: If you've used it as an almost-newbie to CMS, do you like it? When I install it on our website, should I try to install it in the root directory, or would it be okay to create its own subdirectory (Joomla) for it to reside? If I put it in the subdirectory, can I still place the created web pages under the root, or is it like zencart and it all starts at the subdirectory? I would like the main home page of the website to open immediately on arrival at the domain name, not have to put in a front door html page to be clicked or that redirects.

 

Thanks very much for all help!

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If you are going to install Joomla with Fantastico it will only allow you to install into a folder within your root folder. Once you've done that and have built up the pages the way you want them you can download a home backup of your site and extract it. Zip up the content of the Joomla installed folder and extract it in your root folder. Then a few changes to set the paths and you should be good to go.

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If you are going to install Joomla with Fantastico it will only allow you to install into a folder within your root folder. Once you've done that and have built up the pages the way you want them you can download a home backup of your site and extract it. Zip up the content of the Joomla installed folder and extract it in your root folder. Then a few changes to set the paths and you should be good to go.

Bruce, Thanks! That's pretty straight forward, I think. I've done similar with the zencart a few times, so it's just a matter of adjusting the config paths to the database, etc. Yay! Something I can understand. I've been looking at all of the fantastico offerings for this, and reading about them and my brain is fuzzy and tired. I just wanted something a little easier to work with and it gets almost more complicated trying to decide which one.

 

Yo answered excactly what I needed to know! Many thanks, kind person.

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I don´t know if I have missunderstood Bruce´s reply but Joomla can be installed directly in public_html/root and not only within a directory/folder in public_html/root. When you install Joomla through Fantastico it will ask you where you want it installed, leave that field empty and it will install in public_html/root.

 

However by installing Joomla in its own folder with public_html/root you can modify it as much as you want before going live with the site (ie visitors only typing your-tch-domain.ext will not see it).

After that, then you can do as Bruce says and visitors will see your Joomla installation directly by typing your-tch-domain.ext and not something like your-tch-domain.ext/joomla.

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