Joomla Set Up

Point your domain to the server

The first step in setting up both VPS and Dedicated servers running Joomla is to create an A-record at your domain registrar to point your domain to the server.

We can’t set up your free SSL certificate until this process is completed.

Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for a domain to propagate throughout the internet to a server, although it usually happens much sooner.

Obtain your server’s details

1. After successful payment is approved, your server will be set up within 2 minutes.

2. Login to My HostJane. In the Dashboard under Services, look for the Joomla server you have provisioned.

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If you cannot see the Joomla server or the server is not active, please open a ticket.

3. Click Manage next to the Joomla server item. You will be transferred to the server’s dashboard.

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4. Go to the Statistics area to find your server’s IP address and password. Follow the instructions to complete your Joomla installation.

Sample screenshot of the Application Information.

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Copy and paste the installer link into a fresh browser window. The installer address will look something like this, but will have your server’s IP address:

https://[Your_Server’s_IP]/installation/

Replace Your Server’s IP with your Joomla server’s IP as found in Statistics

For example:

https://123.456.789.1/installation/

The Joomla database is automatically set up by HostJane on your server. The user/password credentials to your Joomla MySQL or MariaDB database can also be found at Statistics.

For your security we don’t send this by email. You you need to login to your secure SSL-encrypted My HostJane account to review the credentials.

Accessing the Joomla Installer

5. After copying the installer link into a new browser window, you will see a HTTPS warning.

As explained on the order page, your server comes with a self-signed SSL certificate. This means that you can access your Joomla installation by HTTP://, but when accessing via HTTPS://, a warning appears in your browser.

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This warning is expected because we can’t configure an SSL certificate for an IP address. But it’s safe to ignore. Click the Advanced button in the browser to add an exception.

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A security dialog box will open.

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Enter the username and password credentials into the box, as found in Statistics.

Click Sign in or Enter.

How to remove the SSL warning

Once your domain has successfully pointed to the server, open a support ticket and we will install your free SSL certificate on the server, which will be accessible at:

https://www.yourdomain.TLD

TLD means top-level domain, and can stand for any domain like .com, .net. .org, or any other TLD. HostJane and our servers work with all domain registrars worldwide.

6. After passing the security dialog, you will see your server’s Joomla Installer.

The first step is to configure your new site.

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Use HostJane’s strong password generator to choose a secure, random password for your site.

7. The next step is to configure your Joomla Database

Complete the database user/pass credentials by copying and pasting the information provided in Statistics as shown above.

The details must match exactly. Unless you know what you’re doing:

Leave the Database Type as MySQli

Leave the Host Name as Local Host

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Click Next to move to the final step

8. Select whether you wish to install Joomla’s Sample Data which decides whether you want the first version of your site to be published blank or with example texts and modules applied.

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Check the details are correct under Main Configuration and Database Configuration at the bottom, then click Install

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9. The installer should complete successfully.

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It’s important to click the Remove “Installation” folder button on this page to secure your new Joomla site from common exploits.

The button should change to “Installation” folder removed to confirm this.
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10. Your Joomla installation is now complete.

Click the 2 buttons Site and Administrator to view the front and backends of your new Joomla site in the browser.

The front-end will look like the below image in your browser (With no Sample Data installed)

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The back-end will look like below, you may be prompted to update if a more recent Joomla version is available.

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Once your domain has finished pointing to the server, you will be able to access your website via your domain name.

Login to My HostJane and open an SSL request after that stage if you wish to have your free SSL certificate installed.

You can check the DNS status of your Domain’s A-Record propagation at ISP nodes around the world by visiting: https://whatsmydns.net

Updated on July 21, 2018

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