How to Upload the Joomla Files to an ISP’s Host Server - dummies

How to Upload the Joomla Files to an ISP’s Host Server

By Seamus Bellamy, Steve Holzner

After you download and unzip your Joomla files, you upload them to your ISP. There are a lot of ISPs that can run Joomla. For the most part, any ISP that gives you access to PHP and MySQL can run Joomla.

For instance, Go Daddy meets all the minimum Joomla requirements. Setting up an account with this host takes only about five minutes. The best option is to get your own domain name, which you can do while signing up with your ISP if you don’t already have one. For this example, the not-exactly-inspired domain name is used.

After creating your account on an ISP that meets Joomla’s minimum requirements, log in with your username and password. If you’re using Go Daddy, your next step is choosing My Hosting Account from the Hosting & Servers drop-down menu at the top of the page and then selecting your account in the My Account page.

Now it’s time to upload your unzipped Joomla files to your host’s server. For this process, you use a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) application of the kind you use to upload ordinary HTML pages to a website, such as FileZilla or CuteFTP. For this example, FileZilla is used.

To upload your Joomla files to the host server with FileZilla, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Site Manager to open the Site Manager page.

  2. Click the New Site button.

  3. In the resulting page, enter the site name.

    For this example, type

  4. Enter your FTP username and password; then click Connect.

    You connect to your site.


  5. In the left pane, select the directory that contains the Joomla files you’ve uncompressed, and in the right pane, make sure that the host server’s root directory is selected.

    The root directory is indicated by a forward slash (/).

  6. Select all the Joomla directories and files in the left pane, and drag them to the right pane to upload them to your ISP’s server.

Uploading all these files takes some time, so grab a cup of coffee.

When you’ve uploaded all the Joomla files and directories, the next step is preparing MySQL.

Some ISPs and hosting companies may be set up to allow you to simply upload the compressed Joomla file and expand it right on their server. This negates the need for a FTP application, and will save you a ton of time and hassle during the installation process. It’s worth checking with your host’s tech support to see if this service is available to you.