Magento Installation

We will go over how to install magento from start to finish, We will show you the Quick way which is the usual way if you choose to try one of the hosting providers we have reviewed. For this example Hostgator was used, We will also Show you the slow way just incase. If you are in need of finding out what is required of magento then you can view our magento requirements page.

The setup we will be using is Hostgator, upon using there service you get all the easy quick 1 click installation options.

  • Quick Installation
  • Manual Installation

Manual Installation

1) Download Magento

You can grab a copy of magento, it comes in a .zip or .tar.gz file so you would need an un zipping utility. Download Magento Here

On looking at the download pages there are two versions, you have the standard version and the full version, the full version is much bigger with added files, if you setting up a small store you don’t really need the full version, the standard version is much smaller and will take less time to install.

2) Uploading Magento

Using an FTP program (File Transfer Protocol) you can very quickly transfer all your files into the proper directory, You can use programs like Cute FTP, Smart FTP and other programs just by doing a google search for FTP programs.

3) Setting up your file permissions

You will need to set the following directories to the writable state of 766

  • magento/var
  • magento/var/.htaccess
  • magento/app/etc
  • magento/media

In doing this magento will be able to make changes to your server folders where it needs to, like uploading pictures and extensions.

In order to achieve this you need to find the icon called “file manager” (see below)filefolder


Before browsing into the proper directory you need to make sure that all files are visible.filedirectory

4) Creating Magento’s Database

In order for Magento to work it will need a database to store information, here is where we will go over setting it up


On setting up the mysql database you will need to enter in some credentials in order for magento to connect and use the database, things like the Database username (best to make this something you can remember like “Magento”) Your username and a password. Make sure you record these down as you will need to enter them back in when running the installation wizard.

Before creating the database you need to make sure that the user has all privilages available to them.

5) Running through the Installation Wizard

Once you have uploaded your files, created your Database, you then need to go to your Magento folder on your internet browser, this is usually done by going to the homepage of your website where the installation will begin, if you uploaded magento to a seperate folder within your website for example: then this is where you will go to with the browser for installation.

Once running through your installation you will need to enter in all your database details, Most of the time your host will stay as localhost unless you have problems with connecting, please contact your host for more information if you have this problem.

That’s Everything!

just follow all the installation pages and everything will be completed.

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