Joomla Quickstart Installation Guide

Using Quickstart Installation Package is one of the most simple and convenient ways to install Joomla Template and Demo Content. Quickstart is a backup made by Akeeba Backup plugin. You can always refer to the official Akeeba documentation to learn more about each step of the installation.


Fast and reliable hosting is significant for any Joomla site. We recommend all our customers use SiteGround Joomla Hosting.


Please note that this method installed a Joomla, Template, and Demo data(articles and settings of the demo website). If you need a template without demo data, read about installing Joomla template only.

Step 1

Upload the QuickStart files to your hosting. The easiest way to upload the QuickStart files is via FTP. Also, you can do this in the hosting control panel in section File Manager

Unzip the quick start archive on the root folder of your website server.


Please remove the zip archive of the Quickstart after unpacking. This is important for the security of your site.

You can also unzip the archive on your computer and upload files.

Step 2

Open your favorite browser and navigate to your domain. Once you do that, you will be taken to the first screen of the Joomla Web Installer.

At the beginning of the installation, you will see a pre-installation check screen. It is important that all the settings of your hosting on this screen were highlighted in green.

Joomla Quickstart Installation Pre-intstallation check
Pre-installation check

Also, pay attention to the section of Recommended settings. It is also desirable that all settings are highlighted in green. However, you can continue the installation if one or more items in the list are orange.

GymGain Recommended Settings
Recommended settings

To make changes to your hosting settings, contact the support of your hosting provider.

Click the Next button to proceed to the next Joomla Quickstart Installation screen.

Step 3

On this step, you will have to enter the necessary information for your MySQL database. Open your hosting control panel and create a MySQL database and assign to it a user, with full permissions.

  • Database Type – By default, this value is set to MySQLi. Leave it that way, MySQLi is an optimized version of the regular MySQL database and it is supported on SiteGround servers.
  • Database Server Host Name – Usually localhost, but check this info on your hosting provider documentation.
  • User Name – Enter the username for your MySQL database
  • Password – Fill in the password for the database user
  • Database Name – ?nter the name of the MySQL database you want to use

You can also go to advanced settings to tweak the database:

  • Table Prefix: Joomla will add this prefix to all of its database tables. This is useful if you want to host multiple Joomla sites on a single database. You should leave the default value.
  • Old Database Process: If you have any existing databases, choose what to do with the existing tables that are required by the installer. The options are to remove or backup any existing data that’s about to be replaced. We recommend that you leave this option set to Backup since it is the safest choice.

You can get help with any of their settings. To do this, move the mouse over the icon with a question mark. For mode visit database backup and restore documentation

Joomla Quickstart Installation Help
Help and explanation about each setting

Click the Next button to proceed to the next Joomla Quickstart Installation screen.

Step 4

On this step, you need to add the necessary information about your website:

  • Site Name – Enter the name of your site. Most templates will use this for the first heading of your index.
  • Site e-mail address – E-mail address from which all e-mail sent out from your site will appear to originate from
  • Site e-mail sender name – The sender’s name appearing in those e-mails’ From field
  • Live site URL – Optional and normally not required on the vast majority of hosts
  • Cookie domain – Domain name of your site, without the protocol and, usually, without the www part
  • Cookie path – Subdirectory of your site, relative to the domain’s root

Also please pay special attention to Super User settings:

  • SuperUser – Select the username of the Super Administrator you want to modify from the User name drop-down list
  • E-mail – E-mail address linked to that Super Administrator
  • Password – SuperUser password
  • Password (repeat) – retype the new password

This page also has other settings, but I do not recommend changing anything in them. Refer to the official documentation for details.

Click the Next button to proceed to the next installation screen.

Step 5

Confirm the deletion of backup files and go to your new website. This completes the installation.

If you’ve done it right, your site will look exactly like a GymGain Demo website.
To go to the management site, enter the address bar http://yoursite/administrator/

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