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How to install Magento
Magento is a PHP/SQL application and as such you will need to download the installation files from the official Magento website and populate the database which will be used by your online store. In this tutorial we will provide you with step by step instructions how to complete the installation process on your hosting account. You can start by downloading the installation archive from here.
It is highly recommended to use the stable version for production websites instead of Alpha/Beta releases. When you have the archive file downloaded you can extract it on your local computer. The Magento files should now be located under a newly created folder on your computer called “Magento” (without the quotes).
The next step is to upload the installation files under your hosting account. You can upload the content of the Magento folder from your computer to your public_html directory using your favorite FTP client. Simply follow the instructions in our ftp video tutorial at:
This will allow you to access your store via:
If you would prefer to access the store via:
the files should be uploaded under the public_html/magento folder.
As soon as your files are uploaded under your account you should proceed with your MySQL database creation process. You can easily create a MySQL database for your blog network by following the instructions in our MySQL video tutorial.
When all the steps are completed on your end you may access the folder where your Magento has been uploaded via your browser using http://yourdomain.com/.
The above URL will load the initial Magento installation screen. There are two important sections on this page:
This page will provide you with the license agreements for the store. The store is licensed under the “Open Source License version 3.0”. It offers you freedom to do pretty much any modifications on the application. However it is always recommended to review any licenses or terms before agreeing to them.
When you click on the check box which you mark to agree to the license the continue button at the very bottom right corner of the page will active.
After you click on the continue button it will load the next step of the installation:
These configurations here you may change at any time. However it is always recommended to preset the country and currency in order to ensure that you have one thing less to do.
The next step of the installation is into three sections:
1.The first section is the database access details. Here you should fill in the database access details you create following the link to the tutorial provided at the beginning of this article
2.In the section:
You should check the URL validation. It should be fine even unchecked however to ensure that no password protected directories will cause any issues mark “Skip Base URL Validation Before the Next Step” check box.
If you have a private SSL certificate installed for your domain already you may check the “Use Secure URLs (SSL)“:
When this feature is selected it will expand an extra field with a few extra options. You should mark both check boxes here. The URL was detected automatically and should stay as it is.
Note that you may enable the secured URLs after the store is development is completed. Please check the following tutorial on how to complete that:
How to enable secured URLs in Magento
When all of the above sections are completed you may click continue and proceed to the next step. Here you should fill in all the fields as these are all required:
It is important to use valid e-mails box for your administrator account. You will receive various notifications on this mail box. Also it will be used if you ever need to reset your administrator password.
The last field is the Magento encryption key. This is a Database encryption key. If you do not provide one, Magento will automatically generate it. It will be displayed to you and saved in the app/etc/local.xml file.
If you will be moving your magento database on new files set of the store this encryption key should be entered into the new local.xml file. You should store the key on at least two separate locations in order to ensure that it is secured.
This was the last step of the installation wizard and when you click continue you will be provided with the URLs to your store front and back end:
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