What is Quickstart?
Quick Start Package is fully functional Joomla package which contains CMS, modules, selected templates and plugins with the configurations and the data that is used in the demo website. The sample data can also be personalized based on the template in quick start package and is different from the default Joomla! 3.x (2.5.x) package.
It is not possible to install the Quickstart package inside an existing Joomla installation via the Extension Manager, because the Quickstart also includes the Joomla! CMS. This package is strictly for use with a new Joomla! installation to provide you with a duplicate of demo for that particular template. This rule applies to Joomal 2.5, Joomla 3.2
Open your exported database sample_data.sql in a text editor. Coda2 is used in the example screenshot.
Find and replace qu93j_ with #__. Save your file as sample_data.sql.
Use one of those FTP clients to upload all files from “Quick_start_*Tempate Name” folder to your website directory.
Open your web browser and navigate to the folder that you uploaded your Joomla package. You will see initial Joomla installation page:
If you don’t have hosting with a cPanel or a file manager option with extract/unpack, you can use an FTP client. The downside of using FTP as mentioned is the possibility of permission issues which can cause inaccessible images, thumbnails or scripts.
Here you can see all extracted files and folders from the quickstart zip on a local machine prior to upload:
Illustrated below are all extracted files uploaded to the server.
Open your web browser of choice and enter the url path to the folder that contains the extracted and uploaded quickstart package.
The browser will then load the initial Joomla install screen – this requires the site name, email address, username and password to be entered.
Configure the databse with the database name, host name, password etc. as per the screenshot given below after which click on continue. The database prefix is randomly generated – a change implemented since Joomla 1.7
This page checks to see if the hosting system meets the requirements for the Joomla installation.
Recommended settings can be looked at after installation, but it is important to bear these recommended settings in mind.
To install the quickstart correctly you MUST select to install the sample data. The quickstart will not install correctly if sample data is not selected and you will have an empty joomla site.
Once you have selected to install the demo data and meet the hosting requirements, click next and the database + data will install (this again may take some time depending on the host).
After clicking next you should reach the final page of the installation and it will confirm that the Joomla quickstart package has installed successfully.
The final step before you can access or view the Joomla site is to remove the installation folder.
Once the installation folder is removed you will be able to successfully view the front end of your site and access the administrator of the site the chosen access.
You will now be able to work on your site to individualize it and create your own Joomla website.
The main differences between the Quickstart and Template package
Standard templates are packages that are available for installation into your existing Joomla! sites. Template packages contain the Gavern Framework and all files (.php, .js, .ini and .css) needed to create a Joomla! Template appearance (all in one).
Templates include override appearance/view settings for some components and/or modules written in html in the template folder, but it will not work without the required extensions being installed first.
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