Installing Joomla 1.5.6 On A Lighttpd Web Server (Debian Etch) - Page 2

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Now we enable Joomla's FTP layer and fill in our FTP user (web1_admin) and its password. Leave the FTP Root Path field empty and click on the Autofind FTP Path button:

The installer will then fill in that field for you:

Click on Verify FTP Settings to make sure that the settings are correct; click on Next afterwards:

Fill in a name for your site and the email address of the admin user plus a password for that user. The admin user will later be able to log in to Joomla's backend.

Scroll down and click on Install Sample Data to install a default Joomla site with which you can start developing your own Joomla site:

Click on Next after the sample data has been successfuly installed; you should see the final page of the installation wizard. It tells us to delete the installation directory...

... which we do as follows:

cd /var/www/web1/web
rm -fr installation/

In addition to that we change the ownership of the Joomla configuration file configuration.php to web1_admin and web1 and make the cache directory world-writable:

chown web1_admin:web1 configuration.php
chmod 777 cache

Now you can log in to the administration interface ( with the user name admin and its password:

Go to Global Configuration and fill in your FTP login (remember, configuration.php is now owned by web1_admin, not www-data)...

... then scroll to the right where it says SEO Settings and set all three settings (even the one for Apache mod_rewrite!) to yes. Click on Save or Apply afterwards:

Joomla should then display the message that the settings have been updated:

You can now go to the main site ( and browse it. The links should have search-engine friendly URLs. Click on some internal links - if all goes well, the pages should display without errors.


Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

Many thanks for this document. It's very helpful and I wish to thank the author for his hard work.