The Complete Guide to Your First Joomla! Installation from Plesk panel

Joomla! Installation

Joomla! ranks as one of the most popular Content Management Systems worldwide. But running a secure Joomla! installation is not a one-shot task. Join us for a session on how to build, secure and run your first Joomla! installation on a fresh Plesk Server. In order to help you streamline the process a bit, we recommend that you first install our Joomla! Toolkit.

Build your first Joomla! on Plesk

Installing your first Joomla! on a Plesk server became one of the easiest tasks since we introduced the Joomla! Toolkit. Because it can perform menial and repetitive jobs. You can start the installation directly from “Websites & Domains” as below.

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Joomla! Installation

The Installation itself is simple. Because you only need to select the domain, subfolder, username, password and whether you want to install demo data. After installing, we’ll head straight into the new Joomla! instance. You can either log in from http://{{your-url}}/administrator or use the single Sign-On feature of the premium Joomla! Toolkit.

Joomla! wrapped in a secure environment

Security’s one of the main tasks for an administrator of a Joomla! website. This little checklist should help you with the first batch of security tasks.

  • Use the “protect folder” function to create an .htaccess protection for your Joomla! backend.
  • Activate https for your website by using an SSL certificate.
  • Use the latest PHP Version.
  • Force strong passwords in Joomla! and activate an 2FA extension.
  • Create separate user accounts for Administration and Content Creation.

On top of these tasks, you should always check to keep the system up-to-date. This includes the Joomla! installation, extensions, PHP, Plesk and the OS itself. To double-check, you can even use the Security Scanner from the Joomla! Toolkit. In order to identify any potential to up your security.

Follow the steps from our Advisor to learn more about security and how to stay on top of yours. But don’t forget to come back from time to time, as our Advisor’s always learning new things too!

Time to run your Joomla! Website

Now that you’ve installed Joomla! and completed the first batch of security tasks, we want your Joomla! website to run. And for this, we need it to be highly available and fast. Therefore, we can tweak Joomla! itself and the server to gain the best performance. Maybe you’ve already activated HTTP/2 from the Advisor. But there’s more to tweak right from your Plesk installation.

Inside the Joomla! Toolkit

You can now activate the caching on file level inside the “System”-Configuration. But the best trick to keep your Joomla! instance fast? Use as few extensions as possible. Because most extensions bring their own JavaScript and CSS files, which are then loaded on your pages.

Next up: Caching. Select “Apache & NGINX settings” from your domain overview and scroll down to enable the Microcaching of the NGINX server.

And there you have it – your first Joomla! installation: Complete. Let us know how it’s worked for you in the comments below. We love feedback! <3

Spot these Pleskians at J and Beyond

Plesk at J and Beyond 2018 - Cologne, Germany

Huddle up, we’ve got a Joomla! announcement to make! Two of our guys, Lucas and Viktor, will be attending and speaking at J and Beyond 2018 in Cologne, Germany from May 11 to 13. Not only will we at Plesk be sponsoring, but also contributing to the Joomla! Community by sharing our know-how. And let’s face it, even learning a few things ourselves.

What J and Beyond is all about

If you’ve never attended one of these events, now’s the time. Not only is it a great learning experience, but you’ll also connect with new peers. Some say it’s more than just any conference, because you’ll come as a developer, however, you’ll leave as a J family member.

Since the community is facing several issues, this year’s talks will focus on learning different techniques and approaches to achieve solutions. Topics will range from Development and even advanced development, integration and design to community, marketing and even keynote speeches. Have a look at what the Pleskians will be tackling over the long weekend.

Lucas Radke talks about scaling Joomla!

Lucas Radke - Plesk Joomla! expert

Lucas’ first meeting with Joomla! Happened back in 2008 when he was constructing his company’s website. But in 2014, he returned to Joomla! At his first JoomlaDay in Cologne. Before joining Plesk as a Product Manager, Lucas was Joomla! Product Owner at 1&1 Internet SE. Safe to say, he knows his stuff.

Day 1 right before lunch will see us at Lucas’ expert talk in the main room. Our Plesk rep will explain how to harvest the power and tools from Hyperscalers, like AWS. And use them to scale your single Joomla! Installation to a multi-server setup.

All this via autoscaling and producing nearly zero downtime. Hyperscaler power is the new “it” thing in our field. If you’re not up to date yet, this talk’s for you.

“Don‘t be afraid of the Cloud”, Says Viktor

Viktor’s been using Joomla! since 2005, and currently leads the Kubik-Rubik Joomla! Extensions project. He also formed part of a few official Joomla! teams (PLT / JSST) back in the day. Yet another 1&1 veteran, where he worked as a Joomla! Specialist. But now, he’s  a Tech Evangelist and Community Manager here at Plesk.

On the final J and Beyond day, Viktor will hit us with a double-whammy – an advanced web development session on the Cloud. Or moreover, how Plesk helps you to manage all your Joomla! projects on a scalable infrastructure. And we mean without having to mess with the server maintenance.

It’s all done with the simplicity of our Joomla! Toolkit. Viktor will give a proper run-down on it and show you how it will make your life 10x easier.

Why J and Beyond?

This conference will be extra important to us, because of our passion for the popular CMS. We even released the Plesk Joomla! Toolkit last year to simplify the work of Joomla! Users. Check out its functions and benefits here.

Meanwhile, if you’re in Cologne or close, swing by and we’ll see you there. For more info about the event, head to the official J and Beyond website.