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Step 5 - FTP Configuration

Due to file system permission and PHP Safe Mode restrictions on certain server hosts, a facility has been introduced in Joomla! 1.5 that will allow all authorised Users to utilize the various Joomla! install & upload processes available within the Control Panel. These include the Media Manager as well as the Installation Manager. The FTP layer exists to handle file system manipulation.

FTP Configuration Screen
Step 5 – The FTP Configuration Screen

Enter the FTP username and password established during the preparatory section of this guide. This should only have access to the Joomla! root directory, this will be the FTP Account that handles all file system operations when Joomla! requires FTP access to complete a task.

For security reasons, it is best if a separate FTP User Account is created with access only to the Joomla! installation and not the whole Web server if this option is available to you.

It is not generally necessary to worry about the FTP Configuration page for a localhost installation of Joomla! , although the exception to this might be on a local network.

The settings for the FTP Configuration can be entered, or edited after installation, within the Global Configuration screen in the Control Panel->Site menu or through the Quick Icon on the Control Panel workspace.

We will detail some of the common problems and solutions in the Error Handling section at the back of this manual rather than blur the picture at this stage.This will be completed once Joomla!1.5 final has been released.


Caution: It is important to note that if you run more than one Web site on your server that the pathway to the root directory will change for each site – the other four settings will not necessarily have, or on shared hosting likely be able, to change.

Once you have completed the required information, as necessary or, if you do not require the FTP Configuration to be entered, click Next.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 January 2008 )
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