Installing Dolphin
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:20 PM

Installing Dolphin

Installing Dolphin through softaculous is a simple and easy process however here is some information to help guide you through the process;

First, select either the Install tab at the top of the Dolphin overview screen or click on the Install Now button;

Dolphin Install Location

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for Dolphin to manage. 

The Domain dictates the level of security your site has as a maximum if your site is SSL/TLS enabled then you should select https:// or https://www. else you should select one of the http:// variants.

Choose the domain you wish to have Dolphin installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where Dolphin will be installed within your domain.

If you wish for it to be installed at the start of your domain for example www.mydomain.com then delete what is in this field, however if you need to install the software in another directory for testing or some other reason then enter that in here.

An example would be if you wanted to install Dolphin at www.mydomain.com/mytest then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

Dolphin also needs to have a cron job to be created for it's automated features, if you are unsure about what specific timings to give then leave as it is.

Dolphin Software Setup

The site settings allow you to change some of the basic information that Dolphin will display about your site and it's SEO. Make sure to have appropriate names and descriptions of what your website is and is about.

Dolphin Site Setup

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup and maintenance of the Dolphin site. This user will have full control over all features of the Dolphin site so this account should be made highly secure. The Admin email can be an account that you have created for your domain or a 3rd party email which ever you wish. In addition this step allows you to create email that users can use to mail you about bug or issues they have and an email you can use to send out generic messages to users.

Dolphin Admin Setup

The Advanced Options are optional, non of these need to be changed or modified by yourself for the basic installation however you may wish to.

Dolphin needs a Database to run on your server as a result it will create one when you install it. By default this will be a randomly generated name for database. If you do not wish this you can choose the name of them both through the advanced options.

By Default Dolphin will send an email to you should you need to update Dolphin or any of the plugin or extensions however disabling Update Notifications will prevent Dolphin from emailing you when new versions are available.

Dolphin Advanced Options

Finally you should input your email address to have the installation details forwarded to. This will send you a copy of all the details of the installation including admin information and password.

Joomla Installation Details Email

Lastly click Install this will install Dolphin onto your server.

Dolphin Install

During the Installation you will be presented with a loading screen to show you the progress of the installation; 

Dolphin Install Progress

Finally after it completes you will be presented with a screen that will tell you whether the software installed correctly, where it was installed and provide you with the administrative URL in order to access your Dolphin sites management. 

Dolphin Successful Install

Thanks

Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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