Installing Concrete5
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:11 PM

Installing Concrete5

Installing Concrete5 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 Concrete5 overview screen or click on the Install Now button; 

Concrete5 Install Location

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Version, Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for Concrete5 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.

Select the Version that you wish to install. Both are viable and secure options, personally i would recommend the latest version as it comes with more quality of life features to make your life easier.

Choose the domain you wish to have Concrete5 installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where Concrete5 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 Concrete5 at www.mydomain.com/mytest then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

Concrete5 Software Setup

The site settings allow you to change some of the basic information that Concrete5 will display about your site and it's SEO. Make sure to have appropriate names and descriptions of what your site is and is about.

In addition you can choose whether to load sample data or not. Doing so will allow you to have example webpages which may make creating your first pages easier if you are new to Concrete5 or CSM's in general.

Concrete5 Site Setup

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup of the Concrete5 site. This user will have full control over all features of the Concrete5 CSM 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. 

Concrete5 Admin Creation

Concrete5 allows you to choose the language that the installation will be made in. By Default this is English however if you wished to have it installed in another language you can do so here.

Concrete5 Language Option

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.

Concrete5 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 the database. If you do not wish this you can choose the name through the advanced options.

By Default Concrete5 will send an email to you should you need to update Concrete5 or any of the plugin or extensions however disabling Update Notifications will prevent Concrete5 from emailing you when new versions are available. 

You can also enable backups of your Concrete5 site from the advanced options which I would recommend. This safeguards you should any changes be made to your site on accident that you then want to revert.

When you select to enable backups you will select the frequency of them you can choose from once a day, once a week or once a month, if you are going to be making lots of changes to your site frequently more frequent backups are preferable.

You should also choose how many backup copies you keep before they begin to be overwritten. For example if you perform daily backups having this set at 7 will mean you will have a copy of backups from the last 7 days.  

Concrete5 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 Concrete5 onto your server.

Concrete5 Install

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

Concrete5 Installation Progress

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 Concrete5 site management. 

Concrete5 Successful Install

Thanks

Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

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