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== Dreamhost ==
=== Directory Structure ===
I'm setting up a new site to replace one that already exists. At this time, I don't have access to the dns for the current domain. I want to set up a directory structure that I can use to develop the new domain, make it visible via a url that I control when we are ready, cut over. The existing domain is blueandgrayeducation.org. I plan to use as a bg.alstevens.org. As a convention, I name the directory to be v<n>.domain. v1 indicates version 1, v2, will indicate version 2, etc.
=== Point the domain at the directory ===
* Using the "Manage Domains" web control panel, edit the domain bg.alstevens.org as a fully hosted domain. Set the web directory to:
* Check "remove www".
* Click "Fully host this domain now"
* Login to the serer via putty and check to make sure the new directory is there.
* Wait for the Joomla robot to finish and then check the domain with a web browser. If there's more than an empty directory, the domain is pointing at the wrong place.
=== Install Joomla! 1.5 ===
==== Install Joomla and Create the Data Base ====
Using the Dreamhost Web Panel, select
  Goodies >> One-click installs >> Install new website software - Advance mode
* Select the software: Joomla! 1.5
* Install it to the top-level. No subdirectory is needed since bg.alstevens.org points to htdocs. If I did install to a subdirectory, e.g. joomla, I would need to get to it by using bg.alstevens.org/joomla -- not what I want.
* Select create a new data base. using a convention of <2 initials>joomla, call the db bgjoomla. Create a user, again, by convention ...omitted... And create a password.
* Double check everything -- once launched, the install script will remove any files already there.
* Use putty again and wathc the directory fill up. It usually happens in a minute or two.
==== Complete the initial setup ====
Dreamhost follows the software/db install with emailed instructions. Complete them right away so that someone else doesn't do it for you. The instructions are pretty clear. I've added a few notes:
  1: Language -- select 'en-GB - English (United Kingdom)' and click Next
  2: Pre-installation Check -- everything should pass. If not, you are in trouble. click Next
  3: License -- click Next
  4: Database -- these all need to be entered. Check them twice -- click Next
  5: FTP Configuration -- leave it unconfigured. You don't need it. click Next
  6: Configuration -- scroll down to 'Load Sample Data, Restore, or Migrate Backed Up Content'
    select 'Install Default Sample Data'
    click 'Install Sample Data'
    Fill in the site info
    Site Name: Blue and Gray Education
    Your E-mail: myname@mydomain.com
    Admin Password: (pick a secure one)
    Confirm Admin Password: (re-type password again) -- and write it down right away
    click Next
  7: Using putty, or ftp, remove the "installation" directory -- or Joomla will tell you to.
  8: Click the link at the top for "Admin" and log in as "admin" with the password you just set.
=== Add the master db user ===
I manage my mysql data bases using one "master user". Using the Dreamhost Web panel:
* Select Goodies >> Manage MySQL
* Click "Add User" next to the new data base and add the master user.
=== Record all passwords, accounts and db names ===
I put them all in my password vault.
== Joomla 1.0 ==
== Joomla 1.0 ==

Revision as of 19:58, 18 March 2008

HowTo Wiki

Notes, mostly technical on how to configure, install, troubleshoot computer systems.

I've chosen topics mostly because I went through the process of selecting, installing and configuring something, usually a software application, tool or and utilities. They are here primarily so that I can consult them when needed and refer others to them.

Ubuntu Linux

My home server, running Win2K, failed to reboot after it's last update. The problem turned out to be a bad disk. I decided to abandon Windows and go with Linux. Most of my experience has been with Red Hat, but a friend had praised Ubuntu, so I decided to give it a try. I wanted:

  1. A file server with enough capacity to handle our household -- two people who do a medium amount of photo work, a lot of office work, no music and an occasional video.
  2. Accessibility from outside
  3. A web server running Apache, php and mySQL
  4. Immunity from power failure -- orderly shutdown and restart

Joomla 1.0

I've moved on to Joomla! 1.5. Hopefully I won't need to do much wiht this section. 1.5 is clearly a big improvement -- simpler and cleaner, easier to use all around. Now if the extension writers would just bring their extenions into compliance with 1.5...

Joomla 1.5

phpBB 3.0

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