How to install Magento?

How to install Magento?

This article will cover the most important steps of manual Magento installation. If for some reason you have decided to stick with our installation guide instead of Magento Commerce one - we are glad to welcome you in aheadWorks knowledge base, hope together we can shed a light on the installation of one of the best ecommerce platforms out there.


Before we proceed it is recommended to check if your system meets the official Magento store requirements in the corresponding knowledge base article.


Here is a rundown of what will be required: LAMP (LNMP) solution stack, cPanel manager (or any other manager preferred), 10 to 20 minutes.


Considering everything is ready we begin.


1) Download Magento installation package

Magento installation package can be downloaded from the Magento Commerce website. We recommend using official installation packaged and abandon any third party ones to avoid any possible issues.


2) Upload Magento installation package to your store FTP

Using cPanel manager or any preferred software upload Magento installation package to your store FTP and extract it to public_html folder. The installation process requires 'on write' permissions to be applied to the Magento files and folders.


3) Create MySQL database

Using cPanel create a MySQL database for your Magento store. Please consider writing down the database credentials as these would be required later in the installation.


4) Installing Magento

Once the installation package extracted and MySQL database created open the web browser and proceed to https://your_site/Magento_folder_name/index.php


a) License Agreement

Once at the Magento installation page you will be welcomed by the Magento development team and suggested to agree to the below terms and conditions.



Read carefully and tick I agree to the above terms and conditions checkbox and hit Continue button to proceed to the next installation step.


b) Localization

Next installation step is Localization. At this step one is suggested to specify store default Locale, Time Zone and Currency. These settings can be adjusted anytime after the installation so if you are not sure about any settings - feel free leaving default values.



Once every settings at this step configured - click Continue button. Before the next step Magento will check if the files and folders have required set of permissions applied. If for some reason some files or folders don't, installation guide will display a warning messages with the files and folders that require permission set adjusted listed.


c) Configuration

At the Configuration step user is suggested to specify the MySQL database credentials from the step 3) of this guide and adjust the other Magento store settings.



The store settings at the Configuration step are optional and you are free to leave default values.


d) Create Admin Account

Next installation step is Create Admin Account. As the name states here one is to create first and primary Magento store administrator account. Along with the admin account one is suggested to specify the store owner details and Encryption Key, if the encryption key is not specified Magento store will provide you with an automatically generated one at the next installation step.



Please write down the admin account credentials and encryption key for later use and hit Continue button.


e) You're All Set

Yes you are indeed! The Magento store is now installed and we are happy to welcome you in the world of ecommerce. We hope you enjoy Magento experience and will be glad to offer any of our services.



That's pretty much it. Now you are the owner of your first Magento store and can now login to your Magention backend (admin area) with the account created at the step 4-d to proceed with adding the first product to your store.


If you have any issues during installation you can always submit a Help Desk ticket and ask our technical team to contact you with some of our trusted partners to ask for assistance with installing Magento store and give you a quick start.


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