This tutorial gives both detailed instructions in video and written format for how to install a site shaper, and have your site setup like our demo; with theme, and extensions pre-installed.
Installing a Site Shaper is a simple process that will provide you with a replica of our demo sites on your personal server. One of the major benefits to using a Site Shaper is everything comes pre-configured right out of the box with all the demo content. There are a few different ways to install a Site Shaper and your chosen method will be based on the demands of the website you are building. A Site Shaper can be installed on either a remote server (such as SiteGround) or on a local server (such as WampServer). Both of these installation processes are straightforward and outlined further in this Tutorial.
Note that due to licensing restrictions certain images from our demo sites have been replaced with "placeholder" images. The licensed demo images can either be purchased from their respective owners or replaced with your own images by simply swapping them out on the server.
Before installing a Site Shaper you need to make sure that your server meets the minimum system requirements for Joomla. These requirements are necessary for Joomla to install and function properly. You can view your current server configurations on remote servers directly in Cpanel on the left or right hand side.
We highly recommend using Joomla 3.X as this will ensure you have the best user experience possible and be up to date with the latest security and performance benefits. We recommend using the MySQLi database type for Joomla 3.x due to its native support and enhanced performance capabilities.
Site Shapers come pre-packaged with a Template, Joomla and the Demo Content. The first thing you must do is decide on the Template you want to use and download it from our site here (www.shape5.com/downloads). Be sure that you install the correct version of Joomla that you want to use. The -Current files will always be packaged with the latest version of Joomla at the time of release
Once you have downloaded the ZIP folder upload it to the root directory of the site where you wish to use it and then extract the contents. You can complete this process via FTP or the File Manager on your web host.
Once the files have been completely unzipped to the directory of your choice you should see all the Joomla system files similar to the screenshot below. At this point your should also remove your uploaded ZIP folder since it is no longer needed as everything has been extracted
Once you have uploaded and extracted all the files navigate to the root URL of the site to initiate the Joomla Web Installer. If you installed the files to a sub folder be sure to add /foldername to the end of the URL path
See below for some details about these fields and what they are used for: