Basic Setup & Installation

To get started, you will need a hosting environment. For most people, this means buying a hosting plan. Concrete5 will run just about anywhere, but we do have some hosting partners worth checking out. You can also do local development with Concrete5 by installing the various required components and starting a local web server.

  1. Download the latest version of Concrete5.
  2. Move or upload that zip file to your web server or your web environment. You'll want to unzip the file in a web-accessible folder in your webspace. Usually this folder is public_html. If you want to run Concrete5 in a subdirectory, you can create a new folder like "new-site" and unzip your Concrete5 files in there.
  3. After you unzip the file, it will add some new folders and an index.php.
  4. The folders application/files/, application/config/, packages/ and updates/ will need to be writable by the web server process. This can mean that the folders will need to be "world writable", depending on your hosting environment. If your server supports running as suexec/phpsuexec, the files should be owned by your user account, and set as 755 on all of them. That means that your web server process can do anything it likes to them, but nothing else can (although everyone can view them, which is expected.) If this isn't possible, another good option is to set the apache user (either "apache" or "nobody") as having full rights to these file. If neither are possible, chmod 777 to files/ and all items within (e.g. chmod -R 777 file/*)
  5. Create a new MySQL database and a MySQL user account with full permissions on the database. Make a note of your database server (usually "localhost") as well as the database name, and the name and password for the database user that has access to that database.
  6. Visit your site, "http://example.com", or "http://example.com/new-site/" if you extracted the concrete5 zip into a folder called "new-site". You will see a helpful install screen like this:

This means things are working. Click through the installation process, which should check your requirements, and then through to a page where you can specify details about your site, and database access information. Finally, installation should proceed through a number of steps as parts of Concrete5 are installed, and finish on this message:

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