CMS: Mambo 4.x

Install Guides

Step 1: Create a database via your hosting control panel, refer to your setup email for login information. If your site does not have a control panel please request a MySQL database setup for your domain by opening a support ticket.

• Log in to your hosting control panel
• Click the Tools link in the navigation
• Click the Database Manager icon
• Create a MySQL database and make note of the database name, user and password

Step 2: Download the latest stable version zip from the Mambo web site.

Step 3: Extract the zip file to a directory on your computer.

Step 4: To prevent having to set Modify permissions on your install directory and leaving your Mambo installation less secure, create an empty file with your preferred text editor and save it as configuration.php in the folder you unzipped to files to.

Step 5: Upload all the Mambo files via FTP to the location on the web server where you want to install the content management system. In most cases this will the web root of your site but you can install it in a sub folder as well.

Step 6: Before starting the install some write permissions need to set. This can be done via the ACL Manager under the Tools link in your hosting control panel, set ReadWriteDelete for the *_web user on the following files and folders. If you do not have a control panel please open a support ticket to request the permission changes.


Step 7: Point your browser to your web site or the directory on your web site if you choose to install Mambo in a sub directory, and you will be redirected to the installation process.

Step 8: At the pre-installation check you might encounter an open_basedir PHP error line. This will in no way interfere with the setup and has no effect on operations later on. But if you feel you must correct this you can edit the /installation/common.php file to point to a valid session directory, near the top of the file under error_reporting( E_ALL ); add the following line.


Putting in the currect path to the /files folder of your Mambo installation, you can determine the path from the open_basedir error message.

Step 8: On the database step use for hostname and fill in the information you noted when creating your database.

Step 9: Leave the CHMOD options at default when asked (these don't apply Windows servers), and make note of your user name and password at the end of the install process.

Step 10: Delete the /installation folder from the server via your FTP client and set the permissions on the /configuration.php file back to Read via your hosting control panel.

To keep your site and Mambo application secure it is important to install software updates as soon as possible! Check with the publisher of the software frequently if any updates are available.

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