Getting started / Install


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When discussing the installation procedure of RenovatioCMS, we assume you’re using Firefox, have access to a web server and have registered a domain name. You also should have login data needed for an FTP and a MySQL connection and you should have had some experience uploading files. For a more in-depth treatment of these matters, we’ll refer to the first part of this guide. The first thing to do now is to go to our download section and select the latest RenovatioCMS version there.

RenovatioCMS download page showing the Firefox download popup.

Downloading and unpacking

You will see a popup asking you to either save or open a ZIP archive. You may select “Save File” and then select “Ok“. A “Downloads” popup will appear, displaying the download progress. Once the download has been completed, you can right-click on it and select “Open Containing Folder“. This will allow you to see where your downloaded ZIP archive has been stored. Usually this is some folder in “My documents“, but the exact location depends on your operating system. Of course, you can move it if you like, to a more suitable location.

FireFTP showing the “Extract Here” option.

You can start FireFTP now, and navigate to the ZIP archive you’ve just saved. In our case, the ZIP archive is located on the desktop. Once you’ve navigated to your archive, you can right-click on it and select the “Extract Here” option (as illustrated above). This causes the archive to extract in the same directory, and a new folder having the same name as the archive appears (if you prefer, you can use other software to extract archives of course). If you open this new folder, you’ll see a number of folders, some filesand an index.php file.

FireFTP showing the contents of the unpacked archive.

Uploading and booting

After that, you should establish an FTP connection with your web server. If you have already made a new FireFTP account, you may just select “Connect“. If you are not yetfamiliar with these accounts, we’d advice you to read the previous page of this guide. Once you’ve established a connection, you should navigate to your public_html folder and upload the entire contents of the unpacked archive there. Subsequently, you can visityour own domain using an extra tab in Firefox. You should see a splash screen there, comparable to the one displayed below.

The RenovatioCMS splash screen.

If this screen shows up and the progress bar is active, you’ve installed RenovatioCMSsuccessfully. In this case, system management will be loaded (more information about system management is available in our configuration wizard). If not, your browser might show a list of all files and folders in your public_html folder for instance. If this is the case, your server’s settings should be corrected so index.php is opened automatically. You can solve this problem temporarily, by adding “/index.php” to the address that is displayed in your browsing window, but in the end you’ll have to correct the situation using your management panel or by contacting your hosting provider.

The RenovatioCMS splash screen showing a JavaScript and a file error.

If the splash screen does appear, but the progress bar remains inactive, the JavaScriptsupport of your browser is probably disabled. You should be able to correct the situation, by following the instructions mentioned here. Furthermore, some of the RenovatioCMSfiles may be missing. If this is the case, a warning will appear including a text area listing the missing files. Experienced users may choose to ignore this warning, but it’s not recommended. When files are missing, we cannot guarantee a safe and stable operationof your website.

Once you’ve corrected the situation and reloaded your page, the progress bar should be active and system management should be loaded. You can start configuring your new installation now. The (unpacked) ZIP archive located on your PC can be deleted or kept as a backup.


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