In this blog, we are going to learn how to restore or move our website's content or theme to another website (or to the localhost).
Step by step process: how to install quickstart package using Akeeba kickstart?
As you know, most of the template providers use Akeeba Backup to backup template with sample data to make simple Quickstart file and Kickstart (restore) file with Akeeba Kickstarter. This blog to show step by step how to install Quickstart package with Akeeba.
This quickstart package includes Joomla! Core, lt-inteco template, sample data. So, Joomla! install first is not required. Let start it!
In this tutorial, you will find detailed information on How to install quickstart on your cPanel hosting account or How to install quickstart on localhost using XAMPP or WAMP. The installation process is easy and requires just a few clicks. You won’t need any coding or design skills to install a fully-functional Akeeba kickstart within minutes.
Step 1: Download quickstart package (example: Lt-inteco template)
The quickstart package should be in your CPanel file manager if not then-
Login to Customer Area, go to section Download and download file ‘Lt-inteco Quickstart Package’.
Step 2 A. How to install quickstart on your cPanel hosting account
Step 2A.1: Log into your cPanel
Here we are doing a few things:
Click on FileManger
A pop up will appear, select the radio button for “Document Root For” and then in the drop box select the website you want to upload the quickstart into. (If you only have one website then you have an easier selection here… one!)
Step 2A.2: Navigate to the tab where File Manager is waiting
Double click on the file menu titled “public_HTML”
Note: If you have only the one website, then move to step 4.
If you have multiple sites like we have here, then double click on the site you want to upload into if you recall mine is www.yourwebsite.com, so I will double-click on that address in the file menu.
Step 2A.3 : Upload Quickstart Package
You will have noticed when you have selected your desired folder, on the right a whole new file opened up, this is where you are going to install your quickstart.zip So, let’s do it… Right under the title “File Manager” on the top left of the screen, you will see this menu, click on “Upload”
Automatically File Manager will start uploading the package to your hosting site (File Manager).
Once this is done the status bar at the bottom right will show “complete” now you can click the hyperlink in the middle of the screen saying ← Go Back to “/home
You will see on the right-hand side window pane the zip file you’ve uploaded, now here is where you need to start paying attention.
Step 2A.4: Extract File(s)
Click on the package once so that it is highlighted, then up the top, the second last menu item select “Extract”
A pop up will appear and select “Extract File(s)”
Step 2A.5: Successful upload
If it was a successful upload then you will see a pop containing the list of files. Click close
How to install quickstart on localhost using XAMPP or WAMP
Installing quickstart package on localhost is straightforward but can be tricky the first time you attempt it. So for this step, we’ve provided instructions on how to do it right from scratch.
Now, in order to run quickstart package, you need not only a web server, but also 2 more things: PHP script interpreter and MySQL database system. It sounds complicated but thankfully, there is a single package called XAMPP with all the elements included.
Let’s install XAMPP on your computer.
Step 2B: Installing XAMPP or WAMP
i. Download the XAMPP installer package at http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
Download the WAMP installer package at http://www.wampserver.com/en/
ii. Run the installation file as you do with regular software and follow the step by step instructions.
iii. Open “XAMPP Control Panel Application” and start “Apache” and “MySQL”.
That’s it, your localhost is now installed. You can check if it works or not by typing the address: “http://localhost” in your web browser.
Step 2B.2: Create a database in phpMyAdmin.
From the XAMPP OR WAMP interface, click phpMyAdmin to start creating the database.
Next, click Database in the toolbar.
And enter the database name and then click “Create”
Now you are ready to install quickstart package.
Step 3: Create a new folder in older “htdocs” in XAMPP folder.
– Create a new folder entitled “test-quickstart” in folder “Test” in folder “htdocs”(‘www” in case of WAMP) in XAMPP folder. Normally it will be located at “C:\xampp\htdocs”( “C:\wamp\www” in case of WAMP).
– Unpack the downloaded package file into the folder “test-quickstart”.
– Go to the URL “http://localhost/Test/test-quickstart”.
Step 4: Unzip file
After downloading Quickstart package, unzip it in your hosting folder or in “htdocs” folder and you will see the backup and Akeeba Kickstart included. We need to run file kickstart.php.
Step 5: Agree with Akeeba Kickstart policy
… select .jpa (akeeba backup file) and click ‘Start‘ to extract file
Note:- If you want to restore your website to demo website use the default .jpa file which comes with the package(eg. lt-inteco.jpa) but if you want to restore your website to a particular version you should have the backup file(.jpa) of that version. For example, if you want your live website to run on localhost take backup of your live website using Akeeba Backup.
Install akeeba backup-
1. Download akeeba backup package from https://www.akeebabackup.com/download.html
2. Upload and install it to your cpanel or to install it into localhost.
3. After installation login to your joomla account and you will see “Akeeba Backup” option into “Components”.
4. Take backup of your website by clicking ‘one click backup’. It will give you the .jpa file in ‘output path’.
5. Now use this .jpa file to restore it into localhost.
* Default extra method in kickstart tool use ‘Hybrid (use FTP only if needed)‘, but in some case, if your hosting does not accept it, just use ‘Directly‘ method instead, you can select it via ‘Write to files‘.
Step 6: Start to extract file
The Select a backup archive will select the quickstart package by default. It’s a backup file and we need to restore it. Another parameter, we should keep it as default, do not change. After everything okay, we click to button ‘Start’ to extract backup file
Step 7: Run the installer is a next step when finish extract backup file in step 6.
Step 8: System pre-check
Now, we moved to install the board. This is the step to pre-check the hosting configuration before process install. There some params as in Joomla! installation.
* In some cases, if you have different PHP version, you will get a warning message above, but don’t worry, it’s fine!
Step 9: Enter the information
This step helps you to enter the information related to database type, username, database name and password. If everything is okay, so we can move to next style by click button ‘Next’.
Step 10: Restore database
Yes, after clicking the ‘Next’ button in step 9, it will alert the pop-up box showing the details of process 'database restoration'. If you enter the correct database information, it will be restored successfully.
Step 11: Site info
This step requires you to the enter Site Info and FTP Layer Option (this option should be kept as default, we can change it later). In this step, you can define new username and password for administrator account.
The default administrator account with the username: admin and the password you want to use when login to the Joomla admin Dashboard.
Step 12: Last step to remove installation folder
Yes, this step is the last step to process install Quickstart, just click to button ‘Clean Up’ to clear the Kickstart files which includes in backup by default.
Step 13: Ready to start!
Just click to button ‘View your site’s front-end’ and ‘view your site’s back-end’.
Step 14: Yeah, we finished!
After finishing the last step, we will have the website like the demo site or the site of which the jpa file you have selected in step 5.