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Joomla is an advanced CMS (content management system) used to facilitate the easy creation and ongoing maintenance of dynamic websites. Comparable in some respects to other web applications like Drupal and WordPress, Joomla also has advanced features that resemble web-development frameworks like Ruby On Rails and Django. Deployed on top of the industry standard LAMP Stack, Joomla is designed to be both easy to use and manage from the end user’s perspective and easy to administer and host.

Deploying a Marketplace App

The Linode Marketplace allows you to easily deploy software on a Compute Instance using the Cloud Manager. See Get Started with Marketplace Apps for complete steps.

  1. Log in to the Cloud Manager and select the Marketplace link from the left navigation menu. This displays the Linode Create page with the Marketplace tab pre-selected.

  2. Under the Select App section, select the app you would like to deploy.

  3. Complete the form by following the steps and advice within the Creating a Compute Instance guide. Depending on the Marketplace App you selected, there may be additional configuration options available. See the Configuration Options section below for compatible distributions, recommended plans, and any additional configuration options available for this Marketplace App.

  4. Click the Create Linode button. Once the Compute Instance has been provisioned and has fully powered on, wait for the software installation to complete. If the instance is powered off or restarted before this time, the software installation will likely fail.

To verify that the app has been fully installed, see Get Started with Marketplace Apps > Verify Installation. Once installed, follow the instructions within the Getting Started After Deployment section to access the application and start using it.

Estimated deployment time: Joomla should be fully installed within 5-10 minutes after the Compute Instance has finished provisioning.

Configuration Options

  • Supported distributions: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • Recommended minimum plan: All plan types and sizes can be used.

Joomla Options

  • Admin email address (required): Enter the email address to use for generating the SSL certificates.
  • MySQL root password (required): The password for the root MySQL user.
  • MySQL User Password (required): The password for the joomla MySQL user.

Limited User (Optional)

You can optionally fill out the following fields to automatically create a limited user for your new Compute Instance. This is recommended for most deployments as an additional security measure. This account will be assigned to the sudo group, which provides elevated permission when running commands with the sudo prefix.

  • Limited sudo user: Enter your preferred username for the limited user.
  • Password for the limited user: Enter a strong password for the new user.
  • SSH public key for the limited user: If you wish to login as the limited user through public key authentication (without entering a password), enter your public key here. See Creating an SSH Key Pair and Configuring Public Key Authentication on a Server for instructions on generating a key pair.
  • Disable root access over SSH: To block the root user from logging in over SSH, select Yes (recommended). You can still switch to the root user once logged in and you can also log in as root through Lish.

Custom Domain (Optional)

If you wish to automatically configure a custom domain, you first need to configure your domain to use Linode’s name servers. This is typically accomplished directly through your registrar. See Use Linode’s Name Servers with Your Domain. Once that is finished, you can fill out the following fields for the Marketplace App:

  • Linode API Token: If you wish to use the Linode’s DNS Manager to manage DNS records for your custom domain, create a Linode API Personal Access Token on your account with Read/Write access to Domains. If this is provided along with the subdomain and domain fields (outlined below), the installation attempts to create DNS records via the Linode API. See Get an API Access Token. If you do not provide this field, you need to manually configure your DNS records through your DNS provider and point them to the IP address of the new instance.
  • Subdomain: The subdomain you wish to use, such as www for
  • Domain: The domain name you wish to use, such as

Do not use a double quotation mark character (") within any of the App-specific configuration fields, including user and database password fields. This special character may cause issues during deployment.

Getting Started after Deployment

Accessing the Joomla Site

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the custom domain you entered during deployment or your Compute Instance’s rDNS domain (such as You can also use your IPv4 address, though your connection will not be encrypted. See the Managing IP Addresses guide for information on viewing IP addresses and rDNS.

Setting Up Joomla

The first time you access your Joomla site, you are prompted to finish the Joomla installation. Complete each step of the process as described below.

  1. Within the Joomla Installer page that appears, select your language and enter a name for your site. Then click the Setup Login Data button.

  2. Enter the real name for your Joomla Super User account, your desired username and password, and your email address. Then click Setup Database Connection.

  3. Within the Database Configuration page, leave the default values within fields that are already populated. Enter joomla as the username and enter the password you created in the MySQL User Password field during deployment. Then, click the Install Joomla button.

  4. Joomla now checks the database connection and finishes the installation. Provided everything is successful, you should see a message indicating that the site is ready. To continue, click Open Site to view your Joomla site or select Open Administrator to view the site’s admin panel.

Accessing the Joomla Admin Dashboard

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the URL mentioned within the Accessing the Joomla Site section, appending administrator to the URL: http://[domain]/administrator.

  2. You are prompted to enter the Super User username and password you created when setting up Joomla for the first time. Click Log in once finished.

  3. After logging in, the admin dashboard appears. From here, you can manage your site. This includes creating content, new users, adjusting the templates, and much more. Check out the official Joomla documentation to learn how to further utilize your Joomla instance.

Currently, Linode does not manage software and systems updates for Marketplace Apps. It is up to the user to perform routine maintenance on software deployed in this fashion.

More Information

You may wish to consult the following resources for additional information on this topic. While these are provided in the hope that they will be useful, please note that we cannot vouch for the accuracy or timeliness of externally hosted materials.

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