- Path to Temp Folder
This is the folder Joomla uses when storing temporary files. For example, when you install an extension from an archived file, this is the folder where files are extracted before they are actually installed.
- GZIP Page Compression
- Error Reporting
Error Reporting sets the level of reporting you want when errors occur.
- Force SSL
You can force your entire site or Administrator only to run under SSL. This means that all traffic to and from your site would be encrypted and not readable by hackers using packet-sniffing software. You will need to make sure that you have a valid certificate installed or end users will receive a warning from their web browser when visiting your site.
- Enable FTP
The FTP Layer is one of the best things to happen to Joomla. It solved the problem that Joomla 1.0.x users had when Joomla created a file. The file would be owned by Apache and not the user that actually created it. This lead to permissions issues when trying to delete the file via FTP. Instead of creating a file in a directory, Joomla will actually FTP it to the folder, thus preserving file ownership.
- FTP Host
This is the name of the host for your FTP server. Typically, 127.0.0.1 works.
- FTP Port
The default port for FTP is port 21. However, some hosts change this for security reasons, so check with your hosting provider if it doesn’t work.
- FTP Username
This is the username for the FTP account.
- FTP Password
This is the password for the FTP account.
- FTP Root
Typically, when you log in to your hosting account via FTP, you won’t end up in Joomla’s root directory by default. The FTP Root is nothing more than the path from FTP’s root directory to Joomla’s directory.
- Database Type
The database type is almost always mysql. Changing this field could cause your site to stop working, so it shouldn’t be altered unless you know exactly what you’re doing. You may want to change it if you switch hosts to one with a different type of compatible database or you change the type of database on your current server.
This is the username for the MySQL account that has access and write privileges to your database.
This is the name of the database where your Joomla tables are.
- Database Prefix
All of the Joomla tables for this installation begin with a database prefix. This is typically jos_. If you wanted to add a second installation to Joomla and not create a new database, you could just give it a different prefix like jos2_. Once this is set, you will probably never change it.
You may have noticed that Password is not an option within the
Database Settings. If you want
to change the MySQL password, you’ll need to manually change the
$password variable in the file configuration.php
located in Joomla’s root directory.
- Mail from
When an email is sent out, this is the return email address.
- From Name
When an email is sent out, this name is shown as the sender.
- Sendmail Path
If you set Mailer to be Sendmail, this is the path to the Sendmail script on your server.
- SMTP Authentication
- SMTP Username
When authentication is required, you must supply a username for the SMTP server.
- SMTP Password
When authentication is required, you must supply a password for the SMTP server.
- SMTP Host