This is a step by step tutorial on how to install Joomla manually on a web server. In this article we focus on the installation of Joomla 3, as it is the latest stable branch officially recommended for all new projects.
To start a Joomla installation on a web server, first you need to download the Joomla installation package. We recommend that you download Joomla only from the official website of the application - Joomla.org. If you download the Joomla 3 installation package from other than the official one, there is a risk of malicious code in the setup files.
Once you click on the Download button for the latest Joomla version, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the installation package (should be named Joomla_3.0.3-Stable-Full_Package.zip or similar) that you've just downloaded and extract it to a new folder.
Now, you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your web server. The easiest way to upload the Joomla installation files is via FTP. For detailed information on how to upload files via FTP, please check our FTP Tutorial.