The Site Setup page consists of four areas which can be used to optionally modify details of your restored site. It's not mandatory to go through its options if you are restoring on top of the same site you backed up from. All of the information in this page is pre-populated with the values read from the configuration.php file which was present in your backup archive's root.
ANGIE for Joomla! - The site setup page
The first area is called Site Parameters and contains the most basic options for your site.
The Site Name is the name of the restored Joomla! site which appears throughout the Joomla! application. The Site e-mail address is the e-mail address from which all e-mail sent out from your site will appear to originate from. Similarly, the Site e-mail sender name is the sender's name appearing in those e-mails' From field.
The Live site URL is optional and
normally not required on the vast majority of hosts. If your site
doesn't seem to work properly – e.g. missing pictures, all links
resulting in 404 errors, etc – you may want to fill in your site's
URL, for example
http://www.example.com (include the
http:// part, but not a trailing slash or
You will also see two more settings here regarding cookies. Under normal circumstances, both of them should be left empty. You only need to edit them if they are not blank and you are transferring your site to a different directory or domain name. The Cookie domain is the domain name of your site, without the protocol and, usually, without the www part. For example, if you are restoring to http://www.example.com, the Cookie domain is example.com (I will stress that again: there is NO http:// in there!!). The Cookie path is the subdirectory of your site, relative to the domain's root. If you are restoring to the root of a domain, e.g. http://www.example.com, then it is / (a single forward slash). If you are restoring to a subdirectory it's a slash followed by the directory's name. For example, if you're restoring to http://www.example.com/joomla then the Cookie path is /joomla (WITH a leading slash, but WITHOUT a trailing slash).
If the Cookie domain and/or Cookie path settings are non-empty and do not correspond to the location (domain name and directory) you are restoring your site to, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOG IN in the front- or the back-end of your site. On most servers you can just leave them blank (strongly recommended). Be advised that if you request support for this issue you will be ignored because there is nothing we can support you with; you are simply entering the wrong values in these fields. You have to either retry the restoration or edit your configuration.php file and modify the cookie_domain and cookie_path parameters.
The Override tmp and log paths is a
handy feature if you are restoring to a subdomain or subdirectory
of the site you backed up from. It will force the paths to the
to point inside the restored site's
log directory respectively. If you don't
check this box, it is possible that the restored site will
reference the old site's
log paths, potentially causing issues in the
long run. As a rule of thumb: always check this option unless you
know what you are doing!
The next area, called FTP Layer Options, contains the necessary settings for enabling Joomla!’s FTP layer.
The Enable the FTP layer will activate Joomla!'s FTP layer, which forces the Joomla! core and several conforming extensions to write to your site's files using FTP instead of direct file access through PHP. This is designed to work around permissions issues with the majority of shared hosts. If you had to use Kickstart's Use FTP option or if you uploaded the extracted files manually through FTP you must enable it and go through these settings, unless your host told you that they are using suPHP.
The rest of the FTP settings are exactly the same as those you had to fill in Kickstart:
Use the domain name to access your site's FTP server
Leave the default value (21) unless your host tells you otherwise. Do note that Joomla! only supports plain FTP. If your host tells you to use port 22 – which is used only by SFTP – it won't work.
What they claim to be, the user name and password to connect to your site's FTP server
The absolute FTP path to your site's root. The easiest
way to find it is using FileZilla to connect to your site
and navigate to your site's root, which is usually a
www. Look at the right hand pane, above
the folder tree (Remote site text box).
Copy it and paste it in the Directory box.
You can instead fill in all of the other
information, leave this field blank and click on the
The third area is the Super Administrator settings.
In this pane you can change the details of one of the Super Administrators on your site. First, select the username of the Super Administrator you want to modify from the User name drop-down list. Then, simply type and retype the new password in the two fields below. The final field, E-mail address, is the e-mail address linked to that Super Administrator. Make sure the address you type in here is not used already used by another user of the site or you will be unable to reset your Super Administrator password if you forget it.
This feature can change the password of exactly one Super Administrator account (the one selected in the drop-down box). Its reason of existence is to allow you to reset the Super Administrator password should you forget it or quite simply don't know it (e.g. restoring a client's site to a dev server).
Finally, we have the Directories fine-tuning pane with advanced settings meant for power users and site builders.
The two options you can modify are the Temporary Directory
and Log Directory paths. For your convenience, the absolute path
to the site's root is displayed above. You should only need to use
these fine-tuning parameters if you want to place the
outside your site's root. Both of them must be absolute paths. For
your convenience the absolute path to the site's root is printed
above so that you can get them right every time.
Finally, click on the
configuration.php file and display the final