Installing Nova 2 on your server is a painless process that should only take a few minutes if you have all the pieces you need at the start. In order to do a fresh install of Nova 2, you'll need the information below. If you don't know any of this, contact your host to get the information.
To begin the installation, you need to upload the Nova 2 files up to your server. If you're not sure how to upload the files to your server, contact your host for help with this step of the process or do a Google search.
Before beginning the installation, you can choose to change any of Nova's configuration options in the config files located in the
app/config directory. This is completely optional and Nova 2 will install fine without any changes to any files in the
This is the part where everyone panics and says it's too complicated and difficult to get started. This is also the part where we prove you wrong.
Setting up your connection to the database is dead simple. All you need to do is open your browser and navigate to the location on your server where you uploaded the Nova files. If your server was http://example.com and you uploaded Nova 2 to the root directory (often called
public_html), then you'd navigate to http://example.com and you'd be automatically redirected to the Config Setup page. From this page, you'll be able to tell Nova the information for connecting to your database and then Nova will 1) attempt to connect to the database and make sure it can, then 2) write that information to a connection file. Pretty easy, huh?
If for some reason your server doesn't support creating files from a web script, the setup process will show you the code to copy and paste into the database connection file.
Once you've stepped through creating the config file, you'll be sent over to the Install Center where you'll be given all your available options for installing Nova 2. Select Fresh Install from the list and follow the prompts to install Nova 2 in to your database. The steps of the install process are as follows:
At the end of the installation Nova will attempt to change several permissions in order to ensure all the backup and upload features work properly. It's possible that your host will have turned off the functions necessary to do this, so if you run in to any problems uploading to Nova, you'll need to change the file permissions on several directories to ensure they're writable (777). If you don't know how to change file permissions, contact your host. The following directories (and their sub-directories) need to be writable:
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