Installation Instructions for the Trial Version


ExpressionEngine is installed in six steps.

Please Note:
These instructions only apply to the Trial Version.

The Trial version of ExpressionEngine requires Zend Optimizer 2.5 or higher to be installed and configured on your server. The trial will not run correctly on versions earlier than 2.5.

We can perform the installation if you would prefer to not do it yourself. For more information please visit pMachine Services.

Running the installation script will overwrite any existing ExpressionEngine information you may have in your database, including entries, Template changes, and settings. It will effectively "reset" your installation.

Step 1

Get Your Settings

In order to install ExpressionEngine you will need to know 4 pieces of information. If you do not know what they are, please contact your hosting provider and ask them.

  1. MySQL Database Name
  2. MySQL Server Address (often "localhost" or the server IP address)
  3. MySQL Username
  4. MySQL Password

Note: You will need to create your database before running the ExpressionEngine installation. This can usually be done either using something such as phpMyAdmin or through your web hosting account control panel.

Step 2

Rename the "system" folder

This is an optional, but recommended step that increases security by keeping the directory containing your ExpressionEngine backend files hidden from public access.

To perform this step: Rename the directory called system. Choose a name that is not easily guessed.

Step 3

Upload the Files

Using an FTP program such as WS_FTP, Transmit, Fetch, etc. upload the ExpressionEngine files to your server.

Important: The following folders and their content must be uploaded in BINARY mode in order for the Trial to work:

The images contained in the images directory should also be uploaded in BINARY.

All other files should be uploaded in ASCII (sometimes called "text") format.

Do not upload the following file and directory; they are only used for people performing an update from a previous version:

Step 4

Set File Permissions

If you are hosted on a Windows server, skip this step.

If you are using a Unix server you must set the following files to 666

You must set the following directories to 777

Step 5

Choose the Look of Your Weblog

Browse our template library and choose your favorite one. Make a note of the ID number. You will need it in Step 6.

Browse the ExpressionEngine Template Library

Step 6

Run the Installation Wizard

If you have performed the above steps and you are ready to install ExpressionEngine, point your browser the file called install.php, which resides in your main ExpressionEngine directory.

Language Packs

There are additional Language Packs available at the main ExpressionEngine site.

Troubleshooting and Running PHP as CGI

Please see the standard installation instructions for troubleshooting tips as well as special information if your server runs PHP as a CGI process.