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In this Magento 1.6 installation guide, we'll show you how to install Magento and get your store up and running in no time. Since Magento 1.6 is going to be manually installed without the use of a third party installer, there are quite a few steps, however, the installation process is quite easy.

Before installing Magento 1.6, please note, you will need either a VPS hosting plan or a Dedicated hosting plan, due to the resources needed to run Magento.

Please see our Magento Tutorials for further information on setting up your Magento 1.6 shopping cart.

    Setting up a Database

  1. Log into cPanel and using the MySQL Database Wizard, set up a blank database for your new Magento installation. Be sure to make note of the database credentials as we’ll have to use them later on in the installation process. Here’s the credentials we’ve used:
    Database name inmoti6_magento
    Database User inmoti6_mageusr
    Databse User Password ***** ** (We’ve left out our password to protect the security of our database

    Download Magento Install Package

  3. Download the Magento install package from the Magento website:
  4. Under the “Full Release” section, select any of the files under “Select your format” and click “Download
  5. Upload Magento

  6. Now, using the cPanel File Manager upload the compressed package you just downloaded from the Magento website. Upload it in the same directory you wish to install Magento in. In our example we’re installing Magento in a subdomain called “” so we’re uploading the .zip file to the root folder for that subdomain.
  7. magento_install_1

  8. In File Manager, right-click on the .zip file and extract the file to the current location.
  9. This will create a folder called “magento”. We need to move the contents of the “magento” folder to the parent folder above. If we do not do this step our store will install in the “” location instead of “”. Open the Magento folder, and “select all” files and folders.
  10. Right-click with the files selected and select “move”. Change the “move” location to the parent folder above the “magento” folder
  11. Edit the .htaccess file in Magento

  12. In the root folder, find the .htaccess file and right click on it. Then choose “Edit
  13. Find this line of code:
  14. php_value memory_limit 256M

    And change it to this:

    # php_value memory_limit 256M


    Configure Magento

  15. Now, visit your new Magento 1.6 installation in your web browser. We installed ours in the subdomain "magento" so it would be:
  16. On the next screen, select the localization settings for your timezone, currency, and language
  17. magento_install_locale_1

  18. Fill in your database credentials that you wrote down from the first step and click "Continue"
  19. magento_install_dbconfig_1

  20. Fill in the Admin Account Details and Click "Continue"
  21. magento_install_admin_1

  22. On the next screen, Magento 1.6 will provide you with an encryption key. Copy the key down and store it in a safe place.
  23. magento_install_encrypt_key_1

At this point, you've initially installed and configured your new Magento shopping cart. You can visit your website frontend or backend (commonly refferred to as the admin dashboard).

If you need further assistance please feel free to ask a question on our support center.

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n/a Points
2014-07-27 11:05 pm

Edit the .htaccess file in Magento

in the opened file, i don't see what in the picture, but the followin,


# To set your custom php.ini, add the following line to this file:# suphp_configpath /home/yourusername/path/to/php.ini# php_value mbstring.func_overload 4 # Required for PWSB support. Please do not uncomment this line.


what should I do ?

31,565 Points
2014-07-28 8:25 am
Hello David,

When Magento installs, it should also include a .htaccess file in its root folder. This file should have quite a bit of information in it. Also, there is another file named .htaccess.sample with a copy of that base information. If you have that, simply replace the current .htaccess file code with the .htaccess.sample code. Then you should be able to see the code you need to alter in the instructions above.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-05-29 12:27 am

Hello, Anirban

When Magento installs, it should also include a .htaccess file in its root folder. This file should have quite a bit of information in it. Also, there is another file named.

n/a Points
2015-09-01 8:00 am



I am trying to install Magento to the hosting but it keep saying database error. I have creating SQL database and assigned a user with proper password as permentioned and i have given the previllages to the user also.

As I am directly uploading magento files inside the public_html folder, so for that reason I don't think I don't need to change the .htaccess file, Please let me know if i am wrong. coz I am still getting the msg saying database error. :(



7,008 Points
2015-09-02 12:10 am
Hello Kunal,

Can you please provide your domain so we may look into the error. How did you install Magento? (via Softaculous or manually).

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
2015-09-01 8:06 am
I am also facing trouble its keep saying database connection error. I hosted all the files under public_html folder in the server.

So i believe i don't need to change the .htaccess file, Please let me know what I am doing wrong.
Please Note: I have created the database and user and assigned all the privileges to the user.

7,008 Points
2015-09-02 12:11 am
Hello Maddy,

Can you please provide your domain so we may look into the issue further?

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2015-09-24 1:12 pm

i followed the procedure as it is ... but still when m opening my domain link... its just do nothing , magento installation its not asking for ... its giving me same thing that its hosted by miles web.. 

what should i do?

19,794 Points
2015-09-24 1:45 pm
Hello karan,

Thank you for contacting us. I recommend checking your account for any index files, such as: index.htm, or index.html (If these are there, they will load before the index.php of your magento site).

Also, make sure your website is pointed to the correct server.

If your problems persist, I recommend contacting your Host, so they can check your account for issues.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-09-24 2:39 pm

yes there was an index file inside public_html. after doing some search, i transferred my magento files inside public_html and happily, the installation wizard came on type my domain but now i cant click on continue over there, even though all other links in that page are working..


can you help me with that?


19,794 Points
2015-09-24 2:49 pm
Hello karan,

Thank you for contacting us. I'm glad you were able to get the installation wizard to load.

Can you provide a link to the site, so we can test it?

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-09-24 3:14 pm

my hosting provider have a one click install for magento. will that be ok to go with that? does that make a difference if i do it manually or not?

sorry m beginner


19,794 Points
2015-09-24 3:43 pm
Hello karan,

Thank you for contacting us. Yes, it should be fine to use the "one click" installation. We recommend using our 1-click installation (Softaculous) whenever people are having trouble manually installing the software.

Thank you,

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