How to install ZO2

1. 1. System requirements

1. 1. 1.1 Server Requirements

We try to ensure that Zo2 templates (and specifically the Zo2 Library) will work with any modern and secure server environment. The recommended minimum requirements are:

  • PHP PHP 5.3.1 +
  • MySQL 5.1 +
  • Apache 2.x +
  • mod_mysql
  • mod_xml
  • mod_zlib

1. 2. 1.2 Browser Requirements

The back-end administration requirements of Zo2 in order of preference are as follows:

  • Firefox 4+
  • Safari 5+
  • Google Chrome 10+
  • Opera 10+
  • Internet Explorer 8+

1. 3. 1.3 Development Environment

During development process, Localhost is preferred. You can use the following servers in your PC to develop your site.


  • XAMPP for Windows


  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

2. 2. Installing system plugin

2. 1. 2.1 Uploading Plugin

Here is the tutorial that will direct you to step by step ZO2 Framework installation process.

  • In Joomla administration and click the Extensions> Extension Manager.
  • Under Upload Package Manager, click Choose File and select the system plugin bundle archive you downloaded earlier. Finally, click theUpload & Install.
  • When the plugin ZO2 Framework has been uploaded and installed successfully, you will see a confirmation message:
  • At this point you have successfully uploaded and installed a plugin!

However, by default Plugins are not enabled, so our next step is to configure and enabled the plugin.

2. 2. 2.2 Enabling Plugin

  • In the top menu, hover over Extensions and click Plug-In Manager
  • Use the Filter feature to find and select the plugin ZO2 Framework.
  • On the Plug-in Manager page, set Status to Enabled, configure any of the other settings available with the plugin, and then click the Save & Close button.

3. 3 Installing a template

If you don’t use Quickstart installation to install Noro, please follow these following steps:

3. 1. 3.1 Uploading File

  • Log-into the administration area of your site, nagative to Extension, then open the Extensions Manager
  • In the Upload Package File area, select the Choose File button, browse your PC for the template you downloaded, and click the Upload & Install button once the file name appears in the field.

3. 2. 3.2 Enabling Template

If you go to the front-end of your site, you’ll notice that nothing has changed. That’s because you’ve only installed the template, but you haven’t yet told Joomla that you want to use that specific template.

  • To tell Joomla to use that specific template, you’ll want to go to Extensions => Template Manager. Select ZO2-Hallo and Make Default to set ZO2 template as your default template.
  • To Configure ZO2 Hallo template: Components => ZO2 Framework => Templates Manager => ZO2 Hallo. You will see the list of params with default setting for the template. Hover your mouse on the name to see the description for each parameter.

That’s it! At this point you should have successfully installed ZO2 Hallo Template. Congratulations!

4. 4.Installing a quickstart package

ZO2 Framework comes with a quickstart package, which is easy to use and comfortable for users. It will help you save much time of installing and configuring if you plan to start your site from beginning.

Installing Quickstart package is quite easy as you install normal joomla! However, to begin the quickstart installation, you’ll first need to move our ZO2_Hallo installation package to the server. This can be accomplished by simply moving the downloaded package to your server, then unpacking it. Or you can unpack the files on your local computer, then move the Joomla installation over to your server. Either way, the Joomla installation needs to be unpacked in the root of your site.

Note: if you unpack the files on your own computer, then copy them to your server, be sure to move only the files contained INSIDE the Joomla package. If you transfer the Joomla folder as well, your site will be accessed at instead of

The Joomla installer now makes it very easy to install Joomla. With the files transferred to your server, access the Joomla installation through your web browser by entering the address of your site, for example

Now, Please follow these following steps:

4. 1. 4.1 Selecting Language

Select your language in the screen above.


4. 2. 4.2 Main Configuration

Enter the required informations of your site in **Main Configuration**. Then press theNext` button in the upper right corner.


4. 3. 4.3 Database Configuration

In this step, you are asked for Database details on the Database Configuration page, you need to provide the correct information for a successful install. If wrong, you might be unable to connect to the database.

Here you enter the Database type, Hostname, User name, Database name and the Table Prefix for the MySQL database you have set up.


4. 4. 4.4 Installing Sample Data

If you install sample data, you will have a site like our demo. If you select default sample data, you will a fresh site site with Zo2 framework plugin and Zo2 blank template installed and enabled. Click Install to continue.


Installing Sample Data may take a few minutes.


4. 5. 4.5 Removing or Renaming the Installation folder

The last screen of the Joomla installation informs you that you should delete Installation folder from your web hosting space to complete the installation. You can do it by clicking the Remove Installation Folder button on this screen.

5. 5. Upgrading

Note: BACK UP is required, please back-up your site before upgrading

There are two methods of upgrading the ZO2 Hallo. You can either do so via the Joomla Updater, or through an overriding reinstall.

5. 1. 5.1 Option 1: Via Joomla Updater

  • Go to Extensions => Extensions Manager => Update, select Find Updates to load all available updates, if they are not already shown.
  • Then, tick the box next to the name of plugin and click Update.


  • After that, ZO2 Framework Plugin will now be updated directly from the Web.

5. 2. 5.2 Option 2: Through an overriding reinstall

  • You would just need to download the latest Zo2 Framework files, and install at Extensions => Extensions Manager => Install.
  • In the Upload Package File area, select the Choose File button, browse your PC for the file you just downloaded, and click the Upload & Install button to begin the update. There is no need to uninstall first as the files will be updated during the installation process.


You can check to see if the correct Zo2 Framework version has been installed by going to Extensions => Extensions Manager => Manage, and searching for Zo2 Framework. The version number will appear in the table.

6. 6. Uninstallation


7. 7. Permissions

The two directories assets/zo2 and layouts with theirs children should be writable by Joomla. For advanced users, the ideal permissions for those two directories are 0755, which means the directories are writable by theirs owner. If you’re expriencing missing CSS or JS files, you may need tochmod these directories to 0777. Please checking the documents your hosting provider, or contact our support if you’re having trouble with permissions, we’re happy to help you.