Magento 1.x. How to Install Template and Sample Data

Here you can find the instructions on how to install template and sample data.

Create a database

  • Firstly, create a MySQL database and database user/password for Magento.

Import the dump.sql file

  • Then import the dump.sql file (  file you can find in your template package ) into your database.
  • Go to your template preview page. There you will find all the necessary information about the  required Magento version under the “Technical Details” section.
  • Download the required version of Magento at under the “Release Archive” tab and upload its content to your server via FTP or FileManager of your CPanel.
You should download full version, not downloader.
  • Navigate to the template files directory and open themeXXX folder, where XXX is the theme number.
    • There you can see app, js, lib, skin folders and .htaccess and robots files.
    • In the Sources/sample_data folder of your template find media folder.
    • Upload these files and folders to your Magento installation root.

Magento Installation

Please DO NOT import sample data if you have a live website as it will completely replace your database contents, and all your website data will be lost.
  • After that you need to open a web browser and type http://your_domain_name/root_to_Magento in your browser address bar.
  • Check the terms and conditions checkbox and click on the continue button.
  • Next, you should set default location, time zone and currency for your online shop.
  • At step 3 called “Configuration” you are going to see a screen asking for the MySQL database details created at Step 1 of this tutorial. This page is divided  into several different sections:
    • Database connection: Here you need to enter your host name, database name, user and password, and tables prefix. This can be found through your web hosting cpanel or another administrative interface.
    • Web access options: specify the URL of your Magento store, for example For Admin Path it should prefill with admin is customizable. If you have an SSL, it is recommended that you check the Use Secure URLs (SSL) box.
    • Session storage options: Also you can choose either File System or Database. Storing sessions in the database is better for security, but might cause additional load on your database. Session storage that uses File System allows easy access to session information via FTP.
    • Then, click  on the Continue button.
  • After, you will have to type your first, last name, e-mail, username and passwords in. Then specify the encryption key as it encrypts all the data. In case you want to decrypt it, you will have to give the encryption key. Leave this field empty and Magento will use some random key for this purpose which will be given to you in next step.
  • Now, you can  go to the frontend or backend:
    • Front-end: if you click on it, you are going to see the template looking like the live demo.
    • Back-end: it is your admin dashboard where you can manage your e-store.
  • Also, you may need to clear Magento cache.
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