I'm using ALtervista to host my website. I've just installed joomla 2.5 using the auto-installation of Altervista.

Exported a database in sql.gz format and imported it into my new database on Altervista.

Then via FTP, using FileZilla, I copied everything that was in my old website and pasted it into the /joomla folder created by Altervista, overriding already existing files.

When done, I changed the configuration to the database on the configuration.php file and accidentally I read that phrase when trying to load my website: why is that?

  • Please ask me anything, but give me some feedback
    – FET
    Oct 9 '16 at 14:43

The error happens when Joomla can't read the configuration.php file, so it tries to check for an installation folder, but it doesn't find one.

Check if the configuration.php file is not an empty file - it might be that the FTP tool that you have used has corrupted the file. If everything's OK, then check the permissions and the ownership on the configuration.php file.

  • The file is not empty and its permissions are set as 664
    – FET
    Oct 10 '16 at 14:51
  • What about the folder permissions? The folders need to have x set
    – jdog
    Nov 9 '16 at 14:23

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