Here's a quick overview of how to get started with Hotaru CMS: If you'd like to access the files via Subversion, instructions are here. Upgrading Backup your database! Download the latest version of Hotaru CMS. Turn off all your plugins. Overwrite ALL the old files. If you've made any customizations, read this first. Go to /install/upgrade.php Turn your plugins back on Reactivate your widgets When finished, delete the install folder. First-time Installation Download the latest version of Hotaru CMS. Create a database called "hotaru" in cPanel->mySQLdatabases, phpMyAdmin or equivalent. Rename /hotaru_settings_default.php to /hotaru_settings.php. Open /hotaru_settings.php and edit the top section with your database details and path to Hotaru, e.g. http://www.myhotarusite.com/ Upload the contents of the "hotaru" folder to your server. Files should have permissions set to 644 and folders should be set to 755, except... Set /cache and its sub-folders to 777 Go to /install/install.php and step through the five steps, following the instructions in each. When finished, delete the install folder. Setting up your site Log into Admin and go to Admin -> Settings Change the settings as appropriate, but leave DB_CACHE as false for now. Download plugins from the Plugin Downloads forum, unzip and upload them to the /content/plugins/ directory. Go to Admin -> Plugin Management and install the plugins one by one. Edit settings for each plugin listed in the sidebar under Plugin Settings. Click the site title/banner to view your changes. When finished, return to Admin -> Settings and set DB_CACHE to true. Friendly URLS If you want to use friendly urls, rename htaccess_default to .htaccess, and edit it according to the instructions within the htaccess file. Then go to Admin -> Settings and change the "friendly urls" setting to true. Troubleshooting If you're having trouble installing Hotaru, please post your questions with as much detail as possible in the How-To and Troubleshooting forum.