Omeka Guide


Step 1: Launch the Installer

Head to your Domain of One’s Own’s cPanel. Once you have logged in and reached your cPanel, under featured applications, you need to find Omeka (Fig. 1)

A Picture with a red arrow pointing to where one can find Omeka
Fig. 1

This will take you to a page telling you a little bit about the application you intend to install- in this case, Omeka. When you are ready you can click install this application, which will be located to the right of the screen (Fig. 2).

Red arrow showing where the install this application button is
Fig. 2

Step 2: Choosing the settings

Now you should be on a settings page where you can select what domain you would like to install Omeka.


Location is where you will choose which domain or subdomain you would like Omeka to install.


Under Domain (Fig. 4), you can click the arrow to get a drop-down menu listing your main domain and all of your subdomains. There will be two versions of each domain. One will start with http and another will start with https. It is important to select the one with https as it will make your site more secure.

Where the domain is listed is highlighted
Fig. 4

Directory (Optional)

Underneath Domain will be a bar labeled as Directory (Optional). You should delete the cms that is auto-filled to this box. If left in, cms will appear at the end of your website’s URL (Fig. 5).

Showing where the cms is and what your URL will look like if you fail to delete it.
Fig. 5


Below Location is Version. Omeka will automatically be downloaded in the newest version and this should be kept the way it is. Lower down in Version you will have the option to choose whether or not you wish for Omeka to automatically be updated once you download it. We recommend you keep the default settings to ensure your site remains up to date (Fig. 6)

Fig. 6


The next set of options is under Settings (Fig. 7). Here, you will set an administrator username and password. Unlike WordPress, it is important that you can remember these as you will need them to sign into your account and use Omeka. You can also change your password and username here at any point.

You can change your website title now if you would like to, but if you decide to wait or change the title later, that’s fine.

Fig. 7

Final Installation Step

The final step in installing Omeka is to hit the install button at the bottom right corner (Fig. 8)

Red arrow pointing to the install button
Fig. 8

Step 3: Launching Omeka

Now that Omeka has been installed, you can access your Omeka profile at any time by logging into your cPanel through Domain of One’s Own. Your new Omeka site should be underneath Applications (Fig. 9)

Applications with new Omeka site listed
Fig. 9

You can click on your new Omeka site. You will be taken to a page with information about your Omeka site and three links (Fig. 10).

Fig. 10

The first link will take you to what people visiting your website will see. The second ends with /admin/ and is what you will click to access the back end of your website, where you’ll be able to make edits or add to the Omeka site. The third and final link takes you to forums where people post about Omeka. This is a useful place to find information if you are experiencing issues with your website.

Unlike with applications like WordPress, the admin username and password won’t automatically fill in for you. Instead, you will have to log in using the password and username that you set up earlier (Fig. 11).

Login page for Omeka
Fig. 11

After these are typed in, you will be in the backend of your Omeka account and can start editing.

Themes and Plugins

Now that your Omeka is up and running, it will probably be helpful to check out the themes and plugins available to you that allow your site to have more capabilities and customization. To do that, you can check out and can click on Themes or Plugins on the landing page at the top (Fig. 12).

Orange arrow pointing to where you can find themes and plugins
Fig. 12


Themes affect the layout of your website, and are important when it comes to design. To see the available themes, you click on themes at (Fig. 13).

Red arrow showing where the available themes are
Fig. 13

These themes can be sorted either alphabetically or by how recently they were added (Fig. 14).

Red arrow showing where you can go to sort themes
Fig. 14

Once you find a theme you like, you can either click on the theme to receive more information about it or hit the download button (Fig. 15).

Red arrow that shows where the download button is
Fig. 15

After you click the download button, the theme will be downloaded onto your computer. With the theme downloaded, navigate to your cPanel and scroll down until you find your file manager located underneath Files (Fig. 16).

Red arrow pointing to file manager underneath Files
Fig. 16

Click on file manager and find your website before clicking on the themes folder (Fig. 17).

Red arrow pointing to the themes folder
Fig. 17

Once there, you will want to click on the upload folder at the top (Fig. 18).

Red arrow putting to where to upload
Fig. 18

You’ll then be prompted to click to select which file to upload (Fig. 19).

Where to select file to upload
Fig. 19

Next, you will have to unzip the file that you uploaded. To do that, you will have to click on the zipped file and press extract (Fig. 20).

Where to find Extract underlined in red
Fig. 20

When you do this, you can add a new name for the unzipped file (Fig. 21).

An example of renaming the extract
Fig. 21

Sometimes these files will end up in the domain folder instead of the folder for themes, so after completing this step, it’s important to look and see where these files may have ended up. If this happens you can drag your theme back into the theme folder.

With a theme now uploaded into your file manager, you can go to the dashboard of your Omeka site and click on appearance (Fig. 22).

Red arrow pointing to where to find Appearance in the upper right of Omeka site
Fig. 22

Now, on the themes page, you should see a new theme has appeared (Fig. 23)

The new theme in the backend of my website
Fig. 23

To activate your new theme, you can click Use this Theme.

If you want to make more adjustments to the theme, you can hit the Configure button (Fig. 24)

Red arrow pointing to where to find configure theme
Fig. 24


You can access plugins the same way as themes. Instead of clicking on themes at the top of, you can click plugins (Fig. 25). They will also be sorted in the same way, recently added or alphabetically.

Red arrow pointing to where to find the options for plugins.
Fig. 25

When you find the plugin you want you can click on it for more information and when you are ready you can hit the download button (Fig. 26).

Red arrow pointing to the button where a plugin can be downloaded
Fig. 26

Returning to the File Manager, you’ll want to find the folder underneath your domain labeled Plugins (Fig. 27).

Plugin folder underlined in red
Fig. 27

Following the same steps as with a theme, you will upload the plugin in and extract it from the zip file.

To activate your new plugin, head to your website dashboard and click on plugins (Fig. 28).

Red arrow pointing on where to click on plugins
Fig. 28

After you click Plugins, you find the plugin you want and hit install (Fig. 29).

Red arrow pointing to install button
Fig. 29

After you complete this step, your plugin should be installed and up and running (Fig. 30).

What your screen should look like after your plugin was installed.
Fig. 30

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