Install Batflat CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 / 18.10 with Apache2 and PHP 7.2 Support

Batflat is a light, fast and bootstrap ready flat-file CMS (Content Management System) that allows users and webmasters to create websites without the need of a separate database…. Just download the web content files and enjoy!

It offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal…

For one, it doesn’t need a database server, call it database-less… It is is only 1024 kilobytes and it has all features that you need but is smaller than WordPress, like SEO friendly design, flexible CSS framework and more…

Batflat uses a unique algorithm to find or list any content based on date, type, category, tag, or author, and the performance will remain fast even if y0u have thousands of posts and hundreds of tags…

For more about Batflat, please check it homepage

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Batflat on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS with Apache2 and PHP 7.2 support….

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use… so install it, since Batflat needs it..

To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected..

http://localhost

apache2 ubuntu install

Step 2: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories for some systems…. if you need it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-curl php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Apache2…

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

Step 3: Restart Apache2

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations…

To restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file.. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Step 4: Download Batflat Latest Release

Next, visit Batflat site and download the latest package…. or run the commands below to download Batflat pckages from github….

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new Batflat root directory. After that, change into Batflat root directory to install PHP required packages…

cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/sruupl/batflat/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
sudo mv batflat-master /var/www/html/batflat

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Batflat to adjust the directory permissions…

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/batflat/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/batflat/

Step 5: Configure Apache2 Batflat Site

Finally, configure Apache2 configuration file for Batflat. This file will control how users access Batflat content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called batflat.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/batflat.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin admin@example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/batflat/
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

     <Directory /var/www/html/batflat/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

Step 6: Enable the Batflat Site and Rewrite Module

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below, then restart Apache2 server…

sudo a2ensite batflat.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart Apache2

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Next, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Batflat page… enter your blog info and complete the setup…

http://example.com/

Batflat ubuntu setup

Enjoy!

Batflat began as a databaseless flat file content management system…. It’s structure allowed you to have just the amount of functionality you needed in a flat file CMS solution, adding extensions (blade packs) for further functionality, whilst allowing setup on simple servers with no database….

To logon as admin, go to:

http://example.com/admin

Login with:

Username: admin
Password: admin

Batflat admin login ubuntu

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