Install Baun CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.2 Support

Baun is an open-source, flat-file content management system (CMS) with slick admin interface…. lightweight codebase and designed with performance in mind….. 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 to function…  it’s a flat-file CMS… It also provides native markdown WYSIWYG support, SEO friendly, flexible CSS framework and easily installation and management…

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Baun CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS with Apache2 and PHP 7.2 support….

When you’re ready to get Baun working, continue with the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use… so install it, since Baun 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-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 Baun Latest Release

Next, visit Baun site and download the latest package…. or run the commands below to install git which is require to download Baun pckages from github….

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new Baun root directory.

sudo apt install git curl
cd /tmp && git clone https://github.com/BaunCMS/Baun.git
sudo mv Baun /var/www/html/baun

Next, run the commands below to install composer package and install.. you must have curl package installed for the commands to work.. if not, just run sudo apt install curl to install it…

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After that, change into Baun root directory to install PHP required packages…

cd /var/www/html/baun
sudo composer install

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Baun to function properly.

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

Step 5: Configure Apache2 Baun Site

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

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/baun.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/baun/public
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

     <Directory /var/www/html/baun/public/>
          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 Baun Site and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite baun.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 Baun page…

Baun Ubuntu install

You have successfully installed Baun CMS on Ubuntu….. Follow the link below to learn how to enable the admin portal…

https://bauncms.com/plugins/admin/docs

Ubuntu Baun install

Enjoy!

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