BlackCat is an easy-to-use, clear and versatile content management system (CMS) that enables you to run nearly all the websites and portals without having to learn HTML and other design skills…..
If you want a stable and reliable CMS to run your sites that is easy to use and manage, then BlackCat is a good place to start… It is built on an open source core with support for open standards, which might be very useful in helping you run your digital content…
This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…
For more about BlackCat CMS, please check their Homepage
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install BlackCat CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…
To get started with installing BlackCat CMS, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server
BlackCat CMS requires a web server and Apache2 HTTP server is the most popular open source web server available today… To install Apache2 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…
Now that Apache2 is installed…. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below…
If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed…
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
BlackCat CMS also requires a database server to store its content… If you’re looking for a truly open source database server, then MariaDB is a great place to start… To install MariaDB run the commands below:
Next, run the commands below to secure the database server with a root password if you were not prompted to do so during the installation…
When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.
Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
New password: Enter password
Re-enter new password: Repeat password
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y
Now that MariaDB is installed, to test whether the database server was successfully installed, run the commands below…
sudo mysql -u root -p
type the root password when prompted…
If you see a similar screen as shown above, then the server was successfully installed…
Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules
BlackCat CMS is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required… However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories… To run PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:
After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default configuration file for Apache2…
sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini
The lines below is a good settings for most PHP based CMS… Update the configuration file with these and save….
file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago
Everytime you make changes to PHP configuration file, you should also restart Apache2 web server… To do so, run the commands below:
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service
Now that PHP is installed, to test whether it’s functioning, create a test file called phpinfo.php in Apache2 default root directory…. ( /var/www/html/)
sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
Then type the content below and save the file.
<?php phpinfo( ); ?>
Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address followed by phpinfo.php
You should see PHP default test page…
Step 4: Create BlackCat CMS Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for BlackCat CMS to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank BlackCat CMS database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called blackcat
CREATE DATABASE blackcat;
Create a database user called blackcatuser with a new password
CREATE USER 'blackcatuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON blackcat.* TO 'blackcatuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download BlackCat CMS Latest Release
To get BlackCat CMS latest release you may want to get it from its download page below… At the time of this writing the current version is 4.1.0…
Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for BlackCat CMS. This file will control how users access WebsiteBaker content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called blackcat.conf
Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see BlackCat CMS setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
Then follow the on-screen instruction… Go to step two, three and validate that your environement meet the minimum setup….
Set required BlackCat configuration parameters. Some parameters are required to be set before BlackCat installaton… After the installation is complete log in to the administration console and configure remaining parameters. This should be your very first administrator task.
On Step 1, verify that all requiremnts are met and continue
Step 2, choose the global configuration settings and continue..
On Step 3, enter the database connection info you created above and continue…
On Step 4, create an admin account and continue…
After that, complete the installation and you’re done..
Congratulation! You have successfully installed BlackCat CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 and 18.10….