Install CMSUno on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 with Apache2 and PHP 7.2

CMSUno is an open source, flat-file (no databases) content management system (CMS) based on PHP and jQuery that lets you build beautiful and responsive websites with ease for your projects or clients…..

If you are looking for a solution to build a database-less websites blogs, then CMSUno is a good place to start… No database servers required, all  data stored in JSON file which makes it easier to install, faster to use, very suitable for Ajax transfer…

This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow webmasters to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…

For more about CMSUno, please check their Homepage

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install CMSUno CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…

To get started with installing CMSUno, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

CMSUno 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…

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

Now that Apache2 is installed…. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below…

http://localhost

Apache2 Test Page

If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed…

Step 2: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

CMSUno 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:

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-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

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

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP Test Page

Step 3: Download CMSUno Latest Release

To get CMSUno latest release you may want to use Github repository… Install git tool to download CMSUno packages…..

sudo apt install git

After installing curl and Composer above, change into the Apache2 root directory and download CMSUno packages from Github…

cd /var/www/html
sudo git clone https://github.com/boiteasite/cmsuno.git

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for CMSUno root directory and give Apache2 control….

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

Step 4: Configure Apache2

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for CMSUno. This file will control how users access WebsiteBaker content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called cmsuno.conf

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

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

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
    
     <Directory /var/www/html/cmsuno/>
            RewriteEngine on
            RewriteBase /
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]
    </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

Step 5: Enable the CMSUno and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite cmsuno.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name followed by /uno/php

http://example.com/uno.php

You will see CMSUno logon page….

The initial login & password : cmsuno & 654321

After logging on to the admin page, change the password… then start writing great content…

CMSUno Ubuntu Install

After that, the site should be created and ready to use..

Enjoy~

Congratulation! You have successfully installed CMSUno CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 and 18.10….

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