Install flatCore CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10 with Apache2 and PHP 7.2

flatCore is an open source, flat-file content management system (CMS) based on PHP and PDO/SQLite that can be used to build beautiful websites and apps with control over everything, including all your own HTML…..

If you are looking for a solution to edit your website live and with ease, then flatCore 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 webmasters to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…

For more about flatCore, please check their Homepage

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

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

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

flatCore 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

flatCore 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-sqlite3 php7.2-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-bcmath 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 flatCore Latest Release

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

sudo apt install git

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

cd /var/www/html
sudo git clone https://github.com/flatCore/flatCore-CMS.git flatcore

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

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

Step 4: Configure Apache2

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

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

     <Directory /var/www/html/flatcore/>
          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/flatcore/>
            RewriteEngine on
            RewriteBase /
            RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
            RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]
    </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

Step 5: Enable the flatCore and Rewrite Module

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see flatCore setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

http://example.com/install/index.php

Then follow the on-screen instruction…  Choose the installation language and continue…

flatCore Ubuntu Install

Next, validate that all required packages are installed… and continue.

flatCore Ubuntu Install

After that, create an admin account for the site and click Start installation

flatCore Ubuntu Install

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

flatCore ubuntu install

Don’t forget to delete the install folder…

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/flatcore/install/

Enjoy~

Congratulation! You have successfully installed flatCore CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10….

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