Install Flint CMS (Node.js) on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

FlintCMS is a simple, fast content management system (CMS) built for those who want to fully design the front-end of their website without the need to learn how to code or deal with complicated templates….

If you wants to develop simple websites and blogs, then FlintCMS is a great place to start….

Using FlintCMS to edit your content on the web should be easy and fun…. No need for learning templating and HTML…. It hides most of that stuff and focuses on what matters most.…..

FlintCMS offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal… All you do is write your content and its instantly published…

For more about FlintCMS, check its homepage….

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install FlintCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 systems.

These are the packages we’re going to be setting up…

  • Ruby version 2.5.3
  • Node.js 8
  • MongoDB

Step 1: Install Ruby

To install Ruby on Ubuntu, you’ll need  to install some dependencies… To make that happen, install Node.js and Yarn repositories… This will make installing the dependencies easier…

First install these curl and git packages…

sudo apt update
sudo apt install curl git

Than run the commands below to add Node.js and Yarn repositories and keys to your system…. Then install some core packages to get your environment going…

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nodejs yarn zlib1g-dev build-essential libpq-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev software-properties-common libffi-dev

When you’re done… continue below:

After adding the repositories and installing necessary packages above, install Ruby with your local profile settings using rbenv… you’ll then use rbenv to install ruby-build…

cd ~/
git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv
echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
exec $SHELL

git clone https://github.com/rbenv/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build
echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
exec $SHELL

After setting up your local profile… run the commands below to install Ruby version 2.5.3… If a newer version is available, replace the version number to that… visit this site to find out Ruby latest versions….

rbenv install 2.5.3
rbenv global 2.5.3

To verify that Ruby is installed, run the commands below:

ruby -v

You should see similar lines as below:

ruby 2.5.3p105 (2018-10-18 revision 65156) [x86_64-linux]

The steps above install Ruby on Ubuntu… Continue below to installing FlintCMS…

Step 2: Install Node.js

Now that Ruby environment is set up, run the commands below to install Node.js… Run the commands below to install Node.js repository, then install Node.js package…

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Now that Node.js is installed, run the commands below to install FlintCMS…

Step 3: Install MongoDB

MongoDB is the database that HashBrown CMS uses… So install MongoDB, ImageMagic before continuing with setting up your website projects…

sudo apt install mongodb
npm install nosql

After installing MongoDB server, open a new terminal window and try It should start an interactive mongo prompt.

mongo
ctrl+c to exit.

Step 4: Install FlintCMS

Now that your environment is ready, run the commands below to install FlintCMS globally and begin building your projects… The next command will create a new project folder called FlintCMS in your home directory…

Create a new folder for FlintCMS and change into it, start the server from there…

mkdir ~/flintcms
cd ~/flintcms
npm install flintcms

After a while, necessary packages should be installed and configured, ready to use.

Every JavaScript app needs an entry point. You’ll want to create a new JavaScript file, probably index.js, at the root of your project and fill it with something like this:

nano index.js

Then copy and page the content into the file and save…

const Flint = require('flintcms');

const flintServer = new Flint({
  siteName: 'My Amazing Flint Site!'
});

flintServer.startServer();

When you’re ready, you can run the server by running node index.js in your terminal.

node index.js

That should start the server… By default your newly created site will be accessible from:

http://localhost:4000

Before you can access the FlintCMS admin UI, you need to create a new admin user…  Head to http://localhost:4000/admin/install… Follow the setup instructions to create an new admin user.

http://localhost:4000/admin/install

Enjoy!

Congratulation! You have successfully installed FlintCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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