InstantCMS is a user-friendly, open source content management system (CMS) for creating complex websites and blogs…… The engine is easy to install and easy to use…. It’s multifunctional, but focused mainly on the creation of large portals, social networks, dating sites or any other high-loaded sites.….
If you want a Content Management System (CMS) that has more features than many other CMS platforms, then InstantCMS is a good place to start… InstantCMS 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 InstantCMS, please check their Homepage
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install InstantCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…
To get started with installing InstantCMS, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server
InstantCMS 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
InstantCMS 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
InstantCMS 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 InstantCMS Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for InstantCMS to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank InstantCMS database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called instantcms
CREATE DATABASE instantcms;
Create a database user called instantcmsuser with a new password
CREATE USER 'instantcmsuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON instantcms.* TO 'instantcmsuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download InstantCMS Latest Release
To get InstantCMS latest release you may want to download it from its download page… Use the link below to get the latest… At the time of this writing, the current version is 2.10.1
Download and extract the downloaded content into Apache2 root directory…
Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for InstantCMS. This file will control how users access InstantCMS content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called instantcms.conf