Refinery CMS is probably the most popular content management system (CMS) for Ruby on Rails… It makes it super easy to develop and design static websites and is the leading open source CMS on the Ruby on Rails framework….
You can use Refinery CMS to create your personal or business websites in minutes by creating markup pages and content….. Refinery CMS offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal…
For one you don’t have to worry about comments management and frequent updates… All you do is write your content and its instantly published… Other features like permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all top content and SEO friendly…
For more about Refinery CMS, check its homepage….
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Refinery CMS 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
- Rails version 5.2.1
- MySQL Server
Step 1: Install Ruby
To install Ruby and Rails 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 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… vist 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:
You should see similar lines as below:
ruby 2.5.3p105 (2018-10-18 revision 65156) [x86_64-linux]
Another package management you’ll want to install is bundler… to do that, run the commands below
gem install bundler
Now run the command below after installing bundler…
Step 2: Install MySQL Server
MySQL server can be installed on Ubuntu by running the commands below:
sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server libmysqlclient-dev
Step 3: Install Rails
Now that Ruby environment is set up, run the commands below to install Rails… Rails can be installed from a 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 Rails…
gem install rails -v 5.2.1
Don’t forget to rehash your rbenv environment installing install new packages…
To verify if Rails is installed, run the commands below…
You should see something similar to the lines below:
Rubygems also comes installed by default, however, it could be an old version which will cause problems. Update using:
gem update --system
Also, in the past, we face to a RDoc bug, you should update it as well… also install ImageMagick..
gem install rdoc brew install imagemagick
Step 4: Install Refinery CMS
Now that your environment is ready, run the commands below to install Refinery CMS and build your first site… Next, run the commands below..
The best way to use this guide is to follow each step as it happens. No code or step needed to make this example application has been left out, so you can literally follow along step-by-step.
To begin, open a terminal, navigate to home folder where you have rights to create files, and type:
Next change into the Refinery CMS folder and install there…
After a while, necessary packages should be installed… When you’re done, run the commands below to create an admin user and install Refinery CMS…
Finally, run the commands below to start the server…
Now open your browser and browse to the hostname follow by port # 3000
You should see Refinery CMS home page…
Logon to the backend using the admin address and password…
You’ll be prompted to create an admin account… the first user… After that, Refinery should be installed and ready to use…
More documentations for Refinery CMS can be found at the link below:
Congratulation! You have successfully installed Refinery CMS platform on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 / 18.10
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