SuluCMS, a simple and powerful open source content management system (CMS) based on Symfony for businesses and individuals to use to build beautiful and dynamic websites and apps…
If you are looking for a solution to build dynamic and beautify websites, then SuluCMS 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 SuluCMS, please check their Homepage
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install SuluCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…
To get started with installing SuluCMS, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install MariaDB Database Server
MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with SuluCMS… To install MariaDB run the commands below…
sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client
After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots..
Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
sudo systemctl stop mysql.service sudo systemctl start mysql.service sudo systemctl enable mysql.service
Run these on Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10 LTS
sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service sudo systemctl start mariadb.service sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service
After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.
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
Restart MariaDB server
To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then type the password you created above to sign on… if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message
Step 2: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules
PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories… in order to install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.
Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2
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 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-curl php7.2-cli php7.2-zip
Step 3: Create SuluCMS Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for SuluCMS to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank SuluCMS database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called suludb
CREATE DATABASE suludb;
Create a database user called suludbuser with new password
CREATE USER 'suludbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON suludb.* TO 'suludbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;
Step 4: Download SuluCMS Latest Release
To get SuluCMS latest release you may want to use Github repository… Install Composer, Curl and other dependencies to get started…
sudo apt install curl git curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer
After installing curl and Composer above, change into your home directory and download SuluCMS packages from Github via Composer…
cd ~/ composer create-project sulu/sulu-minimal sulucms -n cd ~/sulucms git init git add . git commit -m "Initial commit"
The content management part of Sulu is built upon webspaces. Each of these webspaces configure a content tree. Each content tree may contain translations for different locales.
The default webspace configuration is located in app/Resources/webspaces/example.com.xml. Rename this file so that it matches the name of your project.
Next, run the commands below to open the Sulu webspace example.com.xml file…
Then edit the highlighted lines below and save…
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <webspace xmlns="http://schemas.sulu.io/webspace/webspace" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:schemaLocation="http://schemas.sulu.io/webspace/webspace http://s$ <name>sulucms</name> <key>sulucms</key> <localizations> <localization language="en" default="true"/> </localizations>
Save the file and exit…
After that, enter your database info into the database parameters file….
then update the highlighted lines…
# This file is auto-generated during the composer install parameters: database_driver: pdo_mysql database_host: 127.0.0.1 database_port: null database_name: suludb database_user: suludbuser database_password: suludbuser_password_here database_version: 5.5 mailer_transport: smtp mailer_host: 127.0.0.1 mailer_user: null mailer_password: null secret: ThisTokenIsNotSoSecretChangeIt sulu_admin.name: Sulu sulu_admin.email: null websocket_port: 9876 websocket_url: sulu.lo
Save the file and exit…
When you’re done with the configuration, populate the database with Sulu’s default data by running the commands below…
~/sulucms/bin/adminconsole sulu:build dev
Running the commands above will create a user account with admin and password admin…
Now that the database is ready, we’ll fire up a server to try Sulu in the browser….
cd ~/sulucms SYMFONY_ENV=dev bin/console server:start
When the server starts, open your browser and browse to the server IP address or hostname…
You should see SuluCMS logon page… type in the admin username and password:
Your Sulu website is ready now! Check out the administration, create pages and play around.
When you’re ready to learn more, continue with Creating a Page Template.
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