Install Sylius CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7.1 Support

Sylius is an open source, eCommerce platform built on Symfony 2 components…. its lightweight codebase is designed with performance in mind…..

With Sylius you can build your online store in minutes and start using its default themes to make your store look the way you want it… combine with the flexibility and power of its modules, you should be able to create a truely unique experience for your customers…

It also provides native markdown WYSIWYG support, Drag-n-drop, SEO friendly, flexible CSS framework and easily installation and management…

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Sylius CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS with Apache2 and PHP 7.2 support….

For more about Sylius CMS, check out its homepage

When you’re ready to get Sylius working, continue with the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use… so install it, since Sylius needs it..

To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu 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

To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below.. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected..

http://localhost

apache2 ubuntu install

Step 2: Install MariaDB

Sylius CMS also requires a database server to function.. and MariaDB database server is a great place to start. To install it 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 17.10 and 18.04 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.

sudo mysql_secure_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

Restart MariaDB server

sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service

Step 3: Install PHP 7.1 and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories for some systems…. if you need 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 7.1

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.1 libapache2-mod-php7.1 php7.1-common php7.1-mysql php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-mbstring php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-soap php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-cli php7.1-curl php7.1-intl php7.1-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Apache2…

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file.. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Step 4: Create Sylius Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create Sylius CMS database.

Run the commands below to logon to the database server. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called sylius

CREATE DATABASE sylius;

Create a database user called syliususer with new password

CREATE USER 'syliususer'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON sylius.* TO 'syliususer'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download Sylius Latest Release

Next, visit Sylius site and download the latest package…. or run the commands below to install git which is require to download Sylius pckages from github….

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new Sylius root directory.

sudo apt install git curl

Next, run the commands below to install composer package and install.. you must have curl package installed for the commands to work.. if not, just run sudo apt install curl to install it…

curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After that, change into Sylius root directory to install PHP required packages…

cd /var/www/html/ && sudo composer create-project sylius/sylius

During the installation, you should get series of prompts to type in the database name, username and password….

Creating the "app/config/parameters.yml" file
Some parameters are missing. Please provide them.
database_driver ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_DRIVER)%'):
database_host ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_HOST)%'):
database_port ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_PORT)%'): 
database_name ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_NAME)%'): sylius
database_user ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_USER)%'): syliususer
database_password ('%env(SYLIUS_DATABASE_PASSWORD)%'): new_password_here
mailer_transport ('%env(SYLIUS_MAILER_TRANSPORT)%'):  

Next, run the commands below to complete Sylius setup…

sudo php /var/www/html/sylius/bin/console sylius:install --env prod

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Sylius to function properly.

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

Step 6: Configure Apache2 Sylius Site

Finally, configure Apache2 configuration file for Sylius. This file will control how users access Sylius content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called sylius.conf

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

     <Directory /var/www/html/sylius/web/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted
     </Directory>

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

</VirtualHost>

Save the file and exit.

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

Step 7: Enable the Sylius Site and Rewrite Module

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below, then restart Apache2 server…

sudo a2ensite sylius.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart Apache2

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Next, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Sylius setup page…

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