Setup Attendize Ticket Management Platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx

Few days ago we showed you how to install Attendize on Ubuntu with Apache2 support… To read that post, click here… This post shows you how to install with Nginx instead..

Attendize is an open source ticket management platform that helps users sell and manage tickets for events, concerts and other occasions that require audience to present tickets before entry..

Whether you’re creating a personal or company ticket management sites, Attendize can help you build and manage your content on every device with its intuitive and powerful user and admin dashboard…

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Attendize with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2 support on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS.

Some features of this platform includes:

  • Beautiful mobile friendly event pages.
  • Easy attendee management – Refunds, Messaging etc.
  • Data export – attendees list to XLS, CSV etc.
  • Generate print friendly attendee list.
  • Ability to manage unlimited organisers / events.
  • Manage multiple organisers.
  • Real-time event statistics.
  • Customizable event pages.
  • Multiple currency support.
  • Quick and easy checkout process

When you’re ready, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Nginx HTTP Server is probably the second most popular web server in use today… since Attendize needs it go and install it on Ubuntu..

To install Nginx HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below…

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installing Nginx, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Nginx service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

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

http://localhost

nginx default home page test

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Attendize… 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 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

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

mariadb welcome

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.2-FPM 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-FPM

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2-FPM

sudo apt update

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

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-mysql php7.2-gd php7.2-pgsql php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

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

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/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
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

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

Step 3: Restart Nginx

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Nginx to reload PHP configurations…

To restart Nginx, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Nginx, create a phpinfo.php file in Nginx 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 Attendize Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Attendize to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank Attendize database.

To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called attendize

CREATE DATABASE attendize;

Create a database user called attendizeuser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON attendize.* TO 'attendizeuser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download and Install Attendize

To get Attendize 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 the /tmp directory… download and extract, then move Attendize content to Nginx root directory… then install from there..

After that, use composer to install its dependencies…

cd /tmp
wget https://github.com/Attendize/Attendize/archive/master.zip
unzip master.zip
sudo mv Attendize-master /var/www/attendize
cd /var/www/attendize
sudo cp .env.example .env
sudo composer install
sudo php artisan key:generate

Next, run the commands below to change the root folder permissions…

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/attendize/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/attendize/

Step 6: Configure Attendize Site

Next, configure Nginx2 configuration file for Attendize . This file will control how users access Attendize content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called attendize

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/attendize

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.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    server_name  example.com www.example.com;
    root   /var/www/attentize;
    index  index.php;
    
    access_log /var/log/nginx/example.com.access.log;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/example.com.error.log;

    client_max_body_size 100M;
  
    autoindex off;

    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php$is_args$args;
    }

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
         include fastcgi_params;
    }
}

Save the file and exit.

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

Step 7: Enable the Attendize Site

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/attendize /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Next, open your browser and go to the URL.. and continue with the installation….

http://example.com

You should see Attendize installation wizard page… first validate that all requirements are met…

Attendize Ubuntu Install

After that, type in the database name, database user name and password, then continue..

Attendize Ubuntu Install

After that create the first account that will manage the platform..

Attendize Ubuntu Install

After that, Attendize should be installed and ready to use…

Attendize Ubuntu Install

Congratulations! you have learned how to install Attendize Ticketing Platform on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 LTS

Enjoy!

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