Setup BoltWire CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10 with Nginx and PHP 7.2-FPM

If you want to run BoltWire on Ubuntu with Nginx and PHP 7.2-FPM support, then the steps below should be a great place to start…

BoltWire is an open source, flat-file content management system (CMS) that doesn’t require a database…. It helps you create personal or business websites in minutes just by uploading its content to your server….. BoltWire CMS offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal…

For one, it doesn’t need a database server, all its data is simply stored in the file system (file-based, flat file CMS)…. It also provides native mark down WYSIWYG support, SEO friendly, flexible CSS framework with no installation required…

For more about BoltWire, please check it homepage

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install BoltWire on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 / 18.04 LTS with Nginx and PHP 7.2-FPM support….

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

Nginx HTTP Server is probably the second most popular web server in use… so install it, since BoltWire needs it..

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 PHP 7.2-FPM and Related Modules

PHP 7.2-FPM 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 7.2-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-FPM and related modules.

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

After installing PHP 7.2, 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 is great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
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: Download BoltWire Latest Release

Next, visit BoltWire site and download the latest package….

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new BoltWire folder on the web server…

https://www.boltwire.com/downloads

cd ~/Downloads
unzip boltwire6.01.zip
sudo mv boltwire /var/www/html/boltwire

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

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

Step 5: Configure Nginx BoltWire Site

Finally, configure Nginx configuration file for BoltWire. This file will control how users access BoltWire content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called boltwire

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

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;
    root /var/www/html/boltwire;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;
    server_name  example.com www.example.com;

     client_max_body_size 100M;

     autoindex off;

     location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;
          }

    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 6: Enable the BoltWire Site

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

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

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

http://example.com/start.php

You will be prompted to secure the installation by creating an admin password…. You can disable the script by entering false in the password field to manually create your sites…

BoltWire ubuntu install

BoltWire is a databaseless flat file content management system… It’s structure allowed you to have just the amount of functionality you needed in a flat file CMS solution, adding extensions (blade packs) for further functionality, whilst allowing setup on simple servers with no database….

Once you site is created, call it up in your browser and begin building your site. The link will look like http://www.domain.com/mysite/index.php. If you are using BoltWire offline, try http://example.com/mysite/index.php. You are up and running!

Enjoy!

Conclusion:

You have successfully installed BoltWire CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10… For more tutorials on Ubuntu please search our site…

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