Running ClassicPress on Ubuntu with Nginx HTTP and PHP 7.2-FPM support is easy… Follow the steps below to get it done..
ClassicPress is a fork and modified version of WordPress that serves the business website market… It is still being developed and will serve as an alternative to WordPress with Gutenberg..
With ClassicPress, you get a clean and simple administrative area without the clutter… Webmasters and users who still love WordPress classic interface will feel comfortable building online databases, e-commerce and multilingual sites….
If you want an enhanced version of WordPress that works like the original, then ClassicPress CMS is a good place to start… ClassicPress 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 enterprises and business owners to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…
For more about ClassicPress, please check their Homepage
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install ClassicPress on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…
To get started with installing ClassicPress, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server
ClassicPress requires a web server and Nginx HTTP server is probably the second most popular open source web server available today… To install Nginx 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…
Now that Nginx is installed…. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below…
If you see the page above, then Nginx is successfully installed…
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
ClassicPress also requires a database server to store its content… If you’re looking for a truly open source database server, then MariaDB is a great place to start… To install MariaDB run the commands below:
Next, run the commands below to secure the database server with a root password if you were not prompted to do so during the 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
Now that MariaDB is installed, to test whether the database server was successfully installed, run the commands below…
sudo mysql -u root -p
type the root password when prompted…
If you see a similar screen as shown above, then the server was successfully installed…
Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules
ClassicPress is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required… However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories… To run PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:
After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default configuration file for Nginx…
sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/php.ini
The lines below is a good settings for most PHP based CMS… Update the configuration file with these and save….
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
Everytime you make changes to PHP configuration file, you should also restart Nginx web server… To do so, run the commands below:
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service
Now that PHP is installed, to test whether it’s functioning, create a test file called phpinfo.php in Nginx default root directory…. ( /var/www/html/)
sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
Then type the content below and save the file.
<?php phpinfo( ); ?>
Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address followed by phpinfo.php
You should see PHP default test page…
Step 4: Create ClassicPress Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for ClassicPress to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank ClassicPress database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called classicpress
CREATE DATABASE classicpress;
Create a database user called classicpressuser with a new password
CREATE USER 'classicpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON classicpress.* TO 'classicpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download ClassicPress Latest Release
To get ClassicPress latest release you may want to download it from its download page… Use the link below to get the latest… At the time of this writing, ClassicPress is still in an Alpha state…
Download and extract the downloaded content into Nginx root directory…
Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for ClassicPress. This file will control how users access ClassicPress content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called classicpress
sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/classicpress
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.