Setup Papoo CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2

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For those who want to run Papoo CMS on Nginx with PHP-FPM support, the steps below should get them there. Our previous post showed you how to install it with Apache2 on Ubuntu. This one helps Nginx sites.

CMS Papoo is free, SEO optimized, user friendly content management system (CMS) built on the LAMP / LEMP stack which helps webmasters and users create great websites and online portals.

The Open Source version is free to download and use and comes with intuitive user interface, granularly administer users and groups and a responsive design that support all modern devices.

If you’re a small or medium size company looking for a CMS platform that is easy to install, simple to maintain and flexible, then Papoo is a good place to start.

This CMS platform is fast and lightweight, gives webmasters modular and extensible features, extensible via plugins to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile.

For more about Papoo, please check their Homepage

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Papoo on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 LTS.

To get started with installing Papoo, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

Papoo requires a web server and Nginx HTTP server is the 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.

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

Now that Nginx is installed. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below.

nginx default home page test

If you see the page above, then Nginx is successfully installed.

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

Papoo 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:

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 18.10 and 18.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

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.

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

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.

mariadb welcome

If you see a similar screen as shown above, then the server was successfully installed.

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2-FPM and Related Modules

Papoo is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required. However, PHP 7.2-FPM may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. To run PHP 7.2-FPM on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:

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-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

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.

PHP Test Page

Step 4: Create Papoo CMS Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called papoo


Create a database user called papoouser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON papoo.* TO 'papoouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Step 5: Download Papoo Latest Release

To get Papoo latest release you may want to go and download from its download page. Or use the commands below to use wget and get it downloaded.

Once downloaded extract the downloaded content into the newly created Papoo directory.

cd /tmp
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/papoo
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/papoo

Next, run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Papoo root directory and give Nginx control.

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

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

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

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/papoo;
    index  index.php index.html index.htm;

     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.

Step 7: Enable the Papoo

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see Papoo setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

Then follow the on-screen instruction to complete the setup. Select the installation language and continue.

CMS Papoo Ubuntu Installation

Next, validate that all requirements are met, and accept the licensing terms. the continue on the next page to enter the database name, user and continue.

CMS Papoo Ubuntu Installation

After that, create a root password to manage the backend and complete the installation.

CMS Papoo Ubuntu Installation

Logon to the backend with the username root and the password you created above.

CMS Papoo Ubuntu Installation


CMS Papoo Ubuntu Installation

For Security Reasons you should delete the directory setup immediately!

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/papoo/setup

You should also reset the permissions of the file “/lib/site_conf.php” to 444.

sudo chmod 444 /var/www/html/papoo//lib/site_conf.php

The Administration is under the following address:

There you can login with the username root and you password and manage

Congratulation! You have successfully installed Papoo CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04.

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