If you want to run LEPTON CMS with Nginx and PHP 7.2-FPM support on Ubuntu then the steps below is a great place to start… Our previous tutorial showed you how to run it with Apache2 HTTP… this one uses Nginx instead…
LEPTON is a free, open source, content management system (CMS) that enables you to run nearly all the websites and portals without the need of having programming skills…..
If you want a CMS app to run your sites that is easy to use and manage, then LEPTON is a good place to start… It 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 LEPTON CMS, please check their Homepage
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install LEPTON CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS…
To get started with installing LEPTON CMS, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server
LEPTON CMS 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
LEPTON CMS 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-FPM and Related Modules
LEPTON CMS 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:
After installing PHP 7.2-FPM, 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 LEPTON CMS Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for LEPTON CMS to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank LEPTON CMS database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called lepton
CREATE DATABASE lepton;
Create a database user called leptonuser with a new password
CREATE USER 'leptonuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON lepton.* TO 'leptonuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download LEPTON CMS Latest Release
To get LEPTON CMS latest release you may want to get it from its download page below… At the time of this writing the current version is 4.1.0…
Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see LEPTON CMS setup wizard to complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.
Then follow the on-screen instruction… Go to step two, three and validate that your environement meet the minimum setup….
Set required LEPTON configuration parameters. Some parameters are required to be set before LEPTON installaton… After the installation is complete log in to the administration console and configure remaining parameters. This should be your very first administrator task.
On step 4, setup the database connection info you created above and continue..
On step 5, create a backend admin account and continue..
After that, LEPTON should be installed and ready to use…
Congratulation! You have successfully installed LEPTON CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.04 and 18.10….