Setup MenaPro CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure MenaPro CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx HTTP server..

Our previous tutorial showed you how to install MenaPro with Apache2..

MenaPro is an open source, advanced content management system (CMS) that gives you powerful sets of tools to build and manage a content website… This CMS is also a hundred times faster then most content management platforms available..

With it intuitive and powerful backend, you’ll be able to put together a website with ease.. You also get a powerful search tool, backend analytics, drag n drop media panel and more..

If you are looking for a solution to to build and manage you own websites without the need for any coding skills, then MenaPro is a great place to start…

This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow webmasters to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…

For more about MenaPro, please check their Homepage

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server

You will need a web server to run MenaPro and Nginx HTTP server is probably the second most popular open source web server available today… So go and get it for MenaPro…

To install Nginx server, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

After installing Nginx webserver, 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…

http://localhost

Apache2 Test Page

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

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MenaPro also needs a database server to store its content… and MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with MenaPro…

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

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

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2-Fpm and Related Modules

MenaPro 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 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2-fpm php7.2-common php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-bcmath php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

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

Step 4: Create MenaPro Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First create a MenaPro database.

Run the commands below to logon to MariaDB. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called menapro

CREATE DATABASE menapro;

Create a database user called menaprouser with new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the menapro database.

GRANT ALL ON menapro.* TO 'menaprouser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Step 5: Download MenaPro Latest Release

After installing the server and packages above,  go and get the latest copy of MenaPro from its download site..

After downloading, use the commands below to extract the archived content into Nginx root directory…

cd /tmp
wget http://menapro.com/menapro.zip
unzip menapro.zip
sudo mv menapro /var/www/menapro

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for MenaPro root directory and give Nginx control….

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

Step 6: Configure Nginx

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for MenaPro. This file will control how users access MenaPro content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called menapro

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

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/menapro;
    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 $uri/ /index.php?$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 MenaPro and Rewrite Module

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see MenaPro setup wizard to complete.

http://example.com/

Type in the site information and continue..

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

Next, type in the database username and password.. and click Install

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

After setting up, you should be able to login and begin setting up your site..

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

Enjoy~

Congratulation! You have successfully installed MenaPro on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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