Setup TYPEMILL on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Nginx

Our previous tutorial showed you how to install TYPEMILL CMS on Ubuntu with Apache2 HTTP server which you can find right here..

This post shows students and new users how to install and configure TYPEMILL CMS on Ubuntu with Nginx HTTP server instead..

TYPEMILL is an open source, fast, responsive, flat content management system (CMS) and template engine written in PHP… All its content is stored in text files instead of a database….

TYPEMILL is great for publishing text-works like prose, lyrics, manuals, documentations, studies and more that other popular CMS platforms like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal may not offer..

For one, it doesn’t need a database server, call it database-less CMS… It browser-based dashboard offers an intuitive way of managing your sites… Configure system settings, upload images or write a blog post by using a clean and responsive user interface….

For more about TYPEMILL, please check it homepage

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

Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Nginx HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use… so install it, since TYPEMILL 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 web server default test page

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-sqlite3 php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli 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 are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
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

Step 4: Download TYPEMILL Latest Release

Next, visit TYPEMILL site and download the latest package…. or run the commands below to download Automad pckages from github….

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new TYPEMILL root directory. After that, change into TYPEMILL root directory to install PHP required packages…

cd /tmp/
wget https://typemill.net/typemill-1.2.16.zip
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/typemill
sudo unzip typemill-1.2.16.zip -d /var/www/typemill

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

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

Step 5: Configure Nginx TYPEMILL Site

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

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

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/typemill;
    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.

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

Step 6: Enable the TYPEMILL Site

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/typemill /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 TYPEMILL page…

http://example.com

Click Setup to begin the setup…

TYPEMILL CMS Ubuntu

TYPEMILL is a database-less 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….

Create the admin account username and password…

TYPEMILL CMS Ubuntu

After that the platform should be ready to use… Login and start configuring your site..

TYPEMILL CMS Ubuntu

That’s it!

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