Recently, we showed you how to install Vanilla Forums software on Ubuntu with Apache2 and PHP 7.2 support… For those who want to run the software with Nginx instead, the steps below should be a great place to start….
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When looking for a next generation forum platform, you might want to take a look at Vanilla Forums software… It’s simple, efficient and makes online discussion easy and fun… To get Vanilla Forums software installed with Nginx, PHP 7.2-FPM support, this post should be a great place to start…
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This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users an easy way to get Vanilla Forums working on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 with Nginx, MariaDB and PHP 7.2-FPM support.
To get started with installing Vanilla Forums, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Install Nginx HTTP Server on Ubuntu
Nginx HTTP Server is probably the second most popular web server in use… so install it since Vanilla Forums 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.
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..
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with Vanilla Forums… To install MariaDB run the commands below…
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
short_open_tag = 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: Create Vanilla Forums Database
Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required for Vanilla Forums to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First run the commands below to create a blank Vanilla Forums database.
To logon to MariaDB database server, run the commands below.
sudo mysql -u root -p
Then create a database called vanilla
CREATE DATABASE vanilla;
Create a database user called vanillauser with new password
CREATE USER 'vanillauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';
Then grant the user full access to the database.
GRANT ALL ON vanilla.* TO 'vanillauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Finally, save your changes and exit.
Step 5: Download Vanilla Forums Latest Release
To get Vanilla Forums latest release you may want to use Github repository… Install git and Composer packages by running the commands below…
Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for Vanilla Forums. This file will control how users access Vanilla Forums content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called vanilla
sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/vanilla
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.