How To Install Anchor CMS on CentOS 7

Install Anchor CMS on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Anchor CMS on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, For those of you who didn’t know, Anchor CMS is an open-source, light-weight, and ultra-simple blogging system. It’s written in PHP and Includes markdown Service, custom fields, themes, i18n compatibility, and many more.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Anchor CMS on a CentOS 7 server.

Install Anchor CMS on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP stack server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:

yum -y install php-gd php-imap php-ldap php-odbc php-pear php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-mssql php-snmp php-soap php-tidy curl curl-devel

Step 3. Installing Anchor CMS.

The first thing to do is to go to Anchor CMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of Anchor CMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 0.12.3:

wget https://github.com/anchorcms/anchor-cms/archive/0.12.3a.zip
unzip 0.12.3a.zip -d /var/www/html/
mv /var/www/html/anchor-cms-0.12.3a /var/www/html/anchor

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/anchor/

Step 5. Configuring MariaDB for OpenCart.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. You should read and below each step carefully which will set a root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB.

mysql_secure_installation

Configure it like this:

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- 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

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Anchor CMS. Run the following command:

mysql -u root -p

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Anchor CMS installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE anchor;
MariaDB [(none)]> NT ALL PRIVILEGES ON anchor.* TO 'anchoruser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YOURPASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Anchor CMS.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Anchor CMS website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf
IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Next, create the virtual host:

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/
nano /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/anchor/"
ServerName yourdomain.com
ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/anchor/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file. Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effects:

systemctl restart httpd.service

Next step, we should allow HTTP traffic on port 80 through firewalld. You can do this by running the following command:

firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-service=http --permanent
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing Anchor CMS.

Anchor CMS will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com/ or http://server-ip and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Anchor CMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Anchor CMS on CentOS 7 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Anchor CMS website.

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