In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Anchor CMS on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, For those of you who didn’t know, Anchor CMS is an open-source, lightweight, and ultra-simple blogging system. It’s written in PHP and Includes a 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 the step-by-step installation of Anchor CMS on a CentOS 7 server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
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.
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 email@example.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://your-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 check the official Anchor CMS website.