How To Install ImpressCMS on Ubuntu 15.04

Install ImpressCMS on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure ImpressCMS on your Ubuntu 15.04.  For those of you who didn’t know, ImpressCMS is an open-source Content Management System (CMS) for building and maintaining dynamic websites, written in PHP and using a popular open-source MySQL/MariaDB database system for content storage. ImpressCMS is extremely useful for managing online communities because it has the ability to create user groups and assign permissions for managing content to each different group.

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 ImpressCMS on a Ubuntu 15.04 server.

Install ImpressCMS on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd

Step 3. Installing ImpressCMS.

The first thing to do is to go to ImpressCMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of ImpressCMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.3.8:

wget https://github.com/ImpressCMS/impresscms/releases/download/v1.3.8/impresscms-1.3.8.zip

Unpack the ImpressCMS archive to the document root directory on your server:

mkdir impresscms
unzip impresscms-1.3.8.zip -d impresscms/
mv impresscms/ /var/www/html/impresscms

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/impresscms/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for ImpressCMS.

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 ImpressCMS. 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 ImpressCMS installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE impresscms;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON impresscms.* TO 'impressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for ImpressCMS.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘impresscms.conf’ on your virtual server:

sudo a2enmod rewrite
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/impresscms.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/impresscms.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/impresscms.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/impresscms.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/impresscms/htdocs/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/html/impresscms/htdocs/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing ImpressCMS.

ImpressCMS will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com or http://server-ip-address and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed ImpressCMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ImpressCMS on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ImpressCMS website.

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