How To Install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Bludit is a powerful, lightweight, and user-friendly flat-file Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to create beautiful websites or blogs in seconds. It’s completely free, open-source, and doesn’t require any database setup or configuration. Bludit uses files in JSON format to store content, making it highly portable and easy to migrate between servers. With its intuitive interface, extensive plugin and theme support, and built-in Markdown and HTML editor, Bludit is an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced users looking to create stunning websites quickly and efficiently.

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 of the Bludit Content Management System (CMS) on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A domain name pointed to your server (optional, you can use your server’s IP address for testing purposes).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. It’s crucial to keep your system up-to-date to ensure optimal performance and security. To update your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS server, run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

These commands will update the package lists and upgrade any outdated packages to their latest versions. This process may take a few minutes, depending on the number of updates available.

Step 2. Installing the LAMP stack.

A Ubuntu 20.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here.

Step 3. Installing Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download the current Bludit version from the official Bludit website:

unzip bludit-*.zip
mv bludit-3-15-0 /var/www/html/bludit

We will need to change some folder permissions:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/bludit/

Step 4. Configuring Apache for Bludit CMS.

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

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/bludit.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/bludit.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/bludit.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/bludit.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/bludit/
<Directory /var/www/html/bludit/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo a2ensite bludit.conf 
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 5. Set up HTTPS.

We should enable a secure HTTPS connection on PrestaShop. We can obtain a free TLS certificate from Let’s Encrypt. Install Let’s Encrypt client (Certbot) from Ubuntu 20.04 repository:

sudo apt install certbot python3-certbot-apache

Next, run the following command to obtain a free TLS certificate using the Apache plugin:

sudo certbot --apache --agree-tos --redirect --staple-ocsp --email -d

If the test is successful, reload Apache for the change to take effect:

sudo apache2ctl -t
sudo systemctl reload apache2

Step 6. Configure Firewall.

In case, you enabled firewall and firewall block requests of the Apache web server, open a port in the firewall:

sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp
sudo ufw reload

Step 7. Accessing Bludit CMS Web Interface.

PrestaShop will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Bludit. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Bludit Content Management System (CMS) on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Bludit website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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