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 free, open-source, file-based content management system that helps you to host a blogging website within a minute. Bludit is a Flat-File CMS, which (in this case) means that Bludit uses files in the JSON format to store the content. You don’t need to install or configure a database; you only need a web server with PHP support.

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.

Install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

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

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

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:

wget https://www.bludit.com/releases/bludit-3-13-1.zip
unzip bludit-*.zip
mv bludit-3-13-1 /var/www/html/bludit

We will need to change some folders 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>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/bludit/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/html/bludit/>
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:

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 [email protected] -d example.com

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 https://your-domain.com/install.php

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 to check the official Bludit website.

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