How To Install Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Dotclear is a free and open-source web publishing application, designed to provide a user-friendly interface that allows anyone to publish their ideas on the web. Dotclear is written in PHPInstall Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 and includes many built-in features, such as handling blogs, using XHTML syntax for entries, adding pages, and so on. It also supports several database types, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite.

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 Dotclear on an Ubuntu 18.04 bionic beaver.

Install Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver

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 update
sudo apt upgrade

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

An Ubuntu 18.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install all required PHP modules:

apt-get install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-intl php7.2-mysql php7.2-cli php7.2-zip php7.2-curl

Step 3. Installing Dotclear on CentOS.

Download the latest stable version of Dotclear, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.14.3:

cd /var/www/html
wget https://download.dotclear.org/loader/dotclear-loader.php

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB.

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

Next, we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Dotclear. 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 Dotclear installation:

MariaDB > CREATE DATABASE dotclear;
MariaDB > GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON dotclear.* TO [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'Your_StrongPassword';
MariaDB > FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB > \q

Step 5. Configuring Apache.

To create the virtual host configuration file for your domain, run the following command:

nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/your_domain.com.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>

ServerAdmin [email protected]_domain.com
ServerName your_domain.com
ServerAlias www.your_domain.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html

<Directory /var/www/html>
     Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
     AllowOverride All
     Require all granted
</Directory>

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/your_domain.com_error.log 
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/your_domain.com_access.log combined 
</VirtualHost>

Save and close the file. We now need to enable the Virtual host configuration file. To enable the Virtual host, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/your_domain.com.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/your_domain.com.conf

Step 5. Accessing Dotclear.

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

http://your_domain.com/dotclear-loader.php

You will then be presented with the installer page:

Install Dotclear on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Then,  click on the ‘Retrieve and unzip the Dotclear’ button and follow the on-screen instructions. On the second screen, we need to enter the MariaDB database settings, so use the following details:

Database type: MySQLi
Database Host Name: localhost 
Database Name: dotclear
Database User Name: dotclearuser
Database Password: YourStrongPassword

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dotclear. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Dotclear on your Ubuntu 18.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Dotclear website.

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