How To Install Elefant CMS on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Elefant CMS on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration Elefant CMS on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, Elefant is a refreshingly simple PHP content management system and web framework. Elefant is easy-to-use and straight-forward for all levels of users. Elefant is also secure, extremely fast, well-documented, and well-tested, making it an ideal platform for web developers to build on for their own custom web applications.

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 Elefant CMS on a Ubuntu 16.04 server.

Install Elefant CMS on Ubuntu 16.04

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

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

A Ubuntu 16.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Composer.

We recommend using Composer, the PHP dependency manager, as the best way to install Elefant. If you don’t have Composer, you can install it by running the following command:

Step 4. Installing Elefant CMS.

Download the latest stable version of Elefant CMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.3.12:

Step 5. Configuring MariaDB for Elefant CMS.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Elefant CMS. Run the following command:

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 Elefant CMS installation:

Step 6. Configuring Apache web server for Elefant CMS.

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

Add the following lines:

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

Step 7. Accessing Elefant CMS.

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

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Elefant CMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Elefant content management system on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Elefant CMS web site.

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