In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Elxis CMS on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Elxis is a powerful open source content management system (CMS ) it is free for use under the GNU/GPL license. This cm is modern, flexible, and easy to use and it comes with many useful multi-lingual features, such as responsive design, built-in commentary system, multi-level menus, performance monitor, and many more.
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 Elxis CMS on a CentOS 7 server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
non-root sudo useror 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 Elxis CMS on CentOS 7
Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum -y update
Step 2. Install the LAMP server.
A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also, install the required PHP modules:
yum install php-mysql php-gd php-ldap php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mcrypt curl zlib
Step 3. Installing Elxis CMS.
The first thing to do is to go to Elxis CMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of Elxis CMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.x series.
Unpack the Elxis CMS archive to the document root directory on your server:
mkdir /var/www/html/elxis unzip elxis_4.3_proteas_rev1716.zip -d /var/www/html/elxis
Elxis uses a directory named ‘repository’ to store cached pages, log files, sessions, backups, and more. It is recommended to rename this directory and move it to a place not reachable from the web:
mv /var/www/html/elxis/repository /var/www/data
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/elxis/ chown -R apache:apache /var/www/repository
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Elxis CMS.
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:
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 Elxis CMS. 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 Elxis CMS installation:
CREATE DATABASE elxis; CREATE USER 'siuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `elxis`.* TO 'elxisuser'@'localhost'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Elxis CMS.
We will create an Apache virtual host for your WordPress website. First, create ‘
/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:
nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf
Next, create the virtual host:
mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/ nano /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf
Add the following lines:
<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80> ServerAdmin email@example.com DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/elxis/" ServerName yourdomain.com ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log" CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined <Directory "/var/www/html/elxis/"> DirectoryIndex index.html index.php Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effect:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing Elxis CMS.
Elxis CMS will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to
http://your-server-ip/ 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 Elxis CMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Elxis content management system (CMS ) on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Elxis CMS website.