How To Install Elxis CMS on CentOS 7

Install Elxis CMS on CentOS 7

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, 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 through the step-by-step installation of Elxis CMS on a CentOS 7 server.

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 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 in 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:

mysql_secure_installation

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 protected]
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 effects:

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://yourdomain.com/ or 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.

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