How To Install FlatPress CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Install FlatPress CMS on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install FlatPress CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, FlatPress is an open-source, multi-lingual extensible blogging engine that does not require a database. It stores all of its content in text files. It also contains features like support of various plugins, widget support, and customizable themes.

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 FlatPress on a Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 FlatPress CMS 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 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 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 FlatPress on Ubuntu.

Download a Flatpress package using the following command:

sudo mv flatpress-1.1 /var/www/flatpress

We will need to change some folders permissions:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/flatpress/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/flatpress/

Step 5. Configuring Apache for FlatPress.

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

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/flatpress.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/flatpress.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/flatpress.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/flatpress.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/flatpress/

<Directory /var/www/flatpress/>
Options FollowSymlinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Save and close the file. Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

sudo a2ensite flatpress.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 5. Accessing FlatPress.

FlatPress will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip-address 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 FlatPress. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the FlatPress content management system on Ubuntu 18.04. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official FlatPress website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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