In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure GrandCMS on Ubuntu 16.04. For those of you who didn’t know, GrandCMS is a new free, open-source CMS based on OpenCart core. An easy-to-use CMS solution with the ability to create your own websites without any costs. Especially recommend for OpenCart owners. They can use it for the primary or secondary site.
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 GrandCMS on a Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04, 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).
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 GrandCMS on Ubuntu 16.04
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-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
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:
apt-get install php5 php5-mysql php5-gd php5-curl libssh2-php
Step 3. Installing GrandCMS.
The first thing to do is to go to GrandCMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of GrandCMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 0.2.0.1.1.
Unpack the GrandCMS archive to the document root directory on your server:
unzip grandcms_v0.2.0.1.1.zip mv upload/ /var/www/html mv /var/www/html/upload /var/www/html/grandcms
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/grandcms
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for GrandCMS.
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 GrandCMS. 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 GrandCMS installation:
CREATE DATABASE grandcms; CREATE USER 'grandcmsuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `grandcms`.* TO 'grandcmsuser'@'localhost'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for GrandCMS.
Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘
grandcms.conf’ on your virtual server:
sudo a2enmod rewrite touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/grandcms.conf ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/grandcms.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/grandcms.conf nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/grandcms.conf
Add the following lines:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/grandcms/" ServerName your-domain.com ServerAlias www.your-domain.com <Directory "/var/www/html/grandcms/"> Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Order allow,deny allow from all </Directory> ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common </VirtualHost>
Now, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:
systemctl restart apache2.service
Step 6. Accessing GrandCMS.
GrandCMS will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to
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 GrandCMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing GrandCMS e-commerce on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official GrandCMS website.