How To Install Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04

Install Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of Open Source Social Network on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Opensource-Social Network (OSSN) is a social networking software written in PHP. It allows you to make a social networking website and helps your members build social relationships, with people who share similar professional or personal interests.

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 Open Source Social Network (OSSN) on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.

Install Open Source Social Network 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.

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 php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mcrypt

Step 3. Installing Open Source Social Network.

The first thing to do is to go to OSSN’s download page and download the latest stable version of OSSN, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.2:

cd /opt/
wget https://www.opensource-socialnetwork.org/downloads/ossn-v4.2-1468404691.zip -O ossn.zip
unzip ossn.zip -d /var/www/html/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R www-data.www-data /var/www/html/ossn/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Open Source Social Network.

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 OSSN. 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 OSSN installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> SET GLOBAL sql_mode='';
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE ossndb;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'ossnuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'y0ur-pAssW0RD';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON ossndb.* TO 'ossnuser'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; 
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Open Source Social Network.

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

sudo a2enmod rewrite
touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/ossn.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/ossn.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/ossn.conf
nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/ossn.conf

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin admin@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/ossn/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/html/ossn/>
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>

Next, You can edit the PHP configuration file:

nano /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini

And modify these lines:

allow_url_fopen = On
file_uploads = On
upload_max_filesize = 32M

OSSN also needs a directory for storing the uploaded files such as images. For security reasons we will create this directory outside of the document root directory:

mkdir -p /var/www/ossndatadir

Finally, we can restart the Apache webserver so that the changes take place:

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing Open Source Social Network.

Open Source Social Network will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/ or http://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. Log in to the OSSN administration back-end at http://your-domain.com/administrator and configure OSSN according to your needs.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Open Source Social Network. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Open Source Social Network on Ubuntu 16.04 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Open Source Social Network website.

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