How To Install Open Web Analytics on CentOS 7

Install Open Web Analytics on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration Open Web Analytics on your CentOS 7 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Open Web Analytics (OWA) is an open-source alternative to commercial web analytics software. Use it to track and analyze traffic on your websites and applications. OWA analytics can easily be added to pages with simple Javascript, PHP, or REST-based APIs. OWA also comes with built-in support for tracking websites made with popular content management frameworks such as WordPress and MediaWiki.

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 Web Analytics (OWA) on a CentOS 7 server.

Install Open Web Analytics on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP stack 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 libtool-ltdl php-pdo

Step 3. Installing Open Web Analytics (OWA).

The first thing to do is to go to Open Web Analytics’s download page and download the latest stable version of Open Web Analytics, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.6.0:

wget https://github.com/padams/Open-Web-Analytics/archive/1.6.0.zip

Unpack the Open Web Analytics archive to the document root directory on your server:

unzip 1.6.0.zip
mv Open-Web-Analytics-1.6.0/ /var/www/html/owa/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown apache:apache -R /var/www/html/owa/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Open Web Analytics.

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 Open Web Analytics. 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 Open Web Analytics installation:

create database owa;
grant all privileges on owa.* to owa@localhost identified by 'your_password';
flush privileges;
exit

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Open Web Analytics (OWA).

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Open Web Analytics (OWA) 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 webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/owa/"
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/owa/">
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

Next step, create a configuration file for OWA. Copy owa-config-dist.php to a new owa-config.php file:

cp owa-config-dist.php owa-config.php

Add the following line and save:

/**
 * DATABASE CONFIGURATION
 *
 * Connection info for databases that will be used by OWA.
 *
 */

define('OWA_DB_TYPE', 'mysql'); // options: mysql
define('OWA_DB_NAME', 'owa'); // name of the database
define('OWA_DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // host name of the server housing the database
define('OWA_DB_USER', 'owa'); // database user
define('OWA_DB_PASSWORD', 'your_password'); // database user's password

define('OWA_PUBLIC_URL', 'http://your_domain.com/');

Step 6. Accessing Open Web Analytics.

Open Web Analytics 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.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Open Web Analytics. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Open Web Analytics (OWA) on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Open Web Analytics website.

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