How To Install Phpwcms on CentOS 7

Install phpwcms on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration Phpwcms on your CentOS 7 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Phpwcms is a free and open-source content management system and PHP development framework. It is very powerful, fast, and flexible. It’s used by developers to create thousands of websites around the world.

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 Phpwcms on a CentOS 7 server.

Install phpwcms 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 Phpwcms.

The first thing to do is to go to Phpwcms’s download page and download the latest stable version of Phpwcms, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.8.2:


Unpack the Phpwcms archive to the document root directory on your server:

unzip -d /var/www/html/
cd /var/www/html/
mv phpwcms-phpwcms-1.8.2 phpwcms

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Phpwcms.

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 Phpwcms. 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 Phpwcms installation:

CREATE USER 'phpwcmsuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `phpwcms`.* TO 'phpwcmsuser'@'localhost';

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Phpwcms.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Phpwcms 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/

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/phpwcms/"
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/phpwcms/">
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

systemctl restart httpd.service

Step 6. Accessing Phpwcms Web Interface.

Phpwcms will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/setup/index.php 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 Phpwcms. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Phpwcms on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Phpwcms website.

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