How To Install PimCore on CentOS 7

Install PimCore on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configuration of PimCore on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Pimcore is a free and open-source web content management platform for creating and managing web applications and digital presences released under the terms of the BSD Licence. The pimcore platform contains various integrated applications for web content management, product information management, multi-channel publishing, e-commerce, and various other marketing-specific applications like digital asset management, marketing management, and an integrated behavioral targeting engine for personalizing content.

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 PimCore CMS on a CentOS 7 server.

Install PimCore 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 -y install php-gd php-imap php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mcrypt php-mssql php-snmp curl curl-devel

Step 3. Installing PimCore.

Download the latest stable release of Pimcore to your server:

wget https://www.pimcore.org/download/pimcore-data.zip

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

mkdir /var/www/html/pimcore/
unzip pimcore-data.zip -d /var/www/html/pimcore/

We will need to change some folders permissions:

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

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Pimcore.

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 Pimcore. 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 Pimcore installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE pimcore DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 DEFAULT COLLATE utf8_general_ci;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON pimcore.* TO 'pimcore'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'strong_password';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Pimcore.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Pimcore 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/pimcore/"
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/pimcore/">
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
systemctl enable httpd.service

Step 6. Configuring the ports in the firewall for Pimcore.

Modify firewall rules in order to allow access for visitors:

firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp
firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing Pimcore.

Pimcore will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com or http://server-ip and complete the required steps to finish the installation.

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

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