How To Install PrestaShop on CentOS 8

Install PrestaShop on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install PrestaShop on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, PrestaShop is a free e-Commerce shopping cart software suite for small to large businesses. It’s open-source under the OSL license and has an extensive range of modules and themes so you can customize the look and features to better suit your own situation.

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 PrestaShop on a CentOS 8 server.

Install PrestaShop on CentOS 8

Step 1. First of all, make sure that all packages are up to date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing LAMP Stack.

If you don’t have a LAMP stack already installed on your server, you can follow our guide here. Also, install required PHP modules, run the command below to install other required PHP extensions for PrestaShop:

sudo dnf install php-{spl,hash,ctype,json,mbstring,zip,gd,curl,xml,common}

Step 3. Installing PrestaShop on CentOS 8.

The first thing to do is to go to PrestaShop’s download page and download the latest stable version of PrestaShop:

wget https://download.prestashop.com/download/releases/prestashop_1.7.6.4.zip
unzip prestashop_1.7.6.4.zip -d /var/www/html/

Give proper permissions to the webroot directory with the following command:

sudo chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/
sudo chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Joomla.

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 PrestaShop. 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 PrestaShop installation:

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE prestashop;
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON prestashop.* TO 'user'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES
MariaDB [(none)]> exit

Step 5. Configuring Apache for PrestaShop.

We will create an Apache virtual host for your Joomla 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/"
   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/">
   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. Configure Firewall.

In case of OS firewall enabled on your server then provide access to port 80 and 443 to be accessed from outside the network:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=https
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

Step 7. Accessing the PrestaShop.

PrestaShop will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favourite browser and navigate to http://your-domain.com/ or http://your-server-ip and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed PrestaShop. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing PrestaShop eCommerce shopping cart on CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official PrestaShop website.

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