How To Install Textpattern on Debian 9

Install Textpattern on Debian 9

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Textpattern on your Debian 9. For those of you who didn’t know, Textpattern is an elegant CMS. It is free open-source software that allows web developers, designers, and bloggers to publish their content within a clean and easy interface. Textpattern comes with a full range of features and it allows you to easily create, edit, and publish content on your website.

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 Textpattern on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.

Install Textpattern on Debian 9 Stretch

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Debian 9 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, Please read our previous tutorial to install LAMP Server on Debian 9.

Step 3. Installing Textpattern on the Debian system.

The first thing to do is to go to Textpattern’s download page and download the latest stable version of Textpattern, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.5.7:

unzip -d /var/www/html
cd textpattern-4.6.2
cp -a * ..

We will need to change some folders permissions:

chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Textpattern.

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 Textpattern. 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 Textpattern installation:

CREATE DATABASE textpattern;
CREATE USER 'Ttextpatternuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `textpattern`.* TO 'textpatternuser'@'localhost';

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Textpattern CMS.

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

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

Add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/
<Directory /var/www/html/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

systemctl restart apache2.service

Step 6. Accessing Textpattern.

Textpattern 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 Textpattern. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Install Textpattern CMS on Debian 9 Stretch system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Textpattern on website.

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