Install Arastta eCommerce with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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This post shows you how to install and configure the Arastta eCommerce platform on Ubuntu Linux with Apache. Arastta is an open-source, fast online eCommerce platform with the best and most advanced shopping cart features for your business.

It is built on the LAMP or LEMP stack with many extensions to enhance your customer’s shopping experience. It also includes an SEO booster, Facebook Store, increased performance, and more.

Suppose you’re looking for a platform to build an eCommerce website for personal use or a robust business online portal. In that case, Arastta can help you create and manage your content and products efficiently on every device with its minimalist and modern user and admin interface.

If you are currently using eCommerce platforms like Magento or PrestaShop and are unhappy, you may want to try Arastta CMS. It’s a great alternative to those PHP-based content management systems.

For more on Arastta CMS, please visit its home page

How to install Apache on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use. Install it since Arastta CMS needs it.

To install Apache2 HTTP on the Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable the Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

To test the Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address, and you should see the Apache2 default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected.


apache2 ubuntu install

How to install MariaDB on Ubuntu

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open-source database servers for Magento. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can stop, start and enable the MariaDB service to start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 17.10 and 18.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure the MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • 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

Restart MariaDB server

Type the commands below to log on to the MariaDB server to test if MariaDB is installed.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. If successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message.

mariadb welcome

How to install PHP 7.1 and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories. To install it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.1

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.1

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.1 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.1 libapache2-mod-php7.1 php7.2-common php7.1-sqlite3 php7.1-curl php7.1-intl php7.1-mbstring php7.1-mcrypt php7.1-xmlrpc php7.1-mysql php7.1-gd php7.1-xml php7.1-cli php7.1-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open the PHP default config file for Apache2.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.1/apache2/php.ini

Then save the changes on the following lines below in the file. The value below is an ideal setting to apply in your environment.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
short_open_tag = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, please save the file and close it.

After installing PHP and related modules, you must restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations.

To restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in the Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php


You should see the PHP default test page.

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

How to create the Arastta database

Once you’ve installed all the packages required for Arastta to function, continue below to start configuring the servers. First, run the commands below to create a blank Magento database.

To log on to the MariaDB database server, run the commands below.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called arastta


Create a database user called arasttauser with a new password

CREATE USER 'arasttauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON arastta.* TO 'arasttauser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


How to download and Install Arastta

Run the commands below to download Arastta CMS’s latest content. Then unzip the download file and move the content to the Apache2 default root directory.

cd /tmp && wget wget
sudo mv 'download.php?version=latest'
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/arastta
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/arastta

Next, run the commands below to change the root folder permissions.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/arastta/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/arastta/

How to configure Apache virtual host

Finally, configure the Apache2 configuration file for Arastta. This file will control how users access Arastta content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called arastta. conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/arastta.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/arastta

     <Directory /var/www/html/arastta/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Save the file and exit.

After configuring the VirtualHost above, please enable it by running the commands below.

How to enable Arastta Site with Apache

After configuring the VirtualHost above, please enable it by running the commands below, then restart the Apache2 server.

sudo a2ensite arastta.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Next, open your browser, go to the URL., and continue with the installation.

You should see the Arastta installation page. Select the installation language and continue. Then type the database connection info created above.

Arastta Ubuntu install

Next, create an admin account and continue.

Arastta ubuntu setup

After that, Arastta should be installed and ready to use.

Arastta ubuntu install

That should do it!

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  1. Hey! In the last step, the arastta page does not appear. Instead, it displays a regular page “This domain is for use in illustrative examples in documents” and i dont have any idea what to do

    1. Replace with your own domain. Or update your local host file and point to the server’s IP address.

      1. I tried these two options, but nothing works. In the first case, it simply does not see my domain and displays the corresponding error. I honestly do not understand what the problem is.

        1. How are you connecting? Client web browser to server hostname (domain) or opening a web browser on the local server and connecting? First, if you’re connecting from the client, make sure you can ping the domain pointing to the server or server hostname.
          Also, disable the default apache site config virtual host at /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default……

          sudo a2dissite 000-default….

          restart Apache and try again.

          1. I’m connecting from a browser on the local server. Right now it works in a weird way, when I enter localhost it redirects me to localhost/install/index.php. But this page is blank.

            1. Yeah, looks like the domain in the virtual host isn’t referencing the IP of the server. Verify that you can ping or your domain you specified in the /etc/apache2/sites-available/your_virtual_host_file.

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