How to Install GuppY CMS with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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GuppY is a PHP-based, flat-file content management system (CMS) that provides a simple website-building solution without any HTML knowledge or database requirement. It supports the addition of plugins, widgets, one-directory backups, and livewebsite edits. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on installing GuppY CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS, including the setup of an Apache2 server and the installation of PHP 7.2 and related modules.

GuppY is a flat-file content management system (CMS) based on PHP that lets you build a website for anyone without knowing HTML or how to code. No database, just PHP — plain and simple!

If you are looking for a solution to edit your website live with ease and don’t want to fiddle with SQL, then GuppY is a great place to start. It has an easy plugin system, widget support, and easy backup because there’s only one directory.

This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow web admins to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile.

For more about GuppY, please check their Homepage.

This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install GuppY CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 LTS.

To get started with installing GuppY, follow the steps below:

Install Apache2 HTTP Server

GuppY requires a web server; the Apache2 HTTP server is the most popular open-source web server available today. To install the Apache2 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

Now that Apache2 is installed browse your browser to the URL below to test whether the web server works.

Apache2 Test Page

If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed.

Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

GuppY is a PHP-based CMS, and PHP is required. However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu’s default repositories. To run PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:

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

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

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

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

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

The lines below are a good setting for most PHP-based CMS. Update the configuration file with these and save.

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

Every time you change the PHP configuration file, you should restart the Apache2 web server. To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Once PHP is installed, create a test file called phpinfo.php in the Apache2 default root directory to test whether it’s functioning. ( /var/www/html/)

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

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address, followed by phpinfo.php


You should see the PHP default test page.

PHP Test Page

Download GuppY Latest Release

After installing the server and packages above, go to the GuppY download page and get the latest. Or use the commands below to download version 1.1 from its Github site.

cd ~/Downloads
sudo unzip -d /var/www/guppy

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for the GuppY root directory and give Apache2 control.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/guppy/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/guppy/

Configure Apache2

Finally, configure the Apahce2 site configuration file for GuppY. This file will control how users access GuppY content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called guppy. conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/guppy.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/guppy

     <Directory /var/www/guppy/>
          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.

Enable the GuppY and Rewrite Module

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

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

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see the GuppY setup wizard complete. Please follow the wizard carefully.

The site should automatically be displayed.

GuppY Ubuntu Install

Since there is no database, just create an admin account and continue configuring the backend.


Congratulation! You have successfully installed GuppY CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10.

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