How to Install Pubvana with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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Pubvana, formally known as Open Blog, is a free, easy, and secure content management system (CMS) for personal blogging and small business portal.

It’s easy to set up and install.¬†Download and install with a few clicks, and you’re done!

Pubvana is built with a robust Twitter Bootstrap front-end framework. Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile-first projects on the web.

For more about Pubvana CMS, please check their Homepage

This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install Pubvana CMS on Ubuntu 16.04 / 18.10 and 18.04 LTS.

Install Apache2 HTTP Server

Pubvana CMS requires a web server, and 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.

http://localhost
Apache2 Test Page

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

Install MariaDB Database Server

Pubvana also requires a database server to store its content. MariaDB is a great place to start if you want a genuinely open-source database server. 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 18.10 and 18.04 LTS

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

Next, run the commands below to secure the database server with a root password if you were not prompted to do so during the installation.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

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

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter the 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

Once MariaDB is installed, run the commands below to test whether the database server was successfully installed.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Type the root password when prompted.

mariadb welcome

The server was successfully installed if you see a similar screen.

Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

Pubvana CMS 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-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd 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

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see the PHP default test page.

PHP Test Page

Create Pubvana Database

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

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called pubvana

CREATE DATABASE pubvana;

Create a database user called pubvanauser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON pubvana.* TO 'pubvanauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
EXIT;

Download Pubvana Latest Release

To get Pubvana’s latest release, you may use the GitHub repository. Install Composer, Curl, and other dependencies to get started.

sudo apt install curl git
curl -sS https://getcomposer.org/installer | sudo php -- --install-dir=/usr/local/bin --filename=composer

After installing curl and Composer above, change into the Apache2 root directory and download Pubvana packages from Github.

cd /var/www/html
sudo composer create-project enlivenapp/pubvana

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

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

Configure Apache2

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

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/pubvana.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>
     ServerAdmin admin@example.com
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/pubvana
     ServerName example.com
     ServerAlias www.example.com

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

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

Save the file and exit.

Enable the Pubvana and Rewrite Module

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

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

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

http://example.com/installer/index.php

Then follow the on-screen instructions. Confirm that all the requirements and met and continue.

Pubvana ubuntu install

Next, type in the database info you created above and your domain URL and continue.

Pubvana ubuntu install

After, create a backend admin account and complete the installation.

Pubvana ubuntu install

When you’re done, log on and begin configuring your site.

Pubvana ubuntu install

That’s it!

Pubvana installer ubuntu

Don’t forget the delete the installer directory.

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/pubvana/installer

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

Posted by
Richard

I love computers; maybe way too much. What I learned I try to share at geekrewind.com.

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