How to Install SilverStripe CMS with Apache on Ubuntu Linux

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The article provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to install the SilverStripe content management system (CMS) on Ubuntu 17.04 or 17.10. It involves installing Apache2 web server and MariaDB for database functionality, upgrading to PHP 7.1 from third-party repositories, creating a SilverStripe database, and configuring Apache2. Detailed instructions, including necessary commands, are provided to facilitate a smooth installation process.

SilverStripe is an open-source, intuitive, secure, and flexible content management system based on PHP. It is designed from the ground up to allow web admins and editors to create powerful and dynamic content websites.

You’ll find SilverStripe helpful if you’re looking for a robust, secure, and easy-to-use content management platform to manage your websites or company’s blogs that are 100% free.

This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install SilverStripe CMS on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10 with Apache2, MariaDB, and PHP support.

This post covers installing the latest version of SilverStripe, which at the time of writing is v4.0.1

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

Install Apache2 Web Server

SilverStripe requires a webserver to function; the most popular web server today is Apache2. So, go and install Apache2 on Ubuntu by running the commands below:

sudo apt install apache2

Next, run the commands below 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

Install MariaDB Database Server

SilverStripe also requires a database server to function. And MariaDB database server is a great place to start. To install it, run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

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

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

After that, run the commands below to secure the MariaDB server.

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 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

sudo systemctl restart mysql.service

Install PHP and Related Modules

PHP 7.1 isn’t available on 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

Run the commands below to install PHP 7.1 and related modules.

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

After installing PHP 7.1, run the commands below to open the PHP-FPM default file.

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

Then change to the following lines below in the file and save.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 64M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

Create SilverStripe Database

Now that you’ve installed all the required packages, continue below to start configuring the servers. But first, go and create a blank SilverStripe database.

Run the commands below to log on to the database server. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called stripedb


Create a database user called stripeuser with a new password

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

Then grant stripeuser full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON stripedb.* TO 'stripeuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'user_password_here' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download SilverStripe Latest Release

Next, visit the SilverStripe site and download the latest version.

After downloading, run the commands below to create a root directory for SilverStripe and extract the downloaded file into the Apache2 root directory.

cd /tmp && wget
sudo mkdir /var/www/html/silverstripe
sudo unzip -d /var/www/html/silverstripe

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for SilverStripe to function.

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

Configure Apache2

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

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

     <Directory /var/www/html/silverstripe/>
        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 SilverStripe and Rewrite Module

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

sudo a2ensite silverstripe.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart Apache2 by running the commands below to load all the settings above.

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

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

Then follow the on-screen instructions. You will be asked to input your database configuration, administrative details, and other configuration settings. When complete, you may sign in and start using SilverStripe. Return to anytime after that to sign in.

After installing, delete the install files by clicking the link “Click here to delete the install files.

That should do it. Now login to the admin dashboard using the URL example below.
SilverStripe Ubuntu install

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