SpinaCMS is a beautiful, open source content management system (CMS) for Rails. It makes it easy to develop and design static websites based on Ruby on Rails.
Using SpinaCMS to edit your content on the web should be easy and fun. No need to learn templating and HTML. Spina hides most of that stuff and focuses on what matters most.
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For more about SpinaCMS, check its homepage.
These are the packages we’re going to set up.
- Ruby version 2.5.3
- Rails version 5.2.1
You’ll need to install some dependencies to install Ruby and Rails on Ubuntu. To make that happen, install Node.js and Yarn repositories. This will make installing the dependencies easier.
First, install these curl and git packages.
sudo apt update sudo apt install curl git
Then run the commands below to add Node.js and Yarn repositories and keys to your system. Then install some core packages to get your environment going.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - curl -sS https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/pubkey.gpg | sudo apt-key add - echo "deb https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install nodejs yarn zlib1g-dev build-essential libpq-dev libssl-dev libreadline-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev software-properties-common libffi-dev
When you’re done, Continue below:
After adding the repositories and installing the necessary packages above, install Ruby with your local profile settings using rbenv. You’ll then use rbenv to install ruby-build.
cd ~/ git clone https://github.com/rbenv/rbenv.git ~/.rbenv echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL git clone https://github.com/rbenv/ruby-build.git ~/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/plugins/ruby-build/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc exec $SHELL
After setting up your local profile, run the commands below to install Ruby version 2.5.3. If a newer version is available, replace the version number with that. Then, visit this site to find out about Ruby’s latest versions.
rbenv install 2.5.3 rbenv global 2.5.3
To verify that Ruby is installed, run the commands below:
You should see similar lines below:
ruby 2.5.3p105 (2018-10-18 revision 65156) [x86_64-linux]
Another package management you’ll want to install is bundler. to do that, run the commands below
gem install bundler
Now run the command below after installing the bundler.
Now that the Ruby environment is set up run the commands below to install Rails. Rails can be installed from Node.Js. First, run the commands below to install the Node.js repository, then install the Node.js package.
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
Now that Node.js is installed run the commands below to install Rails.
gem install rails -v 5.2.1
Don’t forget to rehash your rbenv environment installing install new packages.
To verify if Rails is installed, run the commands below.
You should see something similar to the lines below:
Now that your environment is ready run the commands below to install SpinaCMS and build your first site. Next, run the commands below.
rails new spina
Next, change it into the SpinaCMS folder and install it there.
Then run the commands to open the Gemfile there.
When it opens, copy and paste the lines below into the file and save.
Then the file should look like this:
ruby '2.5.3' #SpinaCMS gem 'spina' # Bundle edge Rails instead: gem 'rails', github: 'rails/rails' gem 'rails', '~> 5.2.1' # Use sqlite3 as the database for Active Record gem 'sqlite3'
Save and exit.
After that, run the commands below:
bundle update bundle install
After a while, the necessary packages should be installed. When you’re done, run the commands below to create an admin user and install SpinaCMS.
You will be prompted to create an admin email address and a password.
rails g spina:install
Finally, run the commands below to start the server.
rails server --binding=0.0.0.0
Now open your browser and browse to the hostname followed by port # 3000
You should see the SpinaCMS home page.
Log on to the backend using the admin address and password.
Congratulation! You have successfully installed the SpinaCMS platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10
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