How to Install SpinaCMS on Ubuntu Linux

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SpinaCMS is a beautiful, open-source Rails content management system (CMS). 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.

SpinaCMS offers features that may not be available to other PHP-based CMS, like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal… All you do is write your content, and it’s instantly published. Other features like permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all top content and SEO friendly…

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

Install Ruby

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 | sudo -E bash -
curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb 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 ~/.rbenv
echo 'export PATH="$HOME/.rbenv/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bashrc
echo 'eval "$(rbenv init -)"' >> ~/.bashrc
exec $SHELL

git clone ~/.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:

ruby -v

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.

rbenv rehash

Install Rails

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 | 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.

rbenv rehash

To verify if Rails is installed, run the commands below.

rails -v

You should see something similar to the lines below:

Rails 5.2.1

Install SpinaCMS

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.

cd ~/spina

Then run the commands to open the Gemfile there.

nano Gemfile

Please copy and paste the lines below into the file and save them when it opens.

gem 'spina'

Then the file should look like this:

ruby '2.5.3'
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=

Now open your browser and browse to the hostname followed by port # 3000

You should see the SpinaCMS home page.

Spina CMS Ubuntu

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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