How to Setup BuilderEngine CMS with Nginx on Ubuntu Linux

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure BuilderEngine CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 LTS servers.

Our previous tutorial showed you how to install the BuilderEngine CMS platform on Ubuntu with an Apache2 HTTP server. This post shows you how to run it with the Nginx HTTP server instead.

BuilderEngine is an open-source, next-generation content management system and eCommerce platform with website builder features packed with powerful modules to develop complex websites in no time.

Its BuildEngine comes with support for eCommerce, Booking, Media, Social and Web languages, including PHP, MySQL, JQuery, Bootstrap, and more. So, you can build multiple platforms using its powerful BuildEngine tool.

For more about BuilderEngine, please check their Homepage

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

Install Nginx HTTP Server

You will need a web server to run BuilderEngine and Nginx HTTP server is the most popular open-source web server available today. So go and get it for BuilderEngine.

To install the Nginx server, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nginx

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

sudo systemctl stop nginx.service
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Now that Nginx is installed, open your browser and browse to the URL below to test whether the web server is working.


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

Install MariaDB Database Server

BuilderEngine also needs a database server to store its content. and MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open-source database servers to use with BuilderEngine.

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

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

After that, run the commands below to secure the MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

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

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just 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

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon into the MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

BuilderEngine 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-fpm 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 Nginx’s PHP default configuration file.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/fpm/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
cgi.fix_pathinfo = 0
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

You should restart the Nginx web server whenever you make changes to the PHP configuration file. To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

BuilderEngine Database

Now that you’ve installed all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First, create a BuilderEngine database.

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

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called builderengine

CREATE DATABASE builderengine;

Create a database user called builderengineuser with a new password

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

Then grant the user full access to the builderengine database.

GRANT ALL ON builderengine.* TO 'builderengineuser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


Download BuilderEngine Latest Release

After installing the server and packages above, get the latest copy of BuilderEngine from its download site.

After downloading, use the commands below to extract the archived content into the Nginx root directory.

cd /tmp
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/builderengine
sudo unzip -d /var/www/builderengine

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

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

Configure Nginx

Finally, configure the Apahce2 site configuration file for BuilderEngine. This file will control how users access BuilderEngine

content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called builderengine

sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/builderengine

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.

server {
    listen 80;
    listen [::]:80;

    root   /var/www/builderengine;
    index  index.php;
    access_log /var/log/nginx/;
    error_log /var/log/nginx/;

    client_max_body_size 100M;
    autoindex off;

    location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$query_string;

    location ~ \.php$ {
         include snippets/fastcgi-php.conf;
         fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php/php7.2-fpm.sock;
         include fastcgi_params;
         fastcgi_intercept_errors on;

Save the file and exit.

Enable the BuilderEngine and Rewrite Module

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

sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/builderengine /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
sudo systemctl restart nginx.service

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see BuilderEngine setup wizard to complete.

BuilderEngine should begin its installation wizard. Type in the database name, user and password, and admin account. and click Begin Installation

Your site should be up and ready to use when you’re done. Login with the admin account created above and begin setting up your environment.


Congratulation! You have successfully installed BuilderEngine on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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