NestaCMS is an open-source, markdown (file-file) content management system (CMS) built on Ruby using the Sinatra web framework. It makes it super easy to develop and design static websites for anyone who knows how to write in markdown style.
Nesta is easily extended using the Sinatra web framework. Unfortunately, there’s no database to configure – everything is stored in text files.
Using NestaCMS to edit your content on the web should be easy and fun. No need to learn templating and HTML. NestaCMS hides most of that stuff and focuses on what matters most.….
For more about NestaCMS, check its homepage.
This brief tutorial will show students and new users how to install NestaCMS on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 and 18.10 systems.
These are the packages we’re going to set up.
- Ruby version 2.5.3
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 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 NestaCMS.
Step 3: Install NestaCMS
Now that your environment is ready run the commands below to install NestaCMS and build your first site. Next, run the commands below.
gem install nesta gem install bundler nesta new nestacms
Next, change it into the NestaCMS folder and install it there.
Then run the commands to install Nesta demo content and configure the server.
bundle install nesta demo:content bundle exec mr-sparkle config.ru
After a while, necessary packages should be installed and configured, ready to use.
Now open your browser and browse to the hostname followed by port # 8080
You should see the NestaCMS home page.
Congratulation! You have successfully installed the NestaCMS platform on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04 | 18.10
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