In this tutorial we'll learn how-to Install Contao Content Managment System on Ubuntu 14.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites.
We need to install these applications before we can install Contao CMS:
Fresh install of Ubuntu Server 14.04. You can use any ubuntu flavors but using ubuntu server will make sure your server has a minimalist ubuntu installation so your system will not be loaded by unnecessary softwares.
MySQL 5.6 (Minimum MySQL 5.0.3)
PHP > 5.5.0
Contao CMS also need some additional PHP 5 libraries:
Update the Base System
Before we install Contao CMS and its prerequisites let's update the system to the latest version.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get -y upgrade
Install Apache 2
After applying latest update to our base system, let's start installing Apache2 and the required libraries.
We will secure the MySQL installation by running mysql_secure_installation.
Enter the root password that we set on installation.
NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MySQL
SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE! PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!
In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MySQL, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.
Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...
Since we already have root password set, answer this part with n
Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.
You already have a root password set, so you can safely answer 'n'.
Change the root password? [Y/n] n
Remove the anonymous user to improve security. This will make sure people or application have correct username and password to login to MySQL. Answer with Y
By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them. This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother. You should remove them before moving into a
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
We also want remove root login from remote machine. Answer with Y
Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'. This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Previously the test database created automatically by MySQL installation, but MySQL 5.6 does not create test database. We can still choose Y, it will throw error but that's fine.
By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access. This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
- Dropping test database...
ERROR 1008 (HY000) at line 1: Can't drop database 'test'; database doesn't exist
... Failed! Not critical, keep moving...
- Removing privileges on test database...
The last step is to reload MySQL privilege table.
Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
All done! If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.
Thanks for using MySQL!
Create a Database for Contao
Now we have a secure MySQL installation, it's time to create a database and user for contao itself.
Login to MySQL using the root credentials.
$ mysql -u root -p
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 58
Server version: 5.6.30-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu)
Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
Create a new database named contao using command below:
The last component that we have to install before we can install Contao CMS is PHP 5. We will install PHP 5, several common PHP libraries and also php5-gd, php5-intl and php5-mcrypt that is required by Contao CMS
If we open Contao addres we will get No root page found message, this is expected since our Contao installation does not include any content. You can read Contao documentation to learn more about managing content using Contao CMS.
A secure connection is now a requirement for web applications. The last step that we will do in this tutorial is changing the connection to only use https. We assume that you already have SSL certificate and private key.
Let's create new apache virtual host configuration on /etc/apache2/sites-available/contao-ssl.conf with contents below. Don't forget to change:
# Uncomment the following directive when using client certificate authentication
# HSTS (mod_headers is required) (15768000 seconds = 6 months)
Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000"
# intermediate configuration, tweak to your needs
SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3
We will also disable contao http only virtual host and enable the new virtual host config.
The new virtual host configuration needs Apache mod_ssl module. We need to enable the module.
$ sudo a2enmod ssl
Now, restart Apache 2 service so it will reload its configuration. We need to restart instead of reload since we enable new module.
$ sudo service apache2 restart
In this tutorial we learned how-to install Contao Content Management Systems on Ubuntu 14.04. We installed all the prerequisites, created a user and database on MySQL for Contao and also configured Apache 2 virtual hosts to be able to serve Contao CMS.
Hopefully using Contao will enable you and your organization to manage content better for your sites whether it's internal website or external website. Have fun!
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