How To Install Elkarte Community Forum on Ubuntu 15.04

r00t March 11, 2016

Install Elkarte Community Forum on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Elkarte Community Forum on your Ubuntu 15.04 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, Elkarte is an open source discussion forum written in PHP that allows web developers to create a community forum fully responsive to mobile and wireless devices.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation Elkarte Community Forum on a Ubuntu 15.04 server.

Install Elkarte Community Forum on Ubuntu 15.04

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 15.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing Elkarte Community Forum.

First thing to do is to go to Elkarte Community Forum’s download page and download the latest stable version of Elkarte Community Forum, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.0.6:

Unpack the Elkarte Community Forum archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Elkarte Community Forum.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Elkarte Community Forum. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for Elkarte Community Forum installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Elkarte Community Forum.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘elkarte.conf’ on your virtual server:

Add the following lines:

Next, edit the php.ini configuration file and add/modify the following lines:

Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Step 6. Accessing Elkarte Community Forum.

Elkarte Community Forum will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com or http://server-ip and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed Elkarte Community. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Elkarte Community Forum on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Elkarte Community web site.

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