In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Elxis CMS on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Elxis is powerful open source content management system (CMS ) it is free for use under the GNU/GPL license. This CMS is modern, flexible, easy to use and it comes with many useful multi-lingual features, such as responsive design, built-in commentary system, multi-level menus, performance monitor and many more.
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 Elxis CMS on a CentOS 7 server.
Install Elxis CMS on CentOS 7
Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.
yum -y update
Step 2. Install LAMP server.
A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install required PHP modules:
yum install php-mysql php-gd php-ldap php-xml php-xmlrpc php-mbstring php-mcrypt curl zlib
Step 3. Installing Elxis CMS.
First thing to do is to go to Elxis CMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of Elxis CMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.x series.
Unpack the Elxis CMS archive to the document root directory on your server:
unzip elxis_4.3_proteas_rev1716.zip -d /var/www/html/elxis
Elxis uses a directory named ‘repository’ to store cached pages, log files, sessions, backups and more. It is recommended to rename this directory and move it in a place not reachable from the web:
mv /var/www/html/elxis/repository /var/www/data
We will need to change some folders permissions:
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/elxis/
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/repository
Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for Elxis CMS.
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:
- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- 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
Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the Elxis CMS. Run the following command:
mysql -u root -p
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 Elxis CMS installation:
CREATE DATABASE elxis;
CREATE USER 'siuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `elxis`.* TO 'elxisuser'@'localhost';
Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for Elxis CMS.
We will create Apache virtual host for your WordPress website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:
Next, create the virtual host:
Add the following lines:
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
Require all granted
Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:
systemctl restart httpd.service
Step 6. Accessing Elxis CMS.
Elxis CMS 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 Elxis CMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Elxis content management system (CMS ) on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Elxis CMS web site.