How To Install Lighttpd With PHP and MariaDB on CentOS 7

r00t March 26, 2016

Install Lighttpd With PHP and MariaDB on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of Lighttpd with PHP and MariaDB on your CentOS 7 server. For those of you who didn’t know, Lighttpd is a fast and secure web-server which has been optimized for high-performance environments. With a small memory footprint compared to other web-servers, effective management of the cpu-load, and advanced feature set (FastCGI, SCGI, Auth, Output-Compression, URL-Rewriting and many more) lighttpd is the perfect solution for every server that is suffering load problems.

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 LLMP Server (Linux, Lighttpd, MariaDB & PHP) on a CentOS 7 server.

Install Lighttpd With PHP and MariaDB on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, you need to enable EPEL repository on your system and make sure that all packages are up to date.

Step 2. Installing Lighttpd on CentOS 7.

Install lighttpd using the following command:

To start up Lighttpd webserver, run the commands below:

Step 3. Installing MariaDB on CentOS 7.

MariaDB is a drop in replacement for MySQL. It is a robust, scalable and reliable SQL server that comes rich set of enhancements. We will also be using yum to install MariaDB:

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 MySQL:

To log into MariaDB, use the following command (note that it’s the same command you would use to log into a MySQL database):

To start the database, run the commands below:

Step 4. Installing PHP on CentOS 7.

Finally, run the commands below to install PHP along with other good-to-have modules:

You may want to install some other PHP extensions required by your applications. Here is the list:

Step 5. Configure firewall on CentOS 7.

Because everything is blocked by default on CentOS 7, you must enable HTTP/HTTPS traffic through the firewall. To enable web traffic, run the commands below:

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed MongoDB. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing LLMP Server (Linux, Lighttpd, MariaDB & PHP) in CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Lighttpd, MariaDB and PHP web site.

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