How To Install ExpressionEngine on Ubuntu 15.04

r00t January 22, 2016


In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration ExpressionEngine on Ubuntu 15.04. For those of you who didn’t know, ExpressionEngine content management system software is proprietary software designed to create stunning websites and simplify the content creation process. Developed by EllisLab, Inc., it’s a beautiful, authoritative system that is popular with individual users, companies and non-profits that create content-driven sites. This application offers a wide range of capabilities that will suit your diverse needs.

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 ExpressionEngine on an Ubuntu 15.04 server.

Install ExpressionEngine 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.

Step 3. Installing ExpressionEngine.

First thing to do is to go to ExpressionEngine’s download page and download the latest stable version of ExpressionEngine, At the moment of writing this article it is version 2.10.1:

Then after the upload is finished, unzip the archive:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Set the proper permissions in order to continue with the installation:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for ExpressionEngine.

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 ExpressionEngine. 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 ExpressionEngine installation:

Step 4. Configuring Apache web server for ExpressionEngine.

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

Add the following lines:

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

Step 5. Accessing ExpressionEngine.

ExpressionEngine will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://server-ip/admin.php. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

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

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