How To Install ImpressCMS on Ubuntu 15.04

r00t February 24, 2016

Install ImpressCMS on Ubuntu 15.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration of ImpressCMS on your Ubuntu 15.04 server.  For those of you who didn’t know, ImpressCMS is an open source Content Management System (CMS) for building and maintaining dynamic web sites, written in PHP and using a popular open source MySQL/MariaDB database system for content storage. ImpressCMS is extremely useful for managing online communities because it has the ability to create user groups and assign permissions for managing content to each different group.

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 ImpressCMS on a Ubuntu 15.04 server.

Install ImpressCMS 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 ImpressCMS.

First thing to do is to go to ImpressCMS’s download page and download the latest stable version of ImpressCMS, At the moment of writing this article it is version 1.3.8:

Unpack the ImpressCMS archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for ImpressCMS.

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 ImpressCMS. 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 ImpressCMS installation:

Step 5. Configuring Apache web server for ImpressCMS.

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

Add the following lines:

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

Step 6. Accessing ImpressCMS.

ImpressCMS 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 ImpressCMS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing ImpressCMS on your Ubuntu 15.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official ImpressCMS web site.

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