Learn Install MenaPro CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 with Apache2

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install and configure MenaPro CMS on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04 LTS servers..

MenaPro is an open source, advanced content management system (CMS) that gives you powerful sets of tools to build and manage a content website… This CMS is also a hundred times faster then most content management platforms available..

With it intuitive and powerful backend, you’ll be able to put together a website with ease.. You also get a powerful search tool, backend analytics, drag n drop media panel and more..

If you are looking for a solution to to build and manage you own websites without the need for any coding skills, then MenaPro is a great place to start…

This CMS platform is designed for ease of use to allow webmasters to collaborate and automate engaging experiences with users across multiple devices, including mobile…

For more about MenaPro, please check their Homepage

To get started with installing MenaPro, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

You will need a web server to run MenaPro and Apache2 HTTP server is the most popular open source web server available today… So go and get it for MenaPro…

To install Apache2 server, run the commands below:

sudo apt update sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2 webserver, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots…

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service sudo systemctl start apache2.service sudo systemctl enable apache2.service 

Now that Apache2 is installed…. to test whether the web server is working, open your browser and browse to the URL below…

http://localhost

Apache2 Test Page

If you see the page above, then Apache2 is successfully installed…

Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server

MenaPro also needs a database server to store its content… and MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with MenaPro…

To install MariaDB run the commands below…

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots..

Run these on Ubuntu

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service sudo systemctl start mariadb.service sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service 

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • 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

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on… if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

Step 3: Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

MenaPro is a PHP based CMS and PHP is required… However, PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories… To run PHP 7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 and previous, you may need to run the commands below:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-sqlite3 php7.2-mysql php7.2-gmp php7.2-curl php7.2-intl php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-gd php7.2-bcmath php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default configuration file for Apache2…

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini 

The lines below is a good settings for most PHP based CMS… Update the configuration file with these and save….

file_uploads = On allow_url_fopen = On short_open_tag = On memory_limit = 256M upload_max_filesize = 100M max_execution_time = 360 date.timezone = America/Chicago

Everytime you make changes to PHP configuration file, you should also restart Apache2 web server… To do so, run the commands below:

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Now that PHP is installed, to test whether it’s functioning, create a test file called phpinfo.php in Apache2 default root directory…. ( /var/www/html/)

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Next, open your browser and browse to the server’s hostname or IP address followed by phpinfo.php

http://localhost/phpinfo.php

You should see PHP default test page…

PHP Test Page

Step 4: Create MenaPro Database

Now that you’ve install all the packages that are required, continue below to start configuring the servers. First create a MenaPro database.

Run the commands below to logon to MariaDB. When prompted for a password, type the root password you created above.

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called menapro

CREATE DATABASE menapro;

Create a database user called menaprouser with new password

CREATE USER 'menaprouser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the menopro database.

GRANT ALL ON menapro.* TO 'menaprouser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.

FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;

Step 5: Download MenaPro Latest Release

After installing the server and packages above,  go and get the latest copy of MenaPro from its download site..

After downloading, use the commands below to extract the archived content into Apache2 root directory…

cd /tmp wget http://menapro.com/menapro.zip unzip menapro.zip sudo mv menapro /var/www/menapro

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for MenaPro root directory and give Apache2 control….

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/menapro/ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/menapro/ 

Step 6: Configure Apache2

Finally, configure Apahce2 site configuration file for MenaPro. This file will control how users access MenaPro content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called menapro.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/menapro.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>      ServerAdmin [email protected]      DocumentRoot /var/www/menapro      ServerName example.com      ServerAlias www.example.com       <Directory /var/www/menapro/>           Options FollowSymlinks           AllowOverride All           Require all granted      </Directory>       ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log      CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined           <Directory /var/www/menapro/>             RewriteEngine on             RewriteBase /             RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f             RewriteRule ^(.*) index.php [PT,L]     </Directory> </VirtualHost> 

Save the file and exit.

Step 7: Enable the MenaPro and Rewrite Module

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

sudo a2ensite menapro.conf sudo a2enmod rewrite sudo systemctl restart apache2.service 

Then open your browser and browse to the server domain name. You should see MenaPro setup wizard to complete.

http://example.com/

Type in the site information and continue..

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

Next, type in the database username and password.. and click Install

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

After setting up, you should be able to login and begin setting up your site..

MenoPro Ubuntu Install

Enjoy~

Congratulation! You have successfully installed MenaPro on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

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