ATutor is a free open source web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to develop and deliver online courses. It is used in various contexts, including online course management, continuing professional development for teachers, career development and academic research.
This software is cited as unique for its accessibility features, (useful to visually impaired and disabled learners) and for its suitability for educational use.
ATutor administrators can install or update ATutor in minutes, develop custom themes to give ATutor a new look and easily extend its functionality with feature modules. Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute web-based instructional content, easily import prepackaged content and conduct their courses online giving students a chance to learn in an accessible, adaptive and social learning environment.
So in this article we will show you how to install ATutor on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS.
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LOG IN TO YOUR SERVER VIA SSH
# ssh root@server_ip
You can check whether you have the proper Ubuntu version installed on your server with the following command:
# lsb_release -a
You should get this output:
Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS Release: 14.04 Codename: trusty
UPDATE THE SYSTEM
Make sure your server is fully up to date using:
# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
Once the system upgrade is completed, enter your MySQL service as root and create the much needed database for ATutor with the below queries:
# mysql -u root -p mysql> create database atutor; mysql> grant all privileges on atutor.* to atutoruser@localhost identified by 'your_password'; mysql> flush privileges; mysql> exit
When this tutorial was written, the latest ATutor version was 2.2.1 . We will download the installation in the /opt directory, but feel free to use another one to match your needs.
# cd /opt
# wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/atutor/ATutor%202/ATutor-2.2.1.tar.gz?r=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.atutor.ca%2Fatutor%2Fdownload.php -O ATutor-2.2.1.tar.gz
# tar -zxvf ATutor-2.2.1.tar.gz
With these three commands above , we entered /opt, downloaded the latest version of ATutor and unpacked the archive.
Now move the installation to the /var/www/html/ directory:
# mv ATutor/ /var/www/html/atutor/
Assign the proper ownership of files/directories:
# chown www-data: -R /var/www/html/atutor/
Now create a virtual host directive for the domain that will serve your ATutor installation. Open a file with your favorite text editor. We are using nano:
# nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/atutor.conf
Paste these lines in the file:
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/atutor/" ServerName yourdomain.com ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/yourdomain.com-error_log" CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined <Directory "/var/www/html/atutor/"> DirectoryIndex index.html index.php Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain, save and close the file.
Enable the config file:
# a2ensite atutor
Restart Apache for the changes to take effect:
# service apache2 reload
Now, open your favorite web browser and navigate to the domain that you configured in your Apache config file.
Enter the database credentials that you created previously. The next step is to configure your Super Administrator Account. Enter an administrator username, password and email. Then give your site a name, enter a contact email and fill in the details in the Personal Account field. Once that is done, click on Next.
You can now configure the path to the Content directory which is a directory where all your site courses files will be stored. We will leave the default path given by the installation (/var/www/html/atutor/content). However, this directory does not exist on your server. Therefore, enter the following commands to create the directory and assign the proper ownership:
# mkdir /var/www/html/atutor/content # chown www-data: -R /var/www/html/atutor/content
Decide whether you like to send your site URL to the ATutor server anonymously and click on Next to finish the installation.
You will get the following message:
Done! Congratulations on your installation of ATutor 2.2.1! You may now login using your personal and administrator accounts you created in Step 3. For security reasons once you have confirmed that ATutor has installed correctly, you should delete the install/ directory, and reset the permissions on the config.inc.php file to read only. See the Support Forums on atutor.ca for additional help & support.
Delete the install directory as the instructions say:
# rm -rf /var/www/html/atutor/install/
Also check if the config.inc.php file has only read permissions:
# ls -la /var/www/html/atutor/include/config.inc.php
which should give you the following output:
-r--r--r-- 1 www-data www-data 2841 Mar 30 14:36 /var/www/html/atutor/include/config.inc.php
If you get this, you are OK. However, if the file has other permissions beside read only, then execute this command:
# chmod 444 /var/www/html/atutor/include/config.inc.php
Congratulations, you now have an active and working ATutor installation. For more info on configuration tweaks and everything related to ATutor, please visit their official documentation.
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