How to install ocPortal on a CentOS 7 VPS

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newlogo-topocPortal is a free and open souce, PHP based content management system. It can be thoroughly customized and it comes with lots of website features out of the box. In this tutorial we will install ocPortal on a CentOS 7 VPS with the Apache web server, PHP and MariaDB.

First of all update your system and install the necessary packages.

yum -y update
yum -y install wget unzip

Install Apache web server

yum install httpd

Start the web server and enable it to start on boot

systemctl start httpd.service
systemctl enable httpd.service

Install PHP and few additional PHP modules

yum install php php-fpm php-cli php-mbstring php-gd php-curl php-pdo php-xml

Next, we will install MariaDB on the server by executing the following commands:

yum install mariadb-server mariadb

To start MariaDB and enable it at the boot time run:

systemctl start mariadb.service
systemctl enable mariadb.service/
In order to secure your MariaDB server and set a MySQL 'root' password, run the following script
mysql_secure_installation

and use the following options

- Set root password? [Y/n] y
- 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

Once you are finished with the step above, login as a MariaDB root and create an new database and user:

mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE ocportal;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL ON ocportal.* to ocportaluser@localhost identified by 'YOURPASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Don’t forget to replace ‘YOURPASSWORD’ with an actual strong password.

Now, create a new directory for ocPortal inside the document root directory on your server.

mkdir /var/www/html/yourdomain.com
cd /var/www/html/yourdomain.com

and go to ocPortal’s official website and download the latest stable release. At the moment of writing this article it is version 9.0.15.

Unpack the downloaded zip archive

unzip ocportal_manualextraction_installer-9.0.15.zip

Set the correct ownership

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/yourdomain.com/

Create a virtual host directive for your domain in the web server configuration file

vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/yourdomain.com
ServerName yourdomain.com
ErrorLog logs/yourdomain.com-error_log
CustomLog logs/yourdomain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

And restart apache

systemctl restart httpd

That’s all. Now, head your favourite web browser to http://yourdomain.com/install.php to finish the installation. You will need to configure ocPortal settings, create an admin account, enter the information or the MariaDB we’ve created earlier in this tutorial, etc…

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install ocPortal for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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