How to Install PHP-Fusion 9 on a Debian 8 VPS

php-fusion vpsThis step by step tutorial will show you how to install PHP-Fusion 9 on a Debian 8 VPS with Apache, PHP and MySQL installed on it. PHP-Fusion is fast and light-weight open-source content management system (CMS) written in PHP. PHP-Fusion 9 includes common features found in other content management systems. By comparing it with the PHP-Fusion 7 version, there are some new features, such as a fully integrated and comprehensive SEO engine, full core support for Multilingual content, PDO support, Bootstrap support, new themes etc. PHP-Fusion comes with a simple but comprehensive administration system.

This tutorial was tested and written for a Debian 8 VPS, but it should work on any Linux distribution.

This install guide assumes that Apache, MySQL and PHP are already installed and configured on your virtual server. PHP-Fusion 9 requires:

  • PHP 5.3.4 or higher
  • Apache Web Server >= 2.0 compiled with mod_rewrite module and with the following directives allowed: RewriteEngine, RewriteBase, RewriteCond and RewriteRule.;
  • MySQL 4.1 or higher installed on your virtual server.

Let’s start with the installation. Download the latest PHP-Fusion 9 version available at to a directory on your server and extract it using the following commands:

cd /opt
unzip -d /var/www/html/
mv /var/www/html/PHP-Fusion-9.00/ /var/www/html/php-fusion/

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

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/php-fusion.conf

Then, run the following command:

ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/php-fusion.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/php-fusion.conf

Or, use the a2ensite to enable the ‘php-fusion.conf’ configuration in Apache:

sudo a2ensite php-fusion.conf

Edit the ‘php-fusion.conf’ configuration file:

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/php-fusion.conf

and add the following lines to it:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/php-fusion/
<Directory /var/www/html/php-fusion/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Set the proper file permissions for the Apache web server to write to ‘administration/db_backups’, ‘ftp_upload’ and ‘images’ directories and ‘images/imagelist.js’, ‘images/avatars’, ‘config_temp.php’ and ‘robots.txt’ files inside the /var/www/html/php-fusion/ directory:

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/php-fusion/

Enable the Apache2 rewrite module if it is not already done so:

sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Create a new MySQL database for PHP-Fusion to use and assign a user to it with full permissions:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE phpfusiondb;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON phpfusiondb.* TO 'phpfusionuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
mysql> quit

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.
Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and follow the easy instructions, then log in to the PHP-Fusion administrator back-end and configure it according to your needs.


php-fusion back-end

For security reasons, delete the entire /install directory and chmod your ‘config.php’ configuration file back to 0644:

rm -rf /var/www/html/php-fusion/install
chmod 644 /var/www/html/php-fusion/config.php

That is it. The PHP-Fusion installation is now complete.
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 PHP-Fusion 9 for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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