Reader Self is self hosted RSS reader written in PHP. It is a good replacement for the popular Google Reader. In this tutorial we will guide you through the steps of installing Reader Self on a Centos 7 VPS with Apache and MariaDB database.
Reader Self has the following server requirements:
– PHP 5.2.4 or greater
– MySQL 5.0 or greater / SQLite
– Apache 2.2 or greater with mod_rewrite module enabled
Log in to your Centos 7 VPS as user root and make sure that all packages are up to date
yum -y update
Reader Self requires an SQL database, so we will install MariaDB server
yum install mariadb-server mariadb
Start the MariaDB server and add the service to automatically start on system start-up
systemctl start mariadb.service systemctl enable mariadb.service
Run the following command to secure your MariaDB server and set a new root password
Now, log in to the MySQL server as user root and create new database and user
mysql -u root -p MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE reader; MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON reader.* TO 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; MariaDB [(none)]> \q;
Don’t forget to replace ‘PASSWORD’ with an actual password.
Now, we will install Apache web server
yum install httpd
Start the Apache web server and enable it to start at boot
systemctl start httpd systemctl enable httpd
Reader Self is written in PHP so, we need to install PHP and a few PHP extensions and modules
yum install php php-mysql php-common
Download the latest version of Reader Self to your CentOS server
Extract the downloaded archive to the document root directory on your server.
yum -y install unzip unzip master.zip -d /var/www/html/ mv /var/www/html/readerself-master/ /var/www/html/readerself
Change the ownership
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/readerself
Open the Reader Self database configuration file enter the information of the created database.
cd /var/www/html/readerself vim application/config/database.php $db['default']['hostname'] = 'localhost';//localhost (MySQL) or sqlite:application/database/readerself.sqlite (SQLite) $db['default']['username'] = 'user'; $db['default']['password'] = 'PASSWORD'; $db['default']['database'] = 'reader'; $db['default']['dbdriver'] = 'mysqli';//mysqli (MySQL) or pdo (SQLite)
Now, we will set up Apache virtual hosting directive for the Reader Self RSS reader, so you can access it with your domain name.
Create a ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with the following content
vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf
and create a ‘/etc/httpd/vhosts.d’ directory where we will put all our virtual hosts.
Create a virtual host for your domain
<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80> ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/readerself" ServerName yourdomain.com ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log" CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined <Directory "/var/www/html/readerself"> DirectoryIndex index.php Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
And restart Apache for the changes to take effect
systemctl restart httpd
Create a cron job so the RSS reader can update the feeds
crontab -e 0 */1 * * * cd /var/www/html/readerself && php index.php refresh items systemctl restart crond
That’s all. Now, open your favorite web browser and access http://yourdomain.com . Reader Self will check if all requirements are met, and you will need to create new account for accessing the application
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 setup this for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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