BigTree CMS is an open source content management system (CMS) built on PHP and MySQL. It is very extensible applications with user friendly interface and it is very easy to use. The latest version of BigTree CMS requires PHP version 5.3 or higher and MySQL version 5 or higher. BigTree is developed almost exclusively on the Apache web server but it can run on IIS 7 and 8 too. In this article we will guide you through the installation of BigTree CMS on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache, PHP and MariaDB.
BigTree comes with tons of useful features such as:
- Full WYSIWYG editor
- Complete Code/Site Control
- Powerful Core
- Custom Image Sizing and Image Cropping
- Integrated Analytics
- Flexible Content Template
- In-Page Editing
- Service APIs
- and many more
To start the installation, login to your CentOS 7 server as user root
and run the following command in your terminal to update all installed packages
yum -y update
Next, install Apache web server
yum -y install httpd
Once the installation of the web server is completed, start it and make it to start automatically on boot.
systemctl start httpd systemctl enable httpd
BigTree is a PHP based application, so we need to install PHP with the ‘mysqli’ and the ‘gd’ extensions installed
yum -y install php php-gd php-mysql
Install MariaDB server on your CentOS 7 machine running the following command
yum -y install mariadb mariadb-server
Once the installation is completed start the MariaDB server and set it to start on system boot
systemctl start mariadb systemctl enable mariadb
Then, run the
mysql_secure_installation script. This script will help you to improve the security of your MariaDB installation and set your MariaDB root password.
BigTree requires an empty database, so login to the MariaDB server with the root user and create a new user and database that will be used by BigTree
mysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE bigtree; CREATE USER 'bigtreeuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'PASSWORD'; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `bigtree`.* TO 'bigtreeuser'@'localhost'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit
Don’t forget to replace ‘PASSWORD’ with an actual strong password.
Go to BigTree’s official website and download the latest version of the content management system. At the moment of writing this blog article it is version 4.2.11 Upload the downloaded ZIP archive to your server via FTP or sFTP. Once it is uploaded, unpack the archive to the document root directory of your server
mkdir /var/www/html/bigtree unzip BigTreeCMS-4.2.11.zip -d /var/www/html/bigtree
Set the Apache user to be owner of the BigTree files and directories
chown -R apache: /var/www/html/bigtree/
Now, create Apache virtual host for your BigTree based website. Create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with the following content:
Create a ‘vhosts.d/’ directory
and create the virtual host with the following content
vim /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf <VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80> ServerAdmin firstname.lastname@example.org DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/bigtree/" 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/bigtree/"> DirectoryIndex index.html index.php Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>
Save the file and restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect.
systemctl restart httpd
With this step the installation from the command line is completed. Now, open a web browser and navigate it to
http://yourdomain.com/install.php to run the web installer and follow the on-screen installation process to complete the BigTree CMS installation.
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 BigTree CMS for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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