Install Pagekit CMS on an Ubuntu VPS

pagekit-logoToday we will go through the process of installing Pagekit CMS on an Ubuntu VPS with Nginx and MariaDB. Pagekit is a modern CMS, written in PHP on top of Symfony components and modern open source libraries. Pagekit uses its own templating engine called Razr and Markdown formatting.
This should work on other Linux VPS systems as well but was tested and written for Ubuntu 14.04.

Update the system and install necessary packages.

root@vps:~# apt-get -y update && apt-get -y upgrade
root@vps:~# apt-get install software-properties-common python-software-properties git curl

Install PHP and Nginx

apt-get install nginx php5-fpm php5-cli php5-mysql php5-curl

Install Composer

root@vps:~# curl -sS | php
root@vps:~# mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Clone the git repository

Create a root directory for your web site and clone the git repository from github

root@vps:~# mkdir -p /var/www/{public_html,logs}
root@vps:~# git clone git:// /var/www/
root@vps:~# cd /var/www/
root@vps:~# composer install

Install MariaDB and create a database.

root@vps:~#  apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xcbcb082a1bb943db
root@vps:~# add-apt-repository 'deb trusty main'
root@vps:~# apt-get -y update
root@vps:~# echo -e "Package: *\nPin: origin\nPin-Priority: 1000" | tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/mariadb
root@vps:~# apt-get install mariadb-server
root@vps:~# mysql -uroot -p
MariaDB [(none)]> create database pagekit;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON pagekit.* TO 'pagekit'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'pagekitPassword';
MariaDB [(none)]> flush privileges;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Nginx configuration

Create a new Nginx server block with the following content

root@vps:~# cat <<'EOF' > /etc/nginx/sites-available/
server {
    listen 80;
    root /var/www/;
    access_log /var/www/;
    error_log /var/www/;
    index index.php;
    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;
    location ~* \.(?:ico|css|js|gif|jpe?g|png|ttf|woff)$ {
        access_log off;
        expires 30d;
        add_header Pragma public;
        add_header Cache-Control "public, mustrevalidate, proxy-revalidate";
    location ~ \.php$ {
        fastcgi_index index.php;
        fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(.*)$;
        fastcgi_keep_conn on;
        include /etc/nginx/fastcgi_params;
        fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
        fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    location ~ /\.ht {
        deny all;

Symlink it and restart the server

root@vps:~# ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/ /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/
root@vps:~# /etc/init.d/nginx restart

Set the correct permissions

root@vps:~# chown -R www-data: /var/www/

Finally, open your browser and run the Pagekit installation process.

For more information about how to manage your Pagekit installation, please refer to the Pagekit website.

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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