Install PHP-Fusion 7 on a CentOS 7 VPS

php-fusion-logoPHP-Fusion is a lightweight PHP based open source content management system (CMS). It utilizes a MySQL database to store the website content and includes a very simple administration system to manage your sites.

In this tutorial we will install PHP-Fusion 7 on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache, MariaDB and PHP.

PHP-Fusion 7 is built to run on most configurations, but still your server needs to meet the following requirements:
PHP version 5.3.4 or higher
MySQL version 4.1 or higher

First of all, log in to your CentOS 7 VPS and make sure that all installed packages are up tp date

yum -y update

We need to have a LAMP stack in order to run PHP-Fusion, so first we will install Apache web server, MariaDB and PHP.

MariaDB is the default database server in CentOS 7 and it can be installed using the yum command.

yum install mariadb mariadb-server

Start the MariaDB service and enable it to start at boot

systemctl start mariadb.service
systemctl enable mariadb.service

Once MariaDB is installed, run the following post-installation script in order to secure your database server and set a root password


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

New, we will install Apache web server

yum install httpd

Start the web server and enable it to start at boot

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

PHP-Fusion is a PHP based application so we need to install PHP
yum install php php-mysql

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect

systemctl restart httpd

Now we have a fully functional LAMP stack installed on our CentOS 7 server and we can start with the PHP-Fusion installation.

Download the latest stable version of PHP-Fusion on your server


Unpack the downloaded zip archive

yum install unzip

Create a directory for your new PHP-Fusion website in the document root directory on your server

mkdir /var/www/html/

Copy the PHP-Fusion files from the unpacked directory to the newly created directory

cp -R PHP-Fusion-7.02.07/files/* /var/www/html/

Rename the PHP-Fusion configuration file

cd /var/www/html/

Rename the created directory

mv _config.php config.php

and change the owner of the PHP-Fusion files

chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/

Next, login to your MariaDB server as user root and create a new database and user

mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE phpfusion;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL ON phpfusion.* to phpfusionuser@localhost identified by 'YOURPASSWORD';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

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

Now, we will set up Apache virtual hosting directive for the ‘’ 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

Create a ‘/etc/httpd/vhosts.d’ directory where we will put all our virtual hosts.

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d

Create a virtual host for our domain

cd /etc/httpd/vhosts.d

and add the following content

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/"
ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/"
CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/" combined

<Directory "/var/www/html/">
DirectoryIndex index.php
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Require all granted

That’s all. The installation from the command line is completed. Now, head your favorite web browser to and follow the instructions to finish the 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 PHP-Fusion for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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