How to Install Bludit CMS on Fedora 28

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Bludit is a simple, fast and flexible blogging CMS written in PHP. Bludit uses files in JSON format to store content, so you don’t need to install or configure a database. Bludit source code is hosted on Github. This guide will show you how to install Bludit CMS on a fresh Fedora 28 Vultr instance.

Requirements

  • PHP version 5.3 or greater with the following extensions:
    • mbstring
    • gd
    • dom
    • json
  • Web server with PHP support like Nginx, Apache, Lighttpd, H2O. This guide will use Nginx.

Before you begin

Check the Fedora version.

cat /etc/fedora-release# Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight)

Create a new non-root user account with sudo access and switch to it.

useradd -c "John Doe" johndoe && passwd johndoeusermod -aG wheel johndoesu - johndoe

NOTE: Replace johndoe with your username.

Set up the timezone.

timedatectl list-timezonessudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

Ensure that your system is up to date.

sudo dnf check-upgrade || sudo dnf upgrade -y

Install necessary packages.

sudo dnf install -y wget curl vim unzip

For simplicity, disable SELinux and Firewall.

sudo setenforce 0 ; sudo systemctl stop firewalld ; sudo systemctl disable firewalld

Install PHP

Install PHP and required PHP extensions.

sudo dnf install -y php-cli php-fpm php-common php-mbstring php-gd php-xml php-json

Check the version.

php --version# PHP 7.2.8 (cli) (built: Jul 17 2018 05:35:43) ( NTS )# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group# Zend Engine v3.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

Start and enable PHP-FPM.

sudo systemctl start php-fpm.servicesudo systemctl enable php-fpm.service

Install Nginx

Bludit can work with many web servers with PHP support. In this guide we will use Nginx.

Install Nginx.

sudo dnf install -y nginx

Check the version.

nginx -v# nginx version: nginx/1.12.1

Start and enable Nginx.

sudo systemctl start nginx.servicesudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/bludit.conf and configure Nginx for Bludit.

server {  listen 80;  server_name example.com;  root /var/www/bludit;  index index.php;  location ~ /.php$ {    fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;    fastcgi_index index.php;    include fastcgi.conf;  }  location / {    try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;  }  location ^~ /bl-content/tmp/ { deny all; }   location ^~ /bl-content/pages/ { deny all; }   location ^~ /bl-content/databases/ { deny all; } }

Save the file and exit.

Test the configuration.

sudo nginx -t

Reload Nginx.

sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Install Bludit

Create a document root directory.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/bludit

Change ownership of the /var/www/bludit directory to johndoe.

sudo chown -R johndoe:johndoe /var/www/bludit

Download the latest version from the official page and extract the zip file..

cd /var/www/bluditwget https://df6m0u2ovo2fu.cloudfront.net/builds/bludit-2-3-4.zipunzip bludit-2-3-4.ziprm bludit-2-3-4.zipmv bludit-2-3-4/* . && mv bludit-2-3-4/.* .rmdir bludit-2-3-4

NOTE: Update the download URL if there is a newer release.

Change ownership of the /var/www/bludit directory to nginx.

sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www/bludit

Run sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf and set user and group to nginx. Initially, it will be set to apache.

sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf# user = nginx# group = nginx

Restart PHP-FPM.

sudo systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Create the /var/lib/php/session/ directory and change ownership to nginx.

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/php/session/ && sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/lib/php/session/

Open your site in a web browser. The Bludit installer page will appear.

Follow the Bludit installer to configure your website. To access the Bludit admin area, append /admin to your site URL.

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