Regardless of application, any efforts to maintain HIPAA compliance are directed at the same core concern – safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI). The technological setup will vary considerably based on the size and complexity of the organization.
Guest Author: Rodney Brazil
While businesses use many online channels to engage customers, the company website is the most important of all. It serves as the home base for all online resources created by a brand. While business directories, social media, and interactive maps get a lot of attention these days, these important traffic sources all lead back to one place: your website.
In the 21st century – the Age of Information – most processes, products, and methods today are built to make technology intuitive for users. Modern hardware and software require minimal user intervention. However, somehow, even after 14 years, WordPress has resisted certain intuitive, user-friendly changes. WordPress migrations, in particular, have faced this criticism.
To deliver HIPAA compliance within WordPress, the first step is to understand the basics of HIPAA-compliant IT and hosting. Relative to the specific deployment, perform a risk analysis and then build a HIPAA-compliant website in WordPress with five basic concerns in mind.
Why is this form of compliance needed? Organizations in healthcare and their service providers want to avoid federal fines but also want to generally prevent compromise. Healthcare data breaches increased 40% from 2015 to 2016, so now it is even more critical to pay attention to defenses for your protected health information (PHI) – particularly the electronic protected health information (ePHI) safeguarded within data environments.
WordPress is by far the most popular content management system worldwide. Let’s take a look at some of the most important plugins for developers.
The growth of WordPress since its inception is mind-boggling, with a skyrocketing rise that rivaled the upward trajectory of Google or Apple or Facebook at their tipping points. WordPress is everywhere in part because there are so many useful plugins to easily expand functionality. However, the search for plugins can be a bit daunting and disorganized since there are tens of thousands of them – 42,945 official ones in the WP catalog at press time.
Let’s review the CMS’s incredible prevalence as well as the plugins that are the most helpful for developers.
We will be installing October CMS on CentOS 7.2 in this how-to guide. October CMS is a content management system that uses the Laravel web application framework. It is a free and open source and has been widely adopted by the developer community.
In this How-To, we will walk you through the install and configuration of Joomla on CentOS 7 with Apache. Joomla, one of the most popular content management systems nowadays, is used by many web developers for new websites. It is a powerful but yet simple system that requires little technical experience to work with.
– You need a CentOS 7 server that is configured with a static IP address.
– You will also need to have a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack platform if you don’t already have it.
To get started, log into your CentOS 7 server via SSH or Console. If you are using the Atlantic.Net cloud service, note that they are setup with minimal installations to avoid having unnecessary packages from being installed and never used. If some software packages that you’re used to using aren’t installed by default, feel free to install them as needed.
Let’s download tar to decompress the installation file and some dependencies that we will need to simplify this tutorial.
sudo yum install wget unzip
Make sure that your server is fully up-to-date so we can complete the preparation.
sudo yum update
For Joomla to function correctly, we must create a database. This tutorial uses MariaDB, so let’s access MariaDB with the following command:
mysql -u root -p
Now, we must first begin creating the database that Joomla will use. This can be accomplished with the following command replacing yourdbname with your database name:
CREATE DATABASE yourdbname;
With the database created we must now create a user so it can access the database. This can be accomplished with the following command replacing yourjoomlauser with your desired username and replace yourjoomlapassword with your desired password.
CREATE USER [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'yourjoomlapassword';
Next, we grant database access to your recently created user with the following command:
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON yourdbname.* TO [email protected];
Finally, we must refresh MariaDB so the system can flush the newly added privileges and for the changes to take effect, then exit your session. This can be accomplished with the following commands:
FLUSH PRIVILEGES; exit
Download the most recent stable Joomla release. For this tutorial, that’s version 3.4.5. You can check here to find the most recent release.
After we have downloaded the package, we must move the zip file to the html directory. This can be accomplished with the following command:
mv Joomla_3.4.5-Stable-Full_Package.zip /var/www/html
Now, change to that directory and unzip the to get ready for the installation:
Finally, we can continue with the Joomla installation by unzipping the installation file with the following command:
Furthermore, with the following command, we can apply the appropriate permissions for the Joomla directory that was just created.
chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html chmod -R 755 /var/www/html
Your server is now configured correctly to run the web-based installation by going to the following:
http://server_domain_or_IP or http://your.server.IP.address/joomla
You will see the initial Joomla installation page, similar to the one below. Insert your site details and then click “Next.”
Now we need to insert your MariaDB database information within the forms. It should look similar to the image below. Once done click “Next.”
Take a look at the overview and make sure your information is correct. Once satisfied click “Install.”
Congratulations! You have just installed and configured Joomla with Apache on your CentOS 7 cloud server. Thank you for following along in this How-To and check back with us for any new updates, or learn how you can set up HIPAA-compliant WordPress hosting with Atlantic.Net.
This how-to will take you through installing October CMS on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. October CMS is a content management system that is free and open source. It is a relatively new content management system and is built on the Laravel web application framework.
To install October CMS following this guide, you’ll need an Ubuntu 14.04 server running LAMP. Please see our how-to guide for installing LAMP.
Installing October CMS is very simple if you follow these steps. Before we begin it is important to check that your system is synchronized to your package sources by running the following command:
sudo apt-get update
We also need to install wget and unzip with the following command:
sudo apt-get install unzip wget
October CMS requires a database. To create a new MySQL database run the following commands:
sudo mysql -u root -p
When prompted, enter your MySQL root password that you set up when installing MySQL.
In MySQL enter the following commands:
create database octobercms character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;
Set a secure password for the user
octobercmsuser where it says [insert-password-here].
grant all privileges on octobercms.* to [email protected] identified by "[insert-password-here]";
Now that the database is created, we can download the October CMS installer with the following command:
sudo wget http://octobercms.com/download
This will download a file called
download, to make this usable we need to rename it to
download.zip with the following command:
sudo mv download download.zip
Now that it is a file format that Ubuntu understands, unzip it with the following command:
sudo unzip download.zip
Now we are going to move the unzipped files to your web directory with the following command:
sudo cp -r ~/install-master/* /var/www/html
October CMS requires the following php extensions and libraries installed: PDO, cURL, OpenSLL, MCrypt, Mbstring, ZipArchive and GD. Most of these are installed when installing PHP on Ubuntu via APT. However, you can ensure you have all of them installed with the following command (it will only install the packages that aren’t already installed):
sudo apt-get install php5-curl mcrypt php5-mcrypt php5-gd
mcrypt we need to enable it with the following command:
sudo php5enmod mcrypt
Restart Apache so that all changes take place with the following command:
sudo service apache2 restart
We need to make sure October CMS has permission to write to the web directories and files. Do so with the following commands:
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/
Now, we can go to the October CMS web installation. In your browser go to http://yourhostname-or-ipaddress/install.php
If you are unsure what your IP address is, run the following:
In our example, we would put http://172.20.6.154/install.php in the address bar and get the following page.
Check that you have green checks next to each item. If all is green scroll down to the license agreement. Once you have read the details, go ahead and click “Agree & Continue.”
Now we need to enter the database information that we set up in the first step. Once you’ve entered the database information, click the “Administrator >” button in the lower right.
In the Administrator page, fill out the forms with your personal information. Once done click “Continue.”
Your installation is now complete, October CMS now gives you a few options on how you want your site to look like
Congratulations! You have just installed October CMS on Ubuntu 14.04. Thank you for following this guide, and we hope you enjoyed it. Please come back for more updates, or learn about how you can set up HIPAA WordPress Hosting with Atlantic.Net.
WordPress is certainly the overwhelming favorite when it comes to content management systems. However, October certainly deserves consideration, especially given its rapid rise in adoption over the past 12 months.
Looking for a content management system (CMS)? WordPress is, of course, incredibly popular. As of December 2, 2015, 43% of websites in the Alexa top 10 million use a CMS, according to W3Techs. Of those that do have a CMS installed, here is the market share for the top ones:
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