Zimplit is a free, open-source, extremely lightweight content management system. It is simple, easy to install, customizable, and doesn’t need any database system. Zimplit consists of only one core engine file; you can edit your site by editing the HTML/CSS page. It has an on-site editor that enables you to do everything on the website directly without an admin area.
In this post, we will show you how to install Zimplit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04.
- A fresh Ubuntu 20.04 server on the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform
- A valid domain name pointed to your server
- A root password configured on your server
Step 1 – Create Atlantic.Net Cloud Server
First, log in to your Atlantic.Net Cloud Server. Create a new server, choosing Ubuntu 20.04 as the operating system with at least 2GB RAM. Connect to your Cloud Server via SSH and log in using the credentials highlighted at the top of the page.
Once you are logged in to your CentOS 8 server, run the following command to update your base system with the latest available packages.
apt-get update -y
Step 2 – Install Apache and PHP
First, you will need to install Apache web server, PHP, and other PHP extensions to your system. You can install all of them using the following command:
apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php php php-mysql php-xml php-curl php-imap php-gd php-mbstring php-soap php-sqlite3 php-ldap php-zip -y
Once all the packages are installed, start the Apache service and enable it to start at system reboot:
systemctl start apache2
systemctl enable apache2
Step 3 – Install Zimplit CMS
First, download the latest version of Zimplit CMS from Github using the following command:
Once the download is completed, unzip the downloaded file with the following command:
Next, move the extracted directory to the Apache root directory:
mv zimplitcms-3.0 /var/www/html/zimplitcms
Next, set proper permissions and ownership with the following command:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/zimplitcms
chmod -R 775 /var/www/html/zimplitcms
At this point, Zimplit CMS is downloaded to the Apache root directory.
Step 4 – Configure Apache for Zimplit CMS
Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file for Zimplit CMS. You can create it with the following command:
Add the following lines:
ServerAdmin [email protected]
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/zimplitcms-access_log common
Save and close the file, then activate the Zimplit virtual host with the following command:
Finally, restart the Apache service to apply the changes:
systemctl restart apache2
Step 5 – Access Zimplit CMS
Now, open your web browser and access the Zimplit CMS using the URL http://zimplit.domain.com/zimplit.php. You should see the following page:
Provide your admin username, password, email, and click on the Start button. You should see the following page:
Now, open a new browser window and type the URL http://zimplit.domain.com/zimplit.php. You should see your Zimplit CMS dashboard on the following page:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Zimplit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 server. You can now create a new website easily using the Zimplit CMS – try it today on dedicated server hosting from Atlantic.Net.