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Install WonderCMS on Rocky Linux 8

WonderCMS is a simple, lightweight CMS written in PHP, jQuery, and HTML/CSS. It is a flat-file CMS, meaning it does not require a database like MySQL or MariaDB. WonderCMS allows you to create a website with ease without any programming knowledge. It offers a wide range of features including SEO-friendliness, friendly URLs, themes, custom login URLs, and more.

In this post, we will explain how to install WonderCMS on Rocky Linux 8.

Step 1 – Install Apache and PHP

First, you will need to install Apache, PHP, and other necessary PHP extensions to your server. You can install all of them using the following command:

dnf install httpd php php-mysqlnd php-curl php-opcache php-xml php-xmlrpc php-gd php-mbstring php-zip php-json wget unzip git -y

Once all the packages are installed, edit the php.ini file and change some desired settings:

nano /etc/php.ini

Change the following settings:

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
post_max_size 32M
upload_max_filesize = 64M
max_execution_time = 300
date.timezone = "America/Chicago"

Save and close the file, then start the Apache service and enable it to start at system reboot:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Step 2 – Install WonderCMS

Next, you will need to download the latest version of WonderCMS from the GitHub repository. You can download it using the following command:

git clone /var/www/html/wondercms

Once the download is completed, set proper permissions and ownership on the WonderCMS directory:

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

Once you are done, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3 – Create an Apache Virtual Host for WonderCMS

Next, you will need to create an Apache virtual host configuration file for WonderCMS. You can create it using the following command:

nano /etc/httpd/conf.d/wondercms.conf

Add the following settings:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  DirectoryIndex index.php
  DocumentRoot /var/www/html/wondercms
  Redirect /wondercms/loginURL /loginURL

  ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/error.log
  CustomLog /var/log/httpd/access.log combined

  <Directory /var/www/html/wondercms>
      Options FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
      Require all granted


Save and close the file, then restart the Apache service to apply the changes:

systemctl restart httpd

You can check the status of Apache using the following command:

systemctl status httpd

You will get the following output:

● httpd.service - The Apache HTTP Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /usr/lib/systemd/system/httpd.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2021-11-17 07:18:53 UTC; 6s ago
     Docs: man:httpd.service(8)
 Main PID: 7941 (httpd)
   Status: "Started, listening on: port 80"
    Tasks: 213 (limit: 11411)
   Memory: 24.3M
   CGroup: /system.slice/httpd.service
           ├─7941 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
           ├─7943 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
           ├─7944 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
           ├─7945 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND
           └─7946 /usr/sbin/httpd -DFOREGROUND

Nov 17 07:18:53 rockylinux systemd[1]: httpd.service: Succeeded.
Nov 17 07:18:53 rockylinux systemd[1]: Stopped The Apache HTTP Server.
Nov 17 07:18:53 rockylinux systemd[1]: Starting The Apache HTTP Server...

Step 4 – Access WonderCMS

Now, open your web browser and access the WonderCMS using the URL You should see the following screen containing your login password:
WonderCMS welcome page
Click on the “Click to login” link. You should see the WonderCMS login screen:
WonderCMS login page
Provide the WonderCMS password and click on the Login button. You should see the following screen:
WonderCMS dashboard page
Click on the Open security settings to change the default password and login URL as shown below:
WonderCMS change login URL page
Define your new login URL and password and click on the CHANGE PASSWORD button to update the password.
WonderCMS update default password


Congratulations! You have successfully installed WonderCMS with Apache on Rocky Linux 8. You can now install themes and plugins and start creating your first website. Give it a try on your virtual private server from Atlantic.Net!

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