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How to Install Monstra CMS on a Centos Vps

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Monstra is a modern and fast Content Management System (CMS) written in PHP. It has a tons of useful plugins and themes, and it is constantly developed by its developers. With its speed and simplicity, Monstra is a great publishing tool for personal and small-business websites. The installation of Monstra CMS is fairly easy and straightforward.

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In this article we will show you how to install Monstra on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache and PHP.  For this guide, we used a CentOS 7 VPS hosted by RoseHosting and it worked perfectly. If you can’t figure out how to install Monstra, you can use one of their Linux VPS Hosting services and their expert Linux admins will install Monstra for you.

Monstra has a few installation requirements:

You need to have PHP version 5.3.2 or higher, with SimpleXML and Multibyte String PHP extensions enabled.
You can use either Apache or Nginx as a web server. For the purposes of this tutorial we will use Apache.

If your virtual server meet these requirements, you can start installing Monstra.

Install Monstra on a CentOS 7 VPS with Apache

Log in to your CentOS server via SSH as user root

ssh root@your_IP

and as usual, run the following command to update all installed packages on your server

yum -y update

Install Apache web server

 yum install httpd

Start the web server and add it to automatically start on the system start-up:

systemctl start httpd
systemctl enable httpd

Monstra is a PHP based application, so run the following command to install PHP and the other required PHP extensions:

yum install php php-common php-xml php-mbstring

Download the latest stable release of Monstra from their official website to your server. At the moment of writing this article it is version 3.0.4.

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wget https://bitbucket.org/Awilum/monstra/downloads/monstra-3.0.4.zip

Unpack the downloaded zip archive to the document root directory on your server:

yum -y install unzip
unzip monstra-3.0.3.zip -d /var/www/html

In general, the document root directory is /var/www/html, but to be sure you can use the following command to find out:

grep -i '^documentroot' /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
DocumentRoot "/var/www/html"

Change the ownership of the Monstra files and directories:

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

Next, we will create an Apache virtual host for your domain. Create a ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ configuration file and add the following content to it:

vim /etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf
IncludeOptional vhosts.d/*.conf

Then, create a new directory named ‘vhosts.d’ and a new Apache configuration file named ‘yourdomain.com.conf’:

mkdir /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/
touch /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

Edit the newly created Apache configuration file:

 vim /etc/httpd/vhosts.d/yourdomain.com.conf

and add the following virtual host directives to it:

<VirtualHost YOUR_SERVER_IP:80>
                ServerAdmin webmaster@yourdomain.com
                DocumentRoot "/var/www/html/monstra/"
                ServerName yourdomain.com
                ServerAlias www.yourdomain.com
                ErrorLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-error_log"
                CustomLog "/var/log/httpd/yourdomain.com-access_log" combined
                <Directory "/var/www/html/monstra/">
                DirectoryIndex index.html index.php
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride All
                Require all granted
                </Directory>
</VirtualHost>

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

 systemctl restart httpd

Now, navigate your favorite web browser to http://yourdomain.com/install.php to finish the Monstra installation. On the first screen the wizard will check if your server meets all the installation requirements for running Monstra. If all requirements are met, on the next step you will have to enter your site name, and set the administrator account details. After you log in with your administrator account you can check out the great features Monstra has to offer and browse through the user interface.

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