How to Install Sitemagic CMS on Ubuntu Linux with Apache

Sitemagic is an open-source, flat-file content management system (CMS) with slick design that allows you create beautiful and captivating websites.

It is fully extensible, and it’s super-fast even on small servers. It offers features that may not be available to other PHP based CMS, like WordPress Joomla or Drupal.

For one, it doesn’t need a database server to function.  it’s a flat-file CMS. It also provides native markdown WYSIWYG support, SEO friendly, flexible CSS framework and easily installation and management.

For more about Sitemagic, please check out its homepage.

Step 1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server on Ubuntu

Apache2 HTTP Server is the most popular web server in use. So, install it, since Sitemagic needs it.

To install Apache2 HTTP on Ubuntu server, run the commands below.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install apache2

After installing Apache2, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Apache2 service to always start up with the server boots.

sudo systemctl stop apache2.service
sudo systemctl start apache2.service
sudo systemctl enable apache2.service

To test Apache2 setup, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Apache2 default test page as shown below. When you see that, then Apache2 is working as expected.

Install PHP 7.2 and Related Modules

PHP 7.2 may not be available in Ubuntu default repositories for some systems. if you need it, you will have to get it from third-party repositories.

Run the commands below to add the below third party repository to upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php

Then update and upgrade to PHP 7.2

sudo apt update

Next, run the commands below to install PHP 7.2 and related modules.

sudo apt install php7.2 libapache2-mod-php7.2 php7.2-common php7.2-mbstring php7.2-xmlrpc php7.2-soap php7.2-gd php7.2-xml php7.2-cli php7.2-curl php7.2-zip

After installing PHP 7.2, run the commands below to open PHP default config file for Apache2.

sudo nano /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

Then make the changes on the following lines below in the file and save. The value below are great settings to apply in your environments.

file_uploads = On
allow_url_fopen = On
memory_limit = 256M
upload_max_filesize = 100M
max_execution_time = 360
date.timezone = America/Chicago

After making the change above, save the file and close out.

After installing PHP and related modules, all you have to do is restart Apache2 to reload PHP configurations.

To restart Apache2, run the commands below

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

To test PHP 7.2 settings with Apache2, create a phpinfo.php file in Apache2 root directory by running the commands below

sudo nano /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

Then type the content below and save the file.

<?php phpinfo( ); ?>

Save the file. then browse to your server hostname followed by /phpinfo.php


You should see PHP default test page.

PHP 7.2 ubuntu nginx

Download Sitemagic Latest Release

Next, visit Sitemagic site and download the latest package. or run the commands below to download Sitemagic pckages.

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new Sitemagicroot directory.

cd /tmp && wget 
sudo mv SitemagicCMS-master /var/www/html/sitemagic

Then run the commands below to set the correct permissions for Sitemagic to function properly.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/sitemagic/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/sitemagic/

Configure Apache2 Sitemagic Site

Finally, configure Apache2 configuration file for Sitemagic. This file will control how users access Sitemagic content. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called sitemagic.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/sitemagic.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80>
     ServerAdmin [email protected]
     DocumentRoot /var/www/html/sitemagic

     <Directory /var/www/html/sitemagic/>
          Options FollowSymlinks
          AllowOverride All
          Require all granted

     ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
     CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


Save the file and exit.

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below

Enable the Sitemagic Site

After configuring the VirtualHost above, enable it by running the commands below, then restart Apache2 server.

sudo a2ensite sitemagic.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite

Restart Apache2

sudo systemctl restart apache2.service

Next, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address and you should see Sitemagic page.

Sitemagic ubuntu install

You have successfully installed Sitemagic CMS on Ubuntu. Login with username and password = admin

Sitemagic ubuntu setup


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