This document will guide you through the steps of creating a LAMP VM to run the Concrete5 CMS. As you work through this guide, you will be asked to create several usernames and passwords. This setup will mimic many web hosting plans and allow you to work locally on your site before uploading it to the web.
Load up your FTP of choice and connect to the virtual machine by entering the IP address we discovered earlier, and entering the username and password we created when setting up the FTP account. If you find any errors in this guide, or have any suggestions, please let me know by leaving a comment below. While Concrete5 can be setup on a Windows based server (WAMP for example) it is not a supported or recommended configuration. Having the site hosted in a virtual machine allows easy portability between systems, and means that you don’t need to be running a server on your work machine all the time. This will install some add-on software to make your virtual machine faster and easier to use. The terminal application may look a little scary, but it will allow us to quickly install several packages for our server. Instead the terminal window will spit out text information about the progress of the install.
The exact method varies from FTP program to program, but generally you can drag and drop the files.


Before we setup Concrete5, it will ask we change access to a few directories as shown above. One of the nice things about Concrete5 is that a normal editor of the website doesn’t have to see this, but it contains all the more powerful functions for a administrator or web developer.
If you click on any of these regions, you’ll get a popup menu allowing you to edit, move, delete or make other changes to a section. When you have finished development, you can move the site to where ever you have it hosted. I’ve detailed nearly every step of the way with screenshots, so relax, it’s mostly pictures! You can also specify WHERE you save the virtual machine’s hard drive by clicking the yellow folder icon. This will NOT erase your physical computers hard drive, only the virtual machines hard disk. You can also connect to the virtual machine we’ve just created from another computer or laptop on your network. I started from scratch 48 hours before writing this guide and I’m still learning, but it’s a pretty straightforward system and this guide will hopefully get people on the right track! Following this guide will take you through the steps to first create a virtual machine, then install Linux onto this virtual machine (in this case, Ubuntu 10.10). This isn’t the most secure method, but we are aiming for ease of use her rather than creating a bullet proof setup.


Enter the password and database name (the database name and username should be the same if you followed the steps in the PHPMyAdmin section above). Remember all changes you make here are contained within the virtual machine you created, so don’t worry about messing things up. It will then walk you through the process of getting Apache, MySQL and PHP installed and configured as well as PHPMyAdmin for easy database creation.
As described in the introduction, this process may work with newer versions of Ubuntu, but has only been tested on 10.10 at the time of writing.
If anything goes horribly wrong you can just recreate another virtual machine and try again.
It will demonstrate how to install an FTP server and setup an account and how to upload the Concrete5 CMS. This will add a new user, create a database with the same name and apply the appropriate privileges all in one step. There are many other ways a similar setup can be achieved, my main aim here is to do it in the quickest and easiest way.
The other advantage of the method described is that everything used is free or open source, so no registration keys to worry about and nothing to buy.




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