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How to install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04?

Hello, friends. In this post, you will learn how to install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04 so you will have another alternative to create your website or blog.

Bludit is a fairly simple CMS that we can use to deploy a blog or website quickly. One of the main characteristics of this CMS is that it uses files in JSON format to store the content. So, you don’t need to install or configure a database.

Being a modern CMS, it is expected to support Plugins that extend its functionality. There are many so you may find what you need quickly.

Also, Bludit incorporates all the SEO tools to improve your ranking in all the search engines and social networks.

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So, it is a good light and fast alternative to other more complete CMS like WordPress.

Install Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04

Being a CMS created with PHP we need that in our computer are properly configured the webserver and PHP. You could run the LAMP stack on Ubuntu 20.04 but Bludit does not require a database driver so it is not necessary.

To install Apache and PHP along with some extra modules and packages, just open a terminal or connect to the server via SSH and run

sudo apt update
sudo apt install php-cli php-fpm php-fpm php-common php-mbstring php-gd php-xml php-json apache2 libapache2-mod-php unzip git

This way, we will have the packages installed and we will be able to start the installation of Bludit

Download and install Bludit CMS

First, create the folder in the path where you want to install it. In this case, I have chosen /var/www/bludit.

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/bludit

And now go to /tmp/ and from there with the help of the wget command perform the download.

cd /tmp
wget https://www.bludit.com/releases/bludit-3-13-1.zip
--2021-05-17 23:37:47--  https://www.bludit.com/releases/bludit-3-13-1.zip
Resolving www.bludit.com (www.bludit.com)... 2606:4700:3035::6815:5322, 2606:4700:3032::ac43:d323, 172.67.211.35, ...
Connecting to www.bludit.com (www.bludit.com)|2606:4700:3035::6815:5322|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 1917816 (1.8M) [application/zip]
Saving to: ‘bludit-3-13-1.zip’

bludit-3-13-1.zip                          100%[=====================================================================================>]   1.83M  --.-KB/s    in 0.1s    

2021-05-17 23:37:47 (13.5 MB/s) - ‘bludit-3-13-1.zip’ saved [1917816/1917816]

Note: at the time of this post, the latest stable version is 3.13.1 to know which is the latest version available you have to go to the Bludit website.

After this, unzip the file

sudo unzip bludit-3-13-1.zip

And now the unzipped content, move it to the directory you created for this purpose.

sudo mv bludit-3-13-1/* /var/www/bludit/

Make the bludit folder belong to Apache.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/bludit

Next, you need to create a new VirtualHost for Bludit.

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

And add the following configuration:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName bludit.osradar.test
    DocumentRoot /var/www/bludit
    <Directory /var/www/bludit>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        allow from all
    </Directory>
</VirtualHost>
1.- Creating a new VirtualHost for Bludit CMS
1.- Creating a new VirtualHost for Bludit CMS

Replace the value of ServerName with the value of your domain. Save the changes and close the text editor.

To apply the changes, disable the default VirtualHost, enable the newly created one for Bludit, enable the rewrite module of Apache and restart it.

sudo a2dissite 000-default.conf
sudo a2ensite bludit.conf
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo systemctl restart apache2

Complete the Bludit CMS installation

Now, open a web browser of your choice and go to http://your-domain/install where you will see the initial installer screen.

2.- Bludit CMS installer
2.- Bludit CMS installer

Next, set a password for the admin user and press the Install button.

3.- Installing Bludit CMS
3.- Installing Bludit CMS

And the Bludit CMS instance will be ready on your server.

4.- Main screen
4.- Main screen

From there you will be able to access the Admin Panel

5.- Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04
5.- Bludit CMS on Ubuntu 20.04

Now you just have to give it a try and make the most of it.

Conclusion

This simple and powerful CMS is a sample of the number of alternatives that exist today to create a fully functional website. With Bludit CMS you don’t need a database manager which further lowers your computer requirements.

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