How to install EPESI on an Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud

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Today we will show you how to install EPESI on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS using Apache web-server and MySQL database.

EPESI BIM (Business Information Manager) is a fully functional web CRM/ERP application to organize, store, access and share business records. It allows you managing your data precisely, flexibly and easily, simplifying internal communication and making work-flow more efficient.
Its code is open source PHP/Ajax framework, which means you can change it and develop it as you like. It works under MIT license. It is fairly easy to install EPESI on an Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud.
The installation process should take about 5-10 minutes if you follow the very easy steps described below.

At the time of writing this tutorial, EPESI 1.8.0 is the latest stable version available and it requires:

  • Apache web server;
  • PHP (version 5.1. or higher);
  • MySQL(version 5.1 or higher) installed on your Linux Cloud;

INSTRUCTIONS:

Log in to your VPS via SSH

ssh [email protected]

Update the system

[user]$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Install MariaDB 10.0

To install MariaDB, run the following command:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install -y mariadb-server

Next, we need to create a database for our EPESI installation.

[user]$ mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE epesi;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON epesi.* TO 'epesiuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.

Install Apache2 web server

[user]$ sudo apt-get install apache2

Install PHP and required PHP modules

To install the latest stable version of PHP version 5 and all necessary modules, run:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-gd php5-curl

Download and extract the latest version of EPESI on your server:

[user]$ sudo cd /opt wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/epesi/v1.8.0/epesi-1.8.0-20160926.zip
[user]$ sudo unzip epesi-1.8.0-20160926.zip
[user]$ sudo mv epesi-epesi-1.8.0-20160926/ /var/www/html/epesi/

All files have to be readable by the web server, so we need to set a proper ownership

[user]$ sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/epesi/

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘epesi.conf’ on your virtual server:

[user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/epesi.conf
[user]$ sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/epesi.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/epesi.conf
[user]$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/epesi.conf

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/epesi/
ServerName your-domain.com
ServerAlias www.your-domain.com
<Directory /var/www/html/epesi/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
</Directory>
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-error_log
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/your-domain.com-access_log common
</VirtualHost>

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

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to http://your-domain.com/ and if you configured everything correctly the EPESI installer should be starting. You should follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested.

That is it. The EPESI installation is now complete.

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux Cloud Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install EPESI for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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