How to install Thelia 2 on Ubuntu

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Today we will show you how to install Thelia 2 on an Ubuntu 14.04 Cloud using Apache web-server and MySQL database.

Thelia is an open source tool for creating e-business websites and managing online content, published under a free license. Developed in accordance to web development standards and based on Symfony 2, Thelia meets the following objectives: performance and scalability. It is fairly easy to install Thelia 2 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, Thelia 2.3.2 is the latest stable version available and it requires:

– Apache web server;
– PHP (version 5.4. or higher);
– MySQL(version 5.1 or higher) installed on your Linux Cloud;


Login to your Cloud 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 Thelia 2 installation.

[user]$ mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE thelia;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON thelia.* TO 'theliauser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
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-intl php5-curl php5-mcrypt

Enable the php mcrypt module:

[user]$ sudo php5enmod mcrypt

Download and extract the latest version of Thelia 2 on your server:

[user]$ sudo cd /opt && wget
[user]$ sudo unzip
[user]$ sudo mv thelia_2.3.2/ /var/www/html/thelia

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/thelia/

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

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

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerAdmin [email protected]
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/thelia/
<Directory /var/www/html/thelia/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

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

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and if you configured everything correctly the Thelia 2 installer should be starting. You should follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested.

After everything is completed, delete the installation directory:

[user]$ sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/thelia/web/install

That is it. The Thelia 2 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 Thelia 2 for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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