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Welcome to Canopy! (previously phpWebSite)

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Canopy comes with its own set of Pear files. Most of the time you should just use the files included with distribution.

Canopy is now using composer for dependencies. Before using the web installer you will have to install composer and run composer install from the project root directory.

**The default theme (bootstrap) requires these processes to be run in the bootstrap4-default/ directory. npm install npm run prod

After installation you will need to install some content modules.

  1. Login and go to the Administration tab.
  2. Click on Boost.
  3. Click on Other Modules
  4. Install any of the modules included. We recommend you try them all.

Remember after you install to restrict your directory permissions.

These directories should always be writable and executable by Apache:

  • files/
  • images/
  • logs/

Additional permission suggestions:

  • logs/ should NOT be world readable
  • setup/ should be moved or made unreadable AFTER an installation
  • convert/ should be removed after converting

Before updating the core, make sure to make a copy of your config/core directory or some of your settings could get overwritten.

If you are upgrading, the only file you must keep in your config/core directory is language.php.

Canopy uses UTF-8 character encoding. Some older database versions of MySQL (pre 4.1) do not support it.


Canopy can now be run in a Docker Container!

  1. Install Docker Engine as per instructions. * Docker Install
  2. Install Docker Compose as per instructions. *Docker Compose Install
  3. Run docker-compose up -d. ( the d option runs it in the background )

You can run psql and mysql command line from localhost to access the container db's. Just use port 5432 for postgres and 4306 for mysql.

(Depending on your system you may need to add your user to the docker group in order to have the privileges to run the docker-compose command)

**Remember while setting up Canopy that your database location will not be localhost. We are running 3 separate containers. One for web, one for mysql, and one for postgresql. If you want mysql then the host will be mysql_db otherwise postgres host will be postgres_db.


Canopy can now be run in a Vagrant Box!

  1. Install VirtualBox and Vagrant as per instructions for your platform
  2. Create a new Vagrant Box called 'centos64' from the URL on Linux or Mac, this is done like so: vagrant box add centos64
  3. vagrant up!


Canopy includes the free version of Flowplayer. Commercial web sites are required to purchase a contract from Flowplayer. Please read more at