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== link:index.html[Index] -> link:cookbook.html[Cookbook]
Last checked:
* Cherokee: 1.2.0
* Joomla 1.5.16 stable
* 2011/02/23
Cookbook: Setting up Joomla
Setting up link:[Joomla] with Cherokee is really
easy. Joomla is offered through the Cherokee Market and can be
automatically installed as a new dedicated Virtual Server, or to set
it up inside a Directory.
This recipe contains sections detailing how to:
. Configure Cherokee for either installation mode using the Market.
. Install Joomla v1.5.14 which is the last one available at the time
of writing.
. Configure Cherokee manually.
Configure Cherokee using the Market
The easiest way is to look for the application in the Market and
follow the point and click interface.
However, these are the steps for those wanting to install it manually.
Configuring Cherokee manually
The Market can handle both series of Joomla, 1.5.x and 1.6.x. This manual
process was documented for 1.5.x and might not work for 1.6.x.
You will need PHP support correctly configured in Cherokee, and PHP
with the MySQL module installed. For this you will require php-cgi
installed on your system, and to run the PHP wizard, so in case it is
not configured yet you an follow the appropriate recipe about
link:cookbook_php.html[setting up PHP]. You will also need an FTP
server if the Joomla files are owned by a user other than the one
running the web server.
Under these conditions, you could start Joomla's installation and you
would already be able to have your site up and running.
However, we can add several refinements. In this recipe we will be
dedicating a virtual server entirely to Joomla, so either create a new
one or adjust `default` accordingly. Of course, you can also set it up
under a directory in an existing virtual server, but we will take the
first approach for clarity and simplicity.
For our purposes, we will make the modifications in our `default`
virtual server. This will only affect the URLs we'll be accessing to
log in to Joomla. First download and uncompress the distributed Joomla
release into `/var/www/joomla`, and set that path as the `Document
Root` in your virtual host's `Basics` tab.
We will also be making changes in the `Error Handler` tab, selecting
the `Custom redirections` option and adding an option to send errors
to Joomla.
|Error |URL
|403 Forbidden |/index.php
|404 Not Found |/index.php
Finally, set up the rewrite rules recommended by Joomla to block out
the most common type of exploit attempts. To do so, simply create
`Regular Expression` rules for the following expressions:
Each should be managed by a handler that returns an error:
|Handler |Error
|HTTP error |403 Forbidden
After this you are done! Remember that all these settings are
refinements not really needed by Joomla to perform its basic
Installing Joomla
Both Cheroee and the system have to be prepared for Joomla to be
installed. The database issue can be taken care of with the following
steps. Log in to MySQL:
mysql -u root -p
And create the database for Joomla. We will be using the name
'joomla', the user 'joomlauser' and the password 'joomlapassword', but
you should set up your own.
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON joomla.* TO joomlauser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'joomlapassword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON joomla.* TO joomlauser@localhost.localdomain IDENTIFIED BY 'joomlapassword';
Then point your web browser to `http://localhost/joomla` and follow
the instructions provided by the Joomla installer.
There is not much else you must do for Cherokee to work with
Joomla. If you follow the Joomla installer's instructions -providing
valid database information in most cases will suffice-, you will go
thorough every step swiftly. Once you are done you will have to
eliminate the `installation` subdirectory, as Joomla does not allow
going any further until you do so as a security precaution. It is also
a good idea to make the `cache` directory world writable.
rm -rf /var/www/joomla/installation
chmod 777 /var/www/joomla/cache
image::media/images/cookbook_joomla.png[Joomla Demo]
Now to set up Joomla. Visit
and log in. Go to the `Global Configuration` option and enable all the
*SEO Settings*, including the ones for Apache mod_rewrite.
Mission accomplished!