Installing on A Small Orange
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this article is STILL incomplete if you have successfully deployed Radiant to A Small Orange, AND you know what you are doing, documenting your experience here would be a tremendous help to the Radiant and A Small Orange communities alike.
A Small Orange has been a great web host so far. Radiant CMS is a content management system for publishing websites. I really recommend it for small teams, because it’s simple to use and easy to set up. Here’s a guide on how to set up RadiantCMS in a few minutes.
Things you should already know how to do
- Know how to use the shell
- Know how to use ssh
- Know how to use cpanel
Quick and Dirty installation on ASO shared hosting
Firstly, a few caveats:
- radiant isn’t currently compatible with ruby 1.9, the version of ruby which is on the server.
- this is full of omissions and inaccuracies
- this is for installing your radiant app in a subdomain, these directions won’t work for running your whole site off radiant
- these instructions do not (yet) address best practices like freezing rails version to the vendor directory to prevent ASO breaking your radiant install by upgrading rails in the future
- other things that are wrong with this that I simply have no clue about
you have been warned
1. open support ticket to request ssh access, mysql gem, and radiant gem installation
2. use cpanel to create a new database (for example: databaseforradiant)
3. create a new mysql user (radiantsqluser), assign that user to the database created in step 2 and grant it all privledges
4. ssh into your document root and run the following command
radiant --database=mysql yourradiantsite
5. now you have to edit the database.yml and environment.rb files in the yourradiantsite/config directory
in the environment.rb uncomment the ENV[‘RAILS_ENV’] ||= ‘production’ line
in the database.yml write as follows
6. in the yourradiantsite issue the bootstrap command
rake production db:bootstrap
follow the prompts
7. go into cpanel and create a subdomain that points to yourradiantsite/public (for example: fancyradiantname.yourdomain.com)
8. make a copy of your yourradiantsite/public/.htaccess file and put it in your public_html directory
(I did this by chance, it works, I think, by letting Apache know to follow through the subdomain thing)
Goto visit in a browser http://fancyradiantname.yourdomain.com
If it doesn’t work google the error messages, good luck!