concrete5 — Installing

Overview

concrete5 is free Content Management System (CMS) software you can use to build a website. Once installed, you will be able to log into the backend of your site to start customizing it how you like. concrete5 also provides a Marketplace where you can download new themes and add-ons to customize further.

View the following link for a Showcase of conrete5 websites. 

This article contains the following steps to install this software on your site.

Step 1 — Install an SSL certificate

All modern websites should be secured with an SSL certificate. This ensures that all traffic to and from your site is secure. There are two SSL certificate options in the DreamHost panel.

  • Let's Encrypt (Free)
  • Sectigo (Paid)

Both of these certificates can be used to secure your site, however, if you are going to sell products on your site, a paid Sectigo certificate is recommended as it will appear more trustworthy to potential customers. View the following article for further details.

View the following article for instructions on how to install your chosen certificate.

Step 2 — Create a database

concrete5 requires a database to run your site. View the following article to create a new database in your DreamHost panel.

Step 3 — Download the software

There are two options to download the concrete5 software to your site.

  • FTP (easy) — Download the software to your computer, then upload it to your site using an FTP client.
  • SSH (advanced) — Download the software directly to your site via SSH.

There is also an option to install via SSH using Composer, however, this is only available if your site is running on a VPS (private server) or Dedicated server. View the Composer section below for further details.

Downloading via FTP

  1. Visit the following page to download the concrete5 software.
    concrete5 download
  2. Click the link to download the .zip file to your computer.
  3. Locate the file you just downloaded. Most often you can find it in your /downloads directory. It will be titled something like concrete5-8.5.4.zip
    concrete5 download
  4. In Windows, right-click the file and choose Extract All... from the pop-up menu.
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  5. A new window opens. In the new window, click the Extract button. All files are extracted to a new folder titled the same as the .zip file.
  6. Log into your server using an FTP client.
    concrete5 download
  7. In the left pane, navigate to the directory on your computer you extracted the .zip file. You should see a list of files.
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  8. In the right pane, make sure you're in your website's directory. There should not be any files here other than a possible favicon.ico file.
  9. Highlight all files in the left pane and drag them into the right pane to upload them to your site.

    This could take several minutes as there are many files to upload.

Downloading via SSH

  1. Log into your server via SSH.
  2. Navigate into your user's home directory
    [server]$ cd ~
  3. Visit the following page to download the concrete5 software.
    concrete5 download
  4. Right-click the download button. From the pop-up menu, choose Copy link address.
  5. Run the following command to download concrete5.

    Change the URL to the one you copied above.

    [server]$ wget https://www.concrete5.org/download_file/-/view/113632/
    This downloads the software into a new file titled index.html.
  6. Run the following command to unzip the file.
    [server]$ unzip index.html
  7. The files are extracted into a new directly titled concrete5-8.5.4.
  8. Navigate into this directory.
    [server]$ cd concrete5-8.5.4
  9. Copy all contents into your website directory.

    Make sure to change 'user' to your actual Shell username.

    [server]$ cp -r ./* /home/user/example.com
  10. Check your website directory to confirm the files have been migrated.
    [server]$ ls -la /home/user/example.com

Step 4 — Install the software

Now that the files are in your website directory, you can complete the installation.

  1. Visit your website in a browser. You will see the concrete5 homepage.
    concrete5 install
  2. Select your language and click the arrow button to proceed.
    concrete5 install
  3. The next page checks the server configuration. Everything should appear as green check marks. Click the Continue to Installation button on the bottom right. 
    concrete5 install
  4. On the next page, enter your store information and database credentials.
    concrete5 install
  5. When finished click the Install concrete5 button.
    concrete5 install
  6. The installation will begin. You can view its progress on the top left.
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  7. When the installation is complete, a confirmation message displays.
    concrete5 install
  8. Click the Edit Your Site button on the bottom left to begin working on your site. You could also log in at example.com/index.php/login.

Downloading via SSH using Composer

You must use a VPS or Dedicated server in order to run Composer due to the amount of resources it requires.

  1. Log into your server by SSH.
  2. Install Composer using the following article.
  3. Navigate into your website's directory.
    [server]$ cd ~/example.com
  4. Run the following command to create a new concrete5 project. You can name it anything you like. This command names it 'mysite'.
    [server]$ composer create-project -n concrete5/composer mysite
  5. Navigate into this new directory.
    [server]$ cd mysite
  6. Run the following command to install.
    [server]$ ./vendor/bin/concrete5 c5:install -i
  7. During the installation process, you are asked for your database credentials and site details.

    The Canonical URL must be the full URL of your site (including the project directory) and end with /. For example.

    https://example.com/mysite/

    Location of database server? [127.0.0.1]: mysql.example.com
    Database name?: database
    Database username?: user
    Database password?: 
    The system time zone, compatible with the database one? [America/Los_Angeles]:
    Name of the site? [concrete5 Site]: name your site
    Canonical URL?: https://example.com/mysite/
    Alternative canonical URL?: https://example.com/mysite/
    Starting point to use? [elemental_blank]:
      [0] elemental_blank
      [1] elemental_full
     > 1
    Email of the admin user of the install? [admin@example.com]: admin@example.com
    Password of the admin user of the install?:
    Additional user username?: admin2
    Additional user email? [demo@example.com]: admin2@example.com
    Additional user password?:
    The default concrete5 interface language (eg en_US)? [en_US]:
    The default site locale (eg en_US)? [en_US]:
    Use configuration file for installation? [none]:
  8. You will then be asked if you would like to install the site with these settings.
    Would you like to install with these settings? [Y]es / [N]o / [E]dit: Y
    Type in Y to proceed.
  9. The database installs. You are notified once it completes.

Updating your web directory

You must now update your web directory in your panel since the site will only load at the following URL ending in /public.

https://example.com/mysite/public

View the following article for instructions on how to do this.

In the Web directory field enter the following:

example.com/mysite/public

Make sure to click the Change settings button to save. Within 10 minutes your site will load your new concrete5 installation. You can then log in at example.com/index.php/login.

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