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b2evolution is a free blog tool for the next generation of blogs.

It includes all the features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, advanced skinning, multiple blogs support as well as detailed user permissions... Not to mention third party plug-ins!

Plus, it's free, open-source (GPL), it runs on virtually any webserver featuring PHP+MySQL and it's available in many languages!



The package can be downloaded with the following command:

wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/evocms/b2evolution-1.10.2-2007-06-08.zip

Putting things in the right place

After the download you will have to extract the archive

unzip b2evolution-1.10.2-2007-06-08.zip

And move the source to /opt/

mv /tmp/downloads/b2evolution /opt/

Adding templates

To be able to access b2evolution on our webserver we need to add some sections to the webserver configuration file. As this file is templated it means we need to create some template fragments:

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/
cd /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf/

Open a text editor:

pico 89b2evolution

And copy the section below:

 # b2evolution

Alias /blog /opt/b2evolution/blogs
<Directory /opt/b2evolution/blogs>
    Options -Indexes
    AllowOverride None
     order deny,allow
     deny from all
     allow from all
     AuthName "b2evolution"
     AuthType Basic
     AuthExternal pwauth
     Satisfy all
     AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .php3
     php_flag  magic_quotes_gpc  on
     php_flag  track_vars        on

Save by pressing Ctrl+X, press Y to save changes and confirm with enter.

Now we need to generate the new configuration file for the webserver:

expand-template /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

And restart the server

sv t httpd-e-smth

Create Database

To create the database for the package execute the following statements as root user:

mysql -e "create database b2evolution"
mysql -e "grant all privileges on b2evolution.* to bloguser@localhost identified by 'yourpassword'"
mysql -e "flush privileges"

Still Under Underconstruction

chown -R www.www /opt/b2evolution
chmod 755 /opt/b2evolution
Go to your web browser and open http://your.domain.or.IP/blog/install/index.php

You will need the database user name and password created in the database setup for this step, then once finished filling in the details select Then select the update config file at the bootom of page to continue

B2evolution installer.png

How do you want to install b2evolution?

if new install, then select the radio button for new install and select the go button

Don't forget to write down your password

Now you can log in with the login "admin" and password

Note that password carefully! It is a random password that is given to you when you install b2evolution. If you lose it, you will have to delete the database tables and re-install anew.