Installing a fresh Craft CMS Installation on Laravel Forge

Posted on December 29, 2014 | By Matt Stauffer


Warning: This post is over a year old. I don't always update old posts with new information, so some of this information may be out of date.

Whether you’re familiar with Forge but not Craft, or familiar with Craft but not Forge, it’s worth checking out how simple it is to get a powerful Craft-based site up and running in Laravel Forge.

1. Get your Forge Account set up and a Server Created

If you haven’t done this, check out my post on Getting Your First Site Up and Running in Laravel Forge.

2. Create a new site

Create a new site with your appropriate domain—for example, craft.mattstauffer.co. Keep the web directory to public—this is the directorys your new site will serve its files from.

Add a new site

Once it's done installing, click the little pen icon under "Manage".

See the site added

3. Install Craft

Note: Forge just removed their auto-installers as of 2015-07-09. I'll try to update this guide as soon as possible to make this still work.

When you spin up a new site on Forge, “Craft CMS” is one of the big options available to you when you configure your new site. Just choose that.

Choose the Craft CMS Installer

Pick a database name, and paste in the database password you got in an email from Forge when you first set up this server.

Enter database name and password

4. Finish Installation

Click the “Finish installation” button. At the time of this writing, it points to http://your-servers-ip-address/admin/install, which won’t work unless this is your only site on this server, so if you see a broken page, just navigate to http://your-craft-domain.com/admin/install (e.g. http://craft.mattstauffer.com/admin/install).

Finish installation

Now just walk your way through the installation process, and you’ll be ready to go!

Install!

Using Craft

If you’ve never used Craft before, it’s a really powerful content management system based on channels of content. Imagine if Wordpress were originally designed to be a CMS, instead of being designed as a blogging platform, and imagine the codebase were on top of a modern framework (Yii) instead of legacy procedural code. That’s Craft. (If you've ever used ExpressionEngine, it's like that, minus the drama and the CodeIgniter, run by one of the best plugin devs from the EE community)

Craft has a great web site, StackExchange, community site, and the documentation is improving every day. To learn a little bit about how great Craft is, check out the Features section.

Using Forge

If you’ve never used Forge before, it’s a system that’s built to make administering custom VPSes like those you can get from Linode and DigitalOcean simpler and more consistent. You can check out all of my blog posts on Forge to learn a little more about how to use it and the options it provides. Forge also has a customer support site with some basic FAQs.

It's called "Laravel Forge" only because it's run by the guy beyond Laravel, Taylor Otwell. But it works fine for non-Laravel projects.

That’s All, Folks!

That’s it! You’re now up and running on a custom VPS with a powerful CMS. Enjoy!


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Tags: laravel  •  forge  •  craft