Social Networking with phpFox on Debian 5 (Lenny)
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phpFox is a proprietary social networking platform that allows groups to create and maintain communities of people with common interests. It contains a variety of features that are common on many popular social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace including friend lists, activity feeds, instant messaging, and user groups. In addition to providing a robust networking platform, phpFox also allows developers to create “plug-ins” that are custom tailored to their community.
Please note that you must obtain a license from phpFox in order to run this software. License types and pricing can be obtained from the phpFox website.
Before installing phpFox, make sure you have set up a
LAMP stack. You will also need to install the
gd modules for PHP. Issue the following command:
apt-get install php5-curl php5-gd
You will need to download phpFox from the member’s area of the
phpFox website. Additionally, you will be required to fill out some basic information such as the location (URL) of your future phpFox site. Once you have downloaded the source, you will need to upload it to your server. It is advisable to upload the source outside of the document root. Issue the following command to unzip the source code and move it to your
DocumentRoot. If your phpFox version or package is different from the one used here, adjust the commands accordingly.
unzip *phpfox-2.0.5-community.zip mv upload /srv/www/example.com/public_html
It is recommended that you leave the
tools/ directory where it is or move it to a logical place outside of your
DocumentRoot. This directory contains tools to clone your phpFox instance that you may find useful later on.
You will now need to rename the settings file and change file permissions on a few files in order to install phpFox. Issue the following commands:
cd /srv/www/example.com/public_html mv include/setting/server.sett.php.new include/setting/server.sett.php chmod 0777 include/setting/server.sett.php chmod -R 0777 file/ chown -R www-data:www-data /srv/www/example.com/public_html/
You will now be able to visit
http://www.example.com/install/ to complete the installation of phpFox. Follow the instructions provided by the installation script in order to configure the database and admin user for your site. Once the installation is complete, you will be able to configure other aspects of your site via the admin control panel. Congratulations! Your phpFox site is now ready for use.
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