This is step by step tutorial that explains how to install Django CMS on webfaction webhosting and set up completly your website with django cms default bootstrap template
Django CMS is easy-to-use and developer-friendly CMS. It allows you frontend editing. It can be very usefull especially for clients, because standard admin panel of pure django is more complicated for no-technical moderators/users. Also I like django cms palceholders,it’s the place where a user can add text, video or any other plugin to a webpage, using either the normal Django admin interface or the so called frontend editing. This is step by step tutorial that explains how to install Django CMS on webfaction webhosting and start completely your website with django cms with default bootstrap template. By my opinion it's the simplest way to set up django cms website .
What you need to set up django CMS website
First you need web hosting that wil provide you the server where you will place your data. Webfaction is easy to use django friendly web hosting with userfriendly interface. This tutorial explains every step with images for setting up Django CMS website on Webfaction .
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Follow these steps to start Django CMS website ...
Log in in your webfaction dashboard panel and add your domain .
Click on DOMAINS/WEBSITES - > Add new domain
Add your domain name and click on Save. You can add multiple domains. I recommend you to add domain with www and without it, for example www.example.com and example.com. In this example I will add only www.blaz1988.webfactional.com
After adding your domain name you should add your website , click on Websites , as shown on image below
If you don't have already created web application , click on Create a new application . Here you'll choose your django/python and apache version
I recommend you to choose python2.7 with Django1.6
When you load your website in web browser , you should see "It worked" message as shown below, it means that you're created sucessfully django project on your website .
Create mysql or posrgreSql database. Click on Databases ->Add new database
I've created MySql database with name mytest_db and mysql account with username test_user.
Log in to your server with SSH , you can use http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html . If you're linux user then you can connect through terminal by executing command
For example ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
When you log in , and execute linux command
you should see something like
in folder webapps, you'll find all projects that are created through webfaction web hosting dashboard. In my example I've created django web application called test in STEP 2
There are many ways to install django cms, by my opinion the simplest is to remove myproejct folder in your django project and create empty folder named as myproject and in that folder install django cms with djangocms-installer .Just follow instruction below
rm -r myproejct
To install django CMS we'll need pip and virtualenv . To install pip execute
To install virtualenv execute easy_install-2.7 virtualenv
If you choose in STEP 2 , other version of python than 2.7 , then you need to use diffrent version on easy install , easy_install-2.7 instal pip on Python-2.7 , so if you use Python-x.y , then use easy_install-x.y. Now we need to set up virtualenv and activate it
Set up virtual env with command
activate virtualenv with command
Then you should isntall djangocms-installer
pip install djangocms-installer
Now we have all necessary packages to install django cms. To install it execute command
djangocms -p parent/directory project_name
for example command
djangocms -p /home/blaz1988/webapps/myproject myproject
will install django cms into directory "/home/blaz1988/webapps/myproject" with project name "myproject"
First you need to select database for django cms, by default it's sqlite, but I recommend you MySQL or PostgreSQL , because I had some issues with sqlite . You need to type your database informations in URL format like :
Create superuser , this username and password you'll use to log in in you admin and django CMS frontediting dashboard.
Choose you django CMS settings as languages, templates ...
Now , if you laod your djangoCMS website you'll get error as shown below ..
To fix this , you need to restart your apache server while your virtualen is activated. So activate your env variable , which we created in STEP 5.
Navigate to your apache folder and restart server
Viola! You created djangoCMS website :) ..
Django CMS edite mode : at the end of your URL add ?edit for example http://www.djangotutsme.com/en/?edit
Error Log : cat /home/your_username/logs/user/error_yourprojectname.log ., for example cat /home/blaz1988/logs/user/error_test.log
Remove language identifer : If you're using a single language and want to remove language identifer , then in your urls.py
replace this pattern registration:
urlpatterns = i18n_patterns('', url(r'^admin/', include(admin.site.urls)), url(r'^', include('cms.urls')), )
from django.conf.urls import patterns urlpatterns = patterns('', url(r'^admin/', include(admin.site.urls)), url(r'^', include('cms.urls')), )