How to Install WonderCMS on Fedora 30


How to Install WonderCMS on Fedora 30

WonderCMS is a free and open source flat file CMS, aimed to be extremely small, light and simple. It’s built with PHP, jQuery, HTML/CSS and developed since 2008. No initial configuration required. The installation process is pretty straightforward – unzip and upload 5 files. All files can be easily moved, backed up and restored by copy/pasting all files to another location. Moving them to another host does not require any re-configuration. WonderCMS also doesn’t require a traditional/relational database like MySQL. The flat file technology enables WonderCMS to save all data to a text file (flat file) called database.js which is structured in JSON format. In this tutorial, we will go through the WonderCMS installation and setup on Fedora 30 system by using Nginx as a web server, and optionally you can secure the transport layer by using Acme.sh client and Let’s Encrypt certificate authority to add SSL support.


Requirements for installing and running WonderCMS are:

  • PHP version 7.1 or greater with the curl, mbstring and zip extensions.
  • Web server (Apache with mod_rewrite module enabled, Nginx, IIS).


  • Fedora 30 operating system.
  • A non-root user with sudo privileges.

Initial steps

Check your Fedora version:
cat /etc/fedora-release
# Fedora release 30 (Thirty)

Set up the timezone:
timedatectl list-timezones
sudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

Update your operating system packages (software). This is an important first step because it ensures you have the latest updates and security fixes for your operating system’s default software packages:
sudo dnf update -y

Install some essential packages that are necessary for basic administration of the Fedora operating system:
sudo dnf install -y curl wget vim git unzip socat bash-completion

Step 1 – Install PHP and necessary PHP extensions

Install PHP, as well as the necessary PHP extensions:
sudo dnf install -y php-cli php-fpm php-common php-curl php-zip php-mbstring php-json

To show PHP compiled in modules, you can run:
php -m

. . .
. . .

Check the PHP version:
php --version

# PHP 7.3.6 (cli) (built: May 28 2019 09:32:59) ( NTS )
# Copyright (c) 1997-2018 The PHP Group
# Zend Engine v3.3.6, Copyright (c) 1998-2018 Zend Technologies

Start and enable PHP-FPM service:
sudo systemctl start php-fpm.service
sudo systemctl enable php-fpm.service

Step 2 – Install acme.sh client and obtain Let’s Encrypt certificate ( optional )

Securing your forum with HTTPS is not necessary, but it is a good practice to secure your site traffic. In order to obtain a TLS certificate from Let’s Encrypt we will use acme.sh client. Acme.sh is a pure UNIX shell software for obtaining TLS certificates from Let’s Encrypt with zero dependencies.

Download and install acme.sh:
sudo su - root
git clone https://github.com/Neilpang/acme.sh.git
cd acme.sh
./acme.sh --install --accountemail [email protected]
source ~/.bashrc
cd ~

Check acme.sh version:
acme.sh --version
# v2.8.2

Obtain RSA and ECC/ECDSA certificates for your domain/hostname:

# RSA 2048
acme.sh --issue --standalone -d example.com --keylength 2048
acme.sh --issue --standalone -d example.com --keylength ec-256

If you want fake certificates for testing you can add --staging flag to the above commands.

After running the above commands, your certificates and keys will be in:

  • For RSA: /home/username/example.com directory.
  • For ECC/ECDSA: /home/username/example.com_ecc directory.

To list your issued certs you can run:
acme.sh --list

Create a directory to store your certs. We will use /etc/letsencrypt directory.
mkdir -p /etc/letsecnrypt/example.com
sudo mkdir -p /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc

Install/copy certificates to /etc/letsencrypt directory.
acme.sh --install-cert -d example.com --cert-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com/cert.pem --key-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com/private.key --fullchain-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com/fullchain.pem --reloadcmd "sudo systemctl reload nginx.service"
acme.sh --install-cert -d example.com --ecc --cert-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/cert.pem --key-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/private.key --fullchain-file /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/fullchain.pem --reloadcmd "sudo systemctl reload nginx.service"

All the certificates will be automatically renewed every 60 days.

After obtaining certs exit from root user and return back to normal sudo user:

Step 3 – Install and configure NGINX

WonderCMS can work fine with many popular web server software. In this tutorial, we selected NGINX.

Install NGINX:
sudo dnf install -y nginx

Check the NGINX version:
nginx -v
# nginx version: nginx/1.16.0

Start and enable NGINX service:
sudo systemctl start nginx.service
sudo systemctl enable nginx.service

Next, configure NGINX for WonderCMS. Run sudo vim /etc/nginx/conf.d/wondercms.conf and add the following configuration:
server {

listen 80;
listen 443 ssl;

ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/example.com/fullchain.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/example.com/private.key;
ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/fullchain.pem;
ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/example.com_ecc/private.key;

server_name example.com;
root /var/www/wondercms;

index index.php;

location / {
if (!-e $request_filename) {
rewrite ^/(.+)$ /index.php?page=$1 last;
location ~ database.js {
return 403;

location ~ .php(/|$) {
include default.d/php.conf;
fastcgi_pass unix:/run/php-fpm/www.sock;


Check NGINX configuration for syntax errors:
sudo nginx -t

Reload NGINX service:
sudo systemctl reload nginx.service

Step 4 – Install WonderCMS

Create a document root directory for WonderCMS.
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/wondercms

Change ownership of the /var/www/wondercms directory to [your_username]:
sudo chown -R [your_username]:[your_username] /var/www/wondercms

Replace [your_username] with the username that you are logged into the server.

Navigate to the document root directory:
cd /var/www/wondercms

Download and unzip WonderCMS source:
wget https://github.com/robiso/wondercms/releases/download/2.7.0/WonderCMS-2.7.0.zip
unzip WonderCMS-2.7.0.zip
rm WonderCMS-2.7.0.zip

Move WonderCMS files to document root directory.
mv wondercms/* .
mv wondercms/.* .
rmdir wondercms

Change ownership of the /var/www/wondercms directory to nginx:
sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/www/wondercms

Run sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf and set user and group to nginx. Initially, it’s set to user and group apache:
sudo vim /etc/php-fpm.d/www.conf
# user = nginx
# group = nginx

Create /var/lib/php/session/ directory and change ownership to nginx:
sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/php/session/ && sudo chown -R nginx:nginx /var/lib/php/session/

Restart the PHP-FPM service.
sudo systemctl restart php-fpm.service

Open your site in a web browser and log in with default password admin and change the default password afterward.

WonderCMS with Nginx on Fedora


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