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How to install Zope and Plone using the A2 QuickInstaller

This article describes how to use the A2 QuickInstaller to install Zope and Plone on your system.

The A2 QuickInstaller is no longer supported, and is only available on older VPS hosting packages. On newer VPS hosting packages, you can use Webuzo to quickly and easily install a wide range of applications and manage your server.

To check if the A2 QuickInstaller supports this application for your Linux distribution, please see this article.

Installing Zope and Plone

To install Zope and Plone, follow these steps:

  1. Use SSH to log in to your system as the root user.
    To use the A2 QuickInstaller, you must log in as the root user using SSH. You cannot use the serial console in the VPS Control Panel to run the A2 QuickInstaller.
  2. To start the A2 QuickInstaller, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    sh /usr/sbin/quickinstaller.sh
  3. Under Application Installers, type the option number for Web/Application Servers, and then press ENTER.
  4. On the Web/Application Server Menu, type the option number for Zope with Plone, and then press ENTER. The A2 QuickInstaller updates your system, and then begins the installation process.
    The installation process takes some time to complete. Do not interrupt the installation process.
  5. When installation is complete, the A2 QuickInstaller displays information about how to start and stop Plone on your system, and other configuration information.

Reviewing configuration settings

Before you start Plone, you should review the configuration settings. The configuration settings are stored in the /usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/buildout.cfg file.

If you make any changes to the buildout.cfg file, type the following command to make your new settings take effect:

/usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/bin/buildout -c /usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/buildout.cfg

Starting and stopping Plone

To start and stop Plone, follow these steps:

  1. To start Plone, type the following command at the command line, and then press ENTER:
    sudo -u plone /usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/bin/plonectl start
    
  2. To stop Plone, type the following command at the command line, and then press ENTER:

    sudo -u plone /usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/bin/plonectl stop
    

Configuring Plone and creating a web site

To configure Plone and create a web site, follow these steps:

  1. After you have started Plone, use your web browser to visit the following URL, where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx represents your system's IP address:
    http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:8080
    The Plone administration page appears. On this page, you can create a site or access the Zope Management Interface (ZMI).
    To create a site or access the Zope Management Interface (ZMI), use the username and password that are stored in the /usr/local/Plone/zeocluster/adminPassword.txt file.

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