How to install SeoToaster on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS

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Today we will show you how to install SeoToaster on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS using Apache web-server and MySQL database.

SeoToaster is the most advanced SEO content management system out of the box, so your performs to the maximum of its abilities when it comes to organic rankings. SeoToaster is free, and open source. It is fairly easy to install SeoToaster on an Ubuntu 16.04 server. The installation process should take about 5-10 minutes if you follow the very easy steps described below.

At the time of writing this tutorial, SeoToaster 2.5.0 is the latest stable version available and it requires:

  • Apache web server with mod_rewrite module;
  • PHP (version 5.3.3 or higher) along with the mbstring, curl, zip, gd and mcrypt extensions. They are most generally active by default on a standard php installation;
  • MySQL(version 5.1 or higher) installed on your Linux virtual server;


Log in to your VPS via SSH

ssh user@vps_IP

Update the system

[user]$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Install MariaDB 10.0

To install MariaDB, run the following command:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install -y mariadb-server

Next, we need to create a database for our SeoToaster installation.

[user]$ mysql -u root -p

MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE seotoaster;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON seotoaster.* TO 'seotoasteruser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your-password';
MariaDB [(none)]> \q

Do not forget to replace ‘your-password’ with a strong password.

Install Apache2 web server

[user]$ sudo apt-get install apache2

Install PHP and required PHP modules

To install the latest stable version of PHP version 7 and all necessary modules, run:

[user]$ sudo apt-get install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mbstring php7.0-curl php7.0-zip php7.0-gd php7.0-mysql php7.0-mcrypt

Enable the Apache2 rewrite module if it is not already done:

[user]$ sudo a2enmod rewrite

In order to activate the new configuration, restart the Apache web server using the following command:

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Download and extract the latest version of SeoToaster on your server:

[user]$ sudo cd /opt && wget
[user]$ sudo unzip -d seotoaster
[user]$ sudo mv seotoaster /var/www/html/seotoaster

All files have to be readable by the web server, so we need to set a proper ownership

[user]$ sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/seotoaster/

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘seotoaster.conf’ on your virtual server:

[user]$ sudo touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/seotoaster.conf
[user]$ sudo ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/seotoaster.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/seotoaster.conf
[user]$ sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/seotoaster.conf

Then, add the following lines:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/seotoaster/
<Directory /var/www/html/seotoaster/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

[user]$ sudo service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and if you configured everything correctly the SeoToaster installer should be starting. You should follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested.

That is it. The SeoToaster installation is now complete.

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