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What is Textpattern? How do i install on a VPSie?

What is Textpattern? How do i install on a VPSie? (VPS Server)

Textpattern is an excellent CMS with many interesting features.

Textpattern Screenshots

Textpattern has a lightweight code foundation and simple admin interface, although other CMSs are smaller and more comfortable still. It’s well suited to sites in the small-to-medium selection of size and sophistication, and also, a regular website development cycle is rapid for an experienced user. Sites are easily administered by one writer or more complex workflows using a group of contributors with varying access levels. Its user base is not large, but there is an active support community and development team.

Technical requirements

Textpattern’s technical demands are pretty easy to meet. If you can not run Textpattern in your server, you will most likely work with a setup so crippled that your CMS options will be restricted.

Textpattern uses MySQL because of its data store. You don’t have to know much about databases to run a Textpattern website, but backing up the site or moving varies between development and live servers does require basic database operations. Database operations can be carried input from the command line if you’re so inclined, through the ubiquitous web-based phpMyAdmin, or via a desktop tool like the excellent (and free) Sequel Guru for the Mac. At the very least, you (or your website administrator) need to export and import individual tables and the full database. It is not hard, but it is an extra step–additional because you still need FTP for specific files.

Textpattern characteristics

Textpattern characteristics (necessarily) a superficial look in Textpattern: there is no substitute for trying it out yourself. Features” can be biased, while constraints can be enabling. It is a “warts and all” perspective: I think Textpattern is a superb system for many website types, but it isn’t one-size-fits-all (no CMS is), and it certainly has its quirks.

I’m not an open-minded evangelist, so to me, this is merely a feature, together with good and bad things. Textpattern has never been a significant player in the CMS world, and its community is small. However, Textpattern is well recognized, with an active support forum and development group, and consumers worldwide.

Core & plugins

By avoiding bloat, the programmers can stay focused on performance and security. Both are equally good–pages render quickly, and vulnerabilities are not a problem if you take reasonable precautions.

Additional features can be added using Textpattern’s excellent plugin system. Plugins are simple to install, and you may configure your website with the specific features you need.

The drawback of the lean-core-plus-plugins philosophy is that most Textpattern sites rely on plugins, and nearly all of them come from independent developers. It’s very much caveat emptor: some of the more complex plugins occasionally conflict with one another, and a plugin could introduce a security hole. In practice, the system functions well because most plugins are incredibly straightforward.

Templating system

Page templates are a mix of average XHTML markup and Textpattern tags. Their familiar XHTML-like syntax eases the transition from conventional web design and makes for an elegant templating language. The tag builder feature allows rapid creation of some of the more common tags.

Templating is divided between page templates and forms. Textpattern forms are reusable template chunks, some of which act as mini-templates for specific content types. It’s a versatile and powerful system; however, it is conceptually more complex than direct page templates.

Language assistance

On the admin side, Textpattern’s localization is superb. There are approximately 40 languages accessible from the box. Multi-lingual publishing is another story. There are methods using core elements, and there is the MLP Bundle extension. If this is a crucial attribute for you, check carefully.

Limited theming support

There is excellent support for admin-side themes, but if you would like your website visitors to have the ability to reformat the site to suit their whims, look elsewhere. Why you would want to do this, I don’t know, but it’s your website.

If you want to start a pre-packaged design, options exist but maybe fussy to install.

Textile

You’d like to use it if you’re going to use Textpattern because it’s baked in. It is possible to turn it off, either selectively or entirely, and you’ll be able to alter your installation to use another language or even a WYSIWYG editor, but I suggest sticking to Textile. I find it an elegant language that lets me focus on writing rather than markup, and I like using it.

Bells & whistles

Establishing a search attribute is also easy and works nicely, although the core search algorithm is straightforward.

Site structure

Textpattern is ideal for sites with a relatively flat general structure. 

Sites are broken up into sections, and there is no native support for subsections, so if you want an elaborate site hierarchy, you’ll have to work around the machine instead of with it. Many different CMSs have precisely the identical issue, but a few do have native subsection support.

Content model

Textpattern’s content model is loosely based around a couple of strictly defined content types. Textpattern features are useful because many sites fit comfortably within this strategy, making it fast and straightforward to get up and running. Less useful in that it is difficult to flex the scheme to match a different content model. The report reigns supreme among content forms, and a lot of the work of designing a Textpattern site involves manipulating article lists. Custom field support for enlarging the content type is necessary but workable for many functions.

The other content types–pictures, files, links, and remarks –are pretty much set in stone.

There’s not a little defensiveness within this claim. Textpattern:

 started life as a blogging engine,

came old when blogging has been all the anger,

nevertheless, it works well as a blogging engine,

appears suspiciously bloggy on a brand-new installation.

Looking bloggy is not an important distinction. Textpattern’s roots as a search motor are an excellent clue to its present content model.

E-Commerce

Much like community-portal attributes, this will be plugin based. Alternatives exist but test them out carefully if this is an integral feature that needs to be closely integrated into your website. Bear in mind that with any CMS, e-commerce is truly another web application, even if it’s packaged as a plugin. The same may be said of community portal site features.

Documentation

Average of a free, open-source program, Textpattern’s documentation is excellent in some places. Tutorials are hit or miss. Textpattern also has built-in assistance, although some of the entries are blank.

How to install Textpattern on a VPSIE

Use our one-click cPanel app setup or manually install cPanel or any website control panel of your choice. You can also use no panel and install apache or Nginx with MySQL using Centos or any VPSie operating system listed in your VPSie management panel.

Once you have your website control panel installed you can then set up Textpattern using Softaculous 1 click auto-installer.

 Install Softaculus in the control panel (Other website control panels will differ)

Quick Installation

If you wish to finish the installation quickly and then download the script packages in the background, use this method:

Note: Before starting the installation, make sure ionCube Loaders are enabled. For that, go to WHM and click on Tweak Settings. Please make sure that the Ioncube loader is selected for the backend copy of PHP. Now SSH to your server and enter the following commands:

wget -N files.softaculous.com/install.sh

chmod 755 install.sh

./install.sh –quick

Requirements

• A server with a control panel ( follow different instructions for a different website control panel)

• If you have a firewall, then please allow access to download all packages from *.softaculous.com

Note: Please allow access to the following domains to your firewall as these are the mirrors used to download the script packages.

192.198.80.3 # api.softaculous.com

158.69.6.246 # s1.softaculous.com

192.200.108.99 # s2.softaculous.com

213.239.208.58 # s3.softaculous.com

138.201.24.83 # s4.softaculous.com

167.114.200.240 # s7.softaculous.com

Installing Softaculous

Note: Before starting the installation, make sure ionCube Loaders are enabled. You may refer to the following guide Enable_Ioncube_cPanel. Please make sure that the Ioncube loader is selected for the backend copy of PHP. Now SSH to your server and enter the following commands:

wget -N files.softaculous.com/install.sh

chmod 755 install.sh

./install.sh

Now go to : WHM > Plugins (Add-Ons on older versions than 11) > Softaculous – Instant Installs

You should now see the installation was successful! 

You have now set up and installed Textpattern.