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Install: Quick Install Drupal 8

After you install OpenLiteSpeed, follow the instructions below to get your Drupal 8 site working.

  1. Install PHP modules
  2. MariaDB Installation
  3. Create DrupalDB Account
  4. Set Index File and rewrite rules
  5. Download and Extract Drupal
  6. Run the Drupal install script

Install PHP Modules

The easiest way to install PHP for OpenLiteSpeed (without ols1clk) is through our CentOS repository. If the LiteSpeed Repository was not installed and enabled during the web server installation, follow this guide to install and enable the LiteSpeed Repository.

Step 1. Install PHP

Use the following command to install PHP with the modules required:

yum install lsphp72 lsphp72-common lsphp72-gd lsphp72-process lsphp72-mbstring lsphp72-mysqlnd lsphp72-xml lsphp72-json lsphp72-opcache

Note: There are multi versions of LSPHP (lsphp53, lsphp54, lsphp55, lsphp56, lsphp70, lsphp71, lsphp72) available.

Step 2. Set up PHP

Visit http://your_server_IP:7080. Navigate to Server Configuration > External app, then click the second icon Edit on the right hand side in order to edit this application.
Name: lsphp → lsphp72
Address: uds://tmp/lshttpd/lsphp.sock → uds://tmp/lshttpd/lsphp72.sock
Command: $SERVER_ROOT/fcgi-bin/lsphp5 → $SERVER_ROOT/lsphp72/bin/lsphp

If you are not using RPM/APT, or you prefer to build PHP by yourself, see our instructions for building PHP here.

Step 3. Restart LSWS

When you are finished, click the Save icon to save your changes, then click the Graceful Restart button.

Step 4. PHP Verification (Optional)

Visit http://your_server_IP:8088/phpinfo.php and make sure PHP Version shows 7.2.x.

MariaDB Installation

Install MariDB:

yum install mariadb-server
systemctl start mariadb

Set new password:


Enter $yourpassword

Create Drupal DB Account

mysql -u root -p$yourmysqlpassword
create database drupal; 
grant all privileges on drupal.* to drupal@localhost identified by 'drupal'; 

Set Index File

An index file needs to be set in LiteSpeed Web Admin Console. Navigate to Virtual Hosts > Select Virtual Host from List > General > Index Files, click Edit in the top right corner, and enter index.html,index.php in the Index Files box.

Download and Extract Drupal

To illustrate setting up Drupal on a vhost we’ll use the default virtual host, “Example”. You can download Drupal from command or their official download page. Please note that the document root of ‘Example’ virtual host is /usr/local/lsws/Example/html/.

cd /usr/local/lsws/Example/html
wget https://ftp.drupal.org/files/projects/drupal-8.5.3.zip
unzip drupal-*.zip
mv drupal-* drupal 

Grant the Web Server User Write Permission to Create wp-config.php During Installation

chown -R nobody:nobody drupal

Graceful Restart

When you are finished, click the Save icon to save your changes, then click the Graceful Restart button.

Run the Drupal Install Script

Step 1. Run Installation Script

Point your browser with default port to http://server_ip:8088/drupal

Step 2. Choose Language

This will start the Drupal web installer and it will look something like this:

Step 3. Choose Profile

Select your installation profile. You have two options here:

  • Standard.
  • Minimal.

Standard would be fine for most users. With Minimal, you will have the option to manually choose which functions to install. For now, you should select Standard.

Step 4. Verify Requirements

Once the requirements are met you will be directed to enter database information.

Step 5. Set up Database

We’ve created the database above. Just enter the database details and click Save and continue. If the Drupal installer is successfully able to connect to the database, it will start the installation process.

Step 6. Configure Site

On this step, the installer will let you configure settings for your site. Example settings are:

  • Site name: Litespeedtech
  • Site email address: drupal@example.com
  • Username: litespeedtech
  • Password: litespeedtech

Once you are satisfied, you can finally click Save and continue and your installation is successfully completed. You will now be redirected to the Drupal homepage, which looks something like:

Set Up Drupal Caching (Optional)

Follow the steps described on this page to set up the LSCache for Drupal plugin