How to Install an Exponent CMS Web Site

Overview

'Installation' is the first thing a Site Administrator needs to do, to get Exponent CMS up and running on their web server.

If you already have the site up and running, you'll next want to add some content.  You'll find that information in the Getting Started area.

Installation Guides

Installation Overview

The Exponent CMS installation process is mostly automated and requires four steps.  There are also three installation or upgrade scenarios. ...

Requirements for Running Exponent CMS

Before you can run Exponent CMS, there are four components you must have installed on your computer or web hosting environment: ...

Installing the Software

The first step in using Exponent CMS is to get the package or files onto your web server.  There are several methods which are listed below. ...

Creating the Exponent CMS Database

Before you can begin running the installation process, you must have created a database. MySQL is currently the only supported database. Beacuse of security reasons, each web host tends to have a specifc or limited method to create new databases,however the basic steps are: ...

Running the Installation Process

If you've gotten to this point, the Exponent CMS package files are on the web server and you've created a database.  The web-based Install Wizard should now be used to complete the installation (this is NO longer semi-automatic as of v2.0.4). ...

Running the Upgrade Process

If your system detects you are upgrading a current installation, you'll be notified and given a link to launch the "Upgrade" wizard.  This process is no longer semi-automated as of version 2.0.4, but can be manually started by going to the install url (www.mysite.org/install/install.php). ...

Installing 3rd Party Extensions

Exponent CMS can easily be specialized with custom themes and modules, or fixed with patches.  This is done through the Upload New Extensions menu. ...