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How to Install Concrete5 on OpenShift

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Concret5 is a free and open source content management system (CMS), just like WordPress and Joomla. Concrete5 allows its user to quickly, easily and professionally create an online presence whether it’s a personal blog or a website for their business. Just like with WordPress you can create a website without any prior knowledge to HTML, CSS, JavaScript or PHP but of course you can highly customize your Concrete5 website if you have some programming knowledge.

This guide will present a step by step tutorial on how to install Concrete5 on OpenShift, the only skill you’ll need during the tutorial is your ability to use a web browser.


  1. A free OpenShift account, just go to OpenShift website and register using your email, no credit card is required. 1 - create openshift account


  1. After registering; go to OpenShift home page and click on the “MY APPS” on the top of the screen.2 - open Openshift Account
  2. You’ll be directed to your log-in window just enter your credentials, you’ll then be directed to a new window click on the blue “Create your first application now” link.3-create openshift application
  3. You’ll be directed to a new window, type “PHP, MySQL” in the search field, and select the application shown below in the screenshot. 2 - concrete5 on openshift
  4. You’ll be directed to a new window, in the public URL; type the name of the project/application name (e.g. Concrete5, MyBlog, etc.) in the first space and the domain name (it’s not your real domain name, just any identification name e.g. NickName, YourName) in the second space.5 - openshift application name
  5. Under the public URL, there’s the source code slot, just copy and paste the following  link “https://github.com/nickmancol/c5-rhcloud.git”.
  6. Leave everything as it’s and click on “Create Application” tab at the end of the page.3 - concrete5 on openshift
  7. You shall be directed to a new window where you shall find all of your “MySQL” credentials.4 - concrete5 on openshift
  8. You’ll then be directed to the main window and it’s time to go to your ” website” and start the installation process, to do that simply click on the blue link at the top of the screen (that’s your URL).6 - concrete5 on openshift
  9. You’ll be directed to the “Concrete5” installation window, the first window is just checking the installation requirements, so just click on the blue “Continue to Installation” tab.7 - concrete5 on openshift
  10. You’ll be directed to a new window, where you should enter some information like “password, database username, database password”, you can get this information from step “7”.8 - concrete5 on openshift
  11. In that window, in which you should provide your database credentials, there’s a small trick; which is getting your database Host IP, the easiest way to do so is to return to your application and click on the small arrow at the phpMyAdmin tab.
  12. A new window will pop-up just copy the number shown in the below screenshot. 6 - thinkup database host
  13. Paste that number in the database host field in the Concrete5 installation, then fill in the rest of the information from your database credentials that you can find in your application, then click next.
  14. You’ll then be redirected to the home page of your Concrete5 website.

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Congratulations, now you’ve a fully functional Concrete5 website for free running on OpenShift.