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WBCE is a free and open source self-hosted CMS, it’s similar to WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. If you want to try installing it on your own server then this post is for you.

This post will present a step by step guide on how to install WBCE for free on Cloud9 for development purposes, please note that it’s not advisable to install a Production version of WBCE on Cloud9 as the free tier isn’t designed for that intended purpose. Now, and without further ado let’s dive into the tutorial.


First, you’ll need to sign-up for the free version of Cloud9.

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Step One

After signing up and confirming your email, you’ll be directed to your dashboard, just click on the “add workspace” plus sign.

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Step Two

You’ll be directed to a new window where you should set up your workspace, select the PhP option and then create the workspace.

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Step Three

You’ll then be directed to your workspace, in the terminal just download the latest release of WBCE using “wget”, at the time of writing this post the command should be as follow;

wget http://www.wbce.org/media/WBCE-1.1.11.zip

Step Four

After the download is complete, just unzip the downloaded folder using the following command;

unzip WBCE*

Step Five

Move the content of the unzipped folder to your root directory, by simply dragging and dropping them using the Workspace side menu (i.e in the screenshot below, moving the files from “wbce” folder to the trial folder).

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Step Six

Now, just click on the “Run Project” arrow, then click on the “Preview”, the portal window will appear in a browser like side-window.

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Step Seven

Now, you’ll be directed to the installation wizard, you’ll only have to edit step five and seven. In step five just enter your Host Name “”, Database Name “c9”, Username “root”.

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Step Eight

Scroll down to step seven of the wizard and create your login credentials; username, password, and email.

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Step Nine

Now, click on the “install” tab at the bottom of the window, after the installation is complete you’ll be directed to the login window.

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Now, you’ll be directed to the backend of your WBCE portal.

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Congratulations, now you have a fully functional installation of WBCE on Cloud9. But, remember this installation should be for development purposes only and not for production.