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Open Conference System is a free and open source content management that is dedicated to academics as it allows them to; create an online presence, composing and sending calls for papers, accepts papers abstracts, post conferences and allow participants to electronically register to it, and finally host post conference online discussions.

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

Prerequisite

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

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Installation

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 OCS using “wget”, at the time of writing this post the command should be as follows;

Wget https://pkp.sfu.ca/ocs/download/ocs-2.3.6.tar.gz

Step Four

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

tar -xvf ocs*

Step Five

The unzipped folders content should be moved 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 OCS to trial).

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Step Six

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

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Step Seven

In the first part of the web page, you should create your admin password and username.

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Step Eight

In this part of the web page, you should enter the database credentials, use the ones in the screenshot below; Host Name “0.0.0.0”, username “root”, database name “c9”.

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Step Nine

Finally, click on the “Install Open Conference System” tab at the bottom of the page.

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Step Ten

Now, you should find a link to your login page just click on it and you’ll be directed to the admin login window, just log in using the admin username and password you have created in step 7.

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Step Eleven

Now, you’ll be directed to the administrator panel where you can control your portal.

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