Yeah I know, this is pretty trivial, but I had made some snapshots of the process and thought, why not? Maybe someone gets stuck in one of the steps, like the database (I did the first time I installed Mautic) So here it is...
OK so after you complete the mautic installation, you have to navigate to your server or VPS, either by using the server's IP or, if you have set up your DNS, using the domain name. After you do, and if everything went fine you will be presented with the following screens:
If you haven't yet completed the Mautic Installation on your VPS, here's a step by step guide for newbies and total dummies:
First step is the environment check.
On the Mautic Installation - Environment Check, the script will analyze your server's configuration and make sure that your server checks all the boxes.
If it says "Ready to Install!" you are safe to proceed, however you can check the "Some Recommendations" to see some ways to improve your setup before proceeding.
Second step is the Database Setup.
Mautic Installation - Database Setup: This is the step most prone to give you an error or to just refuse your input, if you get an error, it's most certainly not the script failing, it's quite more likely that your database is not properly setup. The most common errors are related to the database being unreachable, the permissions on the MySQL server not properly configured or just the credentials (user/password) not being correct. (more common that you would think).
In most situations you will want to use the following:
- Database driver: MySQL PDO
- Database Host: localhost
- Database port: 3306
- DB name: Mautic
- Database Table Prefix: Leave empty (Some hosting providers will give you a prefix, otherwise leave empty)
- DB User: root (this one might be different)
- DB Password: password (use your password)
- Backup existing tables: No (unless you have a previous Mautic Installation that you want to keep)
Note that if you use "Backup existing tables: Yes" Mautic will not load your old data but just back the old data and create a new database for you.
Creating your new Mautic Administrator account.
Mautic Installation - Administrative User: The user running the Mautic Configuration Wizard will be the first Administrator and will have full access rights.
You can use any Admin Username you like and it's certainly a good idea not to use "admin" or "administrator"
Make sure your new password is secure enough.
NOTE: Both of these parameters have nothing to do with the user and password used in the previous step.
The email address is supposed to be your personal email address and it will be used to send you internal msgs only.
Set the email address to be used by Mautic to send emails.
In most cases it is recommended to "Send immediately" your emails, but you can also configure a queue if you wish.
If you have your email provider's credentials at hand you can now select the name of your provider, if you don't you can do this later after you log into Mautic and you can leave this as "PHP Mail" for now.
Almost there, you just need to login!
Mautic will probably auto-populate this for you so you just have to click the login button, if it doesn't just manually introduce the new Administrator and Password you created just before.
Congratulations, you did it!
If you see the screen below, you have successfully and properly configured your Mautic Instance, however this is also a step prone to errors, if there's some misconfiguration in your server you can get an error msg instead of the Mautic dashboard, if you do, check your Apache configuration, it's the most probable cause for an error on this page.
Enjoy your new Mautic setup!
If you get stuck on any step or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments below.
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