Installing Zenario CMS

Place the files on your server

You should download the .zip file, unzip it on your local machine, and then use a FTP program to upload the files to your server.

Alternatively, if you have ssh access it's faster to download the .tar.gz file, upload it to your server and then unpack it by running:

tar xfz community-7.0.2a.tar.gz

If you want to run Zenario in the root of a domain (e.g., you should place the files into your server's web directory (sometimes called the public HTML directory or the document root) .

If you want to run Zenario from a subdirectory (e.g., you should create a subdirectory with the correct name inside your server's web directory and place the files in there.

Create directories and set permissions

You will need to create two directories:

  • A backup/ directory
  • A docstore/ directory

These should not be publicly accessible, so you should create them outside of your web directory. Zenario will need to write files and folders to these directories, so you need to make them writable, e.g. on a UNIX/Linux server:

chmod 777 backup/
chmod 777 docstore/

There are four directories in the CMS that you need to make writable:

  • The cache/ directory
  • The private/ directory
  • The public/ directory
  • The zenario_custom/templates/grid_templates/ directory

E.g. on a UNIX/Linux server:

chmod 777 cache/
chmod 777 private/
chmod 777 public/
chmod 777 zenario_custom/templates/grid_templates/
chmod 666 zenario_custom/templates/grid_templates/*.css
chmod 666 zenario_custom/templates/grid_templates/*.tpl.php

You can optionally make the zenario_siteconfig.php file writable for a smoother install process.

Run the installer

To run the installer you need to visit your site using a browser - e.g. by going to, or if you are running from a subdirectory.

The installer will then take you through the installation process, during which you will need to enter:

  • A name, username and password to connect to a database
  • A name and an email address to create your first administrator account.
  • An initial language for your site (you can add more languages later).

Enable your site

No-one apart from you (and any other administrators you create) can see your site until you enable it. To enable your site:

  • Publish your homepage and any other "special pages" in the system. ("Special pages" are listed in Organizer under "Content items -> Special pages".)
  • Go to "Configuration -> Site settings" in Organizer and enable your site.