Server Requirements

One of the first steps in the installer is to check your server for the proper requirements.

  • PHP 7.1 or up, extensions required:
    • cURL
    • JSON
    • mbstring
    • openssl
    • pdo
    • tokenizer
  • Database:
    • MySQL 5.5+ (or MySQL variant, including MariaDB and Percona)
    • sqlite (if you want a test environment)

!!!! Why PHP 7.1 and above? The original phpVMS was written when PHP 5 was not as widespread, and it's turning 10 this year. PHP 7.0 was recently deprecated, and I want to write software that will last for the forseeable future

  • php-apc
  • Redis (for job queuing, various caching and optimizations)

VPS/Dedicated Hosts

If you have control over your server, the combination of nginx/php-fpm will offer you the best performance, over using Apache. It's the combination I (@nabeelio) test with. It will also be much more secure, seeing that only the /public directory is exposed.

Pointing the vhost to the /public directory is the best way to run on a host that you control.

Shared Hosting

While shared hosts are not ideal for numerous reasons (don't use free hosts, you'll have a really bad time), it's still possible to run phpVMS. By just uploading the files, you will be able to visit the site. Assuming your host is running Apache, the .htaccess file should handle the URL rewriting. If you're unable to reach the installer (the first test to see if it will work with your host), contact your host's support about .htaccess support.