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How to Install Siberian CMS with LAMP on Ubuntu 18.04 on Google Cloud with PHP 7.2 and secure it with Let’s Encrypt SSL and connect with Cloud SQL.

Siberian CMS is an open-source application for creating Android, iOS and web applications. You can create amazing applications using the inbuilt app builders, fully customizable, unlinited push notifications and many more.

In this guide we are going to install the Siberian CMS Single App Edition which is free on Google Cloud Platform. There are also two other premium versions with enhanced features.

Premium Editions of Siberian CMS

Setup Free Siberian CMS


  1. Your Compute Engine Instance running.
  2. For setting up Compute Engine, see the Setting up Compute Engine Instance.
  3. Install LAMP stack on Google Compute Engine.
  4. Set up Cloud DNS, see the Setting up Google Cloud DNS for your domain.
  5. Google Cloud SQL Setup, see Setup Cloud SQL and connect with Compute Engine.

Setup your website

Once you have created a VM instance and installed LAMP on your Compute Engine you can proceed to setup your directories.

Your website will be located in the public directory and have the following structure.

Replace yourdomainname with your original domain name.

 -- yourdomainname
 ---- logs
 ---- public

The public directory is your website’s root directory and logs directory for your error logs

Now we create these directories and set correct permissions

You need to SSH into your VM Instance and run these commands

mkdir -p /var/www/html/yourdomainname/logs /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/yourdomainname

Now create a new V host configuration for your website in the sites-available directory.

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/yourdomainname.conf

Copy and paste the following configuration, ensure that you change the server_name, error_log and root directives to match your domain name. Hit CTRL+X followed by Y to save the changes.

<VirtualHost *:80>
      ServerAdmin [email protected]

      DocumentRoot /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/siberian

      <Directory /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/siberian>
           Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
           AllowOverride All
           Require all granted

      ErrorLog /var/www/html/yourdomainname/logs/yourdomainname.com_error.log
      CustomLog /var/www/html/yourdomainname/logs/yourdomainname.com_access.log combined </VirtualHost>

To enable this newly created website configuration, symlink the file that you just created into the sites-enabled directory.

sudo a2ensite yourdomainname.conf

Check your configuration and restart Apache for the changes to take effect

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Install SSL certificate

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication between a server (instance) and a client (web browser). Due to the introduction of Let’s Encrypt, which provides free SSL certificates, HTTPS are adopted by everyone and also provides trust to your audiences.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
sudo apt update
sudo apt install python-certbot-apache

Now we have installed Cert bot by Let’s Encrypt for Ubuntu 18.04, run this command to receive your certificates.

sudo certbot --apache -m [email protected] -d -d

Select all the domains you need to receive the certificate and hit Enter

The Cert bot client will automatically generate the new certificate for your domain.

Now you will be asked to create a redirection to https

Select the appropriate option and hit Enter

Renewing SSL Certificate

Certificates provided by Let’s Encrypt are valid for 90 days only, so you need to renew them often. Now you set up a cronjob to check for the certificate which is due to expire in next 30 days and renew it automatically.

sudo crontab -e

Add this line at the end of the file

0 0,12 * * * certbot renew >/dev/null 2>&1

Hit CTRL+X followed by Y to save the changes.

This cronjob will attempt to check for renewing the certificate twice daily.

Download Siberian CMS

Now that our server software is configured, we can download and set up Siberian CMS.

It is always recommended to get the latest version of CMS from their git repository.

cd /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public
sudo git clone

Now, you can move the entire contents of the directory into our document root.

sudo mv /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/Siberian/* /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public

Next cleanup your root directory by deleting the Siberian folder and the downloaded tar file.

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/Siberian 

Set correct permissions for the root folder. Don’t forget to replace the with your domain name

sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/yourdomainname
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/yourdomainname

Replace the .htaccess

Sometimes you will get a database connection error while installing Siberian CMS, so it is better to replace the .htaccess file with the default .htaccess file.

sudo rm -rf /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/Siberian/.htaccess
sudo cp /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/Siberian/htaccess.txt /var/www/html/yourdomainname/public/Siberian/.htaccess

Install Siberian CMS

Now visit your website in the browser and follow the on screen details to install Siberian CMS.

Siberian CMS Installation

At the database setup you can use your Cloud SQL credentials that you have created before.

Siberian CMS Installation progress

Once the installation step is complete, you can configure your admin login credentials.

Siberian CMS Login
Siberian CMS Backoffice

Now Siberian CMS is installed and ready to use.

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