Omeka CMS – Introduction and Installation

  • By: Cris M.
  • Apr 13, 2013
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In our endless search for new systems, ground breaking technology and web development, we have installed and tested the Omeka CMS platform.

This free open source CMS has been specifically developed to service libraries, museums, history archive, collections and exhibitions. It is a great content management system for collection and archival management.

In it widely used by libraries, schools, city councils and history organisations in Australia and worldwide.

The system is easy to install and use. You still need to implement a theme (design), or hire a web designer to implement the design into Omeka CMS. Light Media is specialised in Omeka design and service the needs of its users in Melbourne.

Installing the Omeka System

See below 9 easy steps to install the Omeka default system:

  1. Omeka runs in PHP and MySQL. The front end is done using CSS , HTML and Jquery languages . We recommend geting a hosting account with FTP and cPanel access.
  2. Login to your cpanel (yourdomain/cpanel). Select the option MySQL database Wizard and follow the steps to create your database. Take note of:
    • Database username
    • Database name
    • Databse password

    You will need this information later on during the installation process.

  3. Download the latest version of Omeka and unzip the files in your local computer.
  4. Login to your FTP account (using a FTP software like FileZilla or Cyberduck). Upload the unzipped files into the public_html folder.
  5. In the FTP, open the file db.ini and point this website to the database you just created, by replacing the xxxx with the correct values. You can open the db.ini using a basic text editor and saving the file after you complete the changes.
    See example below:
    host = “localhost???
    username = “example???
    password = “12345???
    dbname = “example???
    prefix = “omeka_???
    charset = “utf8″
    ;port = “???
  6. Open your browser and go to yourdomain/install/ (if you dont have a domain name as yet go to servernumber/~user/install or to your subdomain pointing to the hosting account). Note that Omeka requires your server to have mod_rewrite enable. If you are not sure about this, just ask your hosting provider to enable this feature. Some hosting companies will have this as default.
  7. Click on install.php
  8. Fill in the fields required. Take note of your username and password. You will require them to login to the back end (admin) of Omeka.
  9. You are done. The website will be live on yourdomain/index.php and the administrator on yourdomain/admin/index.php

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