How to Install Pligg on Dreamhost

Pligg Content Management System

Are you running around looking for Pligg sites to submit your links to? Unfortunately, a majority of Pligg sites are no good for SEO.

So, instead of finding one that is good, why not start your own? Dreamhost makes this easy – no, incredibly easy. Just in case you need some help, following the directions in this step-by-step guide and you’ll have Pligg installed on your Dreamhost account in about 10 minutes.  If you have an account, you can set one up while you read this walk-through.  If you don’t, check out the coupon codes so you don’t have to pay full price on the hosting.

Step 1 – go to your Dreamhost control panel and select One-Click Installs ->

On the next screen, select the Pligg icon (yes, they have the latest, safest version 9.9.5!)

Step 2 – Choose the Pligg Settings

Where it says “Install to:” Select the Dreamhost hosted domain you want to install Pligg into. Under “New Database Name” simply type in the name of that domain again (if you already have a database installed for that domain, come up with something else even if it is domainname2 or something generic like that)

When you select “Create a New Hostname” it will allow you to type into the next line below that. Just put MYSQL before the database name you want to use.

If you have a MYSQL user you want to use already, just select that. If you want to create a new one, just select that “New User” from the scroll down menu and type in a name and password. Dreamhost will email you after the installation with all of these settings, but it is also a good idea to write it down in a notepad file or something. You don’t want to lose access to your own Pligg site, so follow these steps carefully and everything will be good!

When the settings are correct for your purposes go ahead and click Install. (And really, these settings can be set any way you like so long as you keep track and don’t get stopped by Dreamhost for any errors)

Now, open up your email, sit back for 2 minutes, grab a drink or something because Dreamhost has your Pligg installation queued up.

When you get the email, type in your domain name (or the URL of the directory you installed to) and it will give you some links to the final Pligg installation screens. It will look like this:

Get your information handy (it is available in the email from Dreamhost) then just click “Next

Now take the settings from your email (and you should have written it down, too!) and put them into the web form. Click Check Settings and Pligg will try to connect to the database and finish the install.

If everything works as planned, you’ll see this message and we’ll be on the final phase of the Pligg install. While Pligg will officially be installed on your Dreamhost domain, we are not done yet! Until you make the last few changes shown here, your installation will not be secure and it will end up like one of the hundreds of Pligg sites that gets spammed or attacked.

Now, go back to your Dreamhost panel and open up a WebFTP connection for the domain you’re installing to:

Find the file named /libs/dbconnect.php – select it and hit CHMod in the upper-right corner. Change the CHMod to 644 so no one else can get in and write to your database settings remotely.

Now, back up to the main directory. Find the Install directory, select it, and simply delete it. You’re done installing, so you don’t need the install folder do you?!

Yup, that’s right. You’re done installing Pligg software on Dreamhost. Its really that easy.

There’s only one little thing left to maximize security before you can start experimenting with new templates and customization. Go into Pligg and log in for the first time with your default administrator login and password:

admin login God
admin password 12345

Once you log in, go to your user profile and change the password so any random person can’t log in and take over your Pligg software.

That’s it!

Trying to install Pligg manually can be … difficult at best. If you aren’t using Dreamhost, you’re spending more time than you need to! If you haven’t signed up for Dreamhost yet, make sure to check out the Dreamhost coupons we have available.

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