How to Install Joomla on Ubuntu Linux with OpenLiteSpeed

This post shows students and new users steps to install Joomla CMS on Ubuntu Linux with OpenLiteSpeed web server. When webmasters think of hosting a Joomla website, most will choose between Apache and Nginx webservers.

Few people have heard of OpenLiteSpeed, not because it’s bad, but because it’s not widely used and not yet popular. There are many good things that have been written about OpenLiteSpeed, and if you want to test it yourself, continue below.

OpenLiteSpeed is an open source web server developed by LiteSpeed Technology. It is designed to be lightweight, and comes with an admin panel to manage the server easily from your favorite web browsers.

If you want to run your Joomla website on OpenLiteSpeed instead of Apache or Nginx, continue below to learn how to install it and run Joomla.

How to install OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu Linux

We have written a post about installing OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu Linux. Before installing Joomla, click on the link below to install OpenLiteSpeed.

This post below shows you how to install OpenLiteSpeed, the latest PHP version and MariaDB database server. Those three components are required to run Joomla.

How to Install OpenLiteSpeed on Ubuntu Linux – Website for Students

After installing OpenLiteSpeed, continue below.

How to download Joomla on Ubuntu Linux for OpenLiteSpeed

Now that OpenLiteSpeed is installed, go and download package to install. Run the commands below to download the latest version of Joomla.

cd /tmp

After extracting the Joomla archive, move the Joomla content into OpenLiteSpeed default VirtualHost directory.

sudo unzip -d /usr/local/lsws/Example/joomla /tmp/

Next, run the commands below to change the permissions of the Joomla folder to run on OpenLiteSpeed.

sudo chown -R nobody:nogroup /usr/local/lsws/Example/joomla/
sudo chmod -R 755 /usr/local/lsws/Example/joomla/

How to create Joomla database on Ubuntu

At this point, we’re ready to create Joomla database. As mentioned above, Joomla uses databases to store its content.

To create a database for Joomla, run the commands below:

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then create a database called joomladb


Next, create a database user called joomladbuser and set password

CREATE USER 'joomladbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'new_password_here';

Then grant the user full access to the database.

GRANT ALL ON wpdb.* TO 'joomladbuser'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Finally, save your changes and exit.


How to configure OpenLiteSpeed to support Joomla

Next, logon to OpenLiteSpeed admin panel to configure Joomla settings.

Login using the admin login details above.

After logging on, go to the Virtual Hosts ==> General tab and edit the Document Root location section.

Then edit the Document Root to point to the Joomla folder created above.


On the same General tab, edit the Index Files section and replace index.html with index.php shown below.


Next, go to Virtual Hosts ==> Rweire Rules, edit Rewrite Control, then choose Yes to enable rewrite.

Save your change.

Next, under Virtual Hosts ==> Rewrite, edit the Rewrite Rules. Copy and paste the lines below into the rules box, save.

RewriteRule /.* - [E=HTTP_AUTHORIZATION:%{HTTP:Authorization}]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/index\.php
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /component/|(/[^.]*|\.(php|html?|feed|pdf|vcf|raw))$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule /.* /joomla/index.php [L]

After making all the changes above, reload OpenLiteSpeed.

Finally, open your web browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address.

A Joomla setup wizard should appear. Follow the wizard to complete the setup.

Select the installation language, Site Name, Super User account details, including email address, username and password.

Then click Next to continue.

Joomla installation on Ubuntu

On the next screen, enter the database info created above and click Next to continue.

Joomla installation on Ubuntu

Next, validate that all requirements and packages are installed.

After that, click Install to complete the wizard.

Joomla installation on Ubuntu

You can now login to the admin backend and begin setting up your website environment.

Joomla installation on Ubuntu

When you’re done, Joomla should be installed and ready to use. Login as admin and begin configuring your site.

Joomla installation on Ubuntu

That’s it!


This post showed you how to install Joomla on Ubuntu Linux with OpenLiteSpeed web server. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.