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glFusion System Requirements
To successfully install and use glFusion you will need the following:
1. Web Server supporting PHP
2. PHP version 5.3.3 or later
PHP needs to be at least Version 5.3.3 but newer versions are highly recommended.
Many features in glFusion require the following extensions also be loaded for PHP:
- Ctype extension (Required)
- Curl extension (Optional - used when sending pingbacks)
- Date extension (Required)
- Filter extension (Required)
- Gettext extension (Optional - used by Media Gallery exif library)
- JSON extension (Required)
- MySQLi extension (Required)
- Multibyte String Extension (optional - provides support for UTF-8 character sets)
- Session extension (Required)
- XML extension (Required)
- zLib extension (Required)
During installation, glFusion will validate that all required extensions are available. If any are missing, the installer will inform you and ask that you correct the issue(s) to continue installation.
3. MySQL v5.0.15 or later
MySQL needs to be at least v5.0.15. It is highly recommended that you run a newer version of MySQL, v5.5 or higher. The MySQL Group continues to provide support for v5.0 and v5.1 on older operating systems.
glFusion also supports MariaDB v5.1 or newer. MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL. MariaDB is developed as open source software and as a relational database. The MariaDB Foundation ensures continuity and open collaboration in the MariaDB ecosystem. The foundation guarantees that there is a global contact point for collaboration and that the community can always rely upon MariaDB Server.
4. Ability to write to the web space
glFusion does require that certain directories in the public web space be writable. For example, the backend/ directory is where the RSS files are kept. This directory must be writable by the web server. During the installation, the installer will automatically create the siteconfig.php file in the root of your web space, so the installer will need to have write access.
5. A Modern Web Browser
glFusion supports modern web browsers, including IE 9+, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Older browsers are not well supported.
Shared Hosting Requirements
glFusion is designed where many of the files should reside outside of the open web root area. All core functions of the website are stored outside of the public web directory completely inaccessible to web visitors. This makes the “attack surface” of the website extremely small.
glFusion can run with a host that does not allow access to the directory above the web root, but the preferred environment will allow you to properly host these files in a private, non-public directory.
Many hosting providers implement security controls which can disable or remove some features of the PHP language. glFusion will generally work with these types of hosts provided they are properly configured. Some items to look for when choosing your host or setting up your environment include:
- Does the host implement PHP's safe_mode?
- Does the host implement PHP's open_basedir restrictions
- Does the host implement the Suhosin PHP Security patch?
- Does the host provide access to the directory above the web root? glFusion is designed to have several files outside of the publically available web root directory.
glFusion will still work if the answer is yes to the above questions, but it will be critical that your hosting provider have everything properly configured. If you run into problems, the support forums here at glFusion.org are a great place to find the answer.
Also, check and see if the hosting provider allows you to modify PHP settings using either a php.ini file or via the .htaccess file. You may want to adjust some of the PHP configuration settings such as maximum upload size, it is always easier when you can make the changes without having to go through the tech support channels.