Installing Oxwall in the Amazon Cloud (AWS EC2)

Webuzo Oxwall StackOxwall is a fast-growing open source project that aims at creating a new generation community site platform. Oxwall aims at a wide range of audiences – starting from small private family websites up to top level destinations for millions users.

It is possible because of the flexibility that Oxwall provides. Oxwall Store contains hundreds of actively supported plugins and themes by Oxwall Foundation, 3rd party developers, and designers. You can have any combination of plugins set up, the way you need them in your particular case.

Webuzo – an Application Stack which can be used on any Virtual Machine, is a Single User Control Panel which helps users deploy Oxwall with it’s required dependencies like Apache, PHP, MySQL, etc) in the Amazon AWS Cloud by a click of a button.

Getting Started

– Login to the Webuzo Cloud Launcher (http://webuzo.softaculous.com/cloud/index.php)
Webuzo Cloud Launcher

– Fill in your AWS Credentials (API Key and Secret Key).
Webuzo AWS Credentials

– Get a Free Trial Virtual Appliance & Cloud License (if you do not have one) from here
Note : Other Webuzo Licenses can also be used.
Webuzo Trial License

– Click on Launch Application and Navigate to Oxwall from the Social Networking Category on the left

– Fill in the details for your instance, e.g Type of Instance, Region for the Server, Webuzo License Key to be used, etc and Click Launch
Webuzo Oxwall Navigation

– Sit back and relax. Your instance should be up within minutes
Webuzo Oxwall Installation Progress

– Instance is up and running. Time to configure it.
Webuzo Oxwall Configuration Options

– Configure your Oxwall Application to manage the access to the Oxwall Application and the Webuzo Panel.
Webuzo Oxwall Configuration

– Voila !!! It’s Done. Access your Oxwall application
Webuzo Oxwall Completed

– Access the Oxwall Admin Panel
Oxwall Admin Panel

– Access the Oxwall User Interface
Oxwall User Interface

Additional Functionality
– Manage your AWS instance from the Home Menu
Manage Webuzo Oxwall Instance
– Download the Keypair to be able to SSH to your AWS Instance
Download AWS Keypair

Some Striking Features about Oxwall:
1) Realtime activity notifications, newsfeed, instant chat
2) Photo, Video sharing
3) Blogs, forums, wiki
4) Groups, events, friends
5) Comment, tag, rate any kind of content
6) Privacy and profile customization
7) Collaboration, file sharing, video-conference tools

Some Striking Features about Webuzo :
1) System Apps like PHP, PERL, Python, NGinx, Apache, MySQL, MongDB, Java, etc. which can be installed by the click of a button.
2) Domain Management (Domain Name Server), FTP Management, Database Management
3) Multiple PHP versions, Switching between Apache and NGINX, SSL Certificate Management
4) Email Server – Email accounts of existing domains can be created.

Demo: http://demo.webuzo.com/enduser

Webuzo Cloud Launcher

Webuzo is glad to share an easier way to deploy and maintain popular Open Source web applications on cloud servers, using comamodity hardware.

Some features focused are:
– The simple and easy to use User Interface has been reworked to provide a much more intuitive interface to get apps deployed within no time.
– Complete control over the webuzo panel to allow administer the necessary settings and further auto install World’s most popular apps.
– Choose instance types as per requirements. For eg: Micro, Large, High-CPU Extra Large instances.
– Allows to launch instances in multiple zones apart from the default US Eastern Zone.
– Billing is done as per usage through Amazon AWS.

For individual developers, small development teams and entrepreneurs it brings a lot of value as you can concentrate building your apps or business without worrying about installing and maintaining software stacks.

Added capability to choose how much computing power to assign to individual apps you launch on Amazon EC2 via our simple and efficient UI.

Our friends in Asia and the Southwest Pacific area will be happy to learn that it’s now possible to deploy EC2-based webuzo cloud apps closer to home.

Visit the cloud at
Webuzo Cloud

You may view a short Video tutorial here.

Webuzo 2.1.3 Launched

The Webuzo Team is glad to announce the launch of Webuzo 2.1.3. This version of Webuzo adds some cool new features and fixes some bugs.

Hi,

The Webuzo Team is glad to announce the launch of Webuzo 2.1.3
This version of Webuzo adds some cool new features and fixes some bugs.

A complete list of changes:

1) Lighttpd : Now you can install Lighttpd and set it as the default webserver as well as manage your Lighttpd configurations from the Webuzo Enduser Panel.
Lighttpd

2) CSF Firewall : Now you can install CSF Firewall on your server and manage your CSF configuration from the Webuzo Enduser Panel. The CSF Firewall us turned OFF be default.
CSF Firewall

3) Added New System Application – Rails – a web-application framework that includes everything needed to create database-backed web applications according to the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern.
Packages Updated :
PHP 5.3
PHP 5.4
PHP 5.5
Apache
Perl

4) Link to Enduser Panel : Added an option to go to Enduser Panel from the Admin Panel.

5) Clone installation : Users can now clone an installation to test updates or changes on the cloned installation. The guide is available here.
Note : Clone is available only for a few scripts at the moment. We will be adding it to more scripts regularly. The list is available here.

6) Clone hooks : Added pre clone and post clone hooks. The guide is available here.

7) Backup Notes : Added option to save a note for reference while backing up an installation. These notes can be used to choose an appropriate backup to restore. The guide is available here.

8 ) Changelog : Users can now view the Changelog of scripts from the Overview page.
Clone

9) Bug Fix : Users were not able to Add Cron Jobs with certain special characters. It is now fixed.

10) Bug Fix : Perl scripts installed using Webuzo were executed through an invalid Perl path .It is now fixed.

11) Bug Fix : Webuzo was unable to download the latest available packages for system applications. It is now fixed.

12) Bug fix : Users were not able to add punnycode domains. It is fixed now.

13) Bug Fix : If there was insufficient space available on the user’s account while backing up an installation, no error was triggered by Webuzo. Webuzo will now display the appropriate error.

14) Bug Fix : Removing multiple JavaScript installations failed. This is now fixed.

15) Bug Fix : Backup of installation with more than 1GB data failed. This is now fixed.

16) Bug Fix : In case of failure during restore of a backup, softsql.sql file was not deleted. This is now fixed and the softsql.sql file is deleted on success as well as on failure of restore.

17) Bug Fix : The backup function did not work if there was a trailing slash in the path of an installation on the root of domain. This is now handled properly.

We hope you enjoy the features, we will be adding many more features in the next version.

Regards,
The Webuzo Team

Webuzo in another Amazon Continent – Tokyo

Launch your instances now closer to your Home. We are glad to announce that all of the Apps available in the Webuzo Library can now be easily deployed in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region.

Japan-based businesses and global companies with customers in Japan can run their applications and workloads in the Tokyo Region to reduce latency to end-users, keep their data entirely in Japan, and avoid the undifferentiated heavy lifting associated with maintaining and operating their own infrastructure.


Webuzo Tokyo Cloud AWS

The Webuzo Cloud Launcher is just what you need to get started with the new region and deploy over 300+ Premium Applications by a click of a button. Webuzo Cloud Launcher greatly simplifies the process of deploying and managing the Applications and Frameworks in the cloud. For a newbie, it’s just like a ready-to-cook package and you are minutes away from your deployment.

The new AMIs allow Asian-based Webuzo users to run popular open source applications on cloud infrastructure in Japan, providing enhanced performance over cloud computing infrastructure based in other parts of the world.

List of Webuzo 2.1.2 AMIs :
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Region : ami-b372e1b2
Eastern US(Virginia) : ami-359dde5c
Western US(N. California) : ami-283d176d
Western US(Oregon) : ami-c434a9f4
Europe(Ireland) : ami-f30c1787
South East Asia(Singapore) : ami-66e7af34
S. America(Sao Paulo) : ami-df2783c2

Deploying the Webuzo Service can be done manually as well.

Alternately, the Webuzo Cloud Launcher handles it all.

Install Jenkins – Just a Click away

Jenkins Webuzo Stack We are glad to announce that Jenkins – an award-winning application that monitors executions of repeated jobs, such as building a software project or jobs run by cron, is now available in Webuzo Scripts Library.

With our Primary goal to simplify the testing of the latest versions of open source Java Applications, Webuzo allows the one-click installation of Jenkins and you are all set to GO with it’s required dependencies. You can now download free, ready to run Virtual Machines and get started with Jenkins on the Amazon EC2 Cloud.

Webuzo Jenkins Stack

Here are some eye-catching features of Jenkins:

  • Easy installation : Just java -jar jenkins.war, or deploy it in a servlet container. No additional install, no database.
  • Easy configuration : Jenkins can be configured entirely from its friendly web GUI with extensive on-the-fly error checks and inline help. There’s no need to tweak XML manually anymore, although if you’d like to do so, you can do that, too.
  • Change set support : Jenkins can generate a list of changes made into the build from Subversion/CVS. This is also done in a fairly efficient fashion, to reduce the load on the repository.
  • Permanent links : Jenkins gives you clean readable URLs for most of its pages, including some permalinks like “latest build”/”latest successful build”, so that they can be easily linked from elsewhere.
  • RSS/E-mail/IM Integration : Monitor build results by RSS or e-mail to get real-time notifications on failures.
  • After-the-fact tagging : Builds can be tagged long after builds are completed
  • JUnit/TestNG test reporting : JUnit test reports can be tabulated, summarized, and displayed with history information, such as when it started breaking, etc. History trend is plotted into a graph.
  • Distributed builds : Jenkins can distribute build/test loads to multiple computers. This lets you get the most out of those idle workstations sitting beneath developers’ desks.
  • File fingerprinting : Jenkins can keep track of which build produced which jars, and which build is using which version of jars, and so on. This works even for jars that are produced outside Jenkins, and is ideal for projects to track dependency.
  • Plugin Support : Jenkins can be extended via 3rd party plugins. You can write plugins to make Jenkins support tools/processes that your team uses.

Experience more about Jenkins!!!

PHP 5.5 is now available in Webuzo

We are glad to announce a availability of PHP 5.5.1 with the new version of Webuzo. With it’s one-click installation from the Apps category, you can now switch among THREE versions of PHP – PHP 5.3 / PHP 5.4 / PHP 5.5

Webuzo LAMP/LEMP Stacks are bundled in a way that include everything you need to run your favorite web apps and development frameworks and help you get started in minutes.

You can get the download the Webuzo VM for your favorite application and get started from your desktop in just a few clicks. These stacks can also be quickly deployed on the AWS Amazon EC2 Cloud using the Webuzo Cloud Launcher.

These new development stacks bundle the following main components:
– PHP 5.5.1
– Apache 2.4.4
– MySQL 5.5.31
– phpMyAdmin 4.0.1

Switch among PHP versions from the System Utilities Menu in the Webuzo Enduser Panel.
Guide : http://webuzo.com/wiki/System_Utilities

Webuzo PHP 5.5

Create your own PaaS using Webuzo

Also known as Platform-as-a-Service, Webuzo now takes care of infrastructure, middleware, and management so that you can better focus on your application.

Webuzo provides support for a wide variety of scripting languages and data controllers. These System Apps like PHP, PERL, Python, NGinx, Apache, MySQL, MongDB, Java, etc. can be installed by the click of a button.

Learn How

Manual Process : The simplest method to run Webuzo locally is to download a bundled ready-to-cook Virtual Machines. Webuzo is available as a Virtual Appliance which will run in minutes on any computing environment that supports virtualization. You can run Webuzo on Windows, Linux and Mac using software like VMware, Parallels, VirtualBox, Xen PV or HVM, Linux-KVM, OpenVZ. You can also deploy it on Public clouds like Amazon EC2.

You can also install Webuzo manually on your server following the comprehensive guide and deploy your PaaS easily.

Online Utility :

You can try out Webuzo Cloud Launcher available Online. Just login to the Webuzo Cloud Launcher and have your application up and running in minutes over the AWS Amazon Cloud.

Webuzo can be used to create your own PaaS. We have done that for Amazon AWS and the following is a video :

WordPress Blog featured in the Webuzo Library

WebuzoWe are glad to announce the WordPress Blog being featured in the Webuzo Library. WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

Webuzo makes it easy to install and manage WordPress by bundling the application with all of its required dependencies (scripting language, web server, database,etc) in an ready-to-cook formation. Webuzo WordPress is also available in the form of a Virtual Appliance which can be downloaded and it can be easily deployed on the Amazon EC2 Cloud as well by a click of a button. You can view a Quick Demo here.

Here are some intresting information about WordPress :

1) About WordPress
WordPress is completely customizable and can be used for almost anything. There is also a service called WordPress.com which lets you get started with WordPress. WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Webuzo WordPress Stack

2) What You Can Use WordPress For ?
WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes, WordPress is limited only by your imagination. (And tech chops.)

3) What are the striking features ?
WordPress provides everything you would expect from a Blog/CMS including:
Simplicity : Simplicity makes it possible for you to get online and get publishing, quickly.
Flexibility: With WordPress, you can create any type of website you want.
Publish with Ease: If you’ve ever created a document, you’re already a whizz at creating content with WordPress.
User Management: Not everyone requires the same access to your website.
Media Management: They say a picture says a thousand words, which is why it’s important for you to be able to quickly and easily upload images and media to WordPress.
Multilingual: WordPress is available in more than 70 languages.
Easy Installation and Upgrades: WordPress has always been easy to install and upgrade
Well, there are loads of other features as well for developers also.

4) Connect with the WordPress Community
In addition to online resources like the forums and mailing lists a great way to get involved with WordPress is to attend or volunteer at a WordCamp, which are free or low-cost events that happen all around the world to gather and educate WordPress users, organized by WordPress users. Check out the website, there might be a WordCamp near you.

5) A Little History
WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is fresh software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. It is a mature and stable product. We hope by focusing on user experience and web standards we can create a tool different from anything else out there.