After ensuring your web server meets the requirements, you will also need NPM/Yarn installed, as well as composer:

composer require charliepage88/adaptcms

After composer is finished, enter the adaptcms directory and modify your .env file with your database credentials, mail, anything that you see that you can enter credentials, or to choose drivers.

Next, run composer & npm/yarn to install the dependencies:

composer install
yarn OR npm install

Once your .env file has been saved, run this command to trigger the initial install, as well as setting up your first admin account:

php artisan cms:install

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We know setting permissions sucks, but one day we sat down and found a good set that worked for us very well. In the root folder there is a file that you can run. Please note before running this command to ensure your apache/nginx username matches www-data in the file, and to either create, or edit the group name dev that is in the file. We've found having a properly setup user with group permissions to be a big key to getting everything working right.

If you are unsure of how to handle group management in the command line, we have a tutorial setup on this. Note in the example the group name being used is devs, but that name can be quickly replaced in the permissions bash file: