Thank you for choosing PowerCMS, the premiere solution for your blogging and website management needs. This file will explain how to get up and running; click on the highlighted sections for more information on that subject.

Before You Begin

PowerCMS requires the following applications:

Consult the CPAN documentation to learn how to determine if a Perl module is already installed and, if they are not, how to install them.

Upgrading PowerCMS

If you are upgrading to PowerCMS Platform 6 from a previous version, we recommend that you first back up your old installation. Database backup is especially important to restore your system in case of any trouble during the upgrade process.

Upload PowerCMS Platform 6's files over the same files from the previous version of PowerCMS. Access PowerCMS as you normally do, and you will be taken through the upgrade process.

Installing PowerCMS

Before you install PowerCMS:

  1. Upload all of PowerCMS's files into a directory or folder accessible via your web browser. We recommend that you separate your published content from the PowerCMS executable programs by placing each in a separate directory. Typically, the installation directory is called 'mt' and is located in the root directory of your website or within an existing directory that is already configured to allow CGI script execution.
  2. Make sure that the 'mt' directory containing the uploaded PowerCMS files has been enabled to execute CGI scripts.
  3. Make sure that each .cgi file (e.g. mt.cgi, mt-search.cgi, etc.) found in the PowerCMS directory has the execute permission enabled.
  4. Open that folder in your web browser (i.e. http://www.example.com/mt/).
  5. You should see a PowerCMS welcome screen that will take you through the installation process. If the welcome screen does not appear, please consult Troubleshooting PowerCMS below.

Troubleshooting PowerCMS

Setting up your static web path

Some web servers and configurations do not allow static files such as JavaScript, CSS and image files to be located inside of a directory where CGI scripts are located. If you installed PowerCMS into a cgi-bin directory, you may need to relocate the 'mt-static' directory to another web accessible location. Read our documentation on setting up your mt-static directory.

Internal Server Errors

If you receive an Internal Server Error message, a configuration change may be required on your web server. Please consult our installation guide or search our knowledge base to help resolve this issue.

Finding more help

Need additional information or support? Check out the Detailed Installation Guide.