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Installation on a Web Server

Step by Step Installation

  1. Unzip the contents to a new folder on your local computer.
  2. Upload the contents of that folder with an FTP client to your host. You can upload everything to either the root of your server, or within a subfolder or sub domain.
  3. You may also need to recursively CHMOD the folder /data/ to 755 if your host doesn't set it implicitly.
  4. From a web browser, navigate to the folder where you just uploaded GetSimple to. This will redirect you to an install screen. (e.g mydomain.tld or mydomain.tld/path-to-get-simple/ )
    1. NOTE: The actual path of the installation page is: mydomain.tld/path-to-get-simple/admin/install.php
  5. All fields are mandatory. Once complete, you will be asked to sign in with your newly generated random password. Additionally, your username and temporary password will be emailed to the email address you input on the installation screen.
  6. After completion of the setup you should be automatically forwarded into the administration panel. If you are not, please direct your browser to mydomain.tld/path-to-get-simple/admin to sign in.
  7. Once you sign into GetSimple for the first time, you will be prompted to change your password to something you might better remember.
  8. IMPORTANT: It is also imperative that you go to Support → Health Check to make sure that you've uploaded all necessary .htaccess files. Some folders in your installation have sensitive data and should not be accessible to outside visitors.
  9. HINT: Most of the time if you are using “Pretty URLs”, they will not work right away. I usually find that waiting about an hour after installation will give your host enough time to pickup and process the .htaccess file that is needed to do the URL re-writes.

Installing on a local server

A local server is a webserver but it is not connected with the WorldWideWeb, it is just running on your local computer. That's why it is a local server.

It's never wrong to work on a local webserver, develop there and customize your GetSimple before you publish everything in the wild. Doing so, you have the chance to learn the new system before it is activated, to test plugins or themes …

These server-software-packages are either called LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) or WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python) and their job is to deliver content from webpages (HTML etc.) like the webservers which deliver the content in the WWW.

You work with the local server the same way like you work with a real webserver. The only difference is that you do not need to ftp your files to the server, using a file explorer on your local machine does the job.

There are some software-packages out there, and they are free (mostly). The mostknown package is XAMP from Apachefriends, but this is a real big bundle. Others are Vertrigo Serv or Server2Go, to name a few.
A comparison sheet of WAMP-servers:

Each of these packages come with readmes, tutorials on their webpages or forums. So we can expect to find answers for our questions.


The installation of GetSimple on a local webserver is nearly identical with the installation on your webspace:

  • the server must be installed and started
  • find out which directory is the directory for content, mostly it is named www or htdocs
  • instead of using FTP to transfer the files to the server, you can copy the files to that folder (but ftp works as well)
  • if the webserver is not running in your browser yet, open the webserver in your browser. Mostly the URL is or http://localhost
  • navigate to the directory where you copied the GetSimple-files to.
  • the installation will start.

Known Problems

  1. the webserver is not running at all in your browser:
    the standard port used by a webserver is port 80. If you can't open the content which is produced by the webserver, you will have to check whether this port is free.
    A wellknown problem is that other internet-software uses this port as well and by this blocks your local server and one prominent evildoer is Skype. Per default Skype listens on port 80 for incoming connections.
    So you have to block that: Go to advanced/connections and uncheck the option use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections.
  2. the webserver is working, but you cannot install GetSimple on a windows machine:
    this can be a result of the overprotective user-handling in the newer versions of Windows.
    We encountered this problem with Server2Go.
    The error was that GetSimple was not found, the server started with the URL When you start the server (server2go.exe) with administrator rights, the server opens in the browser with and it is possible to navigate to have the installation started.
    Conclusion: it's more a user-rights-problem than an administrator problem.
    To start server2go always as administrator, edit the desktop-link (right-click, properties, extended, run as administrator) and you are on the go

Moving from local server to a 'live' site

If you developed your site in a local GetSimple installation but later want to publish it in the Web, you must know that it's not only uploading all files to the public server. It is recommended to do a new GetSimple install (the process will set the necessary file permissions), and then uploading your data, theme, plugins, etc.

See full details here:

(If you just upload all, your site might not work. If it does, it could be vulnerable.)

Please note: links to images etc. are stored in your data with absolute URLs, not relative URLs. So you will run into problems when you just copy your data files to the server.

What you can do:

  • make a backup of your local /data-folder
  • load all the pages from /data and /data-subdirectories into a good editor, f.e. notepad++ (not Word!)
  • do a global search and replace, update by this the URLs of all objects which refer to http://localhost..
  • after that, upload these updated files to your server
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