Trident is a web-software platform. It must be installed to a “web-server” - an Internet-connected hosting computer. Installation takes about 20 minutes.
Step 1 - DOWNLOAD
the latest Trident package. The package always includes the latest and full-featured version of Trident. It comes as a “.zip” archive, which you would need to “unarchive”, unless your computer does that automatically (most do).
Step 2 - UPLOAD TO SERVER
Upload the downloaded and unpacked Trident folder to your hosting server. You would need to use an “ftp client” software (like, say, Transmit, Cyberduck, WinSCP or FileZilla) to upload files via FTP.
Tip: If you don’t know your hosting server address, username and password, ask your hosting provider customer support.
- Connect to your remote server via FTP.
- Open “public_html” folder.
- Copy contents of the Trident folder you previously downloaded to the “public_html” folder.
Tip: If you want to install your site to a subfolder (i.e. mysite.com/community), create a subfolder in “public_html” and copy files to it.
Tip: Don’t just copy the Trident folder. Open it on your computer and copy the folder contents - all the files and folders inside of it to your hosting server.
Tip: Pay attention to .htaccess file, it maybe hidden on *nix systems and in some FTO clients.
Step 3 - INSTALL
Open URL of your site (with subfolder, if you created one) in web browser. An installation page would open automatically. From installation page you may either start installation process or perform automatic “server audit".
Tip: Server audit attempts to check your hosting server for any potential inconsistencies, software incompatibilities or incorrect settings. Should it report any problems, we suggest contacting your hosting provider with a request to resolve those. Just copy the server audit report to them and they would know what to do.
Breathe-in and click “Start installation” button.
Installation script checks if your files have correct access permissions. It would show you what is the current status of the files and folders and what it needs to be for Trident to work properly.
To change permissions of files and folders, open your FTP client again and go to the files you previously uploaded, open “info” of the folders and files with incorrect permissions, find “permissions” settings and change them to “writable” or “777”.
Tip: Generally you would need to change permissions of “ffmpeg.exe” to “executable” (or 655). This file is located inside /plugin/ffmpeg/ folder.
Tip: Do not chnage permissions for any files or folders except for those listed in Permissions list of the installation script.
Go back to your web-browser with Installation page and click “Refresh” button to re-check permissions. If everything is correct, click “Continue”.
- Site Configuration
SITE PATHS. Generally, you don’t have to change those, unless you know alternative location of “ImageMagick” software on your server, or unless so advised by your hosting provider.
DB CONFIG. For that you need to create an SQL database, first. Read these instructions on how to create an SQL database, or just ask your hosting provider to create it for you. Once created, you would need to know the database name, user name, and password.
SITE INFO. Choose your preferred site name, “no-reply” email address and admin details. Make sure to remember admin password and do make it difficult to guess.
BOONEX KEY AND SECRET. These numbers are required for Trident to check software version updates, buy and download Extensions and check licenses. Just click “Get BoonEx Key And Secret” link to get the numbers via your registered BoonEx account.
MODULES. Finally, some modules, such as Templates and Languages ask which language and template would you like to install by default. You can add more and change them later as well.
Click “Submit” button to finalise installation.
Step 4 - FINISH
Just a few more things before fun starts.
1. After installation you will be asked to setup a cron jobs command. This is required for your site to be able to do some periodic actions. Copy the command and add it to the cron jobs. Read these instructions on how to setup CRON JOBS, or just send the code from the final step of installation to your hosting provider and request it to be added to your site’s cron jobs.
2. Delete “install” folder. Using your FTP client, find the “install” folder among the files you previously uploaded and delete it. This critical for your site security!
3. And now the fun part… go to Trident Studio (yoursite.com/studio), login with your admin username and password (the ones you created on Installation stage) and start adding extensions; adjusting site settings; setting membership levels and access permissions; building pages and enjoying the flow of creativity!