Installing Armadillo CMS

Armadillo is CMS (content management system) built specifically for RapidWeaver. It has been localised into nine different languages. Once installed, Armadillo lets you or other clients login to a website to change page content, write new blog articles and create new pages. This makes Armadillo a great way to keep a website always updated, even if you are without access to a Mac or RapidWeaver. Armadillo currently costs $29.97, which is a fraction of the price some other commercial CMS’s cost. And because Armadillo is built exclusively for RapidWeaver, you’re guaranteed the smoothest possible experience.

Chillidog Hosting exceeds the minimum system requirements to install and use Armadillo. The Armadillo optional extras like Dropbox backups are also supported on Chillidog Hosting.

Setting up a MySQL database for Armadillo

Armadillo is a database-driven CMS (like Wordpress and Concrete5) so needs a MySQL database to store the website content and all other data relating to the website.

Step One

Sign in your CPanel (control panel) using your normal username and password combination. Scroll down to the **Databases** section and click on the **MySQL® Database Wizard** button. Scroll down to the Databases section and click on the MySQL® Database Wizard button.

Database options in CPanelDatabase options in CPanel

Step Two

Follow the onscreen instructions. Start by giving your database a new name and click Next Step. You can name it something like ‘armadillo’ for easy reference. On the second screen, create a username and password (to be used for accessing the database). Enter a password and ensure this is suitably secure by using a mixture of uppercase, lowercase letters, random numbers and characters. If you need help, use the Password Generator option. Click the Create User button when done.

Creating a user for the new databaseCreating a user for the new database

Step Three

Next you need to say what privileges your database requires. Commonly it is often easier to just tick the All Privileges option. You don’t normally need to select individual privileges, unless you’re doing something very specialist and have otherwise been informed to change certain privileges.

Setting the database privilegesSetting the database privileges

Finishing the database setup

From this point onwards, your new MySQL Database is setup and is ready for use with Armadillo. With Chillidog Hosting, database creation is instant, and unlike other hosting companies, you wont have to wait an hour before your database is ready or wait for a member of support staff to set it up for you! It would be wise at this point to write down your database name, username and password for future reference.

Purchasing and installing Armadillo

Go to the Armadillo website. Click the Add to Cart link and follow the on-screen instructions to purchase and download Armadillo. Immediately after the sale is completed, you will be redirected to a special page with a download link for Armadillo. You can use this download link to download Armadillo to your computer. Locate the file you downloaded to your computer. It will most likely be in your Downloads file, and will be called Armadillo.dmg. Double-click on that file, and a new Finder window should appear displaying the contents of your download. In that new Finder window you will see a file called Armadillo.stack, shown as a yellow stack icon. Double-click on that file, and it will automatically be installed for you. Restart RapidWeaver.

After following these steps, the next time you start RapidWeaver Armadillo will be located in the Stacks library, which is accessible from any Stacks page. More information on purchasing and installing Armadillo can be found in this knowledgebase article.

Setting up Armadillo

Create a new Stacks page in RapidWeaver, or select a pre-existing Stacks page in your project. Open the Stacks library, locate Armadillo, then drag and drop the Armadillo stack onto your Stacks page. Select the Armadillo stack on your page (if it isn’t already selected), then choose Chillidog Hosting from the drop down list in Armadillo’s options. Publish your website, then visit the page where you added Armadillo. A link will be displayed where you can start the online setup process.

The first stage is to give Armadillo your database details. These are exactly the same details used when you setup the MySQL database earlier. So go ahead and enter the database name (e.g. ‘armadillo’), followed by the database username and password.

Entering the Armadillo database detailsEntering the Armadillo database details

The second step after entering the database details is to create a password for the main admin user, and enter your email address. Nimblehost suggests you double-check your email address for accuracy, as it is the only way to reset your login password.

Setting up the first admin accountSetting up the first admin account

The final step is to set the timezone (this is used to keep track of changes and record when edits to the website were made).

Adjusting Armadillo timezone settingsAdjusting Armadillo timezone settings

Editing content and users

Once Armadillo is installed, you can begin editing content, create new pages, write new blog articles, upload media and assign editorial access to other friends or colleagues. Sign-in to the website using your admin username and password, to begin working with content or users. There is much more information available on the Nimblehost website. A search online will also reveal other resources, like screencast video’s you can watch, to learn more about Armadillo.

Getting more support installing or using Armadillo

The Nimblehost website is the best place to start if you need additional help with installing Armadillo or using it. Under the Support page are links to official documentation, a knowledgebase and contact links. Almost everything you need to know or need help with (relating to Armadillo) is available through the website.

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