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This article provides instructions on how to implement the Zend Framework onto a shared hosting environment. Please note that this guide does not teach you about the Zend Framework itself.

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Installing Zend Framework

Step one: creating a new user

View the Users article for details on how to create a new username. When creating it, make sure it’s created as an SSH (Shell) user as this allows you to log into your server to run commands later.

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Step two: creating a fully hosted domain/subdomain

View the following article which walks you through how to add a fully hosted domain to your panel:

Makes sure to assign the newly created Shell user to the domain when adding it.

Step three: downloading and extracting Zend Framework through a shell (terminal)

  1. SSH to your user’s home directory.
  2. In that directory, run the following command:
    wget https://packages.zendframework.com/releases/ZendFramework-1.12.15/ZendFramework-1.12.15.tar.gz
  3. View the following page for a full list of available downloads:
  4. Once downloaded, run the following command to extract the contents into a folder called ‘ZendFramework-1.12.15’:
    tar -xvf ZendFramework-1.12.15.tar.gz
  5. Run the following command to remove the original .tar.gz file:
     rm ZendFramework-1.12.15.tar.gz

Step four: modifying the bash profile

  1. Using the editor of your choice, open the .bash_profile to edit. For example, you can use the ‘nano’ editor:
    nano .bash_profile
  2. Add the following three lines to the end of the file and save it:
    export PATH
    alias zf=$HOME/ZendFramework-1.12.15/bin/zf.sh
  3. Add the following to the bottom of your .bashrc file:
    source .bash_profile
  4. Save the file by running CTRL + X, then clicking the ‘Enter’ key.
  5. Disconnect and reconnect to your terminal (SSH) for the profile changes to take affect. You could also run the following command to update it:
    . ~/.bash_profile

Step five: creating your Zend app

At the terminal (SSH), type the following command (do NOT name your project as a domain name yet):

zf create project yourzendapp

A Zend app appears in a new “yourzendapp” folder.

Step six: deleting with Symlink

  1. Run the following command through a terminal (SSH) where “example.com” is your domain:
    mv example.com example.com_OLD
  2. Symlink it to the “public” directory of your Zend app where “example.com” is your domain:
    ln -s yourzendapp/public example.com
  3. Symlink the Zend library into your zend app:
    cd yourzendapp/library
    ln -s ../../ZendFramework-1.12.15/library/Zend
  4. Visit your domain and you should see the default Zend mainpage.

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