This post refers to DotKernel 1, based on Zend Framework 1.
If you are looking for DotKernel 3 related posts, go here.

Due to the fact that the current buzzword is Nginx instead of Apache, we decided to test if Dotkernel is running out of the box on it. And how to configure Nginx 🙂

  1. Installed on a clean Centos 6.3 VPS : Nginx 1.4.1 , PHP 5.4.16 , PHP-FPM
  2. Installed PHP modules: APC, GeoIP and such.
  3. Installed PEAR and Zend Framework from
  4. Fine tune php.ini file: date, default charset, include path, etc
  5. Create on a remote server a MySql database, allow permissions from Nginx server  IP to connect to it.
  6. Now the fine part: editing the Nginx config ( in our case /etc/nginx/conf.d/default.conf)
    • Set server name:
    • Set document root , in the location / area
      root   /var/www/html;
    • Equivalent of the main .htaccess file is
      try_files	$uri $uri/ /index.php;

      This directive will send all requests to index.php file

    • Set the location for php directive
          location ~ \.php$ {
                 root           /var/www/html;
                 fastcgi_index  index.php;
                 fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME  /var/www/html$fastcgi_script_name;
                 fastcgi_param APPLICATION_ENV staging;
                 include        fastcgi_params;

      In the lines above , you can change the value for APPLICATION_ENV into production or development

    • Protect configs folder from web access
      #protect folders
      location ~ ^/configs/ {
              deny all;
  7.   Export a DotKernel copy from SVN
    svn export --force /var/www/html
  8. Edit application.ini to reflect the current settings and check if is  protected
  9. And walla, site is running on Nginx
    Admin login is disabled due to security reason.


  1. yoo

    it’s voila not walla man 😀

  2. Julian

    voila is in french
    walla is in english
    so, excuse my french 🙂

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