Deploying your own copy of Bushfire Connect

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So I worked on this awesome community startup Bushfire Connect. It is with a bit of sadness that I write this, given that we shut down our service a few years ago, but I wanted to put a note here on how to redeploy Bushfire Connect on your web server.

Please note this is a somewhat cut-down version of the Bushfire Connect we ran: all of the usernames and passwords have been stripped and a sole “admin” account is included.

Prerequisites

Your standard Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP web server. Please note this hasn’t had many security patches applied so it’s likely to have unpatched security vulnerabilities, so be careful!

Loading the database

Go to https://github.com/ajosephau/Bushfire-Connect/blob/master/database/bushfireconnect_live.sql and download the SQL file and import it to a MySQL database using your database management app of choice (like phpMyAdmin).

Uploading the web files

Download all the files at: https://github.com/ajosephau/Bushfire-Connect/tree/master/ushahidi and upload them to your web server (let’s say you upload it to your a subfolder called “bushfireconnect” in your web root folder (like /var/www/html).

edit the application/config/database.php with the appropriate config as below for the database (replace “TODO_TEXT” with relevant parameters.)

$config['default'] = array
 (
 'benchmark' => TRUE,
 'persistent' => FALSE,
 'connection' => array
 (
 'type' => 'mysql',
 'user' => 'TODO_TEXT_DATABASE_USERNAME',
 'pass' => 'TODO_TEXT_DATABASE_USERNAME_PASSWORD',
 'host' => 'TODO_TEXT_DATABASE_HOSTNAME',
 'port' => FALSE,
 'socket' => FALSE,
 'database' => 'TODO_TEXT_DATABASE_NAME'
 ),
 'character_set' => 'utf8',
 'table_prefix' => '',
 'object' => TRUE,
 'cache' => FALSE,
 'escape' => TRUE
 );

From the web server’s console run the following commands

chmod 777 application/config/config.php
chmod 777 application/config
chmod 777 application/cache
chmod 777 application/logs
chmod 777 media/uploads
chmod 777 .htaccess

Edit application/config/config.php so it has:

$config['site_domain'] = 'localhost/bushfireconnect/';
$config['site_protocol'] = 'http';
$config['index_page'] = 'index.php';
$config['internal_cache'] = FALSE;

Changing “localhost” to whatever your domain name is, and “bushfireconnect” to the subdirectory you uploaded the files to. And lastly login as an administrator at http://localhost/ushahidi/index.php/login with the username “admin” and password “adm1n1st2011”

Some pretty usage statistics

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