Install CakePHP on Cloud Sites

  • Last updated on: 2015-12-29
  • Authored by: Rackspace Support

Note: This article is written for our Cloud Sites Control Panel. You can get to it from the Cloud Control Panel by clicking Rackspace Cloud in the upper-left corner and selecting Cloud Sites. You can also navigate directly to

This article will show you how to install CakePHP 1.2.x onto your site with Cloud Sites.


This article assumes you have already done the following:

  • Selected PHP as your default technology
  • Set up a MySQL database in the Classic Control Panel
  • Uploaded the CakePHP application files to your site in the content directory

For information on how to do this, see the following articles:

CakePHP installation

  1. Locate the .htaccess file in the content directory. After RewriteEngine on, add a new line with RewriteBase /” to the .htaccess file and save the file back to the site. You will need to repeat this step for the rewrite rules in the .htaccess files in the app and app/webroot directories.
  2. Load the site in your browser. You will notice several warnings concerning the installation. The first warning will be the following:

    Notice (1024): Please change the value of Security.salt in app/config/core.php to a salt value specific to your application [CORE/cake/libs/debugger.php, line 556].

  3. Open the app/config/core.php file and search for Security.salt. Change its value to the characters or string you prefer, then save and close the file.
  4. In the app/config/directory in FTP, rename the database.php.default file to be database.php.
  5. Open app/config/database.php and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the database connection information. Enter your database host name, user name, password and hostname, then save and close the file.
  6. Reload your site in your browser. The CakePHP installation is complete

If you have problems getting CakePHP to work in a subdirectory, read the information in the following article:

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