Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition
Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition is an enterprise-grade content management system built from the ground up for Amazon Web Services (AWS). It is designed for high-availability websites and apps that require a secure, scalable, and redundant infrastructure powered by the AWS Cloud.
Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition deploys a cluster of three servers, complete with load balancing and auto-scaling services. This architecture allows your websites and apps to meet the most demanding traffic while maintaining the highest levels of uptime.
Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition is available in the AWS Marketplace and can be instantly deployed in your account using AWS CloudFormation. It leverages an advanced stack of AWS cloud stack to deliver a scalable and reliable workload, including:
- Amazon Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
- Amazon Certificate Manager (ACM)
- Amazon CloudFront
- Amazon CloudWatch
- Amazon DocumentDB (with MongoDB Compatibility)
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
- Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)
- Amazon Elasticache for Redis
- Amazon OpsWorks
- Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) MySql
- Amazon Route 53
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
- Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
- Amazon Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Before subscribing to Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition, you must have an AWS account and sign in. If you do not have an account, you can create one at https://aws.amazon.com/
Step 1: Subscribe on the AWS Marketplace
Before launching a Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition stack, you must subscribe to the AWS Marketplace. Click the button below to get started:
At the top of the AWS Marketplace listing page for the Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition, click the “Continue to Subscribe” button.
If you already have a Solodev license, call 1-800-859-7656, and a team member will activate your subscription.
Step 2: Configure Your VPC and EC2 Key Pair
Step 3: Launch your CloudFormation Stack
Once you’ve configured your VPC and EC2 Key Pair, you can launch your CloudFormation stack. Select the AWS region of your choice below:
Click on the "Continue to Subscribe" link within the AWS Marketplace listing. Once your subscription is processed, you will see a confirmation and the "Continue to Configuration" button.
Configure Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition
Specify the basic configurable such as the software version and the region you wish to launch the stack. Click on the "Continue to Launch" button to proceed.
Launch Solodev CMS Enterprise Edition
Confirm your configurations and choose "Launch CloudFormation" within the "Choose Action" field. Click on the "Launch" button to continue to CloudFormation.
Step 4: Fill Out the CloudFormation Stack Wizard
Continue with the preselected CloudFormation Template. The Amazon S3 template URL (used for the CloudFormation configuration) should be pre-selected. Click "Next" to continue.
The following parameters must be configured to launch your Solodev CMS CloudFormation stack:
|Stack name||The name of your stack (set to "solodev-cms-opsworks" by default). Please note the name must be all lowercase.|
|VPCID||Choose which VPC the application should be deployed to|
|Subnets||Choose at least two public subnets for this application|
|InstanceType||The EC2 instance type you wish to launch|
|InstanceCount||Number of instances behind the load balancer. Minimum 2 required for high availability.|
|KeyName||Name of an existing EC2 KeyPair to enable SSH access to the instances|
|CookbookURL||https://s3.amazonaws.com/solodev-cms/chef/cookbooks.tar.gz (COPY AND URL where it says Enter String) or Download and host on your own S3 bucket|
|AdminUser||The solodev admin username|
|AdminPassword||Password must be between 1-41 characters. All characters are allowed|
|DatabasePassword||Password must be between 8-41 characters. Only alphanumeric characters are allowed|
|StorageEncrypted||Enable encryption for Database (RDS) and Filesystem (EFS). True or False.|
Optional: SSL Configuration
|CertificateArn||CertificateArn for SSL cert that matches the FQDN above. Please visit the AWS Certificate Manager.|
|WebsiteURL||Name of initital Solodev website|
|RestoreBucketName||Name of the S3 bucket containing files for restore|
|DeletionPolicy||Experimental: Deletion Policy (Retain, Delete, Snapshot)|
|RedisEnabled||Enable Redis ElastiCache cluster|
|AdminEnabled||Enable Admin Layer|
Advanced options are not required in order to start Solodev CMS.
Confirm your stack details
Click the "Next" button on the bottom of the screen to continue.
Generally speaking, no additional options need to be configured. If you are experiencing continued problems installing the software, disable "Rollback on failure" under the "Advanced" options. This will allow for further troubleshooting if necessary. Click on the "Next" button to continue.
Review all CloudFront details and options. Ensure that the "I acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might create IAM resources with custom names" checkbox is selected as well as the "I acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might require the following capability: CAPABILITY_AUTO_EXPAND" checkbox. Click on the "Create" button to launch your stack.
Step 5: Monitor the CloudFormation Stack Creation Process
Upon launching your CloudFormation stack, you can monitor the installation logs under the "Events" tab. The CloudFormation template will launch several stacks related to your Solodev instance, including EFS, EDS, and EC2. If you encounter any failures during this time, please visit the Common Issues page to begin troubleshooting.
Creating a stack may take up to 30 min dependnig on the InstanceType you have choosen. During this time AWS session may expire, however the stack will continue to build. In such case simply re-login to your AWS account.
Step 6: View CloudFormation Stack Outputs
If your stack builds successfully, you will see the green "CREATE_COMPLETE" message. Click on the primary stack and view the "Outputs" tab. You will find the load balancer URL for the Solodev backend. Point your primary domain (mydomain.com) and a dedicated backend domain/subdomain (solodev.mydomain.com) to this URL.
Step 7: Login to Solodev
Visit the load balancer URL or the backend domain you configured in Step 7. Log-in to Solodev using the username "solodev" and the password you configured in Step 5
Step 8: Add your First Website
Please follow this link and you will learn how to build your first website.
Canceling your subscription
If you would like to cancel your Solodev subscription and you have chosen hourly billing plans, just delete the stack connected with your CMS Pro
To simplify the process please disable View nested button in you AWS and remove the main stack.
To learn more about our add-on support options, call 1-800-859-7656 to speak with one of our Solodev Customer Care Specialists.