Newscoop 3 for Journalists and Editors

Installation steps

At the URL of your publication's new site, Newscoop should display a Pre-installation Check page indicating the status of dependencies.


If there are any No entries in the Status column, check your Apache server logs for errors. Otherwise, click the Next button to run through the installation steps.

The next step is for you to review the license under which Newscoop is distributed, which is the GNU General Public License version 3. Click the Next button if you accept the license terms.

Next, you need to set the Server Name/Address for the database, which will be localhost if Apache and MySQL are running on the same machine. You only need to enter a number in the Server Port field if you are using a non-standard MySQL port. Then enter the User Name, User Password and Database Name that you set up earlier.


If you enter a Database Name which already exists on the specified server, you will asked if you wish to Overwrite Database. Only click the Yes option if you are very sure that any production databases are fully backed up.

Next is the Main Configuration page, which is where you set the name of your first publication, as well as the password and email address for Newscoop's admin user. This user account is critical for management of your Newscoop publications, so make sure that you keep the password somewhere secure.

Newscoop includes a demonstration publication template which you can use for evaluation purposes. For the demo template to work, you will need to set up a Publication alias with your chosen ServerName later. If you already have a template designed, or wish to start with an empty template set, click the No, thanks! radio button.


The next page of the installer sets up automated maintenance tasks for your Newscoop server, using cron jobs.

Once installation has completed, two large buttons are shown. Clicking on the upper button, with a tools icon, redirects you to the Newscoop administrator interface. The lower button takes you to the Sourcefabric website, for further information and support on Newscoop.


If you attempt to access the reader side of your new website before logging into the administration interface for the first time, you may see an error message in your web browser that the site alias (such as was not yet assigned to a publication. This aspect of Newscoop configuration is dealt with in the Creating a publication chapter of this manual.