Installing LifeType

How to install LifeType v1.2.11

This article provides instructions on installing LifeType v1.2.11 on your Nexcess hosting account.


  • Your FTP account log in and server information which provided in the Nexcess Welcome Email.
  • An FTP client application installed on your local drive. For information about installing FTP client applications, refer to FTP Client Programs.
  • A file archiving and compression tool that can extract the .tar.gz file type, such as 7-Zip.


Create a MySQL database and user

  • Before installation, it is recommended that you create a MySQL database, which LifeType will use to store its data. For instructions on creating a MySQL database through your SiteWorx account, refer to How to create MySQL databases and users with SiteWorx. 
  • Make note of the database and database user information installation, as you will need to specify these during the installation process.

Prepare for installation

Follow the steps below to configure the files to for a successful installation:

  1. Download the latest version of LifeType from the LifeType Downloads page.
  2. Log in to SiteWorx and then select the File Manager option from the main menu.
  3. Create a new directory within your web root /html where you want to install LifeType.
  4. On your local drive, use your file compression tool to extract the lifetype-1.2.11.tar.gz file.
  5. Open your FTP client and connect to your hosting account.
  6. Upload the contents of the lifetype-1.2.11 directory into the directory that you created in Step 3..
  7. Next you will need to temporarily change the permissions (chmod) for some of the LifeType directories.
  8. Expand the config directory and then right-click on the file.
  9. Select File permissions, or whatever command in the FTP client that allows you to chmod or modify file and directory permissions.
  10. Change the numeric value to "777."
  11. Right-click on the /gallery directory and then repeat Steps 8-9.
  12. Right-click on the /tmp directory and then repeat Steps 8-9.

Run the Installation Wizard

Follow the steps below to complete the installation:

  1. Open a Web browser window and type the following URL replacing with your actual domain name, followed by the name of the directory that you created in Step 3 above: The wizard runs a pre-installation check.
  2. If there are no errors, click Next at the lower-right corner of the screen to continue.
  3. The Welcome panel now appears (Figure 1). Enter details about the database that you created above .
    1. Database server: Type localhost.
    2. Database user: Type your username and database name.
    3. Database password: Type the user password for use with the database.
    4. Database name: Type the database name.

      Attention: When typing the database information, enter the first eight characters of your domain name prefixed to the database and database username, for example, examplec_lifetype.

      Attention:  Include the first eight characters of your domain name, followed by an underscore (_), and then the database/user name. For example, If domain name is, and the database username is admin, the complete database username would be examplec_admin.

      LifeType Installation Database Settings\
      Figure 1. LifeType Welcome panel.

  4. Click Next. If the wizard can connect with the database, the screen shows a message indicating that the information has been saved to the configuration file.
  5. Click Next.Another message indicates the database and required tables have been created.
  6. Click Next and configure a user account for accessing and managing LifeType.
    1. User name: Type your username for the account.
    2. Full name: Type your name.
    3. Password: Type your password for this account.  You can use the Nexcess password generator to create a complex and secure password.
    4. Email address: Type the email address for LifeType to send email notifications.

    LifeType Installation - User Creation
      Figure 4. LifeType user configuration.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Type the blog properties and click Next to complete installation (Figure 5).

    Figure 5. Installation completion window.
Attention: For security reasons, make the following adjustments to the LifeType files in the root directory of your site: Log back in to your FTP client, and then click on the config directory.



  1. Right-click on the file, then select File permissions or the pertinent command in your FTP client modify file or directory permissions.
  2. Change the value to Read, or numeric value 444.
  3. For security reasons, delete the following files from the lifetype v1.2.11 directory within the root directory of your site:
    • wizard.php
    • summary.php

External resources

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