Installation

Installing CarePro


Before you begin installation, make sure you have a webserver that meets the following requirements:

  • PHP >= 7.2.5
  • MySQL >= MySQL 5.7
  • BCMath PHP Extension
  • Ctype PHP Extension
  • JSON PHP Extension
  • Mbstring PHP Extension
  • OpenSSL PHP Extension
  • PDO PHP Extension
  • Tokenizer PHP Extension
  • XML PHP Extension

CarePro was built using Laravel 7


The CarePro Download consists of the following files

  • Documentation (Directory)
  • Resources (Directory)
  • app.zip


The main application's files reside in the app.zip archive. Extract this archive to your web server. You should see the following directory structure:

We recommend that you point your domain name to the public directory. Your should be able to do this from your hosting's control panel. Otherwise, you can use the .htaccess file located the the 'Resources' directory (this file might be hidden depending on your operating system. Make sure you enable display of hidden files for that directory). Simply upload this file to the same directory as the public folder and then change the [YOUR_DOMAIN_NAME] placeholder to your actual domain name
Open your web browser and enter the domain name for the application. You should see the setup wizard open like below:



Click on the 'Check Requirements' button to start the setup wizard.



This step will check to make sure that your server meets all the system requirements for the application. If any of the requirements report a problem, ensure that you fix it before proceeding with the installation.
If every requirements checks out okay, click on the 'Check Permissions' button in order to proceed



This step checks to see if some folders in the application have the right permissions. If it is reported that any directory does not have the right permissions, make sure that you fix it before proceeding with the next step. You should be able to fix the permissions from the command line or from the filemanager of your web hosting.
Next, click on the 'Configure Environment' button. This brings up the following page



We recommend that most users click on the 'Form Wizard Setup' button. The 'Classic Text Editor' option is for advanced users only.
Clicking on the 'Form Wizard Setup' button brings up the following page



The available options on this page are explained below:
  • App Name: The name of the application. You can enter your company name here
  • App Environment: If you are setting up for a live environment, set this to 'Production'.
  • App Debug: If you are setting up for a live environment, set this to 'False'
  • App Log Level: Leave this as the default
  • App Url: Set the url for your application here e.g. https://mysite.com
Next, click on the 'Setup Database' button. This will lead to the page where you will setup the database for the application. Kindly note that, even though Laravel supports multiple database types, CarePro has only been tested in MySQL/MariaDB and that is the database we recommend.
Before proceeding with this step, make sure that you have already created your database on your server and you have added a user to the database. Ensure that you give the user ALL privileges to the database. This will prevent errors during the database setup.


After you enter in all your database credentials, click on the 'Setup Application' button
The next step presents some advanced options. The only thing you need to change in this step is the 'Mail' section
Click on the 'Mail' tab.

If you have smtp credentials for your email account, then you can set them up here. Otherwise, change the 'Mail Driver' option to mail. This will set the application to send our email directly from PHP.
Finally, click on the 'Install' button. This will install the application. (These operation might take a few minutes so ensure that your server's PHP timeout value is high enough).
Once the installation is complete, you will see a page like below:

Click on the 'Click here to exit' button and you should then be directed to your homepage


YOUR FIRST ADMIN ACCOUNT

When you install the application for the first time, a default Admin account is created for you. The credentials for this account are as follows:
Email: admin@email.com
Password: password

Click on the 'Login/Register' link at the top in order to login to your admin area


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