Retro fitting httpd-itk to a CentOS Apache setup

I have a few CentOS servers which despite being dedicated server are being managed by web developers who want to do the whole thing with an FTP client. This is fine, however I needed to install and configure httpd-itk so that the whole apache process is taken care of by the FTP user in question.

1. Install wget

 yum install wget 

2. Install epel repositary

wget http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm
rpm -ivh epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm

3. Install httpd-itk

yum install httpd-itk

4. Edit /etc/sysconfig/httpd and add

HTTPD=/usr/sbin/httpd.itk

5. Set the default itk user by editing /etc/httpd/conf.d/itk.conf

AssignUserId apache apache

6. Modify /etc/httpd/conf.d/php.conf to accommodate mod_php

<IfModule itk.c>
   LoadModule php5_module modules/libphp5.so
</IfModule>

7. Reset all the file ownerships on the web space

chown -R ftp_user:ftp_user /var/www/home_directory/*

8. Specify the ftp user inside the VirtualHost block

AssignUserId ftp_user ftp_user

9. Restart the Apache daemon

service httpd restart

All done!

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