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Installing SilverStripe /

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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Can't login after fresh install

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Community Member, 4 Posts

18 November 2015 at 9:38am

Hi there,

I am trying to install Silverstripe on a freshly setup VPS with Apache/2.4.7, Ubuntu 14.04, PHP 5.5.9. Every time I try the install, it happily goes through with no errors and I end up on the "Installation Successful" page, but the email and password section has no values (I presume it should show at least the email there?) When I click on the link to edit my content by opening the CMS, it takes me to a login screen where my login details are rejected every time I type them in. The fields go red, presumably to indicate the credentials are incorrect, but no message displays.

The database displays my email in the Members table. I have tried installing with a username instead of an email but the results are still the same.

I have tried installing many times, and also tried installing both 3.1 and 3.2. I have tried adding Security::setDefaultAdmin('admin','password'); to my _config.php, and this adds a user to the database, but those credentials don't work either.

I feel like it isn't a problem with silverstripe, but perhaps some setting on my VPS - though I don't know where to start looking. Hope it is something really simple!

Can anyone point me in the right direction? :0)


Community Member, 166 Posts

18 November 2015 at 12:32pm

Hi CurlyGeek,

Any error messages in any of your logs?
Have you tried running a /dev/build?flush=all

Using Security::setDefaultAdmin('admin','password'); should have done the trick.



Community Member, 4 Posts

18 November 2015 at 1:50pm

Thanks helenclarko,

Yes, sorry I should have added that I had tried that too after a suggestion in another forum post - very frustrating! It seems like the whole login process isn't functioning properly, but I don't know Silverstripe at all so I can't think where to start looking for a solution. I even tried a few different browsers in case it was some weird javascript issue or something but no luck. I know wordpress had a similar problem involving cookies which was solved by making sure you were using https, but that isn't the issue here.

There are no issues in my apache error/access logs but I don't know about Silverstripe logs - where would I find those if there are any?


Community Member, 4 Posts

18 November 2015 at 9:59pm

I have done some hacking around with some logging and I can see that Member::currentUser() does contain all my details so I presume that means I am successfully authenticating. But for some reason it is stuck in the login loop and won't let me past it.


Community Member, 4 Posts

19 November 2015 at 8:28am

Worked out the issue was being caused by cookies. The login started working when I removed the secure cookie directive from apache: Header edit Set-Cookie ^(.*)$ $1;HttpOnly;Secure