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Ushahidi Quick Start

This guide describes how to:

  • Getting Ushahidi Up and Running

Getting Ushahidi Up and Running

  1. Starting Ushahidi via the desktop icon or menu item opens the web browser and brings you to the Installation page. An Ushahidi site is pretty easy to set up
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  1. Choose “Basic Installation”, “Let’s get started”, and it will prompt you for a few details. The database name is “ushahidi”, database user name is “user”, the password is also “user”. The database host is “localhost”. Then continue. In the General setup page choose a site name (title) for your website such as OSGeo demo and if you like tag-line subheading as well. The email address it asks you for is used for receiving automatic submissions which it will process and add to the database and maps, and send automated reports from. For now set it to something like “ushahidi@localhost.localdomain” or “” and “Continue”.
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  1. After that is all done it should tell you that installation was successful and give you a link to ‘View your website’.
ushahidi installer finishes
  1. To make changes in the administration area, the login username is “admin” and the password is also “admin”. For example in the setup page you might want to select “Settings” (top right) and then the “Map” tab, and change the “Map provider” to OpenStreetMaps (no API key necessary for OSM, as it’s Open :-) ).
ushahidi admin login

The setup up README page is available locally in the /var/www/ushahidi/readme.html file.

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