Scalar

Installing Scalar

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. To install Scalar, use these simple steps:

  1. Login to your control panel (https://domains.unf.edu/dashboard) using your UNF username and password.
  2. Once logged in you’ll be at the homepage of your cPanel (control panel). Navigate to the Applications section of the cPanel then select Scalar.
  3. To begin the install click install this application in the upper-righthand corner.
  4. On the next page the installer will ask for some information about this install. The first thing you’ll want to do is decide where to install it. If you’re wanting to install Scalar on your main domain, you can leave the directory area empty. If you created a subdomain, you can select it from the dropdown menu. You also have the option of installing Scalar in a subfolder by typing in the folder name in the Directory field. Click here for more information about subdomains and subdirectories.
  5. By default the installer will automatically backup your website and update it anytime a new version comes out. While we recommend you keep this option, it is possible to only do minor updates, or turn them off completely. The installer will also create a database for you automatically, but if you’ve already created one for this website you can choose Let me manage the database settings and enter the details. Click Install to continue.
  6. The installer will take just a few moments to install Scalar and a progress bar will keep you updated. When it is complete you will see a link to your new Scalar site as well as a link to the backend administrative login screen for your Scalar site. Click the website link to configure your new Scalar installation.
  7. When you visit the website, you should see a sign in link. Use the email and password that you used when installing the application. You will then be presented with your Scalar main page. You are now ready to use Scalar to create and publish your book.

Using Scalar

Once you’ve finished the Scalar installation process and have signed in, you can learn how to use this application in the official Scalar 2 User Guide. This support guide will help you get started and begin creating your Scalar site. Since you have already created an account, you can begin with the section on Creating Your First Book.