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WordPress is a multi-platform content management system (CMS) for managing and creating websites, internet-shops and blogs. WordPress is used by small businesses, individual bloggers, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and even giant organizations, implying that it is suitable for everyone, regardless of who you are or what you want to achieve with your website. According to w3techs.com WordPress consumes more than 63% of the CMS market, and that percentage is constantly rising. In this article we’ll show you how you can install WordPress on your Ubuntu server.
- You must have root access to your system or have sudo privileges (more information about sudo) to continue the installation.
- You need to install Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP stack) first. Provided guidance includes free SSL certificate for handling secure HTTPS connections.
As soon as you’ve installed the LAMP stack, we can move forward to the WordPress installation itself.
In this section we’ll do the following:
- Create WordPress database
- Create WordPress role – defines permissions to access the database
- Create WordPress user
- Attach WordPress role to WordPress user
- Test user connection to the database
Let’s open MySQL console client:
Now, you can create a WordPress database:
CREATE DATABASE wordpress_db;
As the next step, we need to create a database role for WordPress user:
CREATE ROLE wordpress_role;
And grant WordPress role access to WordPress database:
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress_db.* TO 'wordpress_role';
Now, we can create a database user for WordPress:
CREATE USER wordpres@localhost IDENTIFIED BY RANDOM PASSWORD;
Note: save generated password somewhere, you’ll need it soon.
Finally, we need to grant
wordpress_role role to the
wordpress user and set it as default role:
GRANT 'wordpress_role' TO 'wordpress_user'@'%'; SET DEFAULT ROLE 'wordpress_role' to 'wordpress_user'@'%';
Now, exit from the MySQL client by pressing Ctrl+d and test that the WordPress user can connect to the database:
mysql -u wordpress_user -p
We have finished a database creation part successfully.
At this stage we need to download WordPress and make required changes with its source code.
First of all, let’s download the WordPress distribution:
Now, let’s extract the downloaded archive (for more information on using
tar, read How to extract .gz and .tar.gz files in Linux):
tar xzvf latest.tar.gz
We will copy these files into our Apache document root folder as soon as we finish required configuration steps.
WordPress initial configuration
Let’s start from creating a .htaccess file first:
Now, create a WordPress configuration file by copying the wp-config-sample.php file to the wp-config.php:
cp wordpress/wp-config-sample.php wordpress/wp-config.php
Next, create an upgrade directory:
Use the curl command to get random keys required for WordPress to function (save them somewhere, we’ll use them in a second):
curl -s https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/
Now, let’s edit wp-config.php file:
Make required changes to specify WordPress database connection:
Scroll down the file and edit random WordPress keys:
Once the database credentials and WordPress random secure keys and salts are added, save your file by pressing CTRL+x, y, and Enter.
Important: I’m assuming, that you’re installing WordPress on a brand new server, so, I’ll clean up Apache server document root folder (/var/www/html) and copy wordpress folder content there.
rm -Rf /var/www/html/* sudo cp -R wordpress/* /var/www/html/
Now, we’re ready to finalize WordPress deployment in Web UI.
WordPress installation (web interface)
Launch your browser and enter the server IP address or DNS hostname in a search bar.
Now, set all credentials to manage the content and press “Install WordPress“.
After a couple of seconds, you’ll see a screen telling that WordPress has been successfully installed.
To move to your site’s Admin Dashboard, click “Log in” and login with the username and password you specified at the previous step.
The WordPress has been successfully installed!
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system that can be used to build everything from simple websites to blogs, large portals, and enterprise websites. In this article, we have described how to install WordPress on Ubuntu Linux server.
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