How To Install WordPress on Ubuntu 17.04

r00t July 19, 2017

Install WordPress on Ubuntu 17.04

In this tutorial we will show you how to install WordPress on Ubuntu 17.04. For those of you who didn’t know, WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo’ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step by step installation WordPress content management systems on an Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus server.

Install WordPress on Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

Step 1. First make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal.

Step 2. Install LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP)  server.

A Ubuntu 17.04 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install all required PHP modules:

Step 3. Installing WordPress on Ubuntu 17.04.

First thing to do is to go to WordPress’s download page and download the latest stable version of WordPress, At the moment of writing this article it is version 4.8:

Unpack the WordPress archive to the document root directory on your server:

We will need to change some folders permissions:

We need to create the upload directory manually:

Allow the Apache web server to write to the uploads directory. Do this by assigning group ownership of this directory to your web server which will allow Apache to create files and directories. Issue the following command:

Step 4. Configuring MariaDB for WordPress.

By default, MariaDB is not hardened. You can secure MariaDB using the mysql_secure_installation script. you should read and below each steps carefully which will set root password, remove anonymous users, disallow remote root login, and remove the test database and access to secure MariaDB:

Configure it like this:

Next we will need to log in to the MariaDB console and create a database for the WordPress. Run the following command:

This will prompt you for a password, so enter your MariaDB root password and hit Enter. Once you are logged in to your database server you need to create a database for WordPress installation:

Step 5. Configuring WordPress

In this step we will configure the main configuration file of WordPress, where we need to configure it’s basic parameters so that it can be connected with the database and user:

Now open it using any of your favourite editor, to make any changes in the WordPress configuration file:

Here are the values that we need to update according to our previous database and user’s setup:

Step 6. Configuring Apache web server for WordPress.

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘wordpress.conf’ on your virtual server:

Add the following lines:

Next step we will need to adjust the some some values in the PHP configuration files as follow:

Add/modify the following settings:

Now, we can restart Apache web server so that the changes take place:

Step 7. Accessing WordPress.

WordPress will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to http://yourdomain.com or http://server-ip/ and complete the required the steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 80 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed WordPress. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing WordPress CMS (Content Management Systems) on your Ubuntu 17.04. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official WordPress web site.

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