How To Install WordPress on CentOS 7

r00t January 28, 2016

Install WordPress on CentOS 7

In this tutorial we will show you how to install and configuration WordPress on CentOS 7. 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 on a CentOS 7 server.

Install WordPress on CentOS 7

Step 1. First let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

Step 2. Install LAMP server.

A CentOS 7 LAMP server is required. If you do not have LAMP installed, you can follow our guide here. Also install required PHP modules for WordPress:

Step 3. Installing WordPress.

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 4.4.1:

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.

We will create Apache virtual host for your WordPress website. First create ‘/etc/httpd/conf.d/vhosts.conf’ file with using a text editor of your choice:

Next, create the virtual host:

Add the following lines:

Save and close the file. Restart the apache service for the changes to take effects:

Next, allow the Apache ports in the server firewall:

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.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed WordPress. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing WordPress CMS (Content Management Systems) on your CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official WordPress web site.

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