Ubuntu install WordPress

Install Apache

I assume you had already installed Apache into your Ubuntu elastic compute cloud ( EC2 ) instance. If you had not, then read my test Cloudflare DNS blog post, I had written about installing Apache. The entire guide below is using Ubuntu 16.04.

Configure Rewrite Module

This step is optional if you do not mind seeing “index.php” with query strings suffix after it. To remove it, you’ll need to configure the rewrite module in Apache. Go to /etc/apache2/sites-available/ and edit the file 000-default.conf and add the following codes in between the “VirtualHost” tag. After that type in the following commands to enable rewrite module.

<Directory /var/www/html>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Require all granted
</Directory>
sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo service apache2 restart
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A sample rewrite module configuration.

Install MySQL server

To install MySQL server, type in the following commands in your Ubuntu terminal. During installation, it will prompt you for the root password. Type in your desired root password and repeat the same password in the next screen.

Next type in mysql_secure_installation. You will be prompted with a series of questions, you can answer accordingly as per my example. Create a database for WordPress use with the commands below. In my example, my database root user password is “password”. Replace the password with the password you entered earlier when you install MySQL server.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mysql-server -y
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MySQL server installation prompting for “root” password.
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MySQL server installation prompting for root password confirmation.
mysql_secure_installation

Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin? : n
Change the password for root ? : n
Remove anonymous users? : y
Disallow root login remotely? : y
Remove test database and access to it? : y
Reload privilege tables now? : y

mysql -uroot -ppassword -e 'create database wordpress'

Creating a database for WordPress by executing the MySQL statement with your password reveal in plain text will cause a warning. To suppress Bash MySQL warning you will need to store the password in the encrypted “.mylogin.cnf” file.

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A series of questions asked during mysql_secure_installation

Install PHP

To install PHP, type in the following commands. Once completed, to test if you had successfully installed PHP, open your web browser and go to “http://54.236.21.17/info.php”. Your IP address will be different from mine, replace the IP address with yours.

If you are unsure of your IP address, you can type in the curl command below to check. Make sure that you configure security group to allow inbound HTTP traffic.

sudo apt-get install php php-mysql libapache2-mod-php php-curl -y
echo '<?php phpinfo(); ?>' | sudo tee -a /var/www/html/info.php
curl checkip.amazonaws.com

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Ubuntu Install WordPress

To install WordPress, type in the following commands. Once completed, go to “http://54.236.21.17/index.php”. Your IP address will be different from mine, replace the IP address with yours. You should see the WordPress setup config page. Follow through the setup wizard to complete the WordPress setup.

cd /tmp/
wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz
cd /tmp/wordpress/
sudo mv * /var/www/html/
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/

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Choose your WordPress language.

ubuntu install wordpress

ubuntu install wordpress
In my example, my username is “root” and my password is “password”

ubuntu install wordpress

ubuntu install wordpress

ubuntu install wordpress

ubuntu install wordpress

ubuntu install wordpress
You have successfully completed WordPress setup once you see this WordPress admin dashboard.