How to install WordPress on Ubuntu Server

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Installing WordPress on Ubuntu involves a series of steps, including setting up a web server, a database, and configuring WordPress itself. Here’s a general guide for installing WordPress on Ubuntu using Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP stack). Before you start, make sure your Ubuntu system is up to date:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Now, follow these steps:

Step 1: Install Apache

sudo apt install apache2

Step 2: Install MySQL

sudo apt install mysql-server

During the installation, you will be prompted to set a password for the MySQL root user. Make sure to remember this password.

Step 3: Install PHP and required modules

sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php php-mysql

Step 4: Configure Apache to use PHP

sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/dir.conf

Move index.php to the beginning of the DirectoryIndex line, so it looks like this:

<IfModule mod_dir.c>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.cgi index.xhtml index.htm

Save and exit.

Step 5: Restart Apache

sudo systemctl restart apache2

Step 6: Create a MySQL Database and User for WordPress

Log in to MySQL as the root user:

mysql -u root -p

Create a new database:


Create a new user and set a password:

CREATE USER 'wordpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_password';

Grant privileges to the user:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO 'wordpressuser'@'localhost';

Flush privileges and exit:


Step 7: Download and Configure WordPress

cd /tmp
tar xzvf latest.tar.gz
sudo cp -r wordpress/* /var/www/html/
sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/
sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/

Step 8: Configure WordPress

cp /var/www/html/wp-config-sample.php /var/www/html/wp-config.php
sudo nano /var/www/html/wp-config.php

Edit the database connection settings with the MySQL database details you created earlier:

define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress');
define('DB_USER', 'wordpressuser');
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'your_password');
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

Step 9: Set Up WordPress

Open your web browser and go to http://your_server_IP_or_domain/. Follow the WordPress installation wizard.

That’s it! You should now have WordPress installed on your Ubuntu server.

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