How to install WordPress on Ubuntu with Apache2 and PHP7.0

Posted May 21, 2019 by pavlouc

This guide will help you install WordPress on Ubuntu. This will help you leverage cost effective technology that requires no licensing. There are many other CMS systems out there, and few are very good.

This guide will help you install WordPress on Ubuntu. This will help you leverage cost effective technology that requires no licensing. There are many other CMS systems out there, and few are very good. WordPress is tops due to the fact that it has more support and thousands of plugins and themes. It’s SEO benefits are substantial and it’s building blocks allow even the uninitiated a chance to develop great websites. I have personally adjusted and run through these steps myself so can confirm it is a working set of steps!

WordPress is the most powerful and popular content management system and is the right tool to develop and build powerful and dynamic websites. With PHP 7.0 now supported, you can greatly improve on its performance when configured with Apache2. For those who want to learn how to install WordPress on Ubuntu, the steps below should help greatly.

Install WordPress on Ubuntu

To get started with installing WordPress, follow the steps below:

1: Install Apache2 HTTP Server

WordPress needs a web server and Apache2 is lightweight, powerful and a highly configurable Web Server. To install it on Ubuntu and configure it to start automatically on boot, run the commands below:

sudo apt update sudo apt install apache2sudo systemctl stop apache2.service sudo systemctl start apache2.service sudo systemctl enable apache2.service2: Install SQL Database Serversudo apt-get install mysql-server sudo ufw allow mysql sudo systemctl enable mysql

Now connect to MYSQL and create database, replace username and database name as you see fit

sudo mysql_secure_installationEnter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the EnterSet root password? [Y/n]: YNew password: Enter passwordRe-enter new password: Repeat passwordRemove anonymous users? [Y/n]: YDisallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: YRemove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  YReload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Ymysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE wordpress DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci; GRANT ALL ON wordpress.* TO 'wordpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT;3: Install PHP 7.0 and Related Modulessudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php sudo apt update

Then run the below.

sudo apt install php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-common php7.0-mbstring php7.0-xmlrpc php7.0-gd php7.0-xml php7.0-mysql php7.0-cli php7.0-zip php7.0-curl

Thereafter open the PHP.ini and make the below changes

sudo nano /etc/php/7.0/apache2/php.inimemory_limit = 256M upload_max_filesize = 100M max_execution_time = 360 date.timezone = America/Chicago4: Download WordPress Latest Release

After downloading, run the commands below to extract the downloaded file and move it into a new WordPress root directory.

cd /tmp && wget tar -zxvf latest.tar.gz sudo mv wordpress/* /var/www/html/

For WordPress to function correctly, run the commands below to set the correct permissions.

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/ sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/5: Configure Apache2 HTTP Server

Now configure the Apache site configuration file for WordPress. This file will control how users access WordPress. Run the commands below to create a new configuration file called wordpress.conf

sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/wordpress.conf

Then copy and paste the content below into the file and save it. Replace the highlighted line with your own domain name and directory root location.

<VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin [email protected] DocumentRoot /var/www/html/ ServerName ServerAlias <Directory /var/www/html/> Options +FollowSymlinks AllowOverride All Require all granted </Directory> ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined </VirtualHost>

Save file and exit. CTRL+x

Now enable the WordPress and Rewrite Module and restart Apache

sudo a2ensite wordpress.conf sudo a2enmod rewrite sudo systemctl restart apache2.service6: CONFIGURE WORDPRESS

Run the commands below to create WordPress wp-config.php file.

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

Enter the highlighted text below that you created for your database and save. If you changed database and user then amend them here before saving.

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** // /** The name of the database for WordPress */ define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); /** MySQL database username */ define('DB_USER', 'wordpressuser'); /** MySQL database password */ define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); /** MySQL hostname */ define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); /** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */ define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); /** The Database Collate type. Don't change this if in doubt. */ define('DB_COLLATE', '');


sudo rm /var/www/html/index.html sudo service apache2 restart


Now open your browser and browse to your domain name to launch the WordPress configuration wizard.

Wordpress install-1

Then type the WordPress website name and create a new admin user and password.. the click install.

Wordpress install-2

This should install WordPress.

Wordpress install-3

Optional – Now lets look at enabling SSL for the site.

Step 1 — Install the Let’s Encrypt Client for your Website

First, add the repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot

Then install Certbot

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install python-certbot-apacheStep 2 — Set Up the SSL Certificatesudo certbot --apache -d sudo certbot --apache -d -d


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Last Updated July 13, 2020