Install Wordpress on Ubuntu Server

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Date: 2012-11-22 21:30:33 00:00

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 16.7% of Alexa Internet's "top 1 million" websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Internet. –Source: Wikipedia

Being Wordpress one of the most popular, well, THE most popular blogging platform, and being Ubuntu the most popular Linux distribution. It is a good idea to show you how to install Wordpress on an Ubuntu Server.

It is really easy, and you may be running Wordpress in no more than 15 to 20 minutes.

Install Ubuntu server (By the time of this writing I'm using 12.10 Quantal Quetzal).

  • Download it from Ubuntu server download page
  • Install it following the instructions, be sure to select the LAMP option when you get to this page:

Lamp installation on Ubuntu server

Install Wordpress from the repositories

I like this way, as it is easier, and configures (almost) everything for you.

sudo apt-get install wordpress

Link the folder where Wordpress is to the default web folder in Ubuntu

sudo ln -s /usr/share/wordpress /var/www/wordpress

Run the supplied script to install the database and MySQL user on Ubuntu.

sudo bash /usr/share/doc/wordpress/examples/setup-mysql -n wordpress localhost

It is recommended anyway to run this other command instead of the one above. Specially if you plan to have Virtual servers (strongly recommended), or if you plan to install multiple Wordpress copies on the same server.

sudo bash /usr/share/doc/wordpress/examples/setup-mysql -n wordpress_domain

That is assuming you own the domain, and you need to have your an A or CNAME record in you DNS already pointing to

Now, restart Apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Go to the url of your newly installed Wordpress copy from your browser, finish the configuration, and you should end with something like this:

Wordpress on Ubuntu server

It should not take you more than 20 minutes the whole installation of Linux and Wordpress.