How to install WooCommerce plugin on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS

woocommerce vps
In this tutorial we are going to provide you with step by step instructions on how to install WooCommerce plugin on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS.
WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin written in PHP that allows website developers to turn a WordPress website into a full-featured online store. The installation process is fairly easy and it takes only a couple of minutes.
At the time of writing this tutorial, the latest stable version of WooCommerce is 2.6.4 and it requires:

  • PHP 5.6 or higher (preferably the latest), with memory_limit PHP variable set to 64 MB or higher (128 MB or higher is preferred)
  • MySQL 5.6 or higher
  • WooCommerce 2.6.4 requires WordPress 4.4+
  • Apache Web Server 2.0 or higher compiled with mod_rewrite module.

This install guide assumes that Apache is already installed and configured on your virtual server.

Let’s start with the installation. Make sure your server OS packages are fully up-to-date:

apt-get update 
apt-get upgrade

Enable Apache rewrite module if it is not already done so:

a2enmod rewrite

Install required PHP packages:

apt-get install php7.0-cli php7.0-common php7.0-mcrypt php7.0-mysql php7.0-xml php7.0-curl php7.0-zip php7.0-gd

Restart the Apache service for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Install WordPress

Download the latest version of WordPress available at to the /opt/ directory on the server:

cd /opt/
unzip -d /var/www/html/

Create a new MySQL database and user:

mysql -u root -p
mysql> SET GLOBAL sql_mode='';
mysql> CREATE DATABASE wpdb;
mysql> CREATE USER 'wpuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'y0ur-pAssW0RD';
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wpdb.* TO 'wpuser'@'localhost';
mysql> quit

Do not forget to replace ‘y0ur-pAssW0RD’ with a strong password.

Install WooCommerce

Download the latest version of WooCommerce available at to a directory on the server and extract it using the following commands:

cd /opt/
wget -O
unzip -d /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/

Edit the PHP configuration file (/etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini):

vi /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini

and modify the memory_limit value to 128MB or higher:

memory_limit = 128M

All files have to be readable by the web server, so set a proper ownership:

chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/wordpress/

Create a new virtual host directive in Apache. For example, create a new Apache configuration file named ‘woocommerce.conf’ on your virtual server:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/woocommerce.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/sites-available/woocommerce.conf /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/woocommerce.conf
vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/woocommerce.conf

Then, add the following lines:

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<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/wordpress/
<Directory /var/www/html/wordpress/>
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All
Order allow,deny
allow from all
ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/
CustomLog /var/log/apache2/ common

Remove the 000-default.conf file:

rm /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf

Restart the Apache web server for the changes to take effect:

service apache2 restart

Open your favorite web browser, navigate to and follow the easy instructions on the install screen inserting the necessary information as requested. Log in to the WordPress administration back-end at , go to Plugins and activate the WooCommerce plugin.

woocommerce activate

Then, go to the WordPress Dashboard, click on the ‘Run the Setup Wizard’ button below the ‘Welcome to WooCommerce’ message and configure basic WooCommerce settings.

That is it. The WooCommerce has been installed on your server.

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1 thought on “How to install WooCommerce plugin on an Ubuntu 16.04 VPS”

  1. I would recommend nginx rather than Apache, much faster and it can all be automatically setup using easy engine with wordpress and redis cache!


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