How to Install WordPress on Ubuntu 24.04

How to Install WordPress on Ubuntu 24.04

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that allows users to create and manage websites, blogs, and online stores. It is built on PHP and uses a MySQL database, providing a user-friendly interface for managing website content, themes, plugins, and other aspects of the site. WordPress’s key features are its flexibility and extensibility, allowing users to customize their websites with themes and plugins to meet their specific needs. WordPress powers millions of websites worldwide, from personal blogs to large corporate websites. Its popularity is partly due to its ease of use, extensive customization options, and a large community of developers contributing themes, plugins, and support. In this blog post, we’ll explain step-by-step how to install WordPress on Ubuntu 24.04.

Prerequisites to install WordPress on Ubuntu 24.04

  • A server running Ubuntu 24.04 or an Ubuntu VPS
  • User privileges: root or non-root user with sudo privileges

Step 1. Update the System

We assume you have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 24.04. We will update the packages to the latest version available. To do that, execute the following command:

apt update && apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install the Nginx web server

Install the Nginx web server using the following command:

apt install nginx

To start and enable the Nginx service, execute the following command:

systemctl start nginx && systemctl enable nginx

Check the status of the Nginx service:

systemctl status nginx

Step 3. Install PHP

To install PHP completely with extensions, execute the following command:

apt install php php-cli php-common php-imap php-fpm php-snmp php-xml php-zip php-mbstring php-curl php-mysqli php-gd php-intl

To check the installed PHP version, run the following command:

root@ubuntu:~# php -v
PHP 8.3.0-1ubuntu1 (cli) (built: Jan 19 2024 14:00:34) (NTS)
Copyright (c) The PHP Group
Zend Engine v4.3.0, Copyright (c) Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v8.3.0-1ubuntu1, Copyright (c), by Zend Technologies

Step 4. Install the MariaDB database server

To install the MariaDB database server, execute the command below.

apt install mariadb-server

Start and enable the mariadb.service with the following commands:

systemctl start mariadb && sudo systemctl enable mariadb

Check the status of the mariadb.service:

systemctl status mariadb

Step 5. Create a WordPress database and user

Now we can proceed with creating a new database and a user for our WordPress website:

mysql -u root
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE USER 'wordpress'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'YourStrongPassword';
MariaDB [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE wordpress;
MariaDB [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO 'wordpress'@'localhost';
MariaDB [(none)]> EXIT;

Step 6. Download and Install WordPress

Download the latest WordPress with the following command:

cd /tmp/ && wget

unzip -d /var/www

Set the right permissions to files and folders:

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

Now, open the wp-config.php file and enter the database credentials you created in the previous step:

mv /var/www/wordpress/wp-config-sample.php /var/www/wordpress/wp-config.php

nano /var/www/wordpress/wp-config.php

It should look similar to this:

// ** Database settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define( 'DB_NAME', 'wordpress' );

/** Database username */
define( 'DB_USER', 'wordpress' );

/** Database password */
define( 'DB_PASSWORD', 'YourStrongPassword' );

Step 7. Create Nginx Server Block File

Next, create a new Nginx server block for our WordPress website.

nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/wprdpress.conf

Paste the following into the new file.

server {
listen 80;

   root /var/www/wordpress;
   index index.php;

   server_tokens off;

   access_log /var/log/nginx/wordpress_access.log;
   error_log /var/log/nginx/wordpress_error.log;

   client_max_body_size 64M;

location / {
   try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

   location ~ \.php$ {
      fastcgi_pass  unix:/run/php/php8.3-fpm.sock;
      fastcgi_index index.php;
      include fastcgi_params;
      fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
      include /etc/nginx/fastcgi.conf;

Check the syntax:

nginx -t

You should receive the following output:

root@ubuntu:~# nginx -t
nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

If the syntax is OK, restart the Nginx service.

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systemctl restart nginx

Step 8. Finish WordPress Installation

Now, open your web browser and access WordPress using the URL You will be redirected to the following page:

Select the language and then click on the ‘Continue’ button:

Fill in the required fields in this step, then proceed to the next step by clicking on ‘Install WordPress‘:

WordPress has been installed. Click on Log In

Enter your Username and password and Click on the Log In button. You will be automatically redirected to your dashboard:

You have successfully learned how to install WordPress on Ubuntu 24.04

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