Install WordPress on a CentOS 7 VPS
WordPress is a web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. An open source CMS, WordPress is often used as a blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL. Currently it is the most popular of the blogging platforms available.
Before you start the installation, please make sure that you have LAMP stack installed on your server. If not, follow our excellent tutorial about installing LAMP (Linux Apache, MariaDB & PHP) on a CentOS 7 VPS.
We are using our SSD 1 VPS hosting plan for this tutorial.
UPDATE THE SYSTEM
First make sure your CentOS 7 VPS is fully up-to-date using the command below:
# yum update
Enter a directory by your choice and download WordPress. For our purpoces we are using the /opt directory.
# cd /opt
Install wget and unzip that are needed for the installation further:
# yum install wget unzip
Download WordPress using the wget command:
# wget http://wordpress.org/latest.zip
Install php-gd in order to work with images, install plugins etc…
# yum install php-gd
CREATE MYSQL DATABASE:
Enter MySQL as root:
# mysql -u root -p mysql> CREATE DATABASE wordpress; mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES on wordpress.* to 'wpuser'@'localhost' identified by 'your_password'; mysql> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; mysql> exit
# systemctl restart mysqld.service
Now we will unzip the WordPress zip file in the /var/www/html/ directory.
# unzip -q latest.zip -d /var/www/html/
Set the proper permissions:
# chown -R apache:apache /var/www/html/wordpress # chmod -R 755 /var/www/html/wordpress
We need to create the upload directory manually:
# mkdir -p /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-content/uploads
Allow the Apache web server to write to the uploads directory. Do this by assigning group ownership of this directory to your web server which will allow Apache to create files and directories. Issue the following command:
# chown -R :apache /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-content/uploads
Enter the WordPress directory:
# cd /var/www/html/wordpress/
Rename wp-config-sample.php into wp-config.php:
# mv wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
Open the WordPress configuration file with your favorite text editor and change the database values with the ones you gave at the time of the database creation.
# vim wp-config.php
// ** 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', 'wpuser'); /** MySQL database password */ define('DB_PASSWORD', 'your_password'); /** MySQL hostname */ define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');
Now you can finish your WordPress installation by opening your favorite web browser and navigate to: http://your_ip_address/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php
Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert Linux admins to install WordPress for you.They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.
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