Previously we explained how to install WordPress on a Debian VPS. Also you can install WordPress on Debian or Ubuntu VPS in an easier way, using the script provided in this article. This script will create a MySQL database, will download and configure the latest WordPress version and create Apache virtual host for you automatically. All you need to do is to create a file on your WordPress VPS with the content shown below, make the file executable, execute it and enter a few parameters.

Create a new file and paste the script:

# nano wpinstall
# Install WordPress on a Debian/Ubuntu VPS

# Create MySQL database
read -p "Enter your MySQL root password: " rootpass
read -p "Database name: " dbname
read -p "Database username: " dbuser
read -p "Enter a password for user $dbuser: " userpass
echo "CREATE DATABASE $dbname;" | mysql -u root -p$rootpass
echo "CREATE USER '$dbuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '$userpass';" | mysql -u root -p$rootpass
echo "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON $dbname.* TO '$dbuser'@'localhost';" | mysql -u root -p$rootpass
echo "FLUSH PRIVILEGES;" | mysql -u root -p$rootpass
echo "New MySQL database is successfully created"

# Download, unpack and configure WordPress
read -r -p "Enter your WordPress URL? [e.g.]: " wpURL
wget -q -O - "" | tar -xzf - -C /var/www --transform s/wordpress/$wpURL/
chown www-data: -R /var/www/$wpURL && cd /var/www/$wpURL
cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
chmod 640 wp-config.php
mkdir uploads
sed -i "s/database_name_here/$dbname/;s/username_here/$dbuser/;s/password_here/$userpass/" wp-config.php

# Create Apache virtual host
echo "
ServerName $wpURL
ServerAlias www.$wpURL
DocumentRoot /var/www/$wpURL
DirectoryIndex index.php

Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride All

ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined
" > /etc/apache2/sites-available/$wpURL

# Enable the site
a2ensite $wpURL
service apache2 restart

# Output
WPVER=$(grep "wp_version = " /var/www/$wpURL/wp-includes/version.php |awk -F\' '{print $2}')
echo -e "\nWordPress version $WPVER is successfully installed!"
echo -en "\aPlease go to http://$wpURL and finish the installation\n"

Make the script executable:

# chmod +x wpinstall

Execute the script:

# ./wpinstall