How to Install WordPress on Ubuntu Server

In this this lesson I am going to explain how to install WordPress on Ubuntu Server 16.04 with Apache as the Web server.

For this guide, we are going to use as our Domain name. To use the domain, we need to add a host record to the hosts file in our personal computer.

In Linux and Unix hosts file is '/etc/hosts', In Microsoft Windows hosts file is 'C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts'.

Following are the steps you need to follow in order to Install WordPress on Ubuntu Server 16.04.

  1. Install Lamp Stack on Ubuntu Server.
  2. Create MySQL Database and MySQL User.
  3. Download WordPress.
  4. Create WordPress Main configuration File.
  5. Create Apache Virtual Host.
  6. Run WordPress Installer.

Install Lamp Stack on Ubuntu Server

Following sets of command will Install Apache, MySQL and PHP on your Ubuntu Server 16.04.

apt-get update
apt-get install apache2
apt-get install php7.0 php7.0-mysql libapache2-mod-php7.0
apt-get install mysql-server
apt-get install phpmyadmin

Next, we need to create MySQL Database and User account for the WordPress.

Create MySQL Database and MySQL User for WordPress

WordPress needs MySQL Database and MySQL user who has privileges to the Database. You can easily create the Database and User from the phpMyAdmin. I will show how it is done from the MySQL Console.

I will create a Database called "ubuntu_wordpress" and user called 'wp_user' with 'wppass' as the Password.

First Log in to the MySQL Console:

mysql -u root -p

Create the database and MySQL user account:

CREATE DATABASE ubuntu_wordpress;
CREATE USER 'wp_user'@'localhost' identified by 'wppass';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON ubuntu_wordpress.* TO 'wp_user'@'localhost';

Download WordPress Latest Version

Next, Download WordPress Latest version with the wget command:


Extract the tar file to /var/www directory:

tar -zxvf latest.tar.gz -C /var/www/

This will extract WordPress to the /var/www/ directory. Inside the '/var/www/' directory, you should have a new folder called wordpress. We will rename the folder to ''.

cd /var/www/
mv wordpress

This is going to be the DocumentRoot of our Website.

Create WordPress Main configuration File

Main configuration file of the WordPress is 'wp-config.php' file. There is a sample file called wp-config-sample.php in the folder. Rename it to 'wp-config.php'.

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

Open the wp-config.php file, Then add the Database Configurations as shown below:

/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'ubuntu_wordpress');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'wp_user');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'wppass');

Create Apache Virtual Host

Now let's create the Apache Virtual Host for the our domain name.

Create a file called example.conf in the /etc/apache2/sites-available/ Directory:

touch /etc/apache2/sites-available/example.conf

Open the example.conf file and add following Virtual Host Configuration.

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /var/www/
RewriteEngine On
CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/ combined
<Directory /var/www/>
    AllowOverRide All
    Require all granted

Enable the Configuration file and restart the Ubuntu Apache Web Server:

a2ensite example.conf
systemctl restart apache2.service

We are almost Done.

Run WordPress Installer

Now open the Web Browser and type your domain name on the address bar, you will get WordPress Installation page.

Install WordPress on Ubuntu Server

In the Installation page, provide the information as requested and Click on the 'Install WordPress' Button to Finish Ubuntu WordPress Installation.

And We are Done!!!

To go to admin page type 'domain-name/wp-admin'.

Additional Web Server Configurations

Enable Mod Rewrite:

To change the WordPress permalink structure, rewrite Apache module needs to enable in the Ubuntu Server.

a2enmod rewrite
systemctl restart apache2.service

Configure FTP:

To access files on the Web Server, we need to configure FTP Server on Ubuntu. You can read following article to learn how to setup FTP Server on Ubuntu Linux.

After configuring FTP, Create new user with website Document Root as user home directory.

adduser --home /var/www/ username

To log into the Server you can use a FTP client like FileZilla.

Set File Permission and Ownership:

Owner of the DocumentRoot should be your FTP user while Apache group 'www-data' should be the Group owner:

chown -R ftpuser:www-data

File permission Mode 2755 will give write permission to the owner and read permission to the group.

chmod -R 2755