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Introduction

In this How-To, we will walk you through the installation and configuration of WordPress on CentOS 7.1 with Apache. It began a blogging system that then evolved into one of the greatest and easiest content management systems today. It offers simplicity, free templates, plugins and many other features that have the potential to make a relevant, responsive website.

Prerequisites

– A CentOS 7.1 server configured with a static IP address. Don’t have a server?  Visit our affordable Cloud Hosting page to spin a new server up in under 30 seconds.

– A CentOS 7.1 server running LAMP  is required. Please see our how-to for LAMP.

Installing WordPress on CentOS 7.1 with Apache

To get started, login to your CentOS 7.1 server via SSH or Console.

First, make sure your system is up to date with the following command:

sudo yum update

If using a minimal or custom installation of CentOS, we’ll need to install wget to simplify this tutorial.

sudo yum install wget

Creating a Database and User for WordPress on CentOS 7.1

We will first start off by setting up the database by running the following command:

mysql -u root -p

When prompted, you will need to enter your MySQL password that you created during your LAMP setup.

In MySQL, enter the following commands:

create database wordpress character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;

Set a secure password where it says [insert-password-here]

grant all privileges on wordpress.* to [email protected] identified by '[insert-password-here]';
flush privileges;
exit

Installing WordPress on CentOS 7.1

Now that the database is created, we can download the latest version of WordPress with the following command:

wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz

We now need to decompress the lastest.tar.gz file with the following command:

tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

After untaring, the next step is to copy wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php, which is where WordPress gets its base configuration. To do that run:

cp wordpress/wp-config-sample.php wordpress/wp-config.php

Using your favorite text editor, edit wordpress/wp-config.php

For a basic setup, we need to have the following.

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’);

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘wordpressuser’);

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘[insert-password-here]’);

It should look like this when completed:

An example of the wp-config.php

An example of the wp-config.php

Once wp-config.php is set up, you can move the contents of your WordPress folder to your web directory with the following command:

sudo cp -r ~/wordpress/* /var/www/html

WordPress Web Configuration on CentOS 7.1

Now that the contents are moved to your web directory, you can now visit your site via a web browser by going to http://yourhostname-or-ipaddress

If you are unsure what you IP address is run the following:

Note: If you do not know your IP address, run the following command:

ip addr show eth0
An example of ip addr showing the IP address of 192.168.100.10

An example of ip addr showing the IP address of 192.168.100.10

In our example we would put http://192.168.100.10 into our browser’s address bar.

 

 

An example of the WordPress Welcome Page

An example of the WordPress Welcome Page

Please enter in the information required by the web installation. For more information on WordPress, you may want to check out the WordPress Codex.

What’s Next?

Congratulations! You have just installed and configured WordPress with Apache on your CentOS 7.1 Server. Thank you for following along in this How-To, and check back with us agan for new updates.