WordPress Illustration by Walker Cahall

WordPress Illustration by Walker Cahall

Verified and Tested 06/15/15

Introduction

This how-to will take you through installing WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. WordPress is a content management system which is free and open source. Since it is open source, there are a numerous amount of themes and plugins that are readily available to you. Although it is typically used as a blogging platform, it can be used for many other uses.

Prerequisites

To install WordPress, a Ubuntu 14.04 server running LAMP or LEMP is required. Please see our how-to guide for installing LAMP or LEMP. If you do not have a server, you can get a trusted cloud server from Atlantic.Net, or use our One-Click WordPress installation.

Installing WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04

Installing WordPress is very simple if you follow these steps. We will first start off by setting up the MySQL database.

Setting up the MySQL database in Ubuntu 14.04

We are going to start off by setting up the MySQL database by running the following commands:

mysql -u root -p

When prompted, enter your MySQL root password that you set up when installing MySQL.

In MySQL enter the following commands:

create database wordpress character set utf8 collate utf8_bin;

Make sure you set your secure password where it says [insert-password-here]

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

Get the Latest WordPress Install on Ubuntu 14.04

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

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

The latest package will download to the directory that you are currently in, with the file name latest.tar.gz. We need to decompress the file by running:

tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

Configure WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04

Next, we need to copy wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php which is where it gets its base configuration. To do that, run:

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

In 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:

What wp-config.php should look like once you have edited it

What wp-config.php should look like once you have edited it

 

Next, we need to move the WordPress folder to your web directory.

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

Note: Your web directory may be different based on your configuration.

Finish The Installation Through The WordPress Web Installation.

Now, we can go to the WordPress web installation. In your browser go to http://yourhostname-or-ipaddress

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

ifconfig
An example of using ifconfig to show the ip address of your server

An example of using ifconfig to show the IP address of your server

 

In our example, we would put http://172.20.6.154/ in the address bar and get the following page.

 

An example of the WordPress web installation

An example of the WordPress web installation

 

From here all that is needed to do is to follow along with the WordPress install and give the information required.

Congratulations! You have just installed WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04, check back for more updates. For more information, you may want to check out the WordPress Codex.