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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.


– A CentOS 7.1 server configured with a static IP address. Don’t have a server?

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

Installing WordPress

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

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 wordpressuser@localhost identified by '[insert-password-here]';
flush privileges;

Installing WordPress

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


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

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

An example of ip addr showing the IP address of our example we would put into our browser’s address bar.

An example of the WordPress Welcome Page

An example of the WordPress Welcome Page

Please enter 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 again for new updates.


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