How Do I Setup a WordPress Web Server?

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Scott Campbell

Setting up a WordPress web server is an essential step in creating a website or blog. With its user-friendly interface and extensive customization options, WordPress has become a go-to platform for many web developers and content creators. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of setting up a WordPress web server from scratch.

Requirements:

Before we begin, let’s take a look at the requirements for setting up a WordPress web server:

  • Operating System: You can use any operating system, but we will focus on setting up a server using Linux.
  • Web Server Software: You need to install Apache or Nginx as your web server software.
  • Database System: MySQL or MariaDB are the most commonly used database systems for WordPress.
  • PHP: Make sure you have PHP installed on your server. WordPress requires PHP to run properly.

Step 1: Install Apache/Nginx

The first step is to install your chosen web server software – Apache or Nginx. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Apt Package Manager (Ubuntu/Debian):
    • $ sudo apt update
    • $ sudo apt install apache2
  2. Dnf Package Manager (Fedora/RHEL):
    • $ sudo dnf update
    • $ sudo dnf install httpd
  3. Yum Package Manager (CentOS):
    • $ sudo yum update
    • $ sudo yum install httpd
  4. Apt Package Manager (Ubuntu/Debian):
    • $ sudo apt update
    • $ sudo apt install nginx
  5. Dnf Package Manager (Fedora/RHEL):
    • $ sudo dnf update
    • $ sudo dnf install nginx
  6. Yum Package Manager (CentOS):
    • $ sudo yum update
    • $ sudo yum install nginx

Step 2: Install MySQL/MariaDB Database System:

The next step is to install a database system. WordPress relies on a database to store its content. Follow these steps to install MySQL or MariaDB:

    Install MySQL:

    • Ubuntu/Debian:
      • $ sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y – Update the package lists and upgrade all the installed packages. – Update the package lists and upgrade all the installed packages. – Update the package lists and upgrade all the installed packages.
    • Fedora/RHEL:
      • $ sudo dnf install @mysql: 8.0 – Install MySQL using the DNF package manager. – Install MySQL using the DNF package manager.
    • CentOS:
      • $ sudo yum install mysql-server

    Install MariaDB:

    • Apt Package Manager (Ubuntu/Debian):
      • $ sudo apt update
      • $ sudo apt install mariadb-server
    • Dnf Package Manager (Fedora/RHEL):
      • $ sudo dnf update
      • $ sudo dnf install mariadb-server
    • Yum Package Manager (CentOS):
      • $ sudo yum update
      • $ sudo yum install mariadb-server

    Step 3: Install PHP:

    To run WordPress, you need to have PHP installed on your server. Follow these steps to install PHP:

      a) Install PHP on Apache:

      – Ubuntu/Debian:

      • $ sudo apt update
      • $ sudo apt install php libapache2-mod-php

      – Fedora/RHEL:

      • $ sudo dnf update
      • $ sudo dnf install php php-mysqlnd

      – CentOS:

      • $ sudo yum update
      • $ sudo yum install php php-mysqlnd

      Step 4: Download and Install WordPress:

      Now that you have set up your web server, database system, and PHP, it’s time to download and install WordPress:

        a) Download WordPress:

        – Visit the official WordPress website at https://WordPress.org/.
        – Click on the “Get WordPress” button.
        – Save the downloaded ZIP file to your local computer.

        b) Extract and Move Files:

        – Extract the ZIP file you downloaded. – Move the extracted WordPress files to your web server’s document root directory.

        For Apache, it is typically located at /var/www/html/. For Nginx, it may be located at /usr/share/nginx/html/.

        Step 5: Configure WordPress:

        Now that you have installed WordPress, it’s time to configure it:

          a) Create a Database for WordPress:

          – Open your preferred web browser.
          – Type “localhost” or your server’s IP address in the address bar.
          – Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

          b) Configure WordPress:

        Congratulations! You have successfully set up a WordPress web server from scratch. You can now start customizing your website and creating amazing content using the power of WordPress!

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