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Ubuntu 16.04 - Manually Deploy Wordpress

This tutorial is for manually deploying wordpress on an Ubuntu 16.04 server. Alternatively, you could deploy wordpress through docker.

Install mysql

sudo apt-get install mysql-server -y

Install apache and PHP

sudo apt-get install apache2 libapache2-mod-php7.0 \
php7.0-cli php7.0-mysql -y

Set Up The Database

mysql -u root -p
CREATE DATABASE `wordpress`;
GRANT ALL ON `wordpress`.* to wordpress_user identified by 'YOUR PASSWORD HERE';

Download wordpress


Optional - Create Wordpress SSH User

I use SSH to update my wordpress instances, and wish to use a non-sudo user to do this. Thus I will create a wordpress user at this point.

sudo adduser wordpress

Install Wordpress

sudo apt-get install unzip -y
sudo mkdir -p /var/www/wordpress
sudo mv wordpress /var/www/wordpress/public_html
sudo chown -R wordpress:www-data -R /var/www/wordpress
sudo chmod 750 -R /var/www/wordpress

Set Umask and Add to Group

Lets set the umask and add the www-data user to the wordpress group, so that if the wordpress user creates files, the apache server can still read them.

sudo adduser www-data wordpress
cd /var/www/wordpress
umask 027

Using umask of 027 means that new files will have 740 (-rwxr-----) permissions, but new directories will have 750 (-rwxr-x---).

Update Apache

sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf

Replace it with:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost

    DocumentRoot /var/www/wordpress/public_html
    <Directory /var/www/wordpress/public_html/>
        Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
        AllowOverride All
        Order allow,deny
        allow from allrwxr
        Require all granted

    ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log

    # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
    # alert, emerg.
    LogLevel warn

    CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined


This assumes this webserver is dedicated to just serving up the wordpress site. E.g. a VPS.

Restart apache for the changes to take effect

sudo service apache2 restart

Optional - Enable URL Rewrite

Your more than likely to want this feature. If you're unsure, I would err on the side of enabling it.

sudo a2enmod rewrite`
sudo service apache2 restart

Web Installation

Now go to your servers IP or hostname and perform the web based installation steps, before then going through the tutorial on securing wordpress.