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Wordpress is the goto Free Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) content management system (CMS) created by Matt Mullenweg and first released in 2003. Wordpress has a vast and vibrant community that provides tens of thousands of free plugins and themes to allow the user to easily customize the appearance and function of their Wordpress CMS. Wordpress is licensed under the GPLv2.

The biggest feature of Wordpress is its ease in configuration and administration. Setting up a Wordpress site takes five minutes. The Wordpress administration panel allows users to easily configure almost every aspect of their website including fetching and installing plugins and themes. Wordpress provides effortless automatic updates.


Wordpress also requires PHP and MySQL to be installed and configured. See the LAMP wiki article for more information.

Note: As of August 2012, this article does not support using Wordpress with PostrgreSQL. Wordpress was designed to be used with mysql only. It is possible to use Wordpress with other databases such as PostgreSQL, through the use of a plugin and a bit of work.

Installation using pacman

Install wordpress from the official repositories.

Warning: While it is easier to let pacman manage updating your Wordpress install, this is not necessary. Wordpress has functinality built-in for managing updates, themes, and plugins. If you decide to install the official community package, you will not be able to install plugins and themes using the Wordpress admin panel without a needlessly complex permissions setup, or logging into FTP as root. pacman does not delete the Wordpress install directory when uninstalling it from your system regardless of whether or not you have added data to the directory manually or otherwise.

Manual install

Go to wordpress.org and download the latest version of Wordpress and extract it to your webserver directory. Give the directory enough permissions to allow your FTP user to write to the directory (used by Wordpress).

cd /srv/http/whatever
wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
tar xvzf latest.tar.gz


The configuration method used here assumes you are using Wordpress on a local network.

Host config

Make sure your /etc/hosts file is setup correctly. This will be important when accessing your Wordpress CMS from a local network. Your /etc/hosts file should look something like the following,

#<ip-address>   <hostname.domain.org>   <hostname>       lithium.kaboodle.net    localhost lithium
::1             lithium.kaboodle.net    localhost lithium
Note: You will need to use a proxy server to access your Wordpress installation from mobile devices if you plan on using hostnames to install Wordpress, otherwise your website will appear broken #Appearance is broken (no styling).

Configure apache

You will need to create a config file for apache to find your Wordpress install. Create the following file and edit it your favorite text editor:

# /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-wordpress.conf
Alias /wordpress "/usr/share/webapps/wordpress"
<Directory "/usr/share/webapps/wordpress">
	AllowOverride All
	Options FollowSymlinks
	Order allow,deny
	Allow from all
	php_admin_value open_basedir "/srv/:/tmp/:/usr/share/webapps/:/etc/webapps:$"

Change /wordpress in the first line to whatever you want. For example, /myblog would require that you navigate to http://hostname/myblog to see your Wordpress website.

Also change the paths to your Wordpress install folder in case you did a manual install. Don't forget to append the parent directory to the php_admin_value variable as well as shown below.

# /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-wordpress.conf
Alias /myblog "/mnt/data/srv/wordpress"
<Directory "/mnt/data/srv/wordpress">
	AllowOverride All
	Options FollowSymlinks
	Order allow,deny
	Allow from all
	php_admin_value open_basedir "/srv/:/tmp/:/usr/share/webapps/:/etc/webapps:/mnt/data/srv:$"

Next edit the apache config file and add the following:

# /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
Include conf/extra/httpd-wordpress.conf

Now restart httpd (Apache).

Configure MySQL

MySQL can be configured using a plethora of tools, but the most common are the command line or phpMyAdmin.

Using phpMyAdmin

See phpMyAdmin to install and configure phpMyAdmin.

In your web browser, navigate to your phpMyAdmin host and perform the following steps:

  1. Login to phpMyAdmin.
  2. Click "user" and then click "Add user".
  3. Give the pop up window a name and a password.
  4. Select "Create database with same name and grant all privileges".
  5. Click the "Add user" button to create the user.

Wordpress Installation

Once you have spent a couple of hours setting up your http server, php, and mysql, it is finally time to let Wordpress have its five minutes and install itself. So let us begin.

The Wordpress installation procedure will use the URL in the address field of your web browser as the default website URL. If you have navigated to http://localhost/wordpress, your website will be accessible from your local network, but it will be broken in appearance and function.

  1. Navigate to http://hostname/wordpress.
  2. Click the "Create a Configuration File" button.
  3. Click the "Let's go!" button.
  4. Fill in you database information created in the previous section
  5. Click "Submit".

If you installed Wordpress from the Official repository, then this setup procedure will not have the correct permissions to create the wp-config.php file used by Wordpress. You will have to do this step yourself as root using information Wordpress will provide.

A page will appear saying Wordpress can not write the wp-config.php file. Copy the text in the edit box and open /usr/share/webapps/wordpress/wp-config.php as root in your text editor. Paste the copied text into the editor and save the file.

Finally, Click "Run the install" and Wordpress will populate the database with your information. Once complete, you will be shown "Success!" page. Click the login button to finish your installation.

Now would be a good time to access your website from all your devices to be sure your Wordpress installation is setup correctly.


Installing a theme

There are tens of thousands of themes available for Wordpress. Searching on google for a good theme can be like wading through a river filled with trash. Good places for looking for themes include Smashing Magazine and the official Wordpress theme website. There is also pay for theme sites like Woo Themes and The Theme Factory.

Using the admin panel

Before installing a theme using the admin panel, you will need to setup an FTP server on your Wordpress host.

Once the FTP server is setup, login to your Wordpress installation and click "Appearance->Install Themes->Upload". From there select your zip file that contains your theme and click "Install Now". You will be presented with a box asking for FTP information, enter it and click "Proceed". If you have been following along closely, you should now have an installed theme. Activate it if you wish.

Installing a plugin

The steps for installing a plugin are the same as they are for installing a theme. Just click the "Plugins" link in the left navigation bar and follow the steps. Wordpress is very easy to use.


Every now and then when you log into wordpress there will be a notification informing you of updates. If you have correctly installed and configured an FTP client, and have the correct filesystem permissions to write in the Wordpress install path then you should be able to perform updates at the click of a button. Just follow the steps.


Appearance is broken (no styling)

Your Wordpress website will appear to have no styling to it when viewing it in a web browser (desktop or mobile) that does not have its hostnames mapped to ip addresses correctly.

This occurs because you used a url with the hostname of your server, instead of an ip address, when doing the initial setup and Wordpress has used this as the default website URL.

To fix this, you will either need to edit your /etc/hosts file or setup a proxy server. For an easy to setup proxy server, see Polipo, or if you want something with a little more configuration, see Squid.

Another option is changing a value in the database table of your Wordpress, specifically the wp_options table. The fix is to change the siteurl option to point directly to the IP (public) and not "localhost".

Tips and tricks

See also