Creating a Home Server Part 6: How to Install WordPress on Ubuntu 14.04

WordPress is the most popular website builder on the internet. It has thousands of plugins and themes that allows making dynamic and professional websites simpler. Many functions do not need any familiarity with HTML, CSS, or Javascript to produces these sites. Find out how to install WordPress on an Ubuntu computer. 


This tutorial assumes that you already have an Ubuntu Desktop computer setup with a web address (dynamic or static dns). Use the following tutorials to setup a computer with these requirements.

Video Tutorial

Written Instructions

If you already installed ownCloud using our tutorial, you already have a LAMP server installed. Skip to Installing WordPress

Installing a LAMP Web Server

LAMP stands for Linux Apache MySQL Php/Python/Perl, which are the components of creating a web server. Previously, the acronym was used to remember which packages to install, but now we can install them all in one step.

  1. Open Terminal (A) and type the command to install “Task Select” (B). You will need to enter your password.
    sudo apt-get install tasksel


  2. Once the install is complete, run Task Select.
    sudo tasksel


  3. Use the arrow keys to navigate to “LAMP server” using the keyboard arrow keys, press the “Space bar” to select the option (A), then press the “Enter” key to confirm (B)
  4. The install will ask for a password for the “root” use of MySQL. Create and enter a password and confirm it on the next screen.
  5. When the installation is complete, the LAMP Web Server will be setup and running.

Installing WordPress

  1.  Open a web browser and navigate to Click on the “Download WordPress” button (A) and then the “Download WordPress 4.1.1” button (B).
    05-DowloadWordpressNOTE: The number after “Download WordPress” may be different because of updated versions.
    NOTE: This tutorial uses Firefox as the web browser.
  2. Open the zip file in Archive Manager
  3. Select the “wordpress” folder (A) and extract the folder (B).07-ExtractFolderTohome
  4. Choose the “Home” folder (A) as the location to extract the folder and click the “Extract” button (B). 07-ExtractFolderTohome@
  5. Return to (or Open) Terminal. The following commands will first move the “wordpress” folder from the “Home” folder to the webserver location.
    sudo mv wordpress /var/www/html/


  6. The next command will grant the web server ownership of the “wordpress” folder. This allows the web server to access the files
    sudo chown www-data:www-data -R /var/www/html/wordpress


  7. In a web browser, navigate to the web address of your computer (click here if you missed the tutorial) but add “/wordpress” to the end of the address. (For example,
  8. Select your preferred language and click the “Continue” button.
  9. The following screen will display needed database information. Click “Let’s go!”.12-Database

Create a Database in MySQL

  1. Return to (or Open) terminal and log into MySQL with the following command. You will need to enter the password created when installing the LAMP server.
    mysql -u root -p


  2. Create the database named “wordpress” (A). Exit MySQL by entering the “exit” command (B).
    create database wordpress;


Finishing WordPress Installation

  1. Return the the WordPress installation webpage. Type in “root” (no quotation marks) for the username and the password created when installing the LAMP server (A) and click the “Submit” button (B). (None of the other fields require changing). 15-inputdatabase
  2. Click on the “Run the Install” button. 16-InstallButton
  3. Add in your site information and create the first user account of WordPress. Then click the “Install WordPress” button.17-siteinfo1
  4. The next screen will confirm the installation. Click on the “Login” button.18-Login
  5. Enter your login credentials.19-login2

Congratulations! You have arrived at the WordPress site dashboard. Click on the WordPress Site name in the header to view your site. 20-dashboard

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