WordPress has remained one of the best and easiest ways to get a sleek site up and running ever since its inception in 2003. As a matter of fact, current trends only show its popularity continuing to increase. WordPress is simple to use, and even hosting it yourself isn’t that hard, as we’ll prove to you in this article.
In this guide, we’ll show you how to get your site hosted with WordPress on Ubuntu Linux. We’ll use Apache as our HTTP server, and also install PHP and MariaDB (an open source implementation of MySQL) since WordPress requires them in order to function. This assortment of packages is commonly referred to as a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP). Once those packages are installed, we’ll go over the configuration of Apache and MySQL, including initial setup of a database and user, before installing WordPress itself. Towards the end, we’ll also show you how to configure a self signed SSL certificate, or get a free one from Let’s Encrypt, which enables your site to utilize HTTPS.
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to install and configure Apache
- How to install and configure MariaDB for MySQL
- How to setup a MySQL user and database for WordPress
- How to download and install WordPress
- How to configure a self signed SSL certificate for your WordPress site
- How to configure a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt