How to Setup WordPress Blog on CentOS 6.3

WordPress is an open-source blogging platform. It’s a free blogging tool and content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. This steps covers how to install the WordPress on linux CentOS 6.3. This post assumed that PHP, apache and MySQL server has been setup properly.

1. Login as a root, go to document’ root folder and download latest wordpress file :

[root@centos63 ~]# cd /var/www/html/
[root@centos63 html]# wget

2. Extract the lates.tar.gz files to current directory :

[root@centos63 html]# tar xvzf latest.tar.gz

3. Now create wordpress database. Login to your mySQL database :

[root@centos63 ~]# mysql -u root -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 3
Server version: 5.1.61 Source distribution

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4. Create Database name “wordpressdb” :

mysql> CREATE DATABASE wordpressdb;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.08 sec)

5. Create user “wordpressuser” with password “wordpresspassword” :

mysql> CREATE USER 'wordpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'wordpresspassword';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.06 sec)

6. Grant all privileges to “wordpressdb” to user ” wordpressuser” from localhost access :

mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpressdb.* to wordpressuser@localhost;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.04 sec)

7. Check and verify the granted access for user “wordpressuser” :

mysql> SHOW GRANTS FOR 'wordpressuser'@'localhost';
| Grants for wordpressuser@localhost                                                                                   |
| GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO 'wordpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY PASSWORD '*E62D3F829F44A91CC231C76347712772B3B9DABC' |
| GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON `wordpressdb`.* TO 'wordpressuser'@'localhost'                                               |
2 rows in set (0.08 sec)


8. For higher security, make wordpress folder readable only from browser :

[root@centos63 ~]# chmod 755 /var/www/html/wordpress

9. Go to your web server terminal or ssh to web server. Copy and rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php:

[root@centos63 ~]# cp /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-config-sample.php /var/www/html/wordpress/wp-config.php

10. Modify the wp-config.php :

[root@centos63 ~]# vi /var/www/html/blog/wp-config.php

Change below database details such as database’ name, database’ username, database’ password nand database’ hostname.

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'wordpressdb');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'wordpressuser');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'wordpresspassword');

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

11. To configure wordpress, navigate the browser to http://servername/wordpress/. Please complete the form Click “Install WordPress”

Site Title : Blog Title
Username : Prefered username
Password, twice : Your password
Your E-mail : Your Email

12. To login, navigate the browser to http://servername/wordpress/wp-login.php