Setting up a wordpress site

This website has good instructions! Here they are for Ubuntu, augmented with some small modifications:

  1.  Install a LAMP stack on your server (apache, mysql, php)
  2. Download the latest wordpress (say into your home directory)
    wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
    tar -xvzf latest.tar.gz
    cp wordpress/wp-config-sample.php wordpress/wp-config.php
    
  3. Create a database and configure it
    mysql -u root -p #to start mysql
    CREATE DATABASE DatabaseName;
    CREATE USER User@localhost;
    SET PASSWORD FOR User@localhost= PASSWORD("ThePassword");//choose a different password!
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON DatabaseName.* TO User@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'ThePassword';
    FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
    exit;
    
  4. Create the directories for the website<
    sudo mkdir /var/www/website #where website is, e.g. ryanmartinphd.com
    sudo cp -r wordpress/* /var/www/website/.
    cd /var/www
    sudo chown www-data:www-data * -R #www-data owns the direcctory
    sudo usermod -a -G www-data linux_user_name #not strictly necessary
    sudo vi /var/www/website/wp-config.php #edit this to set the database parameters (next step)
    
  5. Configure wordpress for the database.In the wp-config.php file, make sure to edit these to the same value you did when setting up the database in mysql:
    define('DB_NAME', 'DatabaseName');
    define('DB_USER', 'User');
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'ThePassword');
    
  6. Configure a virtual host on apache. Start with the default virtual server:
    cd /etc/apache2/sites-available
    sudo cp default website
    sudo vi website
    

    Now edit the following lines:

    <VirtualHost *:80>
    	ServerAdmin your_email_address
    	ServerName website.com
    	ServerAlias www.website.com
    	
    	DocumentRoot /var/www/website
    	<Directory />
    		Options FollowSymLinks
    		AllowOverride None
    	</Directory>
    	<Directory /var/www/website>
    		Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    		AllowOverride All
    		Order allow,deny
    		allow from all
    	</Directory>

    Now, enable the site, install an additional php module, enable mod_rewrite, and restart apache:

    sudo a2ensite website
    sudo apt-get install php5-gd
    sudo a2enmod rewrite
    sude service apache2 restart
    
  7. Launch the wordpress site by navigating to it. This will let you create the first user and should automatically setup everything
  8. Edit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini to change the max_post_size, and max_upload variables to something bigger than their defaults (e.g. 100M).

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