WordPress on Fedora with RPM, DNF/YUM

WordPress is packaged for Fedora and can be installed as a regular RPM (with DNF/YUM). The benefits of this method are that you don’t need to mess around with configuration files, filesystem permissions and since everything is pre-packaged to work together, additional configurations are minimal. At the end of this 3 minutes tutorial, you’ll get a running WordPress under an SSL-enabled Apache using MariaDB as its backend.

All commands need to be executed as root.

Database preparation

  1. Install MariaDB server (not necessarily on the same machine that will run WordPress and the web server)
    dnf install mariadb-server
  2. Start and prepare MariaDB server. Initial root password is blank (just hit enter on password prompt), answer the questions removing the test database
    systemctl enable mariadb
    systemctl start mariadb
  3. Create a database, items in red were invented for this tutorial and will be used again in step 5
    mysql -u root -p -e "CREATE DATABASE blogdb; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON blogdb.* TO 'bloguser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'bloguserpassword'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES;"

WordPress preparation (may be configured on a machine other than the DB above)

  1. Install WordPress, MariaDB client and SSL support for Apache
    dnf install wordpress mariadb mod_ssl
  2. Configure WordPress to use same DB name, DB user and DB password as created on step 3 above
    sed -i 's/database_name_here/blogdb/; s/username_here/bloguser/; s/password_here/bloguserpassword/' /etc/wordpress/wp-config.php
  3. Optional but recommended: remove Fedora WordPress defaults that blocks access to anyone coming from the network
    sed -i 's/Require local/Require all granted/' /etc/httpd/conf.d/wordpress.conf
  4. Enable and activate the web server
    systemctl enable httpd
    systemctl start httpd
  5. Now continue regular WordPress configuration on the browser accessing the secure address https://your-webserver-address.com/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php

WordPress traditional wp-config.php file is located on /etc/wordpress/wp-config.php and you can make additional configurations there.

WordPress is configured in Fedora standard Apache on /etc/httpd/conf.d/wordpress.conf. You do not need to mess around with other standard Apache configuration files.

Install themes and plugins under /usr/share/wordpress/wp-content.

You can easily and safely update WordPress with a system standard command:

dnf update wordpress

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