How to Get a WordPress Website Running by Installing the LAMP Stack Using Ansible

If you’re looking for a fast, free, and easy to use CMS (Content Management System) then you’ve probably considered WordPress. It’s powered by the PHP programming language and is especially useful for bloggers and content creators who need to keep up with the latest news stories, blog posts, and product reviews.

You can download the WordPress software from WordPress.org and install it on your web server or VPS. However, if you want to get the most out of your WordPress website, you’ll need to spend a little time learning how to properly configure it. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered on this front. In this article, we’ll teach you how to get a WordPress website up and running quickly and easily so you can begin generating content and attracting visitors.

Why Use LAMP Stack With WordPress?

As the name would suggest, the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) stack is a collection of technologies used to build websites. Thanks to its open source nature, you can download the entire LAMP stack on your computer for free. It only takes a few minutes to set up and is ideal for beginners. Once you have the LAMP stack installed on your web server, you can begin configuring WordPress. The configurator tool will walk you through all the steps required to get your WordPress website up and running.

What Is The LAMP Stack?

The LAMP stack is one of the most popular and easy to understand web server configurations. It is extremely versatile and can be used to host any type of website or application. The LAMP stack is made up of the following four technologies:

  • Linux – The Linux operating system is an open source operating system, which was originally developed for servers. Some web servers are also built on Linux, such as Nginx from the nginx team. Linux is mostly used to host websites and applications for large corporations.
  • Apache Software Foundation (Apache) – Apache is an open source web server developed originally for use with the Linux operating system, but now available for use on other platforms. It is available for free under a GNU General Public License. Apache allows you to create and manage multiple sites with a single installation. Furthermore, you can use modules to expand its functionality.
  • MySQL Database Management System (MySQL) – MySQL is a free, open source database management system used by virtually everyone else in the world. It is used to store and retrieve data for websites and applications.
  • PHP (Personal Homepage Platform) (PHP) – PHP is short for PHP Personal Homepage. It’s a free open source scripting language designed for web development, specifically for building websites.

If you’re looking for a free and easy way to get started with a web server then the LAMP stack is a great option. Keep in mind that it is extremely important to maintain a highly secure web server. Doing so requires a bit of a learning curve, but the benefits of a secure web server are worth it. Learning how to do this will simply take a little bit of extra time.

How Does The LAMP Stack Work Together?

When you install the LAMP stack on your web server, you will see something similar to this:

Figure 1: The LAMP Stack On a Debian 9.0 web server

As you can see in the figure above, the LAMP stack is made up of four separate packages: (a) Linux, (b) Apache, (c) MySQL, and (d) PHP. When you install these four packages on a Debian based web server, they will automatically configure themselves and bring up your web server’s default database (usually called ‘my-SQL’) with all its default configurations. Once you’ve installed the LAMP stack, you can begin installing WordPress to develop your website. Doing this will walk you through the entire process of configuring WordPress for use.

Install The LAMP Stack On A Debian 9 Web Server Using Ansible 2.0

Ansible is a powerful tool for performing system administration tasks. It was originally designed for use in Devops environments, which involve the continuous integration and delivery of software.

However, despite its origins, Ansible is compatible with any operating system and can be used to perform almost any task related to system administration. This includes tasks such as installing and configuring the LAMP stack on a Debian 9 web server. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS – If you’re installing WordPress on an Ubuntu server then you’ll need to use the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS image to do this. This is because the WordPress configurator tool supports Ubuntu 16.04 as its base operating system.
  • Apache 2.4.x – The Apache HTTP Server is a free and open source HTTP server software for serving web content. Follow the instructions provided by the Apache Software Foundation to install Apache 2.4.x on Debian 9.
  • MySQL 5.5.x – MySQL is a free and open source database management system used to store and retrieve data for websites and applications. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. When you’ve installed MySQL 5.5.x, you can use the tool in the MySQL GUI Client to create a user and database with all the default security settings.
  • PHP 7.0.x – PHP is short for PHP Personal Homepage. It’s a free open source scripting language designed for web development, specifically for building websites. Follow the instructions in the PHP manual to install PHP 7.0.x on your system.
  • WordPress 4.9.2 – WordPress is a free and open source CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to quickly and easily create and manage a website or blog. It is especially useful for bloggers and content creators who need to keep up with the latest news stories, blog posts, and product reviews.

When you’ve followed all the steps above, you’ll have a functioning WordPress website ready to go. You can take a look at it by visiting localhost in your browser’s address bar, or by going to http://your-server-name.com, replacing your-server-name with the actual hostname of your server. You can also log in to your WordPress account and begin making changes.

Final Steps

Once you’ve installed WordPress, you need to connect it to your website’s MySQL database. You can do this by visiting DashboardDatabases → MySQL. If you want to secure your WordPress installation, you can download and install the WordPress Security Core plugin. Doing this will help you to set up a limited access permission level for the WordPress dashboard. Finally, you can visit SettingsPrivacy and change the site’s privacy mode from public to private. This will prevent people from discovering your site’s content when it is being randomly searched across the web. Keeping your site private is a great way to keep your blog or website’s visitors safe and to increase loyalty amongst your current audience.

With this tutorial, you have learned how to get a WordPress website running. You can download and install WordPress from WordPress.org and begin making changes to your site. If you’ve followed the tutorial correctly, you’ll have an easily usable WordPress website up and running in a matter of minutes.