WordPress with PHP v. 7.0

WordPress with PHP v. 7.0

Last Updated on 2022-10-17 by Sture


WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.

More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

WWW: http://wordpress.org/.


The following applications must be installed, configured and running before installation of WordPress:

  1. Apache HTTP Server
  2. PHP (v. 7.0)
  3. MySQL DB Server
  4. GNUwget

Preparation for Installation

Start PuTTY on a Windows PC, Terminal on a Mac or similar terminal application on a Linux PC.

In this example Terminal on a Mac is used.

Open a remote SSH session to the server with:

Mac:~ user$ ssh user@ [enter]
N.B.: Replace user@ with User ID and IP Address on Your server!
[user@server ~]$

Enable superuser privileges with:

[user@server ~]$ sudo -s [enter]
Password: <-- passwd [enter]
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

N.B.: Enter user password, not the root password!


N.B.: Do NOT install WordPress from port if the PHP version installed is > 5.6!

Verify version of PHP installed with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# php -v <enter>
PHP 7.0.15 (cli) (built: Jan 24 2017 01:18:59) ( NTS )
Copyright (c) 1997-2017 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v3.0.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Zend Technologies
    with Zend OPcache v7.0.15, Copyright (c) 1999-2017, by Zend Technologies
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

In this example PHP version 7.0 is installed. Due to this WordPress will be downloaded from the WordPress site.


Download the latest version of WordPress with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz <enter>
--2017-02-22 18:26:38--  https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
Resolving wordpress.org (wordpress.org)...,
Connecting to wordpress.org (wordpress.org)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 7997959 (7,6M) [application/octet-stream]
Saving to: ‘latest.tar.gz’

latest.tar.gz       100%[===================>]   7,63M  1,74MB/s    in 6,0s    

2017-02-22 18:26:45 (1,27 MB/s) - ‘latest.tar.gz’ saved [7997959/7997959]

[root@server /usr/home/user]#


Extract file latest.tar.gz to /usr/local/www/ with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz  -C /usr/local/www <enter>
x wordpress/
x wordpress/wp-settings.php
x wordpress/wp-cron.php
x wordpress/wp-comments-post.php
x wordpress/wp-activate.php
x wordpress/wp-admin/
x wordpress/wp-includes/comment.php
x wordpress/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php
x wordpress/wp-config-sample.php
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Delete file latest.tar.gz with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# rm latest.tar.gz <enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

N.B.: Only not installed required PHP shared extension will be installed with the following command!

Install shared PHP extension required by phpMyAdmin with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# pkg install curl php70-curl libnghttp2 php70-gd php70-hash php70-xml php70-tokenizer php70-mysqli php70-zip php70-ftp php70-zlib <enter>
Updating FreeBSD repository catalogue...
FreeBSD repository is up-to-date.
All repositories are up-to-date.
The following 4 package(s) will be affected (of 0 checked):

New packages to be INSTALLED:
	curl: 7.52.1_1
	php70-curl: 7.0.15
	libnghttp2: 1.18.0
	php70-ftp: 7.0.15

Number of packages to be installed: 4

The process will require 4 MiB more space.
1 MiB to be downloaded.

Proceed with this action? [y/N]: y <enter>
Fetching curl-7.52.1_1.txz: 100%    1 MiB   1.1MB/s    00:01    
Fetching php70-curl-7.0.15.txz: 100%   26 KiB  26.8kB/s    00:01    
Fetching libnghttp2-1.18.0.txz: 100%  104 KiB 106.4kB/s    00:01    
Fetching php70-ftp-7.0.15.txz: 100%   22 KiB  22.4kB/s    00:01    
Checking integrity... done (0 conflicting)
[1/4] Installing libnghttp2-1.18.0...
[1/4] Extracting libnghttp2-1.18.0: 100%
[2/4] Installing curl-7.52.1_1...
[2/4] Extracting curl-7.52.1_1: 100%
[3/4] Installing php70-curl-7.0.15...
[3/4] Extracting php70-curl-7.0.15: 100%
[4/4] Installing php70-ftp-7.0.15...
[4/4] Extracting php70-ftp-7.0.15: 100%
Message from php70-curl-7.0.15:

The following line has been added to your /usr/local/etc/php/ext-20-curl.ini
configuration file to automatically load the installed extension:


Message from php70-ftp-7.0.15:

The following line has been added to your /usr/local/etc/php/ext-20-ftp.ini
configuration file to automatically load the installed extension:


[root@server /usr/home/user]#


Change file owner and group recursively for /usr/local/www/wordpress with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# chown -R www:www /usr/local/www/wordpress <enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Change file modes recursively for /usr/local/www/wordpress with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# chmod -R 755 /usr/local/www/wordpress <enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Enable the Apache rewrite_module with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# perl -pi -e 's/#LoadModule rewrite_module/LoadModule rewrite_module/g' /usr/local/etc/apache24/httpd.conf <enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

To make wordpress available on the web site:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# ee /usr/local/etc/apache24/Includes/wordpress.conf <enter>

Add the following lines;

Alias /wp/ "/usr/local/www/wordpress/"
<Directory "/usr/local/www/wordpress/">
  AllowOverride All
  Require all granted

…the restart the apache24 service with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# service apache24 restart <enter>
Performing sanity check on apache24 configuration:
Syntax OK
Stopping apache24.
Waiting for PIDS: 12555.
Performing sanity check on apache24 configuration:
Syntax OK
Starting apache24.
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Prepare MySQL Database

WordPress uses a relational database, such as MySQL, to manage and store site and user information.

Login to the MySQL database with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# mysql -u root -p <enter>
Enter password: <-- password <enter>
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 422
Server version: 5.7.17-log Source distribution

Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

root@localhost [(none)]>

Create a MySQL wordpress database with:

root@localhost [(none)]> CREATE DATABASE wordpress; &enter>
Query OK, 1 row affected (0,02 sec)

root@localhost [(none)]>

Create a MySQL user account wpadmin that WordPress will use to interact with the wordpress database with:

root@localhost [(none)]> CREATE USER wpadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; &enter>
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0,44 sec)

root@localhost [(none)]>


Grant the WordPress wpadmin user full access to the wordpress database with:


root@localhost [(none)]> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wpadmin@localhost; &enter> Query OK, 0 rows affected (0,44 sec) root@localhost [(none)]>

Before this privileges change will go into effect, we must flush the privileges with:

root@localhost [(none)]> FLUSH PRIVILEGES; &enter>
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0,43 sec)

root@localhost [(none)]>

Exit the MySQL prompt with:

root@localhost [(none)]> exit &enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Make a copy of the WordPress sample configuration file with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# cp /usr/local/www/wordpress/wp-config-sample.php /usr/local/www/wordpress/wp-config.php <enter>
[root@server /usr/home/user]#

Start editing file /usr/local/www/wordpress/wp-config.php with:

[root@server /usr/home/user]# ee /usr/local/www/wordpress/wp-config.php <enter>

…and update DB_NAME, DB_USER and DB_PASSWORD as in this example:

 * The base configuration for WordPress
 * The wp-config.php creation script uses this file during the
 * installation. You don't have to use the web site, you can
 * copy this file to "wp-config.php" and fill in the values.
 * This file contains the following configurations:
 * * MySQL settings
 * * Secret keys
 * * Database table prefix
 * @link https://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php
 * @package WordPress

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

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

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

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

/** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */
define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8');

/** The Database Collate type. Don't change this if in doubt. */
define('DB_COLLATE', '');

 * Authentication Unique Keys and Salts.
 * Change these to different unique phrases!
 * You can generate these using the {@link https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ WordPress.org secret-key service}
 * You can change these at any point in time to invalidate all existing cookies. This will force all users to have to log in again.
 * @since 2.6.0
define('AUTH_KEY',         'put your unique phrase here');
define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY',  'put your unique phrase here');
define('LOGGED_IN_KEY',    'put your unique phrase here');
define('NONCE_KEY',        'put your unique phrase here');
define('AUTH_SALT',        'put your unique phrase here');
define('SECURE_AUTH_SALT', 'put your unique phrase here');
define('LOGGED_IN_SALT',   'put your unique phrase here');
define('NONCE_SALT',       'put your unique phrase here');


 * WordPress Database Table prefix.
 * You can have multiple installations in one database if you give each
 * a unique prefix. Only numbers, letters, and underscores please!
$table_prefix  = 'wp_';

 * For developers: WordPress debugging mode.
 * Change this to true to enable the display of notices during development.
 * It is strongly recommended that plugin and theme developers use WP_DEBUG
 * in their development environments.
 * For information on other constants that can be used for debugging,
 * visit the Codex.
 * @link https://codex.wordpress.org/Debugging_in_WordPress
define('WP_DEBUG', false);

/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */

/** Absolute path to the WordPress directory. */
if ( !defined('ABSPATH') )
	define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__) . '/');

/** Sets up WordPress vars and included files. */
require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-settings.php');

Authentication Unique Keys and Salts

You can generate the unique keys at: https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/

Run WordPress Installation Script

Start your browser and got to http://www.example.net/wp/ and complete the installation of WordPress.

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