Deploying WordPress on CentOS, Part 1: The Manual Method

Use Case

For my first article, where else better to start than with how I created this site! There were a few options out there for getting online. WordPress has it’s advantages as a website platform, and these are the advantages I landed on.

  • Free! Yes, that is a massive advantage from the gate. I wanted to find something I could startup quickly and cheaply.
  • Wide variety of free and premium themes. Each of the themes are easily customizable via coding and readily available plugins.
  • Overall ease of use. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of webdesign to get going with WordPress. Any questions that remain, there is a large user base willing to lend help online.


Part 1, The Manual Method

  • Install CentOS on VMware (cloud choice should not matter)
  • Install All-in-One WordPress and MySQL
  • Configure SSL Certificates
  • Configure HTTP and WWW redirects

Part 2, Let’s Inject Some Automation

  • Build Custom Instance Types (Catalog Items)
  • Create scripting tasks for parity with Manual Tasks
  • Build All-in-One Layout

Part 3, Blueprint Time!

  • Build Multi-Tiered Layout

Let’s Get Started!

  1. Create a VM
    We need a host for our platform. I’m deploying a VM in my Vmware 6.7 lab. A simple CentOS 7.3 image will suffice. Additionally I have joined this to my domain, but is not a requirement.

    Specs for my VM named “WordPress”:
  1. Update Yum and Install PHP/MySQL Packages
    Next, SSH into the VM WordPress located at Then run the following commands to update the image and install the necessary packages.

    Note: WordPress 5.1 recently dropped, and recommends installing PHP 7.3 for added security benefits.

Configure Repo for Updated PHP, epel-release, and Enable Repo

setenforce 0
sudo yum -y install
sudo yum -y install epel-release yum-utils
sudo yum-config-manager --enable remi-php73

Install PHP and MySQL

sudo yum -y install httpd mod_ssl mariadb mariadb-server php php-common php-mysql php-gd php-xml php-mbstring php-mcrypt
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