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WordPress is a blog application content management system.


The following applications will need to be installed in order for WordPress to have everything that's needed to work properly.

root #emerge --ask www-servers/apache dev-db/mysql dev-lang/php

To add PHP support into apache, you must follow the directions in the main Apache article.


First unmask www-apps/wordpress:

root #echo "www-apps/wordpress" >> /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords

Then install Wordpress:

root #emerge --ask wordpress

Fix permissions to enable uploading content (such as banners):

root #chown apache:apache /var/www/localhost/htdocs/wordpress/wp-content


First visit the Gentoo wiki on MySQL and get it ready.

Then, create a database for WordPress to interact with:

root #mysql -u root -p
mysql> CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS `wordpress` DEFAULT CHARACTER SET `utf8` COLLATE `utf8_unicode_ci`;
mysql> CREATE USER 'wordpress'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'changeme';
mysql> GRANT SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, CREATE, DROP, INDEX, ALTER ON `wordpress`.* TO 'wordpress'@'localhost';
mysql> \q

Configure WordPress to interact with the database created. Generate goodies for this file with with Wordpress' key generator

root #nano /var/www/localhost/htdocs/wordpress/wp-config.php

Database and database user are "wordpress" and passwords are what you set in the mysql database generation step. (changeme fields)

5 minute installer

Point a web browser to http://localhost/wordpress/

If it complains about not being able to connect to the MySQL database you set in wp-config.php, make sure to change define('DB_HOST', 'localhost') to define('DB_HOST', '') in the file.

Name the website, and make create default administrator password.

Administration and use

Administer the WordPress installation at http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/

The shiny new blog is located at http://localhost/wordpress/

Plugins and themes

Wordpress is a bit of a permissions nightmare. Themes and plugins will ask for ftp access due to permission problems.

root #cd /var/www/localhost/htdocs/wordpress
root #chown -R apache:apache wp-admin wp-includes wp-content

In case of using nginx as the webserver, first edit:

root # nano /etc/php/fpm-php*/fpm.d/www.conf

and set the user and group entries to nginx. The default values are nobody which creates problems with the permission. Then set the permission accordingly:

root #cd /var/www/localhost/htdocs/wordpress
root #chown -R nginx:nginx wp-admin wp-includes wp-content

This clearly is breaking the security of the webapp. To restore security once all is set how you want it.

root #chown -R root:root /var/www/localhost/htdocs/wordpress