Support #964

Install WordPress on FreeBSD

Added by Daniel Curtis about 1 year ago. Updated 8 months ago.

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This is a guide on setting up WordPress with Nginx on FreeBSD 12.

Prepare the Environment

  • Before installation of the components, make sure everything is up to date using the following command:
    pkg update -f && pkg upgrade
  • Create the wordpress user:
    pw user add -n wordpress -s /sbin/nologin -c "WordPress" 

Install Nginx

  • Install Nginx
    pkg install nginx
  • Create a configuration directory to make managing individual server blocks easier
    mkdir /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d
  • Edit the main nginx config file:
    vi /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
    • And strip down the config file and add the include statement at the end to make it easier to handle various server blocks:
      worker_processes  1;
      error_log  /var/log/nginx-error.log;
      events {
          worker_connections  1024;
      http {
          include       mime.types;
          default_type  application/octet-stream;
          sendfile        on;
          keepalive_timeout  65;
          # Load config files from the /etc/nginx/conf.d directory
          include /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/*.conf;

Install MySQL Server

  • Start by installing the mariadb100-server and mariadb100-client packages:
    pkg install mariadb105-{server,client}
  • Enable and start mysql at boot:
    sysrc mysql_enable=YES
    service mysql-server start
  • Prepare the database for use by running the secure installation:
    • NOTE: Choose a strong root password and answer yes to all questions.

Create Databases and Users

  • Login to MySQL and create appropriate databases and users.
    mysql -u root -p
    • and run the following SQL queries to create the wordpressdb database and wordpressuser user:
      CREATE DATABASE wordpressdb CHARACTER SET utf8;
      CREATE USER 'wordpressuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'SuperSecretPassword';
      GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpressdb.* TO 'wordpressuser'@'localhost';

Install WordPress

  • Install wordpress:
    pkg install wordpress
Create the wordpress php-fpm pool config file:
vi /usr/local/etc/php-fpm.d/
  1. And add the following:
    user = wordpress
    group = www
    listen = /var/run/wordpress.sock
    listen.owner = wordpress = www
    pm = dynamic
    pm.max_children = 5
    pm.start_servers = 2
    pm.min_spare_servers = 1
    pm.max_spare_servers = 3
    php_admin_value[post_max_size] = 12M
    php_admin_value[upload_max_filesize] = 10M
  • Create an server block config file:
    vi /usr/local/etc/nginx/conf.d/
    • Add the following:
      server {
          listen       80;
          root /usr/local/www/wordpress;
          index index.php index.html index.htm;
          client_max_body_size 12m;
          location / {
              try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;
          error_page      500 502 503 504  /50x.html;
          location = /50x.html {
              root /usr/local/www/nginx-dist;
          location ~ \.php$ {
              try_files $uri =404;
              fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
              fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/wordpress.sock;
              fastcgi_index index.php;
              fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME $request_filename;
              include fastcgi_params;
  • Change the ownership of the wordpress directory:
    chown -R wordpress:www /usr/local/www/wordpress
  • Restart nginx and start php-fpm:
    sysrc nginx_enable=YES
    service nginx restart
    sysrc php_fpm_enable=YES
    service php-fpm start



Updated by Daniel Curtis about 1 year ago

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