How to install WordPress with Apache, MariaDB and PHP 7 on Arch Linux

WordPress is a popular, dynamic, blog-focused content management system. The software is built upon a LAMP or LEMP stack and features an extensive plugin framework and theme system, which allows site owners and developers to deploy easy-to-use and powerful publishing tools.

This tutorial will help you how to install and configure WordPress with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7 on Arch Linux.

Install and Configure Apache, MariaDB and PHP for Wordpress

Before we begin with the installation and configuration of Apache, MariaDB, and PHP for WordPress, make sure the Arch Linux system's database is up to date and that all installed software is running the latest versions. Run the following command to update your system in Arch Linux:

sudo pacman -Syu

Setup Apache

Install the Apache 2 web server:

sudo pacman -Sy apache

Configure Apache MPM prefork. Open /etc/apache2/mods-available/mpm_prefork.conf in your text editor and edit the values as needed. The following is optimized for a 1GB of RAM:

sudo nano /etc/apache2/mods-available/mpm_prefork.conf
<IfModule mpm_prefork_module>
      StartServers        2
      MinSpareServers     6
      MaxSpareServers     12
      MaxRequestWorkers   30
      MaxRequestsPerChild 3000

The edited file above shows the default settings for the Apache HTTP Server. Then turn off the KeepAlive:

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/extra/httpd-default.conf
KeepAlive Off 

Open and edit the main Apache HTTP server configuration file httpd.conf. Comment out the line include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
      #Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

Comment out Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf line.

In the same file, add the line IncludeOptional conf/sites.d/*.conf at the end of file httpd.conf.

      IncludeOptional conf/sites.d/*.conf

Create a directory to store the virtual host configuration files:

sudo mkdir -v /etc/httpd/conf/sites.d

Create the directory /srv/http/wordpress. This directory will later contain the WordPress files.

sudo mkdir /srv/http/wordpress

Create virtual host configuration file for WordPress, in this case, it will be named wordpress.conf

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/sites.d/wordpress.conf

Add the following lines in the wordpress.conf:

<VirtualHost *:80>
      DocumentRoot /srv/http/wordpress
      ServerName wparchserver.tld
      ServerAdmin [email protected]
      ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/wparchserver-error_log
      TransferLog /var/log/httpd/wparchserver-access_log

      <Directory />
          Options +Indexes +FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI
          AllowOverride All
          Order deny,allow
          Allow from all
          Require all granted

Replace the word wparchserver.tld with the domain name of your website.

Restart the apache web server so that it loads the new config file.

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Setup MariaDB

Install the mariadb, mariadb-clients and libmariadbclient packages, by running the following command:

sudo pacman -S mariadb mariadb-clients libmariadbclient

Install the MariaDB data directory:

sudo mysql_install_db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql

Start the MariaDB service and set it to run at boot:

sudo systemctl start mysqld.service
sudo systemctl enable mysqld.service

Run mysql_secure_installation, a command line tool that helps you to secure MySQL / MariaDB. mysql_secure_installation gives you the option to set your root password, disable root logins from outside localhost, remove anonymous user accounts, remove the test database and then reload the privilege tables:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

You can accept the defaults for all options, just enter a secure password when requested.

Setup PHP 7

Install the PHP Package. According to PHP 7 on Arch Linux, this command will install PHP 7 and dependencies.

sudo pacman -Sy php php-apache php-gd

Open and edit PHP's configuration file /etc/php/php.ini for better error messages and logs, and upgraded performance. These modifications provide a good starting point for 1GB of RAM:

sudo nano /etc/php/php.ini
log_errors = On
error_log = /var/log/php/error.log
max_input_time = 30

In the same file, enable the extensions mysqli and gd by uncommenting the following lines:


When you are finished, save and close the file.

Now you need to create the log directory for PHP and give the Apache user ownership:

sudo mkdir /var/log/php
sudo chown http /var/log/php

By default, the Apache configurations file uses the module which don't work for this setup. Open file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf, find and comment out the line LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
#LoadModule mpm_event_module modules/
LoadModule mpm_prefork_module modules/

Disable Apache event module.

In the same file, enable PHP 7 module by adding the lines LoadModule php7_module modules/ and Include conf/extra/php7_module.conf

LoadModule php7_module modules/
Include conf/extra/php7_module.conf

Enable the Apache PHP module.

Find the section <IfModule mime_module> in the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf then add the following line :

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps

Add PHP parsing.

In the section <IfModule dir_module> add the line index.php and place it before index.html

<IfModule dir_module>
    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

Change the Directory Index.

When you are finished, save and close the file.

Create a new MariaDB Database and User for Wordpress

In order to create a new MariaDB database for the WordPress installation, you have to login to MariaDB as root user.

mysql -u root -p

Now, Create a database for the WordPress installation. In this case, we'll create a database named dbwordpress and off-course you can change the name.

CREATE DATABASE dbwordpress;

Create a new user and set the password. Use your own and unique password here.

CREATE USER wpuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'wpP455w0rd';

Now grant the user full access the database.

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON dbwordpress.* TO wpuser@localhost ;

Refresh the database tables and exit from MariaDB.


Download WP and Configure the Wordpress Installation

Before we download Wordpress, install the wget and rsync packages if you haven't installed them yet:

sudo pacman -Sy wget rsync

Download the latest version of WordPress from the official WordPress site using the wget command.

Now, extract the WordPress tar.gz archive.

tar -zxvf latest.tar.gz

Copy the WordPress installation to the directory /srv/http/wordpress/ using rsync command:

sudo rsync -avP wordpress/ /srv/http/wordpress/

Make a copy of wp-config-sample.php and create a new wp-config.php file. This file contains the WordPress database connection parameters.

sudo cp /srv/http/wordpress/wp-config-sample.php /srv/http/wordpress/wp-config.php

Open and edit the file wp-config.php, Find setting for DB_NAME, DB_USER, and DB_PASSWORD, fill in the values of the database, username and password you created earlier.

sudo nano /srv/http/wordpress/wp-config.php

It should look like this:

/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'dbwordpress');

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

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'wpP455w0rd');

Change the directorye ownership of /srv/http/wordpress/ to the Apache user and group.

sudo chown -Rv http:http /srv/http/wordpress/

Set the permissions of all directories in /srv/http/wordpress/ to 755.

sudo find /srv/http/wordpress/ -type d -exec chmod -v 775 {} \;

For all files in the /srv/http/wordpress/ directory, set the mode to 644.

sudo find /srv/http/wordpress/ -type f -exec chmod -v 644 {} \;

Now install WordPress through it's web installer. Open your favorite browser and navigate to the server name or IP address. Wordpress Installation page will appear in your browser like this:

WordPress installation starts.

Select your languange.

Select your language in Wordpress.

Enter the information about your wordpress site like site title, username and password for login to the WordPress dashboard. When you are finished, click on the Install Button

Enter WordPress deatils like site name, username and password.

The WordPress installation was successful, now you can login to the WordPress dashboard with the account you just created by clicking Login button:

Before activating the WordPress permalink feature, we have to enable the Apache Rewrite Module. You can do this by opening file /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf.

sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Find the line LoadModule rewrite_module modules/ and uncomment it.

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/

Save and close file, then restart apache:

sudo systemctl restart httpd

Create a file with the name .httaccess.

sudo touch /srv/http/wordpress/.htaccess

Change the ownership of that .htaccess file to the Apache webserver user and group http.

sudo chown -v http:http /srv/http/wordpress/.htaccess

Now we can activate WordPress permalinks. In the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Settings -> Permalinks.

Now you can choose any of the preconfigured settings to organize URLs, or you can create your own.

When you have made your selection, click "Save Changes".


Congratulations! You should now have a WordPress website with Apache2, MariaDB and PHP 7 running on Arch linux. For more information, you may want to check out Wordpress on Arch Linux and WordPress Codex.

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