[How to] Create a Wordpress Image


This page shows you how to create a Wordpress Image.


WordPress is a popular, free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.

The Image you will create, would allow you to create series of servers with predefined configuration of Wordpress.

For instance, you will be able to deploy an infinity of servers serving a Wordpress in seconds.

Working with the LEMP Image will significantly save you time and effort as a large base of packages are already installed and configured.

There are four steps to create a Wordpress Image

  • Create a new server using the LEMP image
  • Install required packages
  • Configure nginx & Wordpress
  • Create the Wordpress Image

Step 1 - Create a new server using the LEMP image

Before starting, click the “Create Server” button in the control panel.

Control Panel

You will land on the server-creation page where you must input basic information for your server:

  • The name of your server, for example Wordpress
  • The tag you want to assign on it (Optional). Tags let you organize your servers, you can assign any tag to each server

Create server basic information

After inputting your server basic information, you have to choose a starting Image for your server.

In this guide, we use the LEMP Image we created previously to build the Wordpress Image.

Important: Your Images are presents in the “My images” tab.

Click the “Create Server” button. This action creates and starts your server. In a few seconds, your server will be ready to use.

Step 2 - Install required packages

When your server is running, you can log into your server using its public IP address.

In the terminal program and in the shell run an apt-get update to update packages list.

The next step is to install packages required for Wordpress. In a terminal, execute the following command

apt-get install php5-gd

Step 3 - Configure nginx & Wordpress

Once packages installation is achieved, you have to configure nginx to work properly with Wordpress

In the directory /etc/nginx/sites-available, create a new file containing the default virtual host configuration for Wordpress. I called this file wp_default in this guide

server {
  listen 80 default_server;

  root /var/www;
  index index.php index.html index.htm;

  location / {
          try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?q=$uri&$args;

  error_page 404 /404.html;

  error_page 500 502 503 504 /50x.html;
  location = /50x.html {
          root /usr/share/nginx/html;

  location ~ \.php$ {
          try_files $uri =404;
          fastcgi_split_path_info ^(.+\.php)(/.+)$;
          fastcgi_pass unix:/var/run/php5-fpm.sock;
          fastcgi_index index.php;
          include fastcgi_params;

Change to /etc/nginx/sites-enabled directory. In this directory, are present enabled virtual hosts.

Remove the php_default virtual host, enable the wp_default virtual host and reload nginx configuration.

rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
ln -s ../sites-available/wp_defaut .
service nginx reload

Wordpress required to have a database to store users, posts, etc. Connecting as root to MySQL, create a database and a database user for Wordpress as following:

CREATE USER wpuser@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpassword';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wpuser@localhost;

Nginx and MySQL are properly configured. Next step is to download the latests version of Wordpress and configure it.

cd ~
wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
tar xzvf latest.tar.gz
rm -rf /var/www
cp -rf wordpress /var/www

In the directory /var/www, copy the file wp-config-sample.php in wp-config.php

cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php

Edit the following lines of the file wp-config.php editing database name, user and password with your settings.

// ** 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', 'wpuser');

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

WP info

In your browser, try to access to the public IP address of your server. You should land on the Wordpress configuration webpage.

Step 4 - Create the Wordpress Image

You are now ready to create the Wordpress image.

Clean the log files, remove the bash history file and power off the server.

find /var/log -type f -delete
history -c

In the Control Panel, on the server page set your server to OFF

Poweroff server

Once your server is powered off, in the volumes list, click the “Snapshot” button on the volume to Snapshot.

Volume snapshot

In the Control Panel, click “Snapshot” in the compute section.
Click the name of your Snapshot and rename the Snapshot to Wordpress Snapshot

WP volume snapshot

Select the Snapshot and click the “Create an image from Snapshot” button. Set your image name as Wordpress and validate.

Create a new server using the Wordpress Image and power it on.

New WP server

Once your server is started, it contains a Wordpress as we configured it.

You now can deploy an infinity of servers using this Image and serving Wordpress in seconds.