WordPress on Google Cloud Platform

I am going over hosting WordPress on Google Cloud Platform in this article. This is a step by step guide on how to set up and host a WordPress website using a fresh installation.


Step 1: Fresh VM

Note: Be sure and install gcloud https://cloud.google.com/sdk/docs/downloads-apt-get Setup Project and VM (micro)
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install Swap

sudo fallocate -l 1G /swapfile  
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1024 count=1048576  
sudo chmod 600 /swapfile  
sudo mkswap /swapfile  
sudo swapon /swapfile  
sudo nano /etc/fstab  

/swapfile swap swap defaults 0 0


Step 3: Install LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP)

sudo apt install tasksel
sudo tasksel install lamp-server
sudo apt install php-curl php-gd php-mbstring php-xml php-xmlrpc


Step 4: Configure Domain

Setup DNS
-Go to your web domain registrar and create A record pointing to your new server
Configure Apache conf for website

<Directory /var/www/example.com>  
        Require all granted  
<VirtualHost *:80>  
        ServerName <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://example.com/">example.com</a>  
        ServerAlias <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://www.example.com/">www.example.com</a>  
        ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost  
        DocumentRoot /var/www/example.com  

$ mkdir -p /var/www/example.com

$ a2dissite 000-default.conf
$ a2ensite example.com.conf
$ systemctl reload apache2


Step 5: Prep Database and PHP

Create database

$ mysql -u root  
> CREATE DATABASE wordpress;  
> GRANT ALL ON wordpress.* TO 'wordpressuser' IDENTIFIED BY 'Secure1234!';  
> quit  
$ mysql_secure_installation

Edit /etc/php/7.2/apache2/php.ini

max\_input\_time = 30  
upload\_max\_filesize = 20M  
post\_max\_size = 21M


Step 6: Install WordPress on Google Cloud Platform

$ wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
$ tar -xzvf latest.tar.gz

Step 7: Tune the new install and MPM_Prefork.conf


Step 8: Troubleshooting

One important addition to setting up WordPress. Permission errors with the WordPress installation can be fixed with the following command.

$ chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/html/*

This adds permissions for the Apache server user to use the files in the webpage directory.

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In Conclusion, you now have WordPress on Google Cloud Platform. Enjoy the experience and let me know in the comments if you have any issues.

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