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Setting up WordPress on Raspberry Pi

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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Imagine being able to host a WordPress site literally in the palm of your hands? Well that is now possible with a Raspberry Pi 3 model B, the latest and most powerful available credit card size computer that you can purchase for a mere $35 bucks online.

If you know how to set up an Apache Server with MySQL and PHP – then getting WordPress installed is a lot easier than you think. Unlike Windows or Mac, Raspberry Pi runs on Debian which is a lot like Linux and uses many of the same commands found in Unix and Linux terminal sessions. So if you are familiar with Unix or Linux – even the Mac OS Unix – then you are set to go.

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16 GB SD card and Adapter for PC / Mac

What you need to get started:
At the very least – you should have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B running the latest Debian update – Jessie. You can download the latest from this page . You will also need an SD card of at least 8GB but I would dig  a little deeper and buy a 16 GB card like the one shown here.

Once you have the image of the OS installed and the Pi running – you are read for the next step

Software and Installation:

First thing you need to do is is set up a LAMP Web Server – which is actually Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. The Raspberry Pi foundation has an excellent and detailed step by step guide on how to set up your Raspberry Pi. You can find it here .

I found another source on installing PHP7, Apache and MySQL that is worth checking out – here

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 2.08.50 PMOnce you have followed all the steps – you should have a working WordPress installation on your tiny computer.
To test this out, make sure your Raspberry Pi 3 is on running your home network and enter the IP address in your browser – something like http://192.168.1.[the device address – any number from 1 – n).  The image on the right is a screen capture from my Mac in my home network

 

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