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Install Wordpress over SSH

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Written by Giles Bennett

Installing Wordpress over SSH is the simplest and quickest method of installing it.

Simply login with your usual SSH client, then navigate to the directory you want to install it into.

Download the latest version of Wordpress with the following command :


Then unpack the downloaded package :

tar xfz latest.tar.gz

which will unzip it to a directory called 'Wordpress'. To move the entire contents from that directory up into your current directory, simply type :

mv wordpress/* ./

Then finally clear up after yourself by removing the original zip file :

rm latest.tar.gz

and the empty directory :

rm -rf wordpress

Then continue the installation through Wordpress's web-based setup at - you'll need your MySQL database name, username and password to create your config.php file (or you can do it manually - I may well cover that in another post!).

Author : Giles Bennett

About the author

Giles Bennett built his first website in 1996, and is old enough to miss Netscape Navigator. Initially a lawyer, he jumped ship to IT in 2008, and after 5 years as a freelancer, he founded HummingbirdUK in 2013. He can be reached by email at