How Do You Setup Multiple WordPress Installations on a "Wordpress on Ubuntu 12.10" Droplet?

Posted October 26, 2013 4.3k views
I have a "Wordpress on Ubuntu 12.10" droplet (512MB Ram 20GB SSD Disk) and I would like to setup more than one WordPress installation in the same "home" folder. I currently have this: /home/wordpress/public_html But I would like to have this: /home/wordpress/public_html/website01 /home/wordpress/public_html/website02 /home/wordpress/public_html/website03 ...and so on. What are the exact steps I would have to follow to do this? (assume I know nothing please). :-) Thanks so much!

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Hi there,

You could follow the steps from this video on how to host multiple WordPress websites on the same server with Apache Virtual Hosts:

Essentially, what needs to happen is:

  • Download a new copy of WordPress with the wget command:
  • After that extract the files
  • Then move the files to the /var/www/ folder:
mv wordpress /var/www/
  • Then set the owner of the file to the Apache2 user:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/
  • After that copy the existing Apache config:
sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/your_site.conf
  • Then enable the new site:
sudo a2ensite
  • Run a configtest:
sudo apachectl -t
  • If you get Syntax OK reload Apache:
sudo systemctl reload apache2
  • Then create a new MySQL database and username. To create the database first access MySQL:

Then run the following queries:


CREATE USER 'wp_site'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'use_secure_password_here';

  • Finally, access the site via your web browser to finish the installation.

Hope that this helps.

Please Note: I am not interested in WP Multisite. That is not what I am asking here. :-)

Thanks again!
This is achieved using virtual hosting. You need to instruct your http server to deliver different folders for different server names.

Here are some examples from nginx;
Anyone have any idea how to do this given my current droplet setup (Wordpress on Ubuntu 12.10)?

by Justin Ellingwood
WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that can be used to quickly launch blogs and websites. In this guide, we will discuss how to launch two separate blogs, each associated with their own domains, from one VPS.
@Pablo: Thank you!!! This is a great resource!