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

  • Posted October 26, 2013

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:


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. Regards, Bobby

@Pablo: Thank you!!! This is a great resource!

Check out <a href=“”>How To Set Up Multiple WordPress Sites on a Single Ubuntu VPS</a>.

Anyone have any idea how to do this given my current droplet setup (Wordpress on Ubuntu 12.10)? <br> <br>Thanks!

This is achieved using virtual hosting. You need to instruct your http server to deliver different folders for different server names. <br> <br>Here are some examples from nginx; <br>

Please Note: I am not interested in WP Multisite. That is not what I am asking here. :-) <br> <br>Thanks again!