Initial Server Setup with Ubuntu 12.04 - step 4

Posted March 17, 2013 4.6k views
Can someone give me some help with setting up a new user and assigning root privileges. I've managed the former but can't seem to fathom how to use nano and visudo to get the user's privileges set up.

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To provide a non-root user sudo access, you must
(Pre-emptive hitting of enter, sorry)
A) Login as root
B) nano /etc/sudoers
C) find the line that says "root ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL"
D) Copy and paste that line, directly under it, replacing "root" on the second line with your username.
Doesn't seem to be working. Can you take a look at it. I want to install wordpress eventually.
Actually, if you want to give a user full sudo privileges, you don't have to mess around with visudo. Just add the user to the sudo group:

sudo addgroup username sudo