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WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

For more details see: Wordpress

Recommended settings

  • Memory (MB): 512
  • Swap (MB): 512
  • Hard disk (GB): 8

Wordpress settings

  • Main software packages: Debian Lenny, Wordpress 2.9, MySQL 5, Postfix, Apache2, PHP5

First steps

Start the VM and open a VNC console and install the latest security updates.

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Now, connect to the Wordpress web installer http://youripaddress/ and follow the instructions.

The default admin url will be


MySQL root password

During the first start of the appliance the mysql root and the database user password for wordpress are auto-generated.

For the mysql root password, see:

cat /root/.my.cnf

you can remove this file, its not needed anymore.

Upgrading Wordpress

This version of WordPress features an Automatic Upgrade. Launch the automatic upgrade by clicking the link in the new version banner (if it's there) or by going to the Tools -> Upgrade menu. After that it should be straightforward. A set of pictures showing the Wordpress upgrading process is available here.

Automatic Upgrades do fail sometimes, though, so remember to backup your database first, and deactivate your plugins before starting the upgrade.

There are 10 files that have changed since v2.9.1 in v2.9.2. They can be downloaded and expanded to overwrite their older counterparts whilst inside the wordpress webroot:

wget http://www.sacollege.net/files/appliances/wp291-292.tar.gz
tar -zxvf wp291-292.tar.gz
rm wp291-292.tar.gz

Documentation and HowTo´s about Wordpress

Wordpress | WP Comments Desktop Notifier