My development environment is a fresh Xubuntu 18.04 install. I’ve also just installed PHP, cURL and MySQL:
sudo apt-get install curl sudo apt-get install php7.2 sudo apt-get install php-pear php7.2-curl php7.2-dev php7.2-gd php7.2-mbstring php7.2-zip php7.2-mysql php7.2-xml sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Sometime during the MySQL install, it should ask to enter a password for the ‘root’ user. (Please do so.)
Note: If it doesn’t, there are a few ways to reset the root password without actually having access to it. Unfortunately, these haven’t always worked for me. This solution over at Stack Overflow, however, explains setting the root password before installing MySQL, and should just work.
Installing Composer (a PHP package and dependencies manager) isn’t exactly rocket science, either. In brief:
sudo apt-get install composer
If you’d rather install the latest version rather than the one Ubuntu happens to ship, feel free to manually download the PHAR file instead.
Valet: My PHP Development Environment of Choice
cd composer global require cpriego/valet-linux
valet install, unfortunately, won’t work unless I first get rid of Apache, and install some required packages:
sudo apt-get ---purge remove apache2* sudo apt-get install network-manager libnss3-tools jq xsel valet install
I like dropping my sites in a directory I call
cd mkdir Sites cd Sites valet park
Since I’m not as familiar with command-line SQL as I probably should, I’m installing phpMyAdmin, too:
cd ~/Sites wget https://www.phpmyadmin.net/downloads/phpMyAdmin-latest-all-languages.zip unzip phpMyAdmin-latest-all-languages.zip mv phpMyAdmin-*-all-languages/ phpmyadmin
Yep. That’s literally all it takes to get phpMyAdmin up and running at http://phpmyadmin.test. I log in with ‘root’ and my previously chosen password, and create a new database, like
Note: A few databases in, you may want to up PHP’s memory limit in order to be able to use phpMyAdmin without server errors. On Ubuntu, Valet’s
php.ini can be found in
1024M—1 GB—will probably do.
WP-CLI is a command line utility that’s installed as follows and helps greatly speed up certain WordPress actions …
cd curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar chmod +x wp-cli.phar echo 'alias wp="~/wp-cli.phar"' >> ~/.bashrc source ~/.bashrc
… like downloading the core WordPress files:
cd ~/Sites mkdir janboddez cd janboddez wp core download
Finally, at http://janboddez.test, I’m confronted with WordPress’s “famous five-minute installation” guide!