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Lightning-fast WordPress on Nginx


The below steps assume that you’ve already spun up a new Virtual Machine on your favorite KVM cloud network and that your server has Ubuntu 22.04 LTS installed with at least 1GB+ RAM and at least 1 CPU core. Also, keep in mind that SlickStack uses self-signed OpenSSL certificates by default, so unless you’re an advanced user, we highly recommend grabbing a free Cloudflare account and activating your domain there before proceeding (this requires changing your nameservers, and pointing your domain’s “A” records to your cloud server IP address).

Note: If you are not logged in as root, then be sure to run all commands with sudo otherwise the installation process will fail.

Quick install (this launches the setup wizard):

cd /tmp/ && wget -O ss && bash ss

…or if you prefer manually setting up your SlickStack configuration, do this instead:

wget -O /tmp/ss-config
mkdir -p /var/www/ && cp /tmp/ss-config /var/www/ss-config && nano /var/www/ss-config

…modify options as desired, exit the nano editor, and then run:

cd /tmp/ && wget -O ss && bash ss

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SSL Warning: Cloudflare should be activated on your domain prior to SlickStack installation, otherwise the self-signed OpenSSL certificate will result in “insecure” errors displaying when your website is loaded in a browser (after the installation is complete). Cloudflare’s free SSL Certificate Authority pairs with OpenSSL and “signs” the self-signed origin certificate with zero issues, which usually takes only a few minutes or less…

Alternatively, if you are planning to use Lets Encrypt instead of OpenSSL, you don’t necessarily need Cloudflare, and Certbot should still be able to verify your server using the temporary self-signed OpenSSL certificate that SlickStack uses for initial Nginx configuration. However, be sure to point both the staging and dev subdomains in your DNS records before beginning the SlickStack installation if you will be using the staging/dev site features, otherwise Certbot will be unable to verify the SSL certificate for those subdomains.

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