Installing WPMU on Media Temple VPS (Plesk) in 5 Minutes!

This is a quick post to help you install WordPress ? (WPMU) on Media Temple. This is a task that you would think would be very easy (and is with Terminal). MT go all out to advertise that they are super easy to use. This is not so! They use Plesk which is a quite a dog of a service compared to cPanel. I am sure there is going to be something great you can do with Plesk I don’t know about. This said for what I need it for it is very limited.

I am going to assume that since you are setting up WPMU that you can sign-up up to MT without assistance.

So you have gotten setup with MT and the first thing you notice is that the File Manager sucks!

  1. First turn on SSH access for Media Temple
  2. Open Terminal, Putty etc
  3. In Terminal type in
    ssh root@yourdomain.com
  4. Enter your password
  5. In Terminal type in
    cd /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/httpdocs/
  6. In Terminal type in
    wget http://mu.wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
  7. In Terminal type in
     tar zxvf wordpress-mu-2.9.1.1.tar.gz
    

    or what ever version downloaded (the ls command will show you all of the files)

  8. In Terminal type in
    chmod 777 /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/httpdocs /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/httpdocs/wp-content/
    
  9. In Terminal type in
    rm index.html
  10. Navigate you browser to yourdomain.com
  11. Enter in all your database information and you are away as Media Temple VHOSTS is pre-configured
  12. In Terminal type in
    chmod 755 /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/httpdocs /var/www/vhosts/yourdomain.com/httpdocs/wp-content/

So in 12 easy steps you have WPMU on Media Temple.

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