TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

Turnkey Wordpress

jshapiro's picture

I had downloaded Turnkey Wordpress 2.5 a couple of months back and set it up on a a VMware ESX system.

Shortly after installing it, I updated it to 2.8.4 myself following procedures documented on wordpress.org, although now I see that you have released a 2.8.4 appliance.

I do have some minor questions concerning my installation.

1.  Is there any way to take advantage of the auto-update/download/delete  features now offered for themes, plugins and the core Wordpress?  Seems like you need to use FTP, and I don't know if this is even possible with the Turnkey solution.

2.  As someone who is just learning his way around Linux, I'm curious why you use a symlink for the wp-content folder.  I know on hosted Wordpress installations it isn't that way.  I'm guessing this has to do with shared folder permissions, but I'd just like a better understanding.

3.  My Wordpress dashboard page does not correctly synchronize with the RSS feeds from Wordpress.org.  I get an error such as the following: 

RSS Error: WP HTTP Error: Could not open handle for fopen() to http://wordpress.org/development/feed/

My research on this seems to point back to the php.ini file.  Must change a line to this:

; Whether to allow include/require to open URLs (like http:// or ftp://) as files.
allow_url_include = On

The file I tried editing is /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini but it didn't solve the problem.  Is this the wrong version of php.ini or do I have to copy it somewhere else?  Or is this another issue altogether?

Are most of these issues handled better with your 2.8.4 Turnkey appliance?  If so, would I be better off exporting my installation and starting over with a new version of the appliance?


Liraz Siri's picture

New version of WordPress appliance is better

Alon's the expert on the WordPress appliance, but to the best of my knowledge the new version does integrate Automattic's new built-in upgrade mechanism. That's why we're using their upstream version and not a Debian / Ubuntu package.

I don't see how it would hurt to try to migrate your data to the new appliance version. Good luck!

Guest's picture

dashboard feed problems / upgrade mechanism problems solved

I finally found the solution for the broken RSS feeds on the Wordpress dashboard and the inability to view and download new themes/plugins and updates.   I wanted to share it here. 

The key was to install php5-curl.

apt-get install php5-curl.

After installing, I rebooted the appliance, and bingo.  Everything is now working.

Guest's picture

Thank you! Solved my problem

Thank you! Solved my problem as well.

Guest's picture

Thanks, solved the problem

I just moved a few wordpress sites from a Red Hat Enerterpirse linux setup to debian.  After dealing with wordpress blank pages, and a few other things getting RSS feeds working was the last issue.


installing php5-curl did it and now everything works.  Cheers!

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. If you have a Gravatar account, used to display your avatar.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <p> <span> <div> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <img> <map> <area> <hr> <br> <br /> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <table> <tr> <td> <em> <b> <u> <i> <strong> <font> <del> <ins> <sub> <sup> <quote> <blockquote> <pre> <address> <code> <cite> <strike> <caption>

More information about formatting options

Leave this field empty. It's part of a security mechanism.
(Dear spammers: moderators are notified of all new posts. Spam is deleted immediately)