This will install and setup WordPresss optimized to run in the cloud. By default it will
place Ngnix and php-fpm configured to scale horizontally with Nginx's reverse proxy.
WordPress is a powerful blogging platform written in PHP. This charm aims to
deploy WordPress in a fashion that will allow anyone to scale and grow out a
This charm is available in the Juju Charm Store, to deploy you'll need at a
minimum: a cloud environment, a working Juju installation, and a successful
bootstrap. Please refer to the
Juju Getting Started
documentation before continuing.
Once bootstrapped, deploy the MySQL charm then this WordPress charm:
juju deploy mysql juju deploy wordpress
Add a relation between the two of them
juju add-relation wordpress mysql
Expose the WordPress installation
juju expose wordpress
Scaled Down Usage for Personal Use
If you're just looking to run a personal blog and want to save money you can run
all of this on a single node, here's an entire single node installation from
juju bootstrap juju deploy --to 0 wordpress juju deploy --to 0 mysql juju add-relation wordpress mysql juju expose wordpress
This will run everything on one node, however we still have the flexibility to
grow horizontally. If your blog gets more traffic and you need to scale:
juju add-unit wordpress
Since we're omitting the
--to command Juju will fire up a new dedicated
machine for Wordpress and relate it. You can also
remove-unit when the surge
is over and go back to a cheaper one node set up.
Scale Out Usage
You can deploy a memcached server and relate it to your WordPress service to add
memcache caching. This will automagically install
WP-FFPC (regardless of your
tuning settings) and configure it to cache rendered pages to the memcache
server. In addition to this layer of caching, Nginx will pull directly from
memcached bypassing PHP altogether. You could theoretically then turn off
php5-fpm on all of your servers and just have Nginx serve static content via
memcached (though, you wouldn't be able to access the admin panel or any
uncached pages - it's just a potential scenario).
juju deploy memcached juju add-relation memcached wordpress
This setup will also synchronize the flushing of cache across all WordPress
nodes, making it ideal to avoid stale caches.
Once the relation is set and the hooks have ran accordingly, you will need to
manually save the settings for WP-FFPC. Everything will be configured, though.
Just log in to the administrator Dashboard, and then click the link to the
WP-FFPC Settings page displayed on the error at the top of the page. Finally,
scroll down and click on the blue button which says Save Changes.
A small note, when using the Apache2 engine and memcache, all request will
still be sent to WordPress via Apache where typical caching procedures will take
place and wp-ffpc will render the memcached page.
This WordPress charm comes with several tuning levels designed to encompass the
different styles in which this charm will be used.
A use case for each tuning style is outlined below:
The Bare configuration option is meant for those who wish to run the stock
WordPress setup with no caching, no manipulation of data, and no additional
scale out features enabled. This is ideal if you intend to install additional
plugins to deal with coordinating WordPress units or simply wish to test drive
WordPress as it is out of the box. This will still create a load-balancer when
an additional unit is created, though everything else will be turned off
(WordPress caching, APC OpCode caching, and NFS file sharing).
To run this WordPress charm under a bare tuning level execute the following:
juju set wordpress tuning=bare
When running in Single mode, this charm will make every attempt to provide a
solid base for your WordPress install. By running in single the following will
be enabled: Nginx microcache, APC OpCode caching, WordPress caching module,
and the ability to sync files via NFS. While Single mode is designed to allow
for scaling out, it's meant to only scale out for temporary relief; say in the
event of a large traffic in-flux. It's recommended for long running scaled out
versions that optimized is used. The removal of the file share speeds up the
site and servers ensuring that the most efficient set up is provided.
To run this WordPress charm under a single tuning level execute the following:
juju set wordpress tuning=single
If you need to run WordPress on more than one instance constantly, or require
scaling out and in on a regular basis, then Optimized is the recommended
configuration. When you run WordPress under an Optimized tuning level, the
ability to install, edit, and upgrade themes and plugins is disabled. By doing
this the charm can drop the need for an NFS mount which is inefficient and serve
everything from it's local disk. Everything else provided in Single level is
available. In order to install or modify plugins with this setup you'll need to
edit and commit them to a forked version of the charm in the files/wordpress/
To run this WordPress charm under an optimized tuning level execute the
juju set wordpress tuning=optimized
In order to allow for custom WordPress content within the Juju charm a separate
configuration option exists for pointing to any Git or Bzr repository. An
example of a valid formed wp-content repository can be found on the
Juju Tools Github page. To set
the wp-content directive to a git repository, use one of the following formats
making sure to replace items like
repo with their
juju set wordpress wp-content=git@host:path/repo.git
juju set wordpress wp-content=http://host/path/repo.git
juju set wordpress wp-content=git://host/path/repo.git
If you wish to use a bzr repository, then apply one of the following schemes
replacing items like
repo with their
For LaunchPad hosted repostiories:
juju set wordpress wp-content=lp:~username/path/repo
For other Bzr repositories:
juju set wordpress wp-content=bzr://host/path/repo
juju set wordpress wp-content=bzr+ssh://host/path/repo
Setting the wp-content option to an empty string ("") will result in no further
updates being pulled from that repository; however, the last pull will remain on
the system and will not be removed.
This option will create a directory
_debug at the root of each unit
http://unit-address/_debug). In this directory are two scripts: info.php
/_debug/info.php) and apc.php (
/_debug/apc.php). info.php is a simple
phpinfo script that will outline exactly how the environment is configured.
apc.php is the APC admin portal which provides APC caching details in addition
to several administrative functions like clearing the APC cache. This should
never be set to "yes" in production as it exposes detailed information about the
environments and may provide a way for an intruder to DDoS the machine.
juju set wordpress debug=yes
to disable debugging:
juju set wordpress debug=no
The debugging is disabled by default.
By default the WordPress charm will install nginx and php5-fpm to serve pages.
In the event you do not wish to use nginx - for whatever reason - you can switch
to Apache2. This will provide a near identical workflow as if you were using
nginx with one key difference: memcached. In nginx, the cached pages are served
from memcached prior to hitting the php contents, this isn't possible with
apache2. As such memcached support still works, since it falls back to the
WordPress caching engine, but it's not as robust. Otherwise, Apache2 will still
perform balancing and everything else mentioned above. You can switch between
engines at will with the following:
juju set wordpress engine=apache2
Then back to nginx:
juju set wordpress engine=nginx
Any other value will result in the default (nginx) being used.
Known Limitations and Issues
At this time WordPress + Memcached don't work on HP Cloud's standard.xsmall. To
get around this deploy the WordPress charm with the charm to at least a
standard.small, to do this:
juju deploy --constraints "instance-type=standard.small" wordpress
This only is a problem when attempting to relate memcached to WordPress,
otherwise an xsmall is okay though it's really not the best sized platform for
running a stable WordPress install.
Single mode and the scale-out
If you're in Single mode and you want to/need to scale out, but you've been
upgrading, modifying, and installing plugins + themes like a normal WordPress
user on a normal install; you can still scale out but you'll need to deploy a
shared-fs charm first. At the time of this writing only the NFS charm will work,
but as more shared-fs charms come out (gluster, ceph, etc) that provide a
shared-fs/mount interface those should all work as well. In this example we'll
juju deploy nfs juju add-relation nfs wordpress:nfs
By doing so, everything in the wp-contents directory is moved to this NFS mount
and then shared to all future WordPress units. It's strongly recommended that
you first deploy the nfs mount, then scale WordPress out. Failure to do so may
result in data loss. Once nfs is deployed, running, and related you can scale
out the WordPress unit using the following command:
juju add-unit wordpress
In the event you want more than one unit at a time (and do not wish to run the
add-unit command multiple times) you can supply a
-n number of units to add,
so to add three more units:
juju add-unit -n3 wordpress
In order to have a working relation with memcached, you need to first set up
your Wordpress blog, by creating your first user. If you try to relate
memcached before, you will get a
cache-relation-changed error on your
WordPress Contact Information
- (string) Setting this option to "yes" will expose /_debug on all instances over HTTP. In the _debug folder are two scripts, info.php and apc.php. info.php will display the phpinfo information for that server while the apc.php will provide APC cache stats (as well as additional administrative options for APC).
- (string) Currently two web server engines are supported: nginx and apache. For the majority of deployments nginx will be the prefered choice. See the Readme for more details
- (string) This is the tuning level for the WordPress setup. There are three options: "bare", "single", and "optimized". "bare" will give you a nearly un-altered WordPress setup, as if you'd downloaded and set it up yourself. "single" will provide you with everything you need to run a singlular unit of WordPress. This doesn't take in to consideration that you'll be scaling at all. However, it will allow you to use WordPress free of any troubles and pesky limitations that typically happen during "optimized". While you _can_ scale out with this setting I encourage you read the README "optimized" will give you a hardened WordPress setup. Some of the features in the Admin panel will be locked down and theme edits/plugins can only be updated through he charm. This is the recommended setup for those who are in serious need of constant scaling.
- (string) This is a full repository path to where the WordPress wp-contents can be found. At this time Git, BZR, SVN, and HG are supported. An example of what a wp-content repository should look like can be found at http://github.com/jujutools/wordpress-site.