Install lighttpd and php5-cgi

apt-get install lighttpd
apt-get install php5-cgi

Enable the fastcgi module and the php configuration with

lighty-enable-mod fastcgi
lighty-enable-mod fastcgi-php

Reload the lighttpd daemon

service lighttpd force-reload

To test if it’s working create the file /var/www/index.php with the following contents:

<?php phpinfo(); ?>

Install sqlite and the php sqlite module

apt-get install sqlite3
apt-get install php5-sqlite

Install wordpress as usual, however ensure to use version 3.1.2 otherwise the PDO module wont work. Older versions of wordpress can be downloaded from their archives here: http://wordpress.org/download/release-archive/ alternatively wordpress version 3.1.2 can be downloaded directly here.

Next download the WordPress PDO (Sqlite) plugin from its official website here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pdo-for-wordpress/ or alternatively you can download the PDO plugin directly from here.

The instructions that follow next are directly from the official wordpress PDO plugin website:

So … to install PDO For WordPress please do the following:

Step 1: unzip the files in your wp-content directory. After unzipping the structure should look like this:


The key thing is the presence of the pdo directory and the db.php file in the ‘root’ of the wp-content directory.

Step 2: Edit your wp-config.php file so that this line of code is placed directly after the define(‘COLLATE’,”); line:

define('DB_TYPE', 'sqlite'); //mysql or sqlite

As part of the general wordpress installation you should define your secret keys too (in wp-config.php)

Once that is complete, you then need to edit the following file:

Search for the following line:

$message = __('<strong><em>Note that password</em></strong> carefully! It is a <em>random</em> password that was generated just for you.');

and replace it with the line below:

$message = __('<strong><em>Note that password</em></strong> carefully! It is a <em>random</em> password that was generated just for you.<br><br> ' . $random_password);

Once that’s complete you can then run the worpress installation script as usual from your web browser:


Finally once you have logged into wordpress, all that remains is to update your wordpress installation to the latest version which should go through without an issue.

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  1. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

  2. Awesome dude, great tutorial. It is short, precise, yet contains all information necessary for install. Btw: using SQLite was another good idea!