How to Install an Optimized WordPress Stack with SlickStack

In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to install a fast, secure, and optimized WordPress stack on an Ubuntu server with SlickStack. The tool is easy to use and beginner-friendly.

SlickStack is a great alternative to Centmin Mod and EasyEngine.


For this tutorial, you’ll need:

  • The root user or a user with sudo privileges
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop)
  • An Ubuntu server. We tested this tutorial on Ubuntu 20.04, but these instructions will work on other Ubuntu releases too
  • You can get a server from Linode, or any other Linux VPS provider
  • The server must be KVM
  • No other containers should be installed (like Docker or Kubernetes)
  • Cloudflare (with their free SSL certificate) should be activated on your domain

Now, onto our tutorial:

Update Ubuntu

First, update your Ubuntu with the following commands:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade -y

Run the SlickStack installation wizard

Next, run the following command to use the installation wizard:

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

And follow the self-explanatory prompts. It’s THAT easy.

If you don’t want to use the wizard to set up all the options, you can do it manually.

Manually set up SlickStack (optional)

You can always use the installation wizard and set SlickStack up step by step.

If you want to do it manually, follow the steps below.

First, run the following commands:

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

This will open the nano editor where you can edit all the options/configs. When done editing, save the file and close the editor. You can now run the installation wizard:

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

The installation wizard will welcome you with:

welcome to the magical world of ss where all your dreams come true

< screw containers! excelsior >
        \   ^__^
         \  (oo)\_______
            (__)\       )\/\
                ||----w |
                ||     ||

If you need help, you should check their FAQ/documentation.

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