Upgrading WordPress to PHP7 on Amazon Linux

Major of instructions were taken from StackOverflow. Though I didn’t follow all steps plus I also had to deal with SSL module. Anyway the migration was fast and flawless. Just don’t forget to backup you website 🙂

Here are my instructions if you followed AWS tutorial to setup WordPress on Apache with SSL. Note that following these instructions is relatively safe and doesn’t corrupt any WordPress files (if you on Amazon Linux).

  1. Stop Apache and remove httpd 2.2 and PHP 5:
     sudo service httpd stop
     sudo yum remove httpd* php*
  2. Install Apache 2.4 and mod_ssl
    sudo yum install http24
    sudo yum install mod24_ssl
  3. Install PHP 7 and required modules
    sudo yum install php70
    sudo yum install php70-mysqlnd
    sudo yum install php70-gd
  4. Update Apache configuration to react on index.php files:
    sudo nano /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

    Find dir_module section and update it to:

    <IfModule dir_module>
      DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

    Find <Directory "/var/www/html"> and update it to:

    <Directory "/var/www/html">
      Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
      AllowOverride All
      Require all granted
  5. Now it’s time to copy back your SSL configuration:
    sudo mv /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf.rpmsave /etc/httpd/conf.d/ssl.conf
  6. Final steps: adding httpd to boot sequence and launching it:
    sudo chkconfig httpd on
    sudo service httpd start

Voila! Your WordPress should be back online running on PHP 7! Many thanks to WordPress, PHP, Apache and Amazon people who surely worked hard to make such transitions so simple and burden-free.

TensorFlow on Amazon Linux

This time I had to install Google’s TensorFlow for my wife’s study projects. Unfortunately TensorFlow officially supports only Ubuntu Linux and I didn’t find any tutorial for Amazon Linux. But I was able to find something for Cent OS which is very close, thanks to Tim Hoolihan!

First of all I had to install prerequisites. Note that I didn’t use Python’s virtual env. We use Jupyter Notebook front-end for study projects and I don’t know if virtualenv would be handy there.

sudo yum -y install epel-release
sudo yum -y install gcc gcc-c++ python-pip python-devel atlas atlas-devel gcc-gfortran openssl-devel libffi-devel
pip install --upgrade numpy scipy wheel cryptography

Then we have to install TensorFlow package from URL we can find on TensorFlow.org. I choose Python 2.7 package with CPU-only support. GPU support requires much more “dancing” and is not recommended for newbies.

sudo pip install https://storage.googleapis.com/tensorflow/linux/cpu/tensorflow-1.0.1-cp27-none-linux_x86_64.whl