Run Multiple WordPress Sites on Google Cloud Servers

Just to give you a bit of background here, I had two sites across two seperate server instances. The challenge was to take one of them, and put it on the other server so I was only left with one of the instances.

On my part this was simply a cost saving measure.

Consolidating two Linux servers into one. Google Cloud Platform

SSH to old server and zip up files in the directory of the site you wish to move.

sudo zip -r backupyoursite ./

Go to PHPMyAdmin on the old server and export the database. Download it to a folder on your computer. Zip it up.

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Login to SSH on the other server.

Browse to

sudo cd /var/www/html

Create folder:

sudo mkdir yoursite

Copy all your files into that folder by copying from the old server. E.g

sudo /usr/bin/wget /

Remove the zip from your old server

sudo rm

Unzip into folder

sudo /usr/bin/unzip -d ./

Remove the zip file from your new server.

sudo rm

Update the permissions

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data yoursite

Create your database in MySQL. Then import the zip file that you saved earlier. This will add all the tables and data that you need.

Make sure you create a user that has rights as well and edit the wp-config.php to reflect what you have created.

Edit the default.conf file inside the

/etc/apache2/sites-available folder to include the below details for your new site name.


<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost
  DocumentRoot /var/www/html/yoursite
  <Directory />
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
  <Directory /var/www/html/yoursite>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    allow from all
  ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /usr/lib/cgi-bin/
  <Directory "/usr/lib/cgi-bin">
    AllowOverride None
    Options +ExecCGI -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
  ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
  # Possible values include: debug, info, notice, warn, error, crit,
  # alert, emerg.
  LogLevel warn
  CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

Restart apache

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Test your site by changing your local hosts file to point to the new server. Test everything.

Once you are happy, update your DNS for your site name to point to it’s new home.

Rob StGeorge
Senior SQL Server Database Administrator residing in Auckland, NZ

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