Beta release: The Ultimate WordPress MU Virtual Appliance

The Ultimate WordPress MU Development Appliance

(Updated Mar 5th, 2007 with WordPress 2.1.2)

Fast WordPress / WordPress MU (MultiUser) / bbPress plugin and theme development system, using the state-of-the-art virtualization technology.

More information available at the rPath wiki page.

Included software:
WordPress 2.1.1 (directly from SVN) + latest SVN version
WPMU 1.1.1 + latest SVN version
bbPress 0.8.1 + latest SVN version

rPath Linux 1.0.5 + Apache 2 + MySQL 5 + PHP 5


Great softwares from Automattic: 

WordPress, WordPress MU, bbPress

Virtual Appliance building: 

LAMP Appliance, rPath Linux, rBuilder Online


Initial Boot Up Screen:

Main index page:

Configuration and Setup Video:

  • Initial 1-minute Appliance Setup Video
  • Setup WordPress 2.1.1 in 1 minute
  • Setup WPMU in 1 minute


rBuilder Online download page

System Requirements:

Desktop/Laptop with 256MB memory, 1GB free disk space. And any of the following Virtualization softwares.

Windows XP: VMWare Player/Server, or Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 or Parallels Workstation

Linux: VMWare Player/Server, or QEMU, or Parallels Workstation

Mac: VMWare Fusion or Q[kju:] or Parallels Desktop for Mac

Quick Start Guide:

  1. download the virtual appliance image and boot it.
  2. after booting, you will see an IP address in the console. Type it in your web browser.
  3. Follow the “administration” link and set up passwords. The web user password will be used for FTP/SFTP/SSH/phpMyadmin later.
    Default Username: admin
    Default Password: password
  4. Go back to the index page and go to MySQL setup. You will be prompted to enter the web user password. Enter the password you set in the previous step.
  5. You should be logged into phpMyAdmin as root now (root has empty password). Create a new database.
  6. Go back to the index page and set up your WordPress MU installation.
  7. Similarly you can set up WordPress and bbPress for testing. Enjoy!
  8. Easy subversion access is also included. Simply login as ‘web’ using SSH, and use ’svn update’ in the subversion folders.