As I wrote over on my Disruptive Conversations site, I’ve been playing around with using Docker as a way to easily test new WordPress versions and plugins. As part of that testing, I was trying to use the official WordPress image found on Dockerhub.
However, I was struggling with getting started, because the WordPress container is just… WordPress. It also needs a database to work, and my Docker experience was not yet strong enough to sort out how to link various containers together. So I raised an issue on Github asking about a step-by-step tutorial.
Github user wglambert very kindly provided a simple
docker-compose.yaml file that could launch both WordPress and MySQL in separate containers and set up the necessary network and links.
It works wonderfully! And it has now been added to the instructions on DockerHub. (Thank you to the DockerHub admins for merging it in.)
Because I want to easily use the file on different systems, I put it up in a Github repo:
Any of you are welcome to use it, too!
As I noted in my Disruptive Conversations article, I’m planning to start writing here a good bit more about using Docker. I’m rather impressed by all that can be done – and want to capture my own experiments here for my own future knowledge… and if it helps any of you all out, too, all the better!