Keywords: WordPress Multisite - Linux - Technical issue - Other
I'm planning to install Wordpress multisite on a 'bare metal' server which will be running Debian 9 operating system. and will only have SSH / terminal access
I currently have wordpress running very well on a google compute engine but for cost reasons I'm planning to move to the bare metal platform which should be pretty much the same as the google platform. The bitnami installer for the google cloud made the installation super easy and the post installation support for setting permissions and ownership etc was almost painless. I won't have the benefit of the same degree of integration on the bare metal server so I'm going to have to run the installer either as root or as myself as a user.
I believe that the user on the google platform is 'bitnami' and if I want to make certain changes to the installation then I have to use the sudo command. I've considered installing the bitnami stack on the new server as root but I know that there are issues with SFTP access and other permissions related issues which I want to avoid.
So, my real question is: Is there any benefit to installing wordpress in a production environment as root rather than installing it in the "/home/my_user_name/wordpress-4.9.5" directory?
Alternatively, is there any way to install wordpress as root yet still have SFTP without having to jump through the hoops of temporarily changing folder permissions?
I've done an hour or more searching for this but couldn't find a definitive answer, I'm sure that, based on my experience so far, someone in the bitnami community will know exactly what to do
Thanks in anticipation