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How to Host PHP on DigitalOcean

August 25, 2017

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At the moment of writing this piece, PHP powers over 244 million websites on the internet (including Facebook, Youtube and Yahoo). The language is known for its easy scalability, variety of frameworks and robust standards. For many users, the most important benefit of using PHP is its large community that welcomes users of all skill levels.

host php on digitalocean

The only element of concern when using PHP is the problems in handling cloud hosting for the projects. In order to perform at optimal levels, PHP requires persistent and robust server infrastructure, and this is where DigitalOcean (DO) excels. DO is one of the most popular server infrastructure provider that has become the choice of the top PHP developers all over the world. It is known for reliability, consistency and very convenient datacenter locations. In addition to all these excellent features, DigitalOcean is also an affordable server infrastructure option that delivers optimum performance with almost non existent downtime.

For many PHP developers, the difficult and complicated process of directly hosting web apps on DO infrastructure could be too much of an issue. Cloudways has greatly simplified this difficult process. The managed Web Hosting PHP cloud platform offers hosting on several industry leading cloud infrastructure providers including DigitalOcean. Cloudways emphasizes user friendliness and speed. In fact, you can get your website hosted within a few clicks. Cloudways takes care of all your server related worries, allowing PHP developers to focus on development.

Let me take you through the easy process of server launch at Cloudways. Next, I will show you how easy it is to install PHP on DigitalOcean.

Step 1: Signup To Start

Click the Signup to initiate the server launch process. Enter a valid email address to signup at the Platform. Remember that you can also sign up using your LinkedIn, Google or Github account.

Step 2: Pick Your Application

select php app

select application

Select your application from the drop down menu and give it a name. Additionally, give a name to the server and project folder too to avoid confusion later on. For the purpose of this article, I selected PHP (Custom App) as my application.

Step 3: Next, Cloud Infrastructure

Choose a cloud infrastructure provider from the list of market leading providers. I chose Digital Ocean for obvious reasons.

Step 4: Scale Your Server

select server size

Select your server’s this point. Remember that your server should have extra space and resources for handling unforeseen situations.

Step 5: Select Server’s Location

select server location

Choose the server’s location wisely. Your server should be located near to your target audience for extracting optimum performance from the server and the application.

Step 6: Let’s Launch!

launch php server

Your server is ready for your awesome PHP app. Click on LAUNCH SERVER and wait for a few minutes, as the Platform prepares and initiates the server.

Why Cloudways?

If you are still undecided about Cloudways, consider the following.

The managed cloud hosting platform offers a free 3- day trial. Along with this spectacular offer, Cloudways has excellent features like 24x7x365 live human interactive support, free SSL certificates by Let’s Encrypt, CloudwaysBot, Cloudways API etc.

Cloudways Platform is powered by Thunderstack, a unique blend of cutting edge server and cache technologies. So, launch a PHP app and deploy to DigitalOcean server powered Cloudways and get ready for an amazing PHP experience!

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Shahroze Nawaz

Shahroze is a PHP Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Platform. Besides his work life, he loves movies and travelling. You can email him at

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