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How to Host WooCommerce On DigitalOcean Managed Cloud Servers

August 6, 2019

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Industry pundits predict that ecommerce industry will grow to a whopping $370 billion in 2017. While the numbers might look unrealistic, given the steady growth of online commerce, the scenario is not very far-fetched!

The backbone of the ecommerce industry is the number of highly reliable platforms that power online stores across the internet. While every application offers its set of features, WooCommerce has become the choice of many online stores because of the underlying support provided by the industry-leading CMS, WordPress. WooCommerce has become a very powerful ecommerce solution because of its very optimized core that supports all types of small and mid-size stores.

Given the complexities of the process, the only real challenge is how to host WooCommerce on DigitalOcean.

If you wish to try out WooCommerce, there is no better host than DigitalOcean, the industry-leading cloud provider. And the best way of experiencing the power of this WooCommerce and DigitalOcean based combo, get the full benefit of the free trial period offered by Cloudways, the best-managed PaaS cloud services.

So let’s learn how to install WooCommerce on DigitalOcean. Let’s get going!

Step 1: Sign up on Cloudways

Start the process by clicking the START FREE button. Enter a valid email and a password for your Cloudways Managed Hosting Platform account.

Note: You can also signup through your Google, Github and LinkedIn account.

Signup on Cloudways - WooCommerce Amazon Cloud

The next step in installing WooCommerce on DigitalOcean is to verify your email address in order to complete the signup process on Cloudways. After verifying your email address successfully, click the Launch button and initiate the simple server launch process.

aws server launch

Step 2: Server & Application

Select your application (WordPress with WooCommerce) from the drop-down menu and customize it by giving a name to your application and server. Next, choose a folder for this project.

WordPress with WooCommerce - WooCommerce on AWS

Step 3: Select the Cloud Infrastructure

While you have the choice of five market-leading infrastructure as service providers, choose DigitalOcean for the purpose of this article.

digitalocean cloud server

Step 4: Set Server Specs

Select the size of your server. Remember that the server size plays a major role in handling the traffic on the store. Not sure about the server size? Start with 1GB to ensure stable E-commerce setup.

digitalocean server size

Step 5: Choose a Location for the Server

Select an appropriate location for the server. Make sure that the server is located as close to the target audience as possible. This speeds up the page load speed for the users!

digitalocean server location

Step 6: Launch the Server!

This is it! Your selections in the previous steps are consolidated into a server that is ready for use within minutes. Once the process finishes, your WooCommerce store (powered by DigitalOcean) is open for business!

digitalocean launch server

Now, it will take a few minutes to take your server live.

digitalocean adding server

Step 7: Access WooCommerce

Once your server is launched you can see the two tabs, server & application. Click on the application.

digitalocean wordpress server

Next, go to Application → Application Management → Access Details → Admin Panel to get your WordPress dashboard login credentials.

application details - woocommece on do

Great! We have successfully installed WooCommerce on DigitalOcean server using Cloudways.

Exploring Cloudways

Now that you have launched your server on Cloudways Managed WooCommerce Cloud Hosting, you should take some time to check out all the features offered by the Platform. In particular, see the custom-built recipe of the ThunderStack cloud infrastructure that powers the Platform and makes sure that your websites load 100% faster.

Other features include free SSL certificate by Let’s Encrypt, 24x7x365 support by experts who manage your servers. These are only some of the features that you can avail when you sign up on Cloudways for a FREE Trial of 3 days on Managed DigitalOcean Hosting.

You can know to relax and start planning your marketing strategies and store management process because you have cleared the biggest challenge of all: how to host WooCommerce on DigitalOcean.

Here is a video that demonstrates the entire process of hosting WooCommerce on DigitalOcean:

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Saud Razzak

Saud is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WooCommerce Hosting Platform. Saud is responsible for creating buzz, spread knowledge, and educate the people about WordPress in the Community around the globe. In his free time, he likes to play cricket and learn new things on the Internet. You can email him at

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