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How to Host WordPress on DigitalOcean Cloud Server

September 20, 2019

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In this article, I’ll highlight how to host WordPress on DigitalOcean cloud server. Because while WordPress is by far the best content management system in the world, in order to scale your website effectively, you need more than just a reliable content management system.

A trustworthy cloud hosting provider like Cloudways is the solution. So let’s learn how to install WordPress on DigitalOcean. Let’s get going!

What is DigitalOcean?

DigitalOcean is a cloud hosting provider headquartered in New York City with data centers across the globe. Its seamless connectivity allows users to deploy and scale multiple web applications simultaneously without any trouble.

DigitalOcean lets its customers launch a private virtual machine called a ‘droplet’. These machines can be launched from multiple data centers with Linux OS like Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora.

Why Install WordPress on DigitalOcean?

If you are a blogger, designer, or someone who’s not only looking to advance in the online world but also trying to make a living out of it, you can’t put your faith in cheap or unreliable web hosting providers.

You need to make sure that your hard work doesn’t go to waste which is why your website needs nothing but the best cloud hosting for WordPress so that you can grow limitlessly.

Before we proceed to install WordPress on DigitalOcean, let’s skim through the pros and cons of DigitalOcean.


  • Affordable pricing
  • Easy to set up, well-documented FAQ and tutorials
  • User-friendly interface and management panel
  • Reliable connectivity
  • A cluster of performing cloud servers
  • Resourceful online communities
  • Dependable and consistent uptime


  • One-click setup scripts
  • Complicated installation
  • Pre-Built server options
  • Security technicalities

DigitalOcean is one of the fastest-growing cloud infrastructure providers. It is affordable and gives WordPress users the chance to exercise their coding muscles. However, it is a bit complex to manage for an inexperienced individual who lacks the technical expertise.

Why Use DigitalOcean on Cloudways?

Cloud hosting is great but it also demands setting up, managing, and securing your cloud servers. It’s great if you know how to do it, but if you lack the technical expertise required to set up a cloud infrastructure for your website, you’ll have to hire a managed services provider to do all the hard work for you.

Cloudways provides managed cloud hosting solutions and takes care of the server management for you. It offers one-click WordPress installation and many other useful features. You can leverage the power of cloud hosting without needing to worry about the technicalities of server configuration and security.

Cloudways offers a fully managed cloud hosting experience that ensures faster WordPress hosting on the cloud server. You can enjoy simple management for your cloud server while Cloudways manages the DigitalOcean server setup. You can spend more time focusing on your business goals and how to improve processes. Cloudways has your back and you can enjoy work with peace of mind.

How to Install WordPress on DigitalOcean

To begin with, you need to sign up with Cloudways by completing a simple form and clicking on the Start Free button. If you have already signed up, feel free to log in to your account.

digitalocean wordpress signup

The next step in installing WordPress 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.

digitalocean wordpress launch

Server and Application Details


Now it is time for you to select WordPress from the list of applications and then name your Application, Server, and then Select Your Project.

digitalocean application and server details

Note: You have the choice of launching Cloudways Optimized WordPress, WordPress with WooCommerce, WordPress Multisite, and WordPress without any optimization. Feel free to select what best suits your needs.

Cloud Infrastructure

This is where you select DigitalOcean from the list of cloud hosting providers.

choose digitalocean server

Server Size

Now you need to select your Server Size based on your expected monthly traffic. Don’t worry about the frequent traffic spikes as you can always scale your server to a larger size using a simple slider.

digitalocean server size

Server Location

Now select your desired Location keeping the latency factor in mind.

digitalocean server location

After entering the Server and Application details, click the Launch Now button.

digitalocean launch server

Now wait for a few minutes until the server is ready!

digitalocean adding server

Once the server is ready, click Applications in the top-left menu.

digitalocean wordpress server

Click on your WordPress application.

digitalocean wordpress application

Go to Access Details → Admin Panel. You will see the default login credentials and the temporary staging URL of the WordPress website. Click the URL and use the credentials to log in to the WordPress Dashboard.

digitalocean server management

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

Exploring the Cloudways Platform

Server Management Dashboard

After installing WordPress on DigitalOcean, head over to Server Management. Although it is easy to navigate through the Cloudways platform, I will still give you a hint of some of its highlighted features.

Inside the Server Management dashboard, you can find some useful tabs:

Master Credentials

This tab contains your server’s public IP, its username and password. On the left side of the window, you have the option of creating public SSH keys for SSH and SFTP connections and a button to launch an integrated SSH terminal.

Server Monitoring

Here, you can monitor the resources of your server. This is further broken down into Summary and Details for graphical representation and third-party application monitoring tool New Relic.

This gives real-time data of your server health and shows useful stats like disk space, memory, and bandwidth over the course of time.

Manage Services

The Manage Services tab lets you enable and disable various services such as Apache and Nginx web servers, Memcached, Nginx, and Varnish. It also shows the current status of each service and lets you restart it when needed.


The Security tab lets you whitelist IPs you want to allow SFTP/SSH connections to. The second tab is dedicated to MySQL connections as Cloudways let its users remotely access the MySQL database.

Application Management Dashboard

Just like Server Management, Application dashboard also contains useful tabs. Let’s look at some of them.

Domain Management

As the name suggests, this tab allows Cloudways users to point their primary domain to their WordPress site. The additional domains can also be added in case of a WordPress Multisite.

 SSL Certificates

Having an SSL certificate on a WordPress site is important as it secures the connection between the browser and the server. SSL encrypts this communication and prevents possible data theft. Cloudways prioritizes security, therefore, it provides Free SSL via Let’s Encrypt to its customers.

This certificate can easily be added from this tab and in case of sub-domains, users can also use the wildcard feature which allows them to use the same certificate on all their sub-domains.

Migration Tools

Cloudways customers who wish to bring their existing site from their old server to a fast and reliable Cloudways DigitalOcean server, they can use this tab for free for hassle-free cloud migrations.

Taking the Website Live

Taking your new WordPress site live is as easy as launching a server on Cloudways. All you need to do is to head over to your Application Management dashboard and inside the Domain Management tab, add your domain name.

According to your domain registrar, create a new CNAME and wait for it to get propagated.

And that’s all folks. Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress on DigitalOcean cloud server on Cloudways. If you need to understand what Cloudways has to offer, here is a walk-through for a better understanding.

Also, here is a short video that shows how easy it is to host a WordPress website on DigitalOcean cloud server with the assistance of Cloudways.

Wrapping up!

DigitalOcean is changing the face of cloud hosting – one droplet at a time. It is one of the best cloud hosting providers for WordPress websites. Its developer-friendly cloud infrastructure provides everything you need to scale your website with ease. With extensive documentation comprising a dedicated page for WordPress, you will enjoy an intuitive design, user-centric guides, and robust features.

As far as technicalities are concerned, we take care of that for you. Cloudways ensures a smooth web experience to its users. With tons of powerful features, enjoy our managed cloud computing services at affordable prices. Our dedicated team of experts is available at your service 24/7. All you need to do is raise a ticket with our support system. With a strong knowledge base and up-to-date web applications, we will take care of your concerns within no time.

I hope that you now know how to host WordPress on DigitalOcean. If you still have any questions or queries, feel free to ask me via the comment section below.

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Mansoor Ahmed Khan

Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, and marketing, Mansoor Ahmed Khan is in computing since he knows how to type on a keyboard. His daily life is rocked by his family, projects, and his screen. Probably in this order, he likes to be convinced at least.

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