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How to Host WordPress on DigitalOcean

Updated on December 20, 2018

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The flexibility of WordPress means that is that it offers something for everyone. If you have an ecommerce store, you can launch it on WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin. If you are a blogger, designer, or someone looking to start out in the online world and make a living out of it, you simply need to have the best cloud hosting for WordPress and you are good to go.

With WordPress, you can even manage multiple websites from a single installation of WordPress using the WordPress Multisite feature. It has something for everyone and comes with a supportive community.

Now, it is easy to get started with WordPress! All you need is a good domain name, an affordable yet reliable hosting platform and a great website with quality content. Above all, you need to know how to install WordPress on DigitalOcean.

Everything above is easy to handle, except for an optimized hosting platform. Bear in mind, that you should kick shared hosting out of contention here as not only will it damage your resources, but it can also be the bearer of bad luck for your website. This leaves us with cloud hosting, which is flexible, reliable, affordable and optimized to run WordPress as swiftly as possible.

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Why DigitalOcean on Cloudways?

DigitalOcean is one of the fastest growing cloud infrastructure provider. It is affordable and gives WordPressers the chance to exercise their coding muscles. However, it is a bit complex to manage for an inexperienced individual that is not much familiar with the server side technicalities.

Enter, Managed Cloud Hosting Platform called Cloudways!

Cloudways, a fastest growing managed cloud hosting platform today and offers users the choice of hosting WordPress on DigitalOcean cloud in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is “click-click-click-click-click”. It is that simple!

Cloudways removes the technical barriers and helps you focus on creating a profitable online business strategy by providing you an optimized cloud hosting experience. This hosting experience is a result of the customized caching formula developed by experienced developers, which ensure that your websites load faster than other hosting providers do.

Install WordPress on DigitalOcean

First, sign up for Cloudways Platform by completing the simple form and click the Start Free button. If you have already signed up, log in to your account.

digitalocean wordpress signup

Now verify your email to complete the signup process. After successful signup, click Launch button to initiate the simple server launch process.

digitalocean wordpress launch

Server and Application Details


Select WordPress from the list of applications. Name your Application, Server and 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.

Cloud Infrastructure

Choose DigitalOcean from the list of cloud providers.

digitalocean cloud server

Server Size

Select your Server Size based on the expected monthly traffic (Don’t worry about frequent spikes as you can always scale your server to higher size with just a slider).

digitalocean server size

Server Location

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

digitalocean server location

After entering the Server and Application details, click 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

That’s all! Congratulations, you have successfully installed WordPress on DigitalOcean cloud server at Cloudways. Meanwhile, you can also have a walk-through to understand Cloudways Platform better.


Here is a short video, showing how easy to host a WordPress website on DigitalOcean via Cloudways.

I hope that you now know how to host WordPress on DigitalOcean. If you have any issues, 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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