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How To Install Joomla On DigitalOcean

Updated on December 9, 2021

6 Min Read
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Joomla is one of the most comprehensive and stable content management systems. It will not be wrong to say a CMS is just a way to manage content—whether it’s text or images or other types, but without stable administration for the CMS, it is going to be a tough task to cope up with your competitors. The task gets harder if it is for someone with less technical skills.

DigitalOcean is a cloud computing vendor that offers an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform for software developers. DigitalOcean is very popular with open source, DigitalOcean manages and monitors their premium servers, known as Droplets with a control panel and an open-source API.

Using Joomla on DigitalOcean, a simple yet powerful infrastructure, gets you the perfect combination. At the same time, however, you should know that installing DigitalOcean requires a deep understanding of server management.

Manually installing Joomla on DigitalOcean might cost you significant time and resources. Cloudways, on the other hand, makes the whole process considerably easy. You can now easily host your website on the cloud infrastructure and that too in just a few clicks. With Cloudways, it’s a matter of a few minutes.

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Reference: Builtwith, October 2021

Why Choose Cloudways To Host Joomla On DigitalOcean?

Joomla is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. It is extraordinary for e-commerce or social organizing websites.

Hosting your Joomla website on DigitalOcean directly can be a challenging task. It can be daunting, extensive, and a time-consuming task to install the CMS if you’re not technically sound. There are a lot of details that need to be covered before you successfully install your website on DigitalOcean.

Joomla comes with an amazing catalog of extensions. The extensions are quite useful for the sites besides SEO, analytics, gallery, contact, etc

Joomla is designed to perform as a community stage, with solid social organizing highlights, and CMS development can be effortlessly relocated to any server.

What Is DigitalOcean and Why Should You Select DigitalOcean for Your Web Hosting?

On the other hand, Cloudways takes care of the whole process of deploying DigitalOcean infrastructure. Using the Cloudways Platform, installing your Joomla-powered website on DigitalOcean infrastructure saves you significant time and resources. Here are some of the most prominent benefits of using Cloudways:

  • Cloudways provide an optimized stack with ready-to-use caches including Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis to deliver expedited responses.
  • Built-in Encrypt SSL improves website security with a trusted certificate that fulfills all your HTTPS requirements for free.
  • The servers are being monitored in real-time 24/7/365 and you get to see over 16 different metrics from the comfort of the console.
  • Cloudways does Plug-in or theme troubleshooting, investigation of server errors, help with your database or email add-on, and performance optimization.
  • Your automated or on-demand backups are created at an offsite location and can be restored with 1-Click. You can even revert with 1-Click.
  • Cloudways migration experts migrate sites perfectly with minimal downtime, offering one free migration, guidance on infrastructure and more

Server Prerequisites to Install Joomla 4.x CMS

Following are the minimum requirements to run Joomla server, but for optimized performance we recommend you to use the latest versions of the following platforms.

  • PHP: PHP 7.2.5 or a higher version.
  • Database: MySQL 5.6 + , PostgreSQL 11.0 +
  • Web server: Apache 2.4+, Nginx 1.10+, Microsoft IIS 8+

Launching Joomla On DigitalOcean Using Cloudways

Launching a DigitalOcean server on the Cloudways platform is not only easy, the whole process is completed within minutes. You don’t even have to wait for system configuration. You only have to sign-up on Cloudways and follow the simple steps.

Moreover, you can even avail of the 3-day FREE trial on the DigitalOcean server and test out your Joomla application. With this offer, you have the opportunity to get familiar with the platform and test out the features.

Here’s how you can launch your DigitalOcean server on Cloudways.

Nothing as Easy as Deploying Joomla Apps on Cloud

With Cloudways, you can have your Joomla apps up and running on managed cloud servers in just a few minutes.

Install Joomla on Cloudways Platform

To Install Joomla on DigitalOcean, select your server and custom PHP application. Define the server size as per your website traffic, and set your server location according to your preferred region.

DO installation

Click LAUNCH SERVER and wait for a few minutes for the optimized Custom PHP application to be deployed on the Server.

Setting Up Joomla

After you are done launching your app on Cloudways server. Now you need to download the latest version of Joomla from the official website. Visit the official Joomla download page, and choose the latest version of Joomla.

download joomla

Extract the compressed archive

Simply right-click the ZIP file and select Extract to Joomla.

extract joomla

Using the master credentials available on the Server Management page, access the server through FileZilla to upload the uncompressed files to a web server.

Server Management

Unzip the folder using a built-in Windows tool, or any other similar utility/tool. Head to Root Folder (Public_html) of Application and Paste the Unzipped Files.

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You can access the webpage by clicking on the APPLICATION URL.

access joomla

The installation process requires just a few seconds and if you see the following page (shown below), everything has been configured successfully.

joomla configured successfully

Initiate the installation process. You need to select the language and Enter the name of your Joomla site.

joomla installation

Now, click on the Setup login data to start Joomla installation, you should see the following page:

joomla installer

On this screen, you will enter the real name of your Super User and information such as the user, password and email.

Now, get the database access details from the Application Management & Access Details.

database details

database configuration

Now, enter database details and click on the Install button to start the installation, once the installation is completed, you should see the following page:

joomla installed

Congratulations! You have set up your own Joomla CMS with Cloudways.

Summing Up

Cloudways provides a convenient and reliable Joomla hosting platform for DigitalOcean. With Cloudways, you get the superior speed and optimized execution. This is not just with DigitalOcean, you can opt from AWS, GCE, Vultr, Linode, or DigitalOcean. You can check out the comparison of DigitalOcean with these providers to find the option most suitable for you. And the best part is, all these functionalities come with dedicated security features and a Customer Support team that works 24/7 to resolve your problems.

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Shahzeb Ahmed

Shahzeb is a Digital Marketer with a Software Engineering background, works as a Community Manager — PHP Community at Cloudways. He is growth ambitious and aims to learn & share information about PHP & Laravel Development through practice and experimentation. He loves to travel and explore new ideas whenever he finds time. Get in touch with him at [email protected]


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