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How to Install Laravel on DigitalOcean

April 24, 2019

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In an age where cloud resources have become an asset, choosing the best cloud hosting provider for your Laravel website can be a ponderous task. This is why we have created this article to guide you on how to host and install Laravel on DigitalOcean.

With so many cloud PHP servers to choose from like Google Compute Engine, DigitalOcean, Amazon Web Services, Linode, and Vultr, a safe bet for a beginner would be a Cloud hosting provider that:

  • Has a reliable infrastructure.
  • Has affordable bandwidth solutions for a startup.
  • And has a good number of data-centre locations.

DigitalOcean is one of that reliable cloud hosting infrastructure. It is an affordable cloud provider, has a reliable infrastructure, provides you with cheap bandwidth solutions and has 7 data centre locations to choose from. All of this makes it the best choice to host your new Laravel based application on it. However, it is a bit difficult to get along with hosting Laravel on DigitalOcean as it involves technicalities that are hard to get by.

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What if a cloud hosting platform makes it easier for you to setup a Laravel application on DigitalOcean, bypassing the technicalities involved? Well, Cloudways Managed Cloud hosting does exactly that for its customers. It offers a user-friendly solution to your hosting needs, making it an easy choice for you. And the best part is that all this is just a click away.

Why Choose DigitalOcean?

Deploying Laravel on DigitalOcean provides you with the following advantages:


DO’s performance doesn’t come at a cost. It is the first company to provide SSD-virtual machines. The droplets that DigitalOcean provides are lightning-fast, and quite capable to boost up the processing time under 55 seconds.


DigitalOcean is affordable and cost-effective to use. It provides you hourly charging options with the lowest industry rates. The lowest you’ll be charged is $5, and you will get no surprise on your credit bill at the end of the month.

Community Support

DigitalOcean has one of the largest communities in the industry. It has a very active community that helps to cater to any user query and its solution within hours. The platform also has one of the best support teams around, as they respond to most of the queries and resolve customer issues within minutes.

Typical Way to Setup Laravel On DigitalOcean

If you go with the typical way of hosting Laravel on DigitalOcean, you need to follow the following steps:

  • Create an account
  • Select cloud server Size
  • Select operating system
  • Select region
  • Select operating system image
  • Create the Droplet.
  • Install LAMP/LEMP stack.
  • Install Laravel application
  • Adjust the firewall settings
  • Install PHP modules

There are several one-click app installation options available on DigitalOcean, but still when you click on them, you need to configure those apps like a pro sysadmin.

Why Cloudways for Laravel?

Hosting a website directly from the infrastructure provider might seem easy but it is not. You really need “thorough” technical knowledge to host and manage directly from the provider. On the other hand, using Cloudways to host and manage your web based applications makes it a lot more easier, hassle free, and you get all the time you need to develop your website rather than managing the cloud server.

Hosting Laravel on DigitalOcean with Cloudways is easy. You don’t need to build complete stacks and configure DNS, SSL, PHP settings from the terminal. Everything is setup on the platform and you just have to tweek things for your needs. Some of the key features of Cloudways include, but are not limited to:

  • 1-click Laravel application installation
  • Application monitoring
  • Supervisord for queuing
  • PHP-FPM settings from platform
  • Custom database panel
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates
  • 24x7x365 online technical support
  • User-friendly control panel
  • 1-click operations such as (cloning of servers and applications)
  • Real-time monitoring of your server
  • Automated Backups

How Cloudways is Different from Forge?

For hosting Laravel on DigitalOcean, you might have used Laravel Forge which is also a good choice for hosting. But with Forge, you still need to do an additional step:

  1. Buy Server from DigitalOcean
  2. Connect it to Forge
  3. Activate the server with Laravel

Cloudways has minimized this step and saved a lot of time of the developers by giving them pre-configured and managed DigitalOcean servers.

  1. Create account on Cloudways
  2. Install and activate the DigitalOcean server from Cloudways.

With this, you don’t need to grab any API keys or secrets to connect to a server. You can easily install Laravel on DigitalOcean within just few clicks.

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Using Cloudways to Setup Laravel on DigitalOcean

You are just clicks away from launching your server on Cloudways. It requires no coding and is a simple and easy way to deploy your DigitalOcean server.

Cloudways also offers a free 3-day trial on DigitalOcean for you to test your web apps, giving you the freedom to become intimate with the feature-rich console, and various built-in features.

To get started with Cloudways, first you need to sign-up and get your account verified. Once you are done with it, you can follow the step by step instructions which shows how to install Laravel on DigitalOcean.

Select Your Application

Choose Laravel from under PHPStack from the drop-down menu. Give your application, server, and, Project a name.

Select Cloud Provider

Select “DigitalOcean” from the list of Cloud providers.

Select Server Size

Select your desired server size based on the amount of traffic on your website.

Select Location

Select the best location to host your server, keeping your targeted audience in mind. Be mindful of the user experience and latency when choosing a server location.


Now, check your price and click on the “Launch” button.

That is It!


You now have successfully installed Laravel on DigitalOcean which is hosted one of the best managed cloud hosting providers out there. With superfast speeds and unparalleled features, you can be sure that you get a fully performance optimized server that helps your visitors in having a great experience while surfing your websites.

Don’t take my word for it and go try it yourself. Use your 3 days trial to try out Laravel on DigitalOcean and you’ll know what it is like to be a part of Cloudways.

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Taha Zafar

Taha Zafar is a Digital Content Producer at Cloudways. He is an engineer and likes to follow the latest trends in technology, with concentration on mobile technology and open source. Along with being a passionate content developer, Taha loves playing digital games like World of Warcraft and DOTA 2.

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