How to host Bagisto on AWS Lightsail VM Instance - ServerAvatar

Published : Jun 12, 2024

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AWS Lightsail

AWS Lightsail is a simplified and cost-effective way to launch and manage virtual private servers (VPS) in the cloud. It provides a user-friendly interface for deploying and scaling VPS instances with pre-configured options for operating systems, applications, and storage. Additionally, it offers a predictable pricing model that includes a flat monthly fee based on the instance size and data transfer limits.

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Bagisto

Bagisto is an eCommerce ecosystem designed for all to build and scale your business. It's a free and open source eCommerce framework which offers you a wide range of functionality and lets you have total control of your store. Built on top of Laravel stack, it is coupled with easy product information management and fast time to market the product. Besides, the framework is very flexible and easy to use even for non-tech savvies.

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Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail

To create a server in AWS Lightsail, First log in to the AWS Lightsail console. Once you are there, Follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to Instance Creation Form

To access the instance creation form, Go to AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the orange button with Create Instance text. See the following image for reference.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 1

Step 2: Select the Location of your Instance

First of all, You have to select the location for your instance. It is always better to select a location closest to your major traffic source. It will decrease the latency for majority of your website visitors.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 2

If you want to change the location of your server, You can simply update the current region in your AWS account.

Step 3: Select the OS for your Instance

After selecting the location, Select the operating system for your instance. In this case, First click on OS Only and then select Ubuntu 20.04 as an operating system just like the following image.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 3

Step 4: Select SSH Key and Launch Script (Optional/Advanced)

This is an optional step. Here you can set the Launch script and the main SSH key for your server. If you don't understand launch script and SSH keys, Just ignore this step.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 4

Step 5: Select the Plan

In this step, select the size of your VM instance. AWS Lightsail provides lots of different options when it comes to plans and pricing. The plan and pricing selection completely depends on the requirements of your site(s). So, select the plan based on the complexity and traffic of your sites.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 5

Step 6: Verify and Create the Instance

Finally, Enter the name of your instance, number of instances you want to create and assign the tags accordingly for identification. Once done, click on the Create Instance button to start the instance creation process.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 6

It might take a few minutes to deploy the instance. Once done, follow the below given step to update the firewall rules for the VM instance.

Step 7: Update Firewall Rules

ServerAvatar requires 43210 port open. In total, You need to keep the following ports open on the instance.

  • 22 (SSH): To access your server via SSH.
  • 80 (HTTP): To access your sites on HTTP.
  • 443 (HTTPS): To access your sites on HTTPS.
  • 43210 (ServerAvatar): To allow communication between ServerAvatar and your instance.

To update the firewall rules for a specific instance, Go to the AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the name of the instance you want to update. Then go to the Networking section and add the missing firewall rules. After updating the firewall rules, the networking section of your Instance should look like the following image.

Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail - Step 7

Initial Server Configuration

The Initial server configuration includes installation and configuration of various packages required to host your website. Usually, You have to write commands and modify configuration files. Luckily, With ServerAvatar, Your full server configuration and optimisation can be automated.

Here are the three ways to automatically configure your server with ServerAvatar.

Install and Setup Bagisto on Cloud using ServerAvatar

Step1: Create Bagisto Database

The Bagisto installation process requires database Credentials. So, to create a MySQL database for Bagisto, Access the Database tab on the ServerAvatar server panel to create a Database.

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To create a Database, Enter the details, such as the Database Name, in the database creation form like the image below.

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Step 2: Create PHP Application

Access the Applications tab from the server panel to create a new PHP application for Bagisto. Now, create an application, click on the Applications tab, then click the Create button on the server panel.

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To create an application and proceed with the installation and deployment of Bagisto. You need to fill the prerequisite for Bagisto.

Enter an application name of your choice. Afterward, input the domain name where you'd like to direct your URL. You have the choice between a test domain or a primary domain. If you decide on the test domain, you can use ".serveravatar" as a test domain extension. This flexibility ensures you can make the perfect selection for your project.

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Note that:

If you want to host Bagisto on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:

  1. Log in to your domain provider site, where you buy your domain. Click here for more info about your domain name.
  2. Access DNS Manager to edit your DNS records (contact the support team if you don’t find them)
  3. Change the IP address of A Record of your website to the current server’s IP address.

To host Bagisto on your subdomain, for example, Bagisto.yourdomain.com, create a new application with the subdomain as your primary domain and follow the same procedure. For accessing Opencart on the subdomain, you need to add your subdomain on A Record that points to the current IP address of your server. To point to an IPV6 address, you would need to use an AAAA record.

Now, you will clone Bagisto through the available repository in GitHub. so:
Select a method: Git
Select a Service Provider: GitHub
Select a Repository Type: Public
Clone HTTPS URL: https://github.com/bagisto/bagisto.git
Branch: master

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Let's take the next step in creating your application. Now, you need to set up deployment scripts. These are the manually entered commands that will run automatically after clone repository.

Installing Bagisto does not require running any manual scripts or commands in the deployment process. Therefore, you can simply leave this part blank.

Deployment Scripts: (Leave it blank)

To proceed further, select checkbox labelled "Show Advanced Options" You'll find this checkbox right below the deployment scripts section.

The next step is to create a system user for your application. You have the option to either select an existing user or create a new one dedicated to this application.

Now, let's select the PHP version. Choose PHP version 7.4 or a newer version if available. Regarding the custom webroot for Bagisto, it should be set to "public" as illustrated in the provided snapshot. We are specifically looking for either an "index.php" or "index.html" file within this custom setup.

Select PHP Version: PHP version 7.4 or higher
Custom Webroot: public

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With all these settings in place, go ahead and click on the "Create Application" button to complete the procedure.

Congratulations! You've successfully created your application.

Step 3: Config Database with Application

In this step, we're connecting the database we created in Step 1 with the application from Step 2. To configure the database, we need to edit the environment (env) file.

To edit the env file, you can access the public_html directory from your file manager or navigate through the directory path. Once you're there, make sure to select the checkbox for showing hidden files.

Now, within this directory, you'll find a file named ".env.example". To rename it, follow the procedure shown in the snapshot. Simply rename ".env.example" to ".env" This step is crucial for configuring the database properly.

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After renaming the file to ".env," proceed to open it. Inside, you'll need to enter the database credentials that were created in Step 1.To establish a connection between the database and the application, enter the database credential we have already made. You can access all your database credentials, like database name, username, and password, by accessing the database tab from the server panel.

Enter the following database credential we have already created in ServerAvatar:
Database Name: Database name Username: Username of database
Password: Database password

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Don't forget to save the changes you've made to the ".env" file.

To establish a connection, access the SSH credentials from the application panel dashboard. Ensure that the SFTP/SSH Credentials option is enabled, as illustrated in the provided snapshot.

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Execute the below command to log in to the root user on your application in your terminal .

SSH Username@Host

Replace Username and Host with your value. And enter the SSH Password to log in.

Go to the Public_html directory ( by using command ls and cd )and run the below commands.

Composer install;
php artisan bagisto:install;

Once you've executed all of these commands, you will have successfully configured both the database and the application.

You can access it by visiting the http://domainname.satemporary.online/admin/ in your web browser.

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To log in to Bagisto, use the following credentials:
Email: admin@example.com
Password: admin123

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Congratulations! You have successfully installed and deployed Bagisto through ServerAvatar.