Create Server in Digitalocean
Digitalocean is one of the most popular cloud platform right now. It offers on-demand cloud computing for various use cases as well as some managed solutions. We can deploy any PHP based applications on Digitalocean Droplets. Droplets are the servers or cloud computing instances in Digitalocean. If you want to learn everything about droplet management in Digitalocean in-depth, We recommend you to read our Digitalocean guide.
To deploy any application on Digitalocean, We first need a Droplet. So, we will first create a droplet and perform the initial set up.
Step 1: Go to the Create Droplets page.
Log in to your Digitalocean account and click on the Create button given on the top-right corner of the page. From the drop down menu, click on the Droplets option to see a droplet creation form.
Step 2: Choose Region
On the Droplet creation page, You will see lots of sections to select lots of things. We will go step by step.
The first thing you have to do is select the region for your droplet. Digitalocean provides lots of options when it comes to selecting the location. The general rule is to select the region that is closest to your audience. It means that for majority of your audience, Your sites will load faster due to lower latency.
Step 3: Choose an Image or an OS
In this step, you have to select the operating system for your droplet. We recommend you to use Ubuntu 20.04 LTS x64 or Ubuntu 22.04 LTS x64. Ubuntu is easy to configure and manage. If you are using ServerAvatar to manage your droplets, These operating systems are requirement.
Step 4: Choose the size of the Droplet
Here you have to choose the size of your Droplet. As we mentioned above, Digitalocean provides many different types of droplets. Select the one that fits best for your project.
If your site is brand new and does not have much traffic, start with a small plan. Once the project starts getting traction, you can upgrade the plan to handle more visitors on the site.
Step 5: Choose Authentication Method
Now you have to select the authentication method. There are two types of authentication methods. They are:
- Authentication via SSH Keys
- Authentication via Password
If you are using SSH keys for authentication, It is the best option. If you do not know what is SSH keys, You can go with the password method. Make sure to set the strong password for your root user, which is the most powerful user with all the privileges on Linux OS.
Step 6: Selecting Additional Options
There are three additional options you can choose. They are optional but important in different use cases. The additional options are:
- Monitoring: It is a free feature by Digitalocean. It allows you to see additional monitoring data for your server.
- Backups: We recommend you to enable full server backups if you are going to deploy in production environment. The cost of the backups depends on the size of the droplet.
- Managed Database: You do not need a Managed database if you are using ServerAvatar to manage sites on a droplet. A managed database is a pre-configured MySQL Droplet.
Step 7: Finalise Details
In the last step of this process, We have to enter the name of the droplet, number of droplets you want to create, Define any tags, and select the project. Enter all the details and click on the Create Droplet button to create a droplet.
In a few minutes, You will have the Droplet up and running. Now, We have to perform the initial configuration on the Droplet to host PHP based frameworks and software.
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.
Connect a server using a direct method
- Login/Register to ServerAvatar account, click the Create button from the right side of the screen, and select Server from the dropdown.
- Select Direct Method in the serve connecting method section.
- Type the Server Name as per your choice.
- Select a Tech Stack as per your need. You can either select Apache, Nginx, or OpenLiteSpeed.
- Select a Database: MySQL or MariaDB.
- Enable the toggle if you want to install the latest LTS version of node.js on your server.
- Select a Management plan and click the Connect Now button.
- You’ll see the command on your screen. Login to your server using an ssh connection and execute that command as a root user.
- The server connection process will be started on your ServerAvatar account after executing the command.
Connect a server using integration
- Login/Register to your ServerAvatar account, navigate to the Integration tab from the sidebar of the panel, and access Cloud Platform from the dropdown.
- Now Select a cloud platform you want to link with ServerAvatar.
- The popup form will appear on your screen. Enter details to link your cloud provider account. The integration method is different based on the cloud provider you select.
- You can integrate five different cloud provider platforms with ServerAvatar, which is-
Check the above link of cloud platforms to know more about integrating cloud platforms with ServeAvatar.
Connect a server using commands
Step 1. Login to your server using root user
Once you create a server as per your requirements, connect to your server using an ssh connection and execute the below three commands as a root user in your server console area.
wget https://srvr.so/install chmod +x install ./install
Step 2. Select/ web server
It will ask you which web server you would like to install on your server: Apache, Nginx, or OpenLiteSpeed. Type anyone that you would like to install on your server and hit the enter button.
Step 3. Claim your server
Completing the process will give you a link to claim your server.
Open the link on your browser to access the ServerAvatar server panel.
Install and Setup Cachet status page system with ServerAvatar
Step 1. Create a PHP application
To create an application, go to the ServerAvatar server panel, navigate to the Applications tab, and click the Create button like the following image.
1. Fill in basic detail
In the first step, fill in the basic details, including Application Name, select the Domain type, and type the Primary Domain/Test Domain Name.
If you want to host Joomla CMS on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:
- Log in to your hosting provider site, where you buy your domain. You can check your domain information with one click.
- Access DNS Manager to edit your DNS records(contact the support team if you don’t find them)
- Change the IP address of A Record of your website to the current server’s IP address.
For accessing Cachet 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
Click the Next Step to continue.
2. Select the application creation method
Here you can fill in the required details. It includes-
- Select the Git method and GitHub as a service provider so we can deploy an application from Git public repository.
- Mark on Public repository.
- Type/Paste GitHub project URL. You’ll find the link on GitHub in the image below.
- Type the Branch of the GitHub project.
- Type the below commands in the deployment script.
php7.3 /usr/bin/composer install cp .env.example .env php7.3 artisan key:generate
Note that: Cachet supports PHP7.1 To 7.3, we need to specify the version in the command in the deployments script.
3. Allocate system user
System users manage the resources of the application. You can create a new application user or give permission to the existing user.
Click the Next Step to continue.
4. Other Options
In this step, select PHP version 7.3. Cachet supports PHP 7.1 - 7.3. And type Public in the Custom Webroot field.
5. Review your application details
Review your application details. And click the Create Application button.
Step 2. Create Cachet database
On the server panel, navigate to the Databases tab from the sidebar and click the Create button to create a MySQL database.
Fill in database details, including-
- Database Name
- Database Username
- Database Password
Step 3. Delete the .env.example file and update the database information
To delete the .env.example file, go to the application panel>>file manager and access the public_html folder. Now check the Show Hidden Files. The .env.example file is at the top of the multiple hidden files. Please select the file and delete it like the following image.
Now open the .env file and change the database details we created in the second step. It includes-
DB_DATABASE: Database Name DB_USERNAME: Database Username DB_PASSWORD: Database Password
Don’t forget to save the file(CTRL+s) after making appropriate changes.
Step 4. Install SSL
To install SSL for your application. Go to your application panel and click the SSL Certificate from the sidebar.
You can install Automatic SSL or a Custom installation method to secure your site with an SSL certificate. It is recommended to install automatic SSL for your application.
Step 5. Install and Set up Cachet
1. Environment set up
Access your domain/subdomain on the browser to install and set up Cachet. The setup screen will look like the following image.
Fill in the required details in the above image and click the Next button.
2. Status Page Setup
On the next page, you’ll need to set up the status page. Here you can fill up the details, including your Website Name, Website Domain, Timezone, and Language.
Click the Next button to continue.
3. Administrator Account
Fill up admin details, including** Admin Username**, Email, and Password.
Once you enter all the details, click the Complete Setup button. The message will display like the following image. Click the Go To Dashboard button to continue.
Notice: you may see the error “An error occurs, and this resource cannot be displayed.”
If it occurred, log in to your application using an SSH connection. You can see the credentials in the application panel in the following image.
Execute the following command in your terminal to log in to your application-
Now go to your application path using “cd Application_Name/public_html” and execute the following command.
Php7.3 artisan migrate:refresh
After that, go to your setup page and click the Complete Setup button. It will configure cachet successfully.
Once you access the dashboard, you’ll create and manage components and incidents, including updating incidents with additional information and marking them as resolved when the issue is fixed.
That’s it. Your CacheT instance should be live and you can start working on your status pages. We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. You can also refer to other deployment tutorials given below.