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
Right now, the Droplet just has an operating system. To host a PHP based site on a droplet, We have to install and configure Apache, PHP, MySQL and other services on the droplet. There are two ways to do it.
- Manual Server Configuration: In this case, You have to manually install and configure services on the server using command-line interface. Basically, writing commands, correct commands. You also have to deal with more configuration files and commands to install SSL and add new site on the droplet. If you know what you are doing, You can manually configure your droplet.
- Automatic Server Configuration: If you do not want to deal with terminal, commands and configuration files, Use Automatic server configuration with ServerAvatar. This method is fast, it only takes 6-8 minutes for full server configuration. After the droplet is ready to host sites, You also get easy-to-use interface to click and perform tasks on your droplet as well as manage more droplets or servers.
Automatic Server Configuration with ServerAvatar
If you have never used ServerAvatar before, The first month of management is totally free. No CC info required.
It is very easy to install ServerAvatar and configure the optimised LAMP(Apache), LEMP(Nginx) or OLS stack on your droplet. Just connect with your droplet with SSH as a "root" user and execute the following commands to start server inspection.
# wget https://srvr.so/install # chmod +x install # ./install
You will get an option to select the web browser for your droplet. You can select from Apache, Nginx or OpenLiteSpeed.
Once the installation is started, You will see a link in the terminal to claim server panel for your server in ServerAvatar. Follow the link to see the installation status in detail and the server panel to manage your sites on the droplet.
Install and Setup Drupal CMS with ServerAvatar
Step 1. Download Drupal Latest Release Zip file
Visit Drupal's official site and Download Drupal Latest release zip file. You can see the download page in the following image.
Step 2. Create a PHP Application
On the server panel, access the Application tab from the sidebar and click the Create button, as shown in the image below.
Next, fill in the required details to create an application, including the Application Name and Domain Name.
The latest version of Drupal runs on PHP version 8.1. So to change the version, check the Show Advanced Options box and change the PHP version of your application like the below image.
If you want to host Drupal 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.
Click the Create Application button after filling in the required details.
Step 3. Create Drupal Database
On the server panel, Click the Database tab from the sidebar to create a MySQL database for Drupal.
ServerAvatar will create a database by filling in database details, including Database Name, Username, and Password.
Once you are done, Click the Create Database button, and ServerAvatar will create your database in seconds.
Step 4. Upload the Drupal Zip file
ServerAvatar has a built-in File Manager feature, so you won't need FTP clients to manage files.
To Upload a zip file on your application, go to the application panel of your created application in step 2 and click the File Manager tab.
Delete the index.html directory
Now access the public_html directory and delete the index.html directory to avoid forbidden errors on the site.
Upload Drupal Zip file
After deleting the file, it’s time to upload the Drupal zip file to the public_html directory. And for that, Click on the upload icon or Drag and Drop the zip file from your system.
Uncompress the Zip file
Unzip/Uncompress the uploaded Zip file in the public_html directory like the following image.
Delete the zip file after successfully uncompressed.
Move files to public directory
Click on the folder created in the public_html directory where all the files are located. Select all files, including hidden files and move them to the public_html folder.
Step 5. Install SSL Certificate
SeverAvatar allows you to install automatic SSL certificates with one click to keep users' data secure and verify your site ownership.
To install SSL on your website, click the SSL Certificates tab from the application panel.
Click the Automatic Installation button like the above image. You can also ensure Force HTTP to HTTPS to secure the communication between the browser and your website.
Step 6. Install and Setup Drupal
Open the URL of your application on the web browser. The setup page will appear like the following image.
Drupal supports more than 100 languages.
Choose the one you want for your site and click the Save and Continue button.
Select a profile from the given three installation profiles.
It would be recommended to Install the Standard profile and click the Save and continue button.
It verifies your site requirements and redirects to the next step if everything is fine.
Set up database
Enter the database credentials that we have created in step 3. It includes the database name, database user, and password.
Advanced Options include-
- Host: leave this field as it is if your database is hosted on the same server as an application
- Port Number: 3306 is recommended for MySQL/Aurora/MariaDB
- Table Name Prefix: Enter the database table name prefix as your choice
Click the Save and continue button.
It can proceed to install Drupal on your site if all the information is correct. It’ll show you the installation status like the following image.
Enter your site information, including-
- Site Name: Enter the name of your site as you want.
- Site Email Address: Automated emails related to the site, including reset password and registration details, will be sent from this email.
Site Maintenance account
Enter a Special user account information that can perform account-level tasks such as making backups and applying site updates. The account you set up has full administrative privileges.
- Username: Enter a username that is used for logging in to the Drupal Administrative interface
- Password: Enter the password for the admin login
- Email Address: Ente admin email address
Enter the regional specific information, including-
- Default Country: Select the name of your country.
- Default Time Zone: Select a time zone based on your location
Tick all the boxes under the Update Notification section to automatically check for updates and receive notifications.
Click the Save and continue button after filling in the required details.
Step 7. Drupal Admin panel
Completing all the above steps results in access to the Drupal admin panel, which looks like the following image.
That’s it. Now you can create an intuitive website or complex web application easily with a few clicks.