Lately, we’ve been fascinated with hosting WordPress on DigitalOcean. We’ve seen people sharing pictures of how fast their tiny $5 per month Droplet was loading WordPress for billions of requests.
But then we came across a tool called SpinupWP that claims to make hosting WordPress on DigitalOcean something that even a non-techie person like you can accomplish.
That’s what this post is about – how to host WordPress on your own DigitalOcean droplet. Keep reading for the step-by-step guide!
It’s important to note that this post is not sponsored by SpinupWP/Delicious Brains, nor did we even talk to them at any point in the process. We just thought it was an interesting new tool and wanted to write about it.
Pros and Cons of Using DigitalOcean
It’s right to look for what is a suitable hosting provider for you and your business. You may want to know first what are the Pros and Cons of DigitalOcean before deciding to use it.
- DigitalOcean is a popular cloud hosting that lets you create your own “droplet” for as little as $5 per month.
- It’s like your own free-form server sandbox that you can use for anything.
- Get your WordPress site to load pretty fast, even with just that $5 droplet.
- Pricing is customizable
- Not suitable for beginners as it uses Linux, Unix and other open source technologies
- No basic features compared to other host providers
- Support is ticket-based
- cPanel is very complex
However, as mentioned earlier, we have SpinupWP.
SpinupWP is a control panel that aims to make that process a lot less intimidating by properly configuring everything to secure and optimize your site and giving you a much simpler way to manage your droplet.
The end result is that you get something akin to managed WordPress hosting performance at a fraction of the price.
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How Much Is All This Going to Cost, Anyway?
To follow this, you’ll need to pay for two things:
- A DigitalOcean Droplet – starts at $5 per month.
- SpinupWP – starts at $12 per month.
The cool thing is that the price is super flexible and there are no long-term contracts. So if you want to upgrade or downgrade your Droplet in the future, you can do that (say goodbye to paying for 12 months of hosting at a time!).
Additionally, you can host as many WordPress sites as you want – there’s no extra fee for more sites (though you might need to upgrade your Droplet at some point to handle the load, especially if you’re not using full page caching).
This article was written by Team WPLift and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.