How to Set Up Your WordPress Site on Digital Ocean

If you’re looking to host your own WordPress site, then Digital Ocean is a robust, feature-rich hosting service that makes the process a breeze.

You’ll find a wealth of information and guides to help you get started on their website, so be sure to check out their docs before creating your site. Once you’ve established your blog with WordPress, moving it to Digital Ocean is a straightforward process.

Installation

You can install WordPress on any of their Linux-based plans, which start as low as $5 per month. To get started, click on the Get Started button on their website or the button given in the screenshot below.

After entering your payment details, you’ll be brought to a page that shows you the different plans available. Make sure you select the one that fits your needs.

To install WordPress, you’ll need to follow the on-screen instructions. You’re given a brief tutorial at the end of which you’ll be asked to confirm your selection by clicking on the Activate button. This will initiate the process of installing WordPress.

If everything goes well, you’ll be brought to a success page confirming that WordPress has been successfully installed. You can now login to your dashboard and begin creating your site.

From a security standpoint, WordPress is a widely-used web application and as such, is a good choice for those seeking to host their own website. It is also a fairly secure platform when compared to some of the smaller blogging platforms. Overall, WordPress is a reliable choice when it comes to website hosting.

Activation Key

If you decide to go this route, you’ll need to visit the WordPress.com website and register for a free account. Once you’re on the site, look for the Activate button at the top right corner of the page. Click this button to proceed to the WordPress dashboard. Once you’re on the dashboard, you should see a key column to the right of your site’s name. Simply enter the key you’re given in the welcome email in the space provided and click on the Confirm Key button.

If you follow the instructions and choose the right plan, you’ll be able to log in to your WordPress dashboard and begin creating your site with the click of a button.

CNAME Records

If you’re seeking to move your blog to a custom domain name, then you’ll need to update your site’s configuration with a CNAME record. A CNAME record allows you to point a blog’s domain name to your own custom domain. To do this, simply look for the CNAME setting in your dashboard and input the domain you wish to point to, followed by a dot (e.g., example.com).

You can now test-post to make sure everything is working as expected and if all goes well, enable the CNAME record on your dashboard.

You will need to wait a few minutes for the changes to take effect before you can begin publishing your blog posts to your site. As soon as you can, you can begin using the custom domain name on all of your social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram).

Database and Storage Space

Depending on how much content you have, how active you are, and how much traffic you receive, you’ll need to decide how much storage space you need. If you’re looking for a free option, consider the popular micro-blogging platform, Blogger.com, which is widely supported and easy to use.

If you have a limited budget, then the cheapest option would be to go with the basic WordPress hosting plan by Digital Ocean, which comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This plan also has a limit of 4 GB of storage space per account. If you need more storage, then you might want to consider their $2 per month discount plan, which provides you with 100 GB of storage space for the same price. This is a great option if you’re seeking to build a WordPress site for your personal use and don’t need it to be secure or need additional features (e.g., staging, backups, etc.).

Additional Options

If you’re looking for more control over the appearance of your site, then the best option would be to get a premium account on WordPress.com (e.g., Business, Corporate, or Team accounts).

This will give you full control over the design of your site and the ability to implement various plugins that can enhance your blogging experience. As a business owner or team leader, you may want to consider investing in this tier as it can prove useful.

Secure Hosting

If you’re looking for a more secure option for your blog, then you might want to consider a dedicated IP on a hosted service like Secure Hosting. A dedicated IP provides you with an IP address that is only available to your website and mobile applications. This is useful for those seeking to prevent spam or abuse on their blogs. A dedicated IP is also ideal if you’re seeking to have your site reach its full potential and want to avoid censorship or content restrictions.

Dedicated IPs are only available on certain plans on Secure Hosting, so be sure to check out their pricing before committing.

Additional Resources

If you’re seeking additional help or want a high-quality tutorial on how to migrate your WordPress site to Digital Ocean, then be sure to check out their help center. They have FAQs, tutorials, and a list of commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the information you need, then use their live chat feature to get in touch with a representative.

One of the great things about Digital Ocean is that they provide you with a list of premium WordPress blogs you can follow. Doing so can keep you up to date on the latest trends and tactics, as well as expose you to different methods of optimization.