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Install WordPress On A Digital Ocean VPS Droplet

I created this blog not too long ago in an effort to help developers, system administrators, and even bloggers. As many of you know, I’m using Digital Ocean to host this WordPress blog because it gives me the performance I need for the amount of traffic I receive.

In case anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, I’m going to walk you through getting WordPress up and running on a Digital Ocean Virtual Private Server (VPS) Droplet. However, this tutorial will work on any VPS that meets the operating system requirements I set, not just Digital Ocean.

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Install The LAMP Stack On A Debian Linux VPS

So you’re at a time in your life where you want to manage your own web server. Maybe you are currently on a shared hosting plan and it isn’t giving you the performance you need because your web application is getting crazy amounts of traffic or maybe you just want to play the role of DevOps. My blog (the one you’re on now) is on a virtual private server (VPS). The LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack sits on top of this server which allows me to serve web applications or support software like WordPress.

My VPS is hosted on a Digital Ocean Droplet with the Debian Linux distribution. Reading further will show you how to set up the LAMP stack on your own Debian Linux instance.

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Run A Node.js Application On A LAMP Stack Server

If you’ve been keeping up with some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I’ve been making an effort to move away from PHP ZendFramework (or PHP in general) to Node.js. Up until mid December 2014, my personal profile website www.nraboy.com has been using PHP ZendFramework 2, and for whatever reason it would crash my Apache instance constantly.

Since mid December 2014, I’ve made the switch to Express.js framework on top of Node.js. I did a previous post on the topic of Express.js and why I like it, but it is beyond the point for this particular article.

I have a few sites still running PHP and I didn’t want to pay for a new server strictly for Node.js applications. Instead I chose to run LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) side-by-side with Node.js on the same server. The following explains how I did this.

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Using An SSL Certificate With Apache

When you have a website that transmits information from a user to your server it is very important to encrypt it. The last thing you want is someones password being sniffed by a malicious user when they register or sign in. By using Secure Socket Layer (SSL), data is encrypted between client and server preventing any malicious users from sniffing your password in plain text.

The following will help you install an SSL certificate to one of your Apache web server virtual hosts.

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