Hi everyone,

Being tired of slow shared hosting, I did some research on alternative webhosting methods and stumpled upon DigitalOcean while looking for a VPS powered Wordpress host. There are several providers ofc, but I was attracted to the 1-click install packages that DigitalOcean has to offer.

When it comes to Linux, and even on running a server, I am a total noob. However, I do have some IT knowledge to get myself started. So not your average quitter, will search and search and try and try till I get it working. However, I dunno if I can use that right now. Anyways, to get to the actual question:

I want to run a WooCommerce (Wordpress) website. What is the best option to go for? I value high speed, as that was one of my main problems with previous methods. I understand nginx would run faster as opposed to apache? Also, although I understand that it is not recommended, what are your thoughts on running a mailserver on your own server, and in my case next to the Woo website?

Long story short, should i got for the 1-click Wordpress, or should I choose one of the other stacks, LAMP, etc for my needs?

Thanks in advance

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Super late to this party, but ServerPilot seems to be a cool option to manage your hosting.

This question was answered by @sierracircle:

I use Apache, but mainly because I am already familiar with it and have not invested the time into learning Nginx. I have read that Nginx has slightly better performance. Having said that, Wordpress + Apache + DigitalOcean has worked for me for the last several months with no hiccups.

Running a mailserver can be a pain to set up, but is totally possible. If you decide to go that route, you may save yourself some headache by using Google as your SMTP server and just use your droplet as a mail receiver, so to speak.

I have a $5.00 droplet running a Woocommerce website for a small local business that does a nice amount of selling online. I had their site on a managed hosting account (Dreamhost VPS), but kept having issues. Once I moved the site to a DO droplet, it has been smooth sailing.

I personally prefer to just set up a bare-bones Ubuntu server and then install everything myself. That way I know exactly where things are. Once I have things set up nicely, I save that droplet as an image, and use that to spin up new droplets.

Whatever route you take, ( Nginx, Apache, LAMP, etc…) just stick with it, learn how to get things running and be consistent with everything you do. If you have a note-taking application, start a section for saving notes as you go along (I use Tomboy Notes)

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