Can Virtualmin & Webmin be installed on a droplet which already has few active wordpress websites?

Posted August 11, 2019 1.1k views
DigitalOceanUbuntu 18.04

I have a droplet which already has few active wordpress sites running. Would it be possible to install virtualmin and Webmin on this particular droplet?

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I believe that it is easiest to install Virtualmin when starting from scratch, on a fresh system.

That way you would only use the script, which would install and configure all of the necessary the system automatically, and everything would work out of the box.

My guess would be that it is quite likely to cause some problems on a live system.

What I think you could do is to do a manual installation. It’s more complex, but with some tweaking it should certainly. Here’s a link to the manual installation guide from the official Virtualmin website:

Note: skip the “Partitioning” part.

Of course if you decide to go with that, make sure that you have a backup!

But I think it would be easier, to create a new server, install Virtualmin and Webmin and then simply transfer your sites over to the new server. I think that this would require less manual work and it can be done with 0 downtime.

Hope that this helps!

  • Hi there
    I’m new to this VPS hosting world and Linux as a whole, but I managed to install from scratch a PHP script I bought, but want to make good use of my droplet and bring some static websites I have on shared hosting. I’m used to Cpanel but was investigating about Virtualmin and seems like it fits the bill.

    Reading your answer, seems like it would be easier for me to create a new droplet, install Virtualmin and then move what I have installed in my, now, working droplet.

    How do you go about moving the files? Is a complicated process or just move then using sftp and modify the A record of the associate domain?

    Any tutorial worth following?
    Thank you !

    • Hi there @puntadigital,

      Yes, indeed it is best to install Virtualmin on a fresh new Droplet.

      After that, you can use SFTP as you mentioned, and transfer your files over.

      There are other open source control panels which you could check out as well, for example there is a 1-click installation on the DigitalOcean Marketplace for CloudPanel:

      Hope that this helps!

      • Hi!
        I was checking CloudPanel last night, seems interesting, but being new at all this I had no idea if it would be a good idea or not, but I’d give it a try.
        I was able to install Virtualmin on a test droplet, but knowing there are other options is always goood.
        Thanks for your suggestion