Deploying a decoupled application

Posted November 16, 2020 1.2k views

I have an application which has a laravel backend and VUE js front end. I have just very new to digital ocean. would be great if you guys can help me out with hosting this application.

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Hi there,

There are a couple of ways to do that:

  • Deploy both the Vue and the Laravel components on the same Droplet and use Nginx to proxy the traffic accordingly

What I could suggest is following the steps here on how to deploy Laravel on DigitalOcean:

Then create a separate Nginx server block and add your Vue project there.

  • Deploy Laravel on one Droplet and the Vue frontend on a separate one

This option is quite similar, but you need to deploy a second Droplet with Nginx installed and upload your 2 components on the two separate Droplets.

In both cases, it is better if you have a domain name so that you could run your Laravel on a separate subdomain name like

  • Use the new DigitalOcean App platform

Another option is to use the new DigitalOcean App platform so that you will not have to do any server configuration. Here is a quick demo on how to do that:

The video should help you as it shows how to deploy Laravel with a separate frontend service. In the case of the video, it is a React app but the process should be the same for Vue.

Hope that this helps!

by Mateusz Papiernik
Laravel is one of the most popular open-source web application frameworks written in PHP. It aims to help developers build both simple and complex applications by making frequently-used application tasks (like caching and authentication) easier. In this tutorial, we will deploy a simple Laravel application with a production environment in mind.