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How can I host another wordpress domain on the same droplet?

Hi, does anyone know how to host multiple wordpress domains on the same droplet ? At one point I managed to add a 2nd domain (wordpress site) on my existing droplet that already had an existing domain, using a tutorial found online but I can’t find it anymore. Can you please point me in the right direction? Thanks

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Hi there,

You could follow the steps from this video on how to host multiple WordPress websites on the same server with Apache Virtual Hosts:

Essentially, what needs to happen is:

  • Download a new copy of WordPress with the wget command:
wget wordpress.org/latest.zip
  • After that extract the files
unzip latest.zip
  • Then move the files to the /var/www/ folder:
mv wordpress /var/www/your_site.com
  • Then set the owner of the file to the Apache2 user:
chown -R www-data:www-data /var/www/your_site.com
  • After that copy the existing Apache config:
sudo cp /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf /etc/apache2/sites-available/your_site.conf
  • Then enable the new site:
sudo a2ensite
  • Run a configtest:
sudo apachectl -t
  • If you get Syntax OK reload Apache:
sudo systemctl reload apache2
  • Then create a new MySQL database and username. To create the database first access MySQL:
mysql

Then run the following queries:

CREATE DATABASE wp_site;

CREATE USER 'wp_site'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'use_secure_password_here';

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wp_site.* TO 'wp_site'@'%' WITH GREANT OPTION;
  • Finally, access the site via your web browser to finish the installation.

Hope that this helps. Regards, Bobby

Hello, @kimchi

Yes can host multiple websites on a single droplet. The setup it’s not complicated and you basically need to setup different virtual hosts for the separate websites/domains

You can also check this article, although it’s deprecated, but you will get the general idea behind the setup/configuration:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-multiple-wordpress-sites-on-a-single-ubuntu-vps

This article is for Nginx and how to setup a server blocks (virtual hosts)

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-nginx-server-blocks-virtual-hosts-on-ubuntu-16-04

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Regards, Alex