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How do I automate the process of subdomain/sub-directory creation upon user signup?

Posted August 5, 2020 227 views
Apache

When a user signs up with a paid account, I need to be able to create a subdomain and subdirectory for that domain automatically. I already know how to create a subdomain following these two tutorials:
https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/networking/dns/how-to/add-subdomain/
https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-apache-virtual-hosts-on-ubuntu-18-04

but I need to make this process automatic so I’m not doing it manually for each customer. Is there a way to do this in DigitalOcean? I’m using Apache, PHP(Laravel), MySQL, and react.js as my stack.

2 comments
  • I’m just practicing with static html files at the moment. Trying to find a way to automatically create the A record with the user selected name in the control panel, automatically run the terminal commands, and then automatically create subdirectory and populate it with dummy HTML files.

  • I haven’t found an answer to a similar question here on DO community. Just wondering if it’s possible to do this automatically here or if I have to switch to something like AWS with even more customizability.

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Everything can be done by command line.

I read a bit more on how to do this and I suppose I can do everything from the command line. With Laravel, I can execute command line prompts and for settings that needs to be configured in the DO control panel, I can use Doctl from DO as well.

by Marko Mudrinić
DigitalOcean's web based control panel provides a convenient, point-and-click interface for managing Droplets. There are many times, however, when a command-line tool may be a preferable alternative. doctl, the official DigitalOcean command-line client, leverages the DigitalOcean API to provide access to most account and Droplet features.
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