Is there any way to install a web server panel after a create a droplet with Ubuntu 14.04 for WordPress

Posted December 14, 2014 2.3k views

Dear DIgital Ocean Community,

This is the first time I ask something here. I just create a droplet by applying an image name “Ubuntu 14.04 WordPress”.

The server is very good, run WordPress Incredibly fast and I love it. But, is there any way to install a web server panel on it? I’m not good at linux command line.

Look forward for any useful help in this great community.

Thanks in advance.

Paul - Content AZ.

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Sure, there are plenty of free (and efficient) ones.
Webmin is one of the more popular control panels. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to install it on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Vesta is another popular one. There’s also a tutorial on how to install it on Ubuntu. Notice that it’s dedicated to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, so you might consider that while setting up

In case you want more, here’s a nice list of free alternatives, and another more comprehensive one. I don’t know about your needs, but personally I’d go simple like Vesta not full blown ones like Webmin. But this is definitely a matter of needs, and taste, so you’re the only one who should make this decision

by Faraz Fallahi
Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing, and much more. Read this tutorial to get it installed on your Ubuntu cloud server.
  • Hi Mustafamohsen,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have an exist Apache2-MySQL-PHP on the current Ubuntu 14.04. I tried Virtualmin but it destroyed my website (luckily i had a backup image).

    Do you have any idea?

  • Sorry but most of the web panel manual says that you should not install them on a server which already has apache or such software running..

    So in you can, I dont think it can be done, since for most of the panels, you need a clean droplet..

    Order of installation should be as follows,

    1. Clean OS (minimal installation)
    2. Update it to latest
    3. Web Panel (as per the install direction)
    4. WordPress !!


  • I really don’t know what happened. It could have been a bug or a user error. I agree with @hunky that a CP should be installed on a fresh server, prior to any configuration or installations, unless you really, really, know what you’re doing
    I never experienced Virtualmin, personally I prefer working on command line. I worked with Webmin, which seems quite mature and stable, though not very plausible in terms of usability or user experience, and with ISPConfig, which I didn’t enjoy. A quick look at the reviews suggest that Vesta is a nice one, but I cannot judge as I didn’t try it
    What I highly recommend is to start a fresh droplet, install your CP of choice, and give it a try. Whenever you feel comfortable with it deploy it to your production environment. This is a safer way to make a decision