Multiple Domains, Multiple Sites, One Droplet

Posted November 6, 2014 8.4k views


To start, I’m sure this answer is somewhere in the support section of this site but I’ve tried a few ways, destroyed a droplet and have about 50 tabs open. I’ve never created my own VPS.

I currently host 6 different domains running 4 different wordpress sites and 2 html sites on a server (godaddy)

  • would like to try and avoid purchasing cPanel for this
  • would consider perhaps using ISPconfig…

I tried using Ubuntu 14, installed LAMP, etc. but started running into errors and got frustrated.

I’ve never used nginx before and have somewhat limited apache/mysql use and the more I’m seeing, it seems like nginx may be better for what I’m trying to do.

I plan on hosting more wordpress sites and more domains as time goes on, too. A handful of the domains also have email hosting set up through Google.

What is the best, and easiest, setup to accomplish this?

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  • You may want to give zPanel (Now sentora) a try..

    Looks and works very close to cPanel..

    I being a cPanel user and newbie in VPS, tried few and settled for zPanel :)

    By the way, have to your checked DirectAdmin (Paid but has a one time fee option, unlike cPanel)..

    In case of zPanel, install it in a clean / fresh droplet running Ubuntu or CentOS.. It will take care of everything, like mail, ftp, apache, mysql and stuff.. After installation, just add domains like as you did in cPanel, and user FTP, db and such for installation / migration of your wordpress !!!

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There are a few options that come to mind if you are not comfortable with the command line.

The first one is to use the free version of server pilot, you install a small server agent that automatically configures Apache + nginx + MySQL for you and then you can create different “apps” that represent websites - a bit like cPanel with a lot less features. Serverpilot is serious about security and will keep your machine secure and up to date.

The second option could be to install vestacp - a free open source cPanel alternative.
It isn’t as mature in terms of features, but is light, fast and easy to use.