Multiple Domains, Multiple Sites, One Droplet


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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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.