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Multiple Wordpress sites on one droplet vs multiple droplets?

Posted February 25, 2020 423 views
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Hi there,

I’m wondering if I set up multiple WordPress websites on a single droplet, will they all end up having the same IP address?
Assuming I wanted to have two, low-medium traffic sites, would it be better / easier to run them on single droplet or two droplets?

Thanks!

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Hi @maqichun,

If you create the websites on one droplet, yes they’ll be using the same IP address. It’ll be the droplet’s Ip address.

If you wish to have multiple websites I’ll recommend using one droplet. There is no point separating them unless there is a specific functionality that one of the websites need and it’s causing issues with the other websites.

Regards,
KDSys

Hi there,

I would personally go for multiple WordPress websites rather than WordPress multisite.

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