Setting Up A Joomla Site And Selecting The Best Shared Server Option

Hi I like to set up a Joomla site. I am familiar and comfortable with Cpanel/PHP My Admin but am somewhat lost with Digital Ocean. I have very limited UNIX knowledge but should be able to use UNIX commands with some step by step tutorial.

In this regard , what would be the best choice of a server for Joomla . A server with LAMP preinstalled ?

Is there something I can use for free just like CPanel so i Can easily create directories/ folders , subdomains etc .


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The issue with Control Panels, beyond updates (or lack thereof) or cost, is bloat which translates in to larger resource requirements as a result of required software and services.

Using cPanel as an example, the absolute minimum amount of RAM for it to truly function properly and allow you to host a few database-driven websites would be 2-3GB’s of RAM. So many try to run it on a 512MB or 1GB Droplet and while it’ll run, you’ll more than likely run out or short on RAM quick.

The 2-3GB’s of RAM is not a requirement from cPanel, though the requirements for cPanel to run that are listed on cPanel’s website are for cPanel alone, not specifically for Apache, MySQL, PHP, Dovecot, Ensim, SpamAssassin etc. Just running those few services will shred 512MB-1GB.

When it comes to open source control panels, many of them are finicky and not very well optimized (not to mention that many do not follow standard or up to date security practices), which can lead to even higher resource usage as a result (if the end-result doesn’t lead to a compromise).

When it comes to the Command Line Interface (CLI), creating files and directories is one of the easier things that you can do, and if you’re worried about remembering commands, there’s an option for you to make them memorable.

For example, to create a directory via the CLI, you’d run:

mkdir directoryname

If you wanted to create an entire directory path structure, you can add the -p options, which tells the command to create each parent in the path. For example:

mkdir -p /home/domains/yourdomain.ext/htdocs/public_html

The above command will start at /home/ and create each directory following the provided path. You would then be able to change directory (i.e. cd) using:

cd /home/domains/yourdomain.ext/htdocs/public_html

Your now inside public_html :-).

That said, I mentioned making this easier and you can do that using Bash Aliases. This file may not exist by default on all OS distro’s, though you can create it quickly by logging in as root and running:

touch /root/.bash_aliases

If it doesn’t exist, it does now :-).

Now, the .bash_aliases file allows you to add aliases and functions that can be called from the CLI using your defined alias or function name – you can define as many as you want. As an example, I’ll create an alias for our mkdir command as well as an easier way to edit the .bash_aliases file so that we’re not having to remember where it is or how to call it.

If you’ll head over to:

I’ve created a quick example file (which you can copy & paste in to your own /root/.bash_aliases file.

Simply copy the above and run

nano /root/.bash_aliases

and then paste the contents. Save and then run:

source /root/.bash_aliases

which ensures that the commands are available via the CLI without you having to logout and log back in.

You’ll then be able to run:

makedirectory yourdirectoryname


makedirectories /path/to/directories/

To create new directories.

You can also use:


To automatically open the .bash_aliases file without having remember where it is and:


To source the .bash_aliases file anytime you make modifications to it.

There are a few free control panels out there like Vesta, Webmin and others. I cannot recommend one in particular, one issue with open source web hosting control panels is that if they are not actively maintained security can quickly become an issue.

We do offer a pre-configured Joomla one-click image in the control panel. On the droplet creation page, click on the Applications tab and you will find the option.