Some questions about digitalocean :)

Posted April 29, 2015 3k views

Hi everyone, I’m Alex, I’m a student and have been granted with 100$ credit on this platform.
It’s my first time when I’m using an vps and stuff like this.
I’ve seen the options for a general apache or nginx stack, and I did that so far.
But don’t really get how to use what I got, as a general web host for my websites.

Q1: Do i need a Droplet for every website I create?

Q2: What alternatives are for setting up a simple work environment within a droplet. For example a hosting panel (a cpanel or something familiar), ftp, email, phpmyadmin ?

I’m doing my best to describe my issues, please excuse me if I am a total noob. :)

Kind regards,

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You can certainly host more than one site on a single droplet. This is done by setting up virtualhosts (on Apache) or server blocks (on nginx). This will tell your web server to route requests for different domains or subdomains to different directories.

You can certainly install a control panel on your droplets if you want as you have full root access to the droplets you create. We do not currently license or support any control panels so there is no option for a pre-installed panel. We do provide a number of one-click images for various popular web software, frameworks and deployments.

We also have a collection of over 1000 tutorials that will guide you in just about anything you may wish to do with your droplet. If you have an idea of what you want to accomplish I would be happy to point you to the relevant guides.

by Justin Ellingwood
The Apache web server is the most popular way to serve web content on the internet. Apache has the ability to serve multiple domains from a single server by using a mechanism called "virtual hosts". If a virtual host is configured correctly for each domain, the web server can correctly route traffic to the appropriate files based on the domain name requested. In this guide, we'll demonstrate how to configure Apache virtual hosts on an Ubuntu 14.04 VPS.

Thank you for your replies :)

I want to accomplish a solution where I can have for example 2 wordpress websites, and I did noticed the options for wordpress when you create a droplet but I want to be as much as it can be educational, like learning how to really set up things.

I’m preparing to continue my education in IT & web development :)

And so, I’m looking to have an ubuntu with nginx or apache and also some sort of hosting panel, where i can administer my websites and databases and emails.

Can I somehow have 2 different panels and administration for each of the nginx stacks? accessible maybe from their respectives domains, like and
Or I can have them both on a single one?

  • Having two control panels doesn’t make sense nor is there a control panel currently capable of doing this. Most control panels allow you to access it from any domain (say you have cPanel and two domains, you’d be able to use and and it would resolve to exactly the same control panel).