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Get your WordPress website up and running quickly with DigitalOcean’s WordPress — affordable, reliable, fast

Set up your WordPress instance in just a few clicks

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) on the planet, with more than 42% of all websites on the internet powered by the platform. DigitalOcean supports WordPress hosting on our virtual machines, called Droplets—and we’ve made installing WordPress on a Droplet extremely easy, so you get your website up and running confidently and quickly.  

Installing WordPress on a DigitalOcean Droplet takes just a few clicks. Hosting your WordPress website can demand the use of tools and computing knowledge you may not have. Standing up a WordPress-powered site on DigitalOcean, though, takes just a few moments and doesn’t require a lot of technical expertise. 

Our 1-Click WordPress installation (one of many 1-Click app installers for Droplets) gives users the power and confidence to establish WordPress hosting on a Droplet quickly. DigitalOcean also offers a fully managed option for users who would rather not dig into the details of hosting and instead allow experts at DigitalOcean to handle hosting for them.

How DigitalOcean helps you get WordPress up and running

DigitalOcean’s features, products, and resources are designed to help people create the applications and websites of their dreams, helping you get your website or product online fast.

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Simple cloud solutions built for lean teams

DigitalOcean’s simple UI, CLI, and API enable small teams to get started quickly without the need to learn and manage complex infrastructure tools.

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Predictable, low pricing to help you scale

Our transparent pricing model, industry-leading price to performance ratio, and low bandwidth pricing enables you to scale without worrying about unexpected costs. 

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Robust product offerings to support your growth

DigitalOcean includes all the cloud products WordPress users need, from virtual machines to storage, managed databases, Platform as a Service, and managed Kubernetes.

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Resources to remove development roadblocks

Our community tutorials, documentation, and personal customer support mean you’re supported throughout your journey building your ideal website or application.

WordPress hosting on your Droplet

The 1-Click WordPress app says it all in its name. With a click, you’ll be able to configure a WordPress Droplet which includes all the features of a typical Ubuntu 20.04 Droplet plus the LAMP stack (Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database, PHP processes). DigitalOcean WordPress installations also include two firewall support programs for free: UFW, a program that simplifies firewall management; and fail2ban, a service that automatically updates firewall configurations to stop attackers.

How do I install WordPress on DigitalOcean?

Installing WordPress on your Droplet is easy with the 1-click WordPress installer. Here’s a rundown of how to get WordPress installed quickly.

Step 1: Create a Wordpress Droplet

Visit the 1-Click WordPress app page in the DigitalOcean Marketplace, and click Create WordPress Droplet. You’ll be taken to the “Create Droplets” page of your DigitalOcean account, where you can then: 

  • Choose an image: “WordPress 5.8 on Ubuntu 20.04” should be automatically selected. 
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  • Choose a plan: Select the option that works best for you, but keep in mind that WordPress needs at least 1GB of RAM to run.
  • Add SSD-based block storage to expand storage capacity.
  • Choose the data center closest to your user base.
  • Select additional options like Monitoring—you can do so now or anytime in the future. 
  • Name your WordPress Droplet.

Click Create Droplet, then copy your Droplet’s IP address, which you’ll need in the next step.

Step 2: Access the Droplet via SSH to Enable Configuration

Until you log in with your SSH credentials, you’ll see a DigitalOcean placeholder page at your Droplet’s IP address. To remove the placeholder page, you first need to connect to the Droplet via SSH: 

  • Use the following command in a terminal on your computer to log into your Droplet as root via SSH, substituting “droplet.ip.address” with your Droplet’s IP address:
```ssh root@droplet.ip.address```

Step 3: Configure WordPress

Now visit the Droplet’s IP address in a web browser. 

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete your WordPress installation’s initial configuration, log in as the administrative user you just created, and continue to set up your site by configuring your domain name.

Which hosting plan is right for me?

DigitalOcean Droplets come in a range of sizes and capabilities. Though Premium Droplets are a popular choice, many users need stronger CPU performance and greater memory and instead choose a dedicated CPU Droplet like our General Purpose or Memory-Optimized Droplets. From individual developers to medium-sized businesses, WordPress Droplets on DigitalOcean perform at every level of demand.

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Premium Droplet

Ideal for simple applications like blogs, low-traffic web servers, small databases.

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General Purpose

Ideal for critical applications like high-traffic web servers, medium-sized businesses.

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CPU-Optimized

Ideal for CPU-intensive applications like video encoding, batch processing.

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Memory-Optimized

Ideal for RAM-intensive applications like monitoring software, NoSQL databases.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a content management system that enables users to easily create and manage websites.

Why do so many websites use WordPress?

People choose WordPress for many reasons: the software is free, it’s easy to customize with a huge range of templates and plugins, the platform is regularly updated to protect against security threats, and it supports all media types, not just text.

Why should I choose DigitalOcean for WordPress?

WordPress hosting may not differ much from platform to platform, but DigitalOcean Droplets are particularly easy to use and simple to navigate, which helps users focus on building their dream website rather than spending hours figuring out hosting.

What are 1-click Marketplace apps?

The DigitalOcean Marketplace allows you to build your websites and applications faster with preconfigured, 1-Click Apps for popular content management systems including Wordpress, Plesk, CyberPanel, Ghost, developer tools such as Docker and Dokku, and databases such a MongoDB and MySQL. These 1-Click Apps are preconfigured environments with all the prerequisites you need to get started, saving you time on your website hosting.

Where should I go when I need help after installing? (Support & Community)

There are two places to go for help if you have questions after installing WordPress on your Droplet:

  • DigitalOcean Community: Get your question answered by expert developers and see answers to other users’ questions about nearly every development topic.
  • DigitalOcean Support: Contact DigitalOcean Support for direct help from our robust, responsive support team who can help you solve specific issues related to your Droplet.

What do WordPress Droplets cost?

DigitalOcean features predictable, low pricing for Droplets, starting at $5 per month. Prices vary by Droplet types (shared CPU, dedicated CPU, NVMe SSD-based, etc.), the complete list for which you can find on our Pricing page.