10 minutes to set up WordPress VPS hosting with Digitalocean + Serverpilot

Comparing a VPS to your regular shared hosting is like comparing a Lamborghini to a public transport bus. Apart from having a full control over your hosting, the speed differences are ridiculous.
Although setting up a VPS, installing all the required modules and getting the security part right is not really done over a cup of coffee. Therefore as an SEO or affiliate marketer, hosting your WordPress sites on a VPS isn’t normally the obvious choice.

Thankfully there is a solution to all this headache, it’s called Serverpilot. They are offering a free automated process for setting up your VPS and installing WordPress simultaneously, and I’m going to show you exactly how to set it up in less than 10 minutes.

Step 1 – Creating the droplet at Digitalocean

First we need to create a droplet on Digitalocean. I recommend starting off with their cheapest package, the $5/month VPS. This will do in almost all cases unless you are running a heavily trafficked site.  Register here and get $10 which makes the first two months free.

Once you have finished the registration process, you will be prompted to create your first droplet.

Make sure you pick Ubuntu 14.04 like shown in the screenshot below, since Serverpilot only works with this OS for now. Choose any datacenter you like and create your droplet.

Once your droplet is created, you will receive an email with the details you need for Serverpilot, your IP and root password.

Digitalocean setup

Step 2 – Setting up the nameservers

Navigate to the Networking tab at Digitalocean and go to Domains on the left side menu. Here you add your domain and choose your droplet from the dropdown, then just create the record.
After you have done this, go to your registrar for the domain and change your nameservers to Digitalocean’s nameservers:




Step 3 – Connecting Serverpilot

Now head on over to serverpilot and create an account there as well. Make sure you choose the free account unless you need their SSL certificate and priority support.

Once you have created your account and logged in, you will be prompted to Connect a server. Click to connect and enter the details you received in the email from Digitalocean.

You also need to add your own SFTP Password of choice here, which you will later be using if you need to connect to your site through FTP.

Serverpilot wordpress


Step 4 – Installing WordPress

Now you will be prompted to create an app, in other words, installing WordPress.

Here you set a name for your app (you can type in whatever you want here), your domain, and your WordPress details. Don’t forget to save your details for you will need them to log in to your WordPress site.

Serverpilot setup


And that’s it. Now just wait until your nameservers are updated to Digitalocean’s as this can take up to 24 hours in some cases, and then you are all set.

If you need to connect to your new hosting through FTP make sure you choose SFTP protocol, use your droplet IP and port 22. The username by default is serverpilot and the password is the SFTP password you set in step 3.

Leave a comment if you need any help and I’ll try to reply as soon as I get some time over.