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Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Digital Ocean is an awesome VPS hosting that I am also using to host my demo websites for my business with ThemeForest. In this article, I


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Digital Ocean is an awesome VPS hosting that I am also using to host my demo websites for my business with ThemeForest. In this article, I will show you a very easy way to install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod Script from A to Z.

Step 1 – Create a droplet

Login to your Digital Ocean dashboard and click Create Droplet button (or you can also access http://cloud.digitalocean.com/droplets/new)

DO Dashboard - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

In Create Droplet page, input your Droplet Hostname (in this example, I inputted sneeitorg). In Select Image section, choose CENTOS 6.5 x64. (Recommend Size is $10/mo or higher, Region is Newyork)

Create Droplet - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Congratulation! You created a droplet successfully. Now, you must receive an email with droplet information (the email that you used to sign up Digital Ocean). In this email, please remember your droplet IP Address and Password, we will use them in step 3.

Email Droplet Information - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Step 2 – Target Your Domain to The Droplet

Return back your Digital Ocean dashboard, you will see your new droplet there. Click DNS menu (or access https://cloud.digitalocean.com/domains).

Droplet DNS dashboard - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
In Add a Domain window, input your domain name (without www) and select your droplet name from dropdown list (don’t need input droplet IP address manually, after you select droplet in the list, the IP will be inputted automatically)
Add Domain - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
Ok, that’s great. Your droplet accepted your domain DNS. Now, you must target the domain with www to the droplet also (example, when users access www.sneeit.org, they will be redirect to sneeit.org).
To do that, click Add Record button, choose CNAME recode, input www in name and @ in hostname then press Create button. In this window, you must remember all your NS (Nameserver that will be used later). With me, they are always: ns1.digitalocean.comns2.digitalocean.comns3.digitalocean.com (regardless the period “.” at the end)
Add Cname - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

After that, login to the dashboard of your domain registrar. I am using Godaddy, but other registrars (like Namecheap) will also have the same interface. Then click Manage your Nameservers

Access Domain Dashboard - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
In NAMESERVER SETTINGS window, opt in Custom and click ADD NAMESERVER button.
Access Name Servers - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
Now, input Nameservers from Digital Ocean DNS (that you create above), and click OK then click SAVE. It’s take about 10-30 mins to apply changes, depends on your domain registrar.
Add Name Servers - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Step 3 – Install Nginx and WordPress

Before start everything, download and install Bitvise (or your can use another SSH software as you like)
Open Bitvise and input your droplet IP address in Host field and droplet password in Password field (IP address and password of your droplet was sent to your email at the end of step 1). Then click Login button.
Bitvise Start Page - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
If Host Key Verification window appear, just click Accept and Save

Now, you will see Bitvise Xterm (a SSH terminal). Just input your droplet password and then input your new password for the droplet twice (please remember your new password to login next time with Bitvise).

Bitvise Terminal - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Copy and paste whole below code (include the blank line at the end) to the terminal. But before copy and paste the code, please notice all texts “centmin-v1.2.3-eva2000.07” that can be changed depend on the latest stable version of Centminmod script. Please check Centminmod change log, if the version is higher, just replace all texts with a right version text.

yum install wget unzip zip -y
cd /usr/local/src
wget http://centminmod.com/download/centmin-v1.2.3-eva2000.07.zip
unzip centmin-v1.2.3-eva2000.07.zip
cd centmin-v1.2.3mod
chmod +x centmin.sh
yum -y install bc wget yum-plugin-fastestmirror
yum clean all
cd /usr/local/src/centmin-v1.2.3mod
./centmin.sh

After pasted code, in next 2 mins, you will see Centmin menu like the below:

Centmin Menu - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Now, just input 1 and press Enter to install Centmin. This will take about 20-45 mins.

After finished, scroll up a bit, you will see some green lines like below image. Those lines are very important information that you need to copy and save into a text file to use later (special SQL root password).

Centmin Information - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Now, paste mysql -u root -p into your terminal and press Enter to access MariaDB. Server will ask you the password, just input the MySQL root password that you get from the green lines above.

In MariaDB, copy and paste the whole below  code to your terminal. This code will help you creating Database for your WordPress site. But before copy and paste, please notice that you need to change the database_name, your_db_username and your_user_password in the code as you want (and please remember them).

CREATE DATABASE database_name;
CREATE USER your_db_username@localhost;
SET PASSWORD FOR your_db_username@localhost= PASSWORD("your_user_password");
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON database_name.* TO your_db_username@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'your_user_password';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;
exit;

Now, we need to add your domain to nginx. Copy and paste the below code to the terminal:

cd /usr/local/src/centmin-v1.2.3mod
./centmin.sh

Then type 2 and add your domain (without www) and press Enter. After that, type 22 and Enter to exit.

Ok, now you can open your browser and access your domain name. If you see a thing like below, that’s mean all are OK.

Test Domain - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

Alright, next, we need to install WordPress. Copy and paste the whole below code to your terminal (before copy and paste, replace sneeit.org with your domain name)

cd /home/nginx/domains/sneeit.org/public
wget https://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
tar -xvf latest.tar.gz
mv wordpress/* .
chown -R nginx:nginx /home/nginx/domains/
rm -rf wordpress
rm -rf latest.tar.gz

And then input below code (but before input, please replace sneeit.org to your domain name)

cd /usr/local/nginx/conf/conf.d
nano sneeit.org.conf

In Vim editor, go around and you will see a code like below:
#try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php;

Change it to
try_files $uri $uri/ /index.php?$args;

Then press Ctrl+O and Enter to save. This step will allow you use permalink for your WordPress site.

Finally – Setup your WordPress site

This is basic step but I still write about it for beginners. Access your domain name in your browser, select your language and click Continue.

Wordpress Select Language - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)
Input the Database NameUser Name and Password of database that you create with MariaDB in step 3 above, then click Submit.
Wordpress Input Setup Information - Install Nginx for WordPress on Digital Ocean VPS Hosting with Centminmod (LEMP)

In next screen, click Run the install. And in final screen, input your own information for your site then click Install WordPress.

CONGRATULATION! ALL ARE DONE. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BUSINESS AND WORDPRESS SITE.

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