How to Install WordPress on Akamai (formerly Linode)

Akamai (formerly Linode) is a popular alternative to DigitalOcean, offering affordable servers from data centers located around the globe. Their shared CPU plans offer a good balance of performance and cost and are well suited for deploying a web server tuned for hosting WordPress websites. Akamai (formerly Linode) is fully integrated with SpinupWP, meaning you…

How to Install WordPress on DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is one of the most popular server providers. It’s designed for developers and their pricing has always been transparent. You can connect servers hosted at any provider to SpinupWP, but it’s less complex to provision new servers with DigitalOcean. DigitalOcean is fully integrated with SpinupWP, meaning you can connect SpinupWP to your DigitalOcean account…

How to Install WordPress on Vultr

Vultr is a popular alternative to DigitalOcean, offering affordable servers located around the globe. Their High Frequency Compute instances are noticeably fast and are well suited for WordPress hosting. Let’s go ahead and connect a Vultr VPS to SpinupWP. Before you start this process, you will need to sign up for a Vultr account if…

How to Install WordPress on AWS EC2

This guide will walk you through connecting an AWS EC2 Instance to SpinupWP. Before you start this process, you will need to sign up for an Amazon AWS account if you don’t already have one. Once signed in, navigate to Services > EC2. If you’re presented with the EC2 dashboard, click Launch Instance about halfway…

Debugging and Fixing the WordPress “White Screen of Death”

Sometimes your WordPress site will show a blank white screen and nothing else. In the WordPress community, this is known as the WordPress White Screen of Death (WSOD) (a nod to the Blue Screen of Death when a Windows computer has a fatal system error). The White Screen of Death occurs when a request to…

Updating WordPress Core, Themes, & Plugins

By default, on a new WordPress install, minor versions of WordPress core are set to automatically update for you. However, major versions of WordPress core, plugins and themes are not set to update automatically. You can read more about automatic updates built into WordPress and configuration options here. SpinupWP automatically checks for updates to WordPress…

Recommended WordPress Plugins

The following plugins are installed with every WordPress site created and deployed by SpinupWP. However, for custom WordPress deployments you will need to install the following plugins yourself. SpinupWP This plugin adds page cache purging functionality to your WordPress site. In addition to automatically clearing the page cache for individual posts, pages, and other content…

WordPress debug.log

When you install a WordPress site via SpinupWP, both WP_DEBUG and WP_DEBUG_LOG are enabled by default. This is because debug.log is useful for finding obscure issues which are hard to track down, especially on live sites. However, this often goes against conventional wisdom, which generally discourages the use of WP_DEBUG_LOG on live sites. Usually for…

Setting Up Site Email for WordPress

WordPress will often need to send emails to you or your users. These emails are known as transactional email, and common ones include: Admin notifications New user signups and password resets Purchase receipts and order updates (WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, etc.) Form submission emails from form plugins Email servers are notoriously difficult to set up….

Installing Other Web Apps on SpinupWP

Web apps, other than WordPress, can be installed on SpinupWP servers as long as it works with our LEMP stack (Nginx, PHP, MySQL, Redis, etc). This includes popular frameworks like Laravel and Symfony and CMSs like Drupal (with an Nginx config), Craft CMS, Statamic, etc. Any PHP/MySQL web app should work as well as static…

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