How to Setup a Website on a VPS Server!

How to Setup a Website on a VPS Server!


Looking for a quick, easy way of hosting a website on a VPS host? A virtual private server is particularly quick at serving webpages to users, and usually doesn’t cost a lot more than shared hosting.

In this example, I use DigitalOcean, which allows you to create a VPS server for just $5 per month! DigitalOcean, a simple cloud hosting company, have multiple datacentres in the USA, and Europe! This makes DigitalOcean one of the most popular web hosting companies for cheap VPS hosting!

To access DigitalOcean, please click the link below:

In order to manage our VPS server, we will use free open source software, such as zPanel. This enables us to manage services such as FTP, and MySQL databases! You can also use software such as WebMin to manage your VPS server, but I’ll cover that in another video.

You can download zPanel from the link below:

Or alternatively, click here to visit the installation tutorial:

Some other tools that are required in order to setup the VPS host:




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  1. Great work! Do I need an Ubuntu machine in order to set up an Ubuntu vps server? or can be done with any Linux machine with any Linux flavor? thanks

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  3. Good tutorial. Does anyone recommend doing a VPS for speed? I know he said the specs for the VPS' but I'm not sure how much it can handle. Compared to say bluehost or hostgator hosting?

  4. hi, great tutorial.. but i had some errors.. i cant connect using ftp to my zpanel.. i dont know y.
    i followed your steps, but when i tried to connect using filezilla error occurred ..
    please help me.. thank you so much….

  5. HI ben can I purely use Digital ocean for website hosting? I signed up the LCN yesterday they web hosting site but I dont understand how to get VPS and web hosting to work together or are they seperate?

  6. Real good tutorial on setting up and hosting a virtual server. I haven't used Zpanel only Cpanel and Webmin. I used to have my own dns mail and Web server running at home years ago using Centos with webmin on. But used cpanel ever since on shared hosting but considering going down the Virtual route and didn't fancy paying extra for cpanel licence.
    Cheers for the video.

  7. Hi,Thanks for your video.
    I got a problem while installing Zpanel.I'm using ubuntu 12.04 version.When I visited zpanel page,I found that they released a new version and only one line of code would install zpanel on the server.
    I copied and pasted that line after login,but nothing happened.
    I got this at the end(after login,and before using that line provided by zpanel)

    New release '14.04.2 LTS' available.
    Run 'do-release-upgrade' to upgrade to it.
    * System restart required *

    along with some other lines which gave me some detail about my server.
    How can I get rid of this?
    Your help would be appreciated.

  8. Thank you Ben for making such a thorough and detail tutorial. It is a very refreshing to know that there is alternative to cPanel in OpenSource Community.
    Thanks again for making this and sharing your knowledge.

    Just one Q? = Do you have any insights on WHMCS (Installation&Configuration) like to integrate it with zPanel?
    And have you tested DreamHost's Dreamcompute and DreamObjects with Services like WHMCS and zPanel?

  9. It will be so good to see a video tutorial setting up Ramnode into a Web host for static websites on their 128 ram ones without a cPanel. Using Debían mini and other lightweight apps to make it.

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    Hi . Thank you for this video .

    But this URL doesn't work . Can you help me please ?

  11. I have a real dedicated for far less. Plesk ftw. I do not understand why VPS is still an option these days when there's dedicated for far less and dedicated memory, cores, and speed is by FAR superior in every way imo.

  12. I'm having an issue, I have my domain name pointed at the vps server's ip and the domain set up on the zpanel but when I try to go through the domain name it just takes me to the z control panel instead of the site.

  13. Is what you've demonstrated here enough for a production website, or is there more to be done? I've read about having to secure all that's installed, from the OS to Apache, PHP, MySQL etc. How is that done? Do you have an idea or plan on making a video on that?

  14. everything is fine…..i setup zpanel successfully….but i can't login…where can i login in my cpanel….i got zpanel pass and id…but i dont know where i can addon domain….in ovh? where i can host files…?…i purched VPS 2014 Classic 1. please help me…..thank you….your videos is gerat…! please make more videos like this….this is helpfull…

  15. i don this all things, but some whois sites are correctly showing my ip address and going to that ip its direct to zpanelcp admin login page, how can i hide. getting more security? 

  16. +BensTechTips Hey, when I go to it works but when I go to it redirects to

    My domain name is with
    Do you know why this is happening, and how do I fix it?

  17. can you teach how i view online my xampp website, im using hostname in and i have static ip address..? thnx