Laravel Hosting using Cloudways

Laravel Hosting using Cloudways

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Dev Dojo ・July 3, 2021
2 minute read ・Updated July 3, 2021

Laravel has quickly become one of the most prominent web development frameworks of all time. That means there are a lot of new apps built every day. It also means that there are a lot of people in need of hosting Laravel applications.

We recently teamed up with Cloudways, an excellent hosting solution for Laravel, WordPress, PHP, and many others. So in this tutorial, I want to show you how you can use Cloudways to set up your Laravel application.

1. Sign up for a free account 🔑

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After you sign up for your account, we can create a new Laravel application with a single click.

2. Create a new Laravel App 👨‍💻

After you log in, you'll land at your server dashboard. We can quickly boot up a new server by clicking the Launch button.

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Next, you'll want to select the application dropdown and select the Laravel application. You can see that the dropdown will contain a copy of the latest version of Laravel.

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Then you will need to give your application and your server a name. (optionally, you can select a project for organizing servers).

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Lastly, you select your hosting provider and the location of the server.

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Note: you do not need to have an account with any hosting providers; these are the hosting servers that Cloudways will utilize via their API.

After selecting the server providers and location, you can click the Launch Now button. And that's it! 🚀 You've just launched your Laravel application. You'll see a screen that looks similar to the following.

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It will usually only take a few minutes for your new server to be created. After it's completed, you can then click the applications tab to see a list of your applications.

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Clicking on the new application we just created will display the application details.

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We can see information about our app on the details page, including MySQL Access, Cron Jobs, SSL, and even a unique live URL where you can visit your new Laravel application. 👏

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You can see that the default Laravel homepage has been overridden with guides on Cloudway configurations that are specific to Laravel.

Bonus 👍

When you want to SSH into that server, it's as simple as going to the Servers page, clicking on your server.

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Then on the server details page, you have SSH or SFTP credentials ready to login to your server.

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Conclusion

There are many other ways to host your Laravel app, including Laravel Forge, Laravel Vapor, Digital Ocean, and a few others; however, not many of them are as simple and straightforward as Cloudways.

If you are interested in hosting your PHP, WordPress, or Laravel app, I would take Cloudways into serious consideration.

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