Installing Wordpress and NodeBB on Digital Ocean


  • @Danny-McWilliams Thank you so much for the insight, Danny! I've got a decent amount of experience with Wordpress on shared servers, but it's been quite a humbling experience diving into NodeBB and Digital Ocean (while also trying to throw Wordpress into the mix). I truly appreciate the help.

    I'm definitely in favor of doing things the right way, even if that's not the fastest. I'd really like to minimize issues down the road, and am willing to put the work in now. That being said, I'm unfortunately close to clueless in this arena as of now, so the painfully elaborate, step-by-step guides are an absolute lifesaver. (In other words, I'm not afraid of admitting I need my hand held throughout this). 😄

    Will be spending a significant amount of time with this tomorrow, and hope to get things set up then. Thanks again!


  • @MarximusMG simply Google for:
    NodeBB docs 🙂

    Also as a tipp of mine. Use HHVM not PHP, as it will be way faster.


  • @AOKP thanks, will try to see if I can come up with anything.

    As I was researching this more last night, I began to realize one of my biggest questions is this: I understand fairly well how each app is set up on its own. LAMP Wordpress setup using Apache2, MySQL, and PHP - I understand that. NodeBB setup with MongoDB - I understand that too (still trying to wrap my head around Nginx, though, as I've never used it).

    What is making me paranoid about screwing up somewhere is whether or not I'm making the right choices as I plan to link these two apps. Should I keep Wordpress running on Apache2 and NodeBB running on Nginx or should both just use Nginx? Should I try to make Wordpress work with MongoDB or just go the standard route with MySQL and leave NodeBB on MongoDB?


  • @MarximusMG well, I would definitely go with NGINX. It is faster and more stable than Apache.

    Configuring it for WordPress & NodeBB is fairly easy.

    About the databases:
    WordPress does not support MongoDB, there you need to use MySQL (MariaDB) for WP and MongoDB for NodeBB.

    Both SQL servers can run on the same server and do not need to be additionally configured as they won't interfere with each other.


  • @AOKP I've been so comfortable with using Apache that NGINX has been fairly intimidating to me, but it's good to be out of my comfort zone on this project. So...
    Web Server: NGINX for both Wordpress and NodeBB
    Databases MySQL for Wordpress, MongoDB for NodeBB
    all installed on the same droplet in Digital Ocean.

    Thanks again for your advice!


  • @MarximusMG yep you can go with that setup. If you want to try hard then configure your system like this:

    • NGINX with HTTP/2 support & PageSpeed
    • Memcached (for PageSpeed)
    • MariaDB (MySQL replacement)
    • HHVM (PHP replacement)
    • MongoDB

    This setup should offer an even greater performance 💃
    Only NGINX is going to be a bit difficuilt as you have to compile it from Source, if you want to use HTTP/2. Otherwise you can use the pre-compiled version with PageSpeed from RTCamp.


  • @AOKP as mentioned earlier, I'd like to put in the additional effort wherever possible if there's going to be a noticeable advantage longterm. I'm not into shortcutting things. Problem is, half of your most recent post references things that are completely foreign to me. 😬

    I'll give it a shot, though!


  • @AOKP @Danny-McWilliams Do either of you have experience using EasyEngine to do what I'm trying to do? Just came across it and it seems like it's made for someone like me who's a bit overwhelmed with the steps necessary to have WordPress running on NGINX, but I don't know if there's an obvious downside I'm missing.


  • @MarximusMG seems interesting, never tried it though. In your case you maybe really want to go with it, unless you want to gain some "manual" experience.


  • @AOKP I'm thinking I may give it a shot, unless there's any sort of disadvantage you could think of that may be associated with it.


  • @MarximusMG well I think it is rather about personal preference here. I like to compile everything myself and scale it how I want, 100% after my own needs/configs.


  • @AOKP makes total sense. As I probably don't have super specific preferences at this point due to my lack of experience with NGINX, I'm thinking this may be a good route. Will post an update after I've spent some time with this.


  • @AOKP things seem to be going ok with this route, haven't yet finalized things as I'm stuck on a login issue with NodeBB. Will report back here again once that's resolved.


  • @MarximusMG mind sharing it with us? 😄


  • @AOKP nothing really to share with the site yet, but if you're asking about the issue, this is what I'm struggling with.

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