Course description

Teach Your PHP Elephant to Swim in the Digital Ocean

  • Are you tired of poor hosting?

  • Do you want the latest version of PHP?

  • Do you want the latest in security?

  • Want a free HTTPS certificate?

  • Find out how to secure your websites from an attack infecting all of your websites.

Then.. Enrol in our course today and starting making your own hosting!

Hi, my name is Daniel Platt and I have been my own web servers since forever.
Watch over my should as I build a web server and use it to host a Wordpress site.

You want the latest version of PHP
Other hosting provider needs to do months of testing before they will roll latest version of PHP, by which time it's out-of-date.

You want the latest in application security
Your hosting provider wants to keep compatibility for everyone, which minimising their support costs.

Free HTTPS certificate

I'll show you how to get free https certificates for you website.
The real kicker is it's more convenient than buying them!

Still not convinced?

If you try to find prebuilt hosting from a hosting provider, you'll need to consider:

  • Cost

  • Setup Time

  • Features

  • Software Versions

  • Support

It can be a headache!

If you want to take control of your hosting, then you need this course.

Build it your way!

We will show the process of building a web server and hosting different types of websites on their.

Learn things like:

  • How to install PHP and Nginx

  • Get FREE HTTPS/SSL certificates

  • How to isolate each website from each of other to reduce risk

  • How do deploy using multiple methods

  • Setup web applications

    • Static site

    • Symfony

    • Wordpress

Enrol today and don't pay the price of bloated servers and poor support.

Don't forget, when you buy you get the Uthena 30-day money back guarantee.  If you ever have any questions, please feel free to message me directly and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible!

See you in the course!


Daniel Platt

Who this course is for:
  • PHP Developers that want to setup their own server
  • Developers that want more flexibility than Cpanel provides
  • Users that want a better idea of securing a web server


  • Use the command line or terminal
  • Digital Ocean account is preferred but optional

What you'll learn:

  • Take a plain installation of Ubuntu Server and turn it into a web server running PHP & MySQL
  • Increase web server security
  • Install various PHP Applications including WordPress

Course curriculum

  • 2

    Requirements & Prerequisites

  • 3

    Initial Setup

    • Whats wrong with passwords

    • Package Manager & Checking for Updates

    • Package Manager Commands

    • Skeleton Directory

  • 4


    • Installing Nginx

    • Nginx Configuration and the Default Page

  • 5


  • 6


    • Installing PHP

    • Package Manager for PHP

  • 7

    Website Setup (repeatable)

    • Introduction

    • Add Website User

    • PHP Config

    • Add Database User

    • Resources

  • 8

    Website Deployment (repeatable)

    • Introduction

    • Deploy Wordpress using WGET

    • Deploy Default Page using SCP

    • Deploy using GIT

    • Deploy using Composer

    • Resources

  • 9

    Website Nginx Configuration (repeatable)

    • Introduction

    • Nginx config for Static Website

    • Nginx config for Wordpress

    • Nginx config for >= Wordpress 5.0

    • Nginx config for Wordpress MultiSite

    • Nginx config for Symfony

    • Resources

  • 10

    Nginx Configuration - Snippets

    • Introduction

    • User Auth

    • Domain Redirects

    • Uri Redirects

    • HTTPS

    • Resources

  • 11


    • Firewall

    • Expose as little as possible

  • 12

    Digital Ocean Spaces

  • 13


    • Conclusion

Meet your instructor!

Daniel Platt
System Admin and Software Developer

Hello, my name is Daniel Platt, and I'm a software developer and system admin.
Much of my time is spent writing code, and setting up computers.

With this experience, I will show you how to achieve success with various computing topics.

Do you want to succeed?

If you have questions, I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

Take this course today!

"VPS Mastery: Build a Secure PHP Web Server with Ubuntu"