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Finally, it’s time to deploy our project. Instead of doing everything manually, we use a server management panel, which is much more beginner friendly.
Setup a VPS
First, let’s setup a new VPS by following this tutorial.
Install Control Panel and Setup a New Website
There is a lot we can choose from. Here I’ll use aaPanel as an example.
Connect to your server using SSH. Run the shellcode on the official site of aaPanel. Remember, if you choose to use aaPanel, make sure CentOS 7 is installed on your VPS. aaPanel is developed on CentOS, using other systems may cause errors.
After the installation process is finished. Follow the instructions on the screen and log into the panel.
From now on, everything should be straightforward. Just install the latest version of Apache or Ngnix (Not necessary, but highly recommended), MySQL and PHP. You can install other tools if you want, but for now, these are all we need.
After you’ve installed all the necessary components, go to “Website”, and click on “Add Site”.
Type in the domain you mapped to this server, and create a database. Remember the login information for the database, you’ll need it later on.
You can upload the entire project to the site’s root folder, but the problem is if you want to make modifications to it, you are gonna have to upload the files over and over again.
And now you can clone the repository to the root folder of your site. Every time you update your project, just push it to the origin, and then pull it to your server using the command
Here is a cheat sheet for git commands:
After you pulled the project to the root folder of your site, notice that the
.env file is not included. Copy the
.env.example and rename it
.env. Remember to put in the database information.
APP_NAME=Laravel APP_ENV=local APP_KEY= APP_DEBUG=true APP_URL=change to your site's URL LOG_CHANNEL=stack DB_CONNECTION=mysql DB_HOST=127.0.0.1 DB_PORT=3306 DB_DATABASE=your database name DB_USERNAME=database user name DB_PASSWORD=password
composer install to install dependencies:
php artisan key:generate
php artisan storage:link
php artisan migrate
Finally, open the
.env file again, change
false. This is important, or your site will have security issues.
Add some new posts, and now you should be able to access your blog.