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Django Tutorial #10: Deployment

ericnanhu profile image Eric Hu Originally published at techjblog.com ・3 min read

You can download the source code of this tutorial here.
https://www.techjblog.com/index.php/django-tutorial-for-beginners/

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.

https://www.techjblog.com/index.php/2019/11/how-to-setup-your-own-vps/

Now, you have two choices, you can either follow this tutorial and use a control panel to deploy our project, or you can do it manually.

The control panel method does not guarantee success, I choose to introduce it here because it is a lot easier for beginners. So if it does not work for you, please refer to this article and deploy it manually.

Install a Control Panel For Your Server

There is a lot you can choose from. Here I’ll use aaPanel as an example.

aaPanel Demo

Run the shellcode on the official site of aaPanel. Again, 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.

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From now on, everything should be straightforward. Just install the latest version of the Apache server and Python. You can install MySQL if you want. It is more robust and secure. But if you don’t, Django will use SQLite by default. You can also install other tools, but for now, these are all we need.

Deploy Your Django Project

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I tested this tool on my own server and it worked for me. However, since it is still under development, there is a chance that it won’t work for you. In that case, please refer to this post on how to deploy Django project manually.

First, go to “Files”, and create a new directory.

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After that, upload your entire project, not including “venv”, to the folder you just created.

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Next, open the Python Manager and add a new project.

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“Path” should point to the dir that contains manage.py. “Version” is the version of Python that you installed.

The startup module is can be either gunicorn or uwsgi. They are both interfaces that allow Django and the webserver to communicate. gunicorn did not work for me, so maybe you should try uwsgi first.

The startup dir should point to the folder that contains wsgi.py. And finally, the “Port” can be anything you want. Once you click confirm, it will take a few minutes to install all dependencies.

Finally, map the domain to the server and we are good to go! Assuming you already have one, if not, you can register a new domain name at NameCheap.

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