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Deploying Laravel8 app on shared-hosting (Hostinger)🌎

pushpak1300 profile image Pushpak Chhajed ・Updated on ・4 min read

Hi, everyone!

In this article, I’ll try to explain how you can deploy your laravel application on shared hosting.
I’ll use hostinger.com.

It is well discouraged to use shared hosting for your Laravel 8 app. There are other very cheap web hosting starting from $5 per month.

But some clients (- very low budget clients ) or circumstance (for instance, you want to have something tested and move on) might call for you to use shared hosting.

I will cover the following here:

How to deploy your app to shared hosting (Hostinger).

Step 1) Go to Add website section under Domain's section on panel(Hostinger Control Panel) and add your domain.

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Step 2) Click Manage on the domain which you want to use.

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Step 3) Now you have to upload all source code of an application to Hostinger using SFTP, SSH access or Hostinger File Manager in the respective domain directory.

I assume you've finished building your app – at least a functional app that is working on your localhost.

Let's say your laravel project is named laravel with the following folder structure:

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  • Using Hostinger File Manager: compress the entire project folder on your local machine. You'll get a zip file – laravel.zip and upload it on the root directory of your project and extract files in laravel folder.

  • Using SSH: You can download the project using git in the root directory of your project using ssh client like putty.

  • Using SFTP: You can upload project files on the respective file directory using FileZilla.

after that, your file structure should look like this.
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Step 4) Open the laravel folder and MOVE the CONTENTS of the 'public' folder to your panel's public_html folder. You can as well delete the empty public folder now.

your public_html folder should look like this.

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Step 5) locate the index.php file from the public_html folder. Right-click on it and select Code Edit from the menu.

Change the following code from index.php file

<?php


define('LARAVEL_START', microtime(true));

/*
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Register The Auto Loader
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
| Composer provides a convenient, automatically generated class loader for
| our application. We just need to utilize it! We'll simply require it
| into the script here so that we don't have to worry about manual
| loading any of our classes later on. It feels great to relax.
|
*/

require __DIR__.'/../vendor/autoload.php';

/*
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Turn On The Lights
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
| We need to illuminate PHP development, so let us turn on the lights.
| This bootstraps the framework and gets it ready for use, then it
| will load up this application so that we can run it and send
| the responses back to the browser and delight our users.
|
*/

$app = require_once __DIR__.'/../bootstrap/app.php';


$kernel = $app->make(Illuminate\Contracts\Http\Kernel::class);

$response = $kernel->handle(
    $request = Illuminate\Http\Request::capture()
);

$response->send();

$kernel->terminate($request, $response);

to

<?php

define('LARAVEL_START', microtime(true));

/*
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Register The Auto Loader
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
| Composer provides a convenient, automatically generated class loader for
| our application. We just need to utilize it! We'll simply require it
| into the script here so that we don't have to worry about manual
| loading any of our classes later on. It feels great to relax.
|
*/

require __DIR__.'/../laravel/vendor/autoload.php';

/*
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Turn On The Lights
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
|
| We need to illuminate PHP development, so let us turn on the lights.
| This bootstraps the framework and gets it ready for use, then it
| will load up this application so that we can run it and send
| the responses back to the browser and delight our users.
|
*/

$app = require_once __DIR__.'/../laravel/bootstrap/app.php';


$kernel = $app->make(Illuminate\Contracts\Http\Kernel::class);

$response = $kernel->handle(
    $request = Illuminate\Http\Request::capture()
);

$response->send();

$kernel->terminate($request, $response);

If everything went well, going to http://yourdomain.com should throw database errors (if you have models running on your app). Not to worry! The next phase is migrating your databases to your shared hosting.

Step 6) If Models are running on your application then you have to migrate tables to the database. I'm using sqlite database for migrating tables to the database.

Use ssh access or file manager create a 'database.sqlite' file in the 'laravel/database' directory. (Make Sure to give write and read permission)

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Now change 'DB_DATABASE' in .env file of your laravel folder.
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Ensure that these details are entered correctly.

Now using SSH in your laravel directory migrate all the files to a database.
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If all goes well, you should have your site working fine now. So go ahead and try it out.

If you have questions please let me know in comments.

Thank You!

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CodeBreaker

There's no way am complicating something so basic. What if you have the website working locally in a public folder rather than public_html and then you have to make changes to your local branch and re-deploy to git? You'll face errors when your local branch is not in sync with your remote branch.

The best way to do is:

  1. create a new .htaccess file inside public_html directory
  2. Add these codes
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^your-domain.com$ [NC,OR]
  RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.your-domain.com$
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !your-laravel-folder/public/
  RewriteRule (.*) /your-laravel-folder/public/$1 [L]
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In the above lines you should replace the following: your-domain.com – Type your own domain name and also replace your-laravel-folder with your folder name.

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cangak

solv the issue with artisan route:cache and route:clear
i use git instead comprezz and upload, but i have same exact folder struckture,
/home
-user
-laravel
-public_html
UnexpectedValueException
Invalid route action: [C:32:"Opis\Closure\SerializableClosure":210:{a:5:{s:3:"use";a:0:{}s:8:"function";s:44:"function () { return \view('welcome'); }";s:5:"scope";s:37:"Illuminate\Routing\RouteFileRegistrar";s:4:"this";N;s:4:"self";s:32:"000000001ac450da000000003105971b";}}].

i have try
Route::view('/', 'welcome');
or
Route::get('/', function () {
return 'Hello World';
});
it stille the same error.

by the way, my installation running well in my local computer. and there is another laravel installation in my hosting, but laravel 7 and running with no problem.
thanks in advance

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Pushpak Chhajed Author

I don't understand the question . Can you please post this on stackoverflow and share the link here?

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cangak

sorry my bad english.
my index always return
UnexpectedValueException
Invalid route action: [C:32:"Opis\Closure\SerializableClosure":210:{a:5:{s:3:"use";a:0:{}s:8:"function";s:44:"function () { return \view('welcome'); }";s:5:"scope";s:37:"Illuminate\Routing\RouteFileRegistrar";s:4:"this";N;s:4:"self";s:32:"000000001ac450da000000003105971b";}}].

but i have solve it by artisan route:cache and route:clear

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Vikas Rinvi

I have followed the same process but now my images are not showing, It says 404 error

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Pushpak Chhajed Author

Which Images are you talking?
Assets or user storage?

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Didar Hojagulyyev

User storage, because after uploading image,it again creates folder of public. so maybe it is better not moving files to public_html. Then What way should we do???

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Pushpak Chhajed Author

Oops ;-( ,
I completely missed that. you have to create one symbolic link from storage folder to public_html folder.

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Saksham Jain

Very informative!

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Robert Ochoa

I read about 20 pages and nothing worked, you did the right solution here, everything's working, thanks man!

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Pushpak Chhajed Author

Glad ! You like it.👍😁
Thanks ❤️

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Nikhil Muddamsetty

hello
i have a hostinger's shared hosting
can u please provide the steps how to create symbolic link?

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Pushpak Chhajed Author

Login to SSH and run this command.
ln -s souce-directory targetdirectory

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cangak

create file in public_html
<?php symlink('/home/user/laravel/storage/app/public','/home/user/public_html/storage');
and excute it in browser

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titosobabas

PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined method Composer\Autoload\ClassLoader::make() in /home/supervi7/public_html/index.php:49

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DmitriiTolstokulakov

Hi, thanks for you explanation. How about change in bootstrap/ config.php? There is to several routs, isn't it? I would like to see them:) Thanks.