How to Set up Node.js Application in cPanel

In this tutorial, you will learn you to easily set up Node.js applications with the cPanel graphical interface or from the command line.

  1. Access cPanel:

    • Log in to your cPanel account provided by your web hosting provider.
  2. Locate the 'Setup Node.js App' Feature:

    • In cPanel's interface, you should find an option named something like "Setup Node.js App" or "Node.js Application".

  3. Create a New Application:

    • Click on the option to set up a new Node.js application.

  4. Specify Application Details:

    • You'll be prompted to specify details about your Node.js application, including:
      • Node.js version: Select the Node.js version you want to use.
      • Application mode: Choose whether you want to run your app in 'production' or 'development' mode.
      • Application root: This is the directory where your Node.js application code resides. Specify the path relative to your home directory. For example, if your application is in a directory named 'myapp', you would specify something like /home/username/myapp.
      • Application URL: Specify the URL path where you want your application to be accessible.

  5. Configure Application Startup File:

    • You need to specify the file that will be used to start your Node.js application. Typically, this would be your main application file (e.g., app.js, server.js, etc.). Provide the path relative to the application root directory.
  6. Save Configuration:

    • After providing all the necessary details, save the configuration. cPanel will then attempt to set up your Node.js application.
  7. Configure Routing (if necessary):

    • Depending on your application's requirements, you may need to configure routing rules to direct traffic to your Node.js application. This can typically be done through cPanel's interface.
  8. Start/Restart Your Application:

    • Once the setup is complete, you may need to start or restart your Node.js application from within cPanel.
  9. Test Your Application:

    • Visit the URL you specified for your application in a web browser to ensure it's working correctly.
  10. Troubleshooting:

    • If you encounter any issues, check cPanel's error logs or consult their documentation for troubleshooting tips specific to Node.js applications.

Remember, the exact steps and interface may vary slightly depending on the version of cPanel your web hosting provider is using, but the general process should be similar.

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