How to Deploy Django 4.0 Blog Project on Shared Hosting

Deploying a Django 4.0 application on shared hosting can be a bit challenging compared to using dedicated hosting or cloud services. Shared hosting environments often have limitations and restrictions that you need to work around. Here is a general guide to help you deploy a Django 4.0 application on shared hosting:

Check Hosting Requirements:

Ensure that your shared hosting provider supports Python and allows you to run Django applications. Many shared hosts only support certain versions of Python.

Access to SSH Or Terminal:

Check if your shared hosting plan provides SSH access or Terminal. This is crucial for setting up and managing your Django application.

At the time of updating this article, the latest version of Django is Django 4.0.3 and by using the method that I am explaining in this post, it is possible to deploy a Django 4.0.3 project on shared hosting with MySQL database.

I have the Starter of the HostItBro Shared Hosting which I will be using in this post.

I quickly created a Django project for giving this demo. The app has quotes in the database and it just displays them. You can download the project from github. I recommend you to download this project and practice deploying it before you deploy your actual project.

Create a Python App

Log in to CPanel and open Setup Python App.

Click on Create Application

  • Select Python Version 3.9.16
  • Application Root is the directory where you will place the code files of your Django project. Make sure that it is a different folder than your domain root.
  • Application URL is the domain or subdomain where your app will run
  • In the Application Startup File, type
  • In the Application Entry Point, type application

After setting all these, click on the Create button.

Setup the Database

Open MySQL Databases in Cpanel

Create a new Database and note the database name. We will need it later.

Create a new MySQL user and note the username and password. We will need it later.

Add the new user to the new Database

Grant all the permissions to the user and select Make Changes

Upload your project

Open the File Manager and go to the Application root you specified in the part 1

Zip your project. Upload it to this folder and extract the zip file. Your project files should be in the same folder as the file. Make sure that and are in the same folder.

Edit the file.

Delete everything from this file and add the following code:

Where base is your project folder. It is the same folder that contains your file. It will be different if you are not using the test project that I provided. You can locate your file and import application from it.

Now edit your

In the DATABASES dictionary, modify the default database.

Make sure to replace databasename with the database name, databaseusername with the database username and databasepassword with the database password.

Now go to the end of the file, modify STATIC_URL and add the STATIC_ROOT and Media

Now edit the file
Add the following code

Complete configuration from the Terminal

Open the Terminal in your CPanel. If you can not find the terminal, go to Manage Shell and Enable SSH Access. You can also do these steps using SSH but using the terminal is easy.

Copy the command to enter the virtual environment from your python app.

Run the copied command in the terminal and press enter to enter the virtual environment,

Install Django 4.0.3 by running the following command.

pymysql is required for using the MySQL database. Install it using pip. Here you will install any other modules required by your Django app.

If your migrations are not complete, then make migrations.

Run migrate to create tables in the database.

Run collectstatic to move the static files to the static root folder specified in settings.

Run createsuperuser to ass a user to the Django admin panel

Finally, restart the python app.

Your Django app is deployed successfully. Open the url of your app to see if it is working fine. If you see the phusion passenger error page, you can find the error in the stderr.log file for debugging.

Transfer your Database (Optional)

This part of the tutorial will be helpful if you have the app running locally or somewhere else and you want to transfer the data from the database to the one in your shared hosting. Here I will assume that you have the Django app on your computer and you want to transfer the data from the local database to the database on your shared hosting.

Run the following command on your computer to export all the data from the database to a json file.

Now upload this file to the app folder in your shared hosting.

Open the terminal in the CPanel and enter the virtual environment (steps are mentioned in the previous part of the tutorial).

First, you will clear the database by running the following command:

Then run the following command to load the data from the data.json file into the database.

Now if you open the url, you will see that the data has been added to the database.

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Hello, I am Dharmendra Yadav and I am a Python Developer with experience in web development using Django, Flask, REST API, SQL, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WordPress, Oracle Cloud, AWS and Git. I also write technical articles where I explain web development and Software Engineering. Facebook , Linkedin

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