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Preview of the Vultr server deploy page control panel for PrestaShop on a web browser.

Why Choose PrestaShop

Open a Digital Storefront

Ready to take your business online? PrestaShop makes it easy for you to open a shop on the internet. The application is split into two parts: "back office" and "front office". The back office is the administration panel. It includes a stats dashboard for sales, catalog builder, product editor, order management tools, and much more. The front office portion is a moder web 2.0 storefront. Visitors can browse products, fill a shopping cart, and order items for direct delivery.

Pluggable and Upgradable

In addition to being fully open-source, PrestaShop has modules and plugins that can be activated from within the back office. This essential feature makes it possible to change themes and add new features on the fly. Make your storefront stand out with customization.

PrestaShop Details

To view the publicly accessible instance, visit https://use.your.ip/. See our instructions to bypass the HTTPS warning for self-signed SSL/TLS certificates if a Commercial or Let's Encrypt SSL/TLS certificate is not going to be installed (instructions for both options are below).

Configuration and Administration

Once the instance has finished booting and installing the required software, the Back Office panel will be accessible via https://use.your.ip/admin_area/.

Security Modal Credentials

  • Username: ps_bo_userBack Office Administration modal username
  • Password: Back Office Administration modal password

PrestaShop Back Office Credentials

  • Email: Back Office Administration E-Mail Address
  • Password: Back Office Administration Password

Note: PrestaShop also provides a single-use URL, https://use.your.ip/admin/, which is renamed after the first access. Vultr has created the /admin_area/ link as a convenient static URL.

Cockpit Control Panel

Cockpit control panel is accessible via https://use.your.ip:9080/:
* Credentials are the same as provided on the Server Information page
If you use the Vultr Firewall, make sure to allow access to port 9080.

Cockpit can be disabled by connecting as the root user and running:
# systemctl disable --now cockpit.socket


PHPMyAdmin is accessible via https://use.your.ip/mysqladmin/:
* Username for both security modal and logging in: pmauserPHPMyAdmin Username
* Password for security modal: PHPMyAdmin htaccess modal Password
* Password for logging in to PHPMyAdmin: PHPMyAdmin Password

HTTPS: SSL/TLS Certificates

To access the server with a domain name, instead of use.your.ip, it is possible to register a domain name from a domain registrar, and either follow the registrar's documentation on updating DNS records, or utilize Vultr's DNS.

Once DNS has finished propagating, and the registered domain name resolves to use.your.ip, connect to the server via console or SSH as the root user.

Let's Encrypt via Certbot

Certbot is installed by default on Vultr's PrestaShop Marketplace app. If you need to update or reinstall, please see the recommended installation steps at

Requesting a Certificate

The below example shows installing multi-domain certificate for the bare or root domain of as well as the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) of The email provided is used for registering an account with Let's Encrypt and is not sent to Vultr:
# certbot --nginx --redirect -d -d -m --agree-tos --no-eff-email
Upon successfully requesting certificates, a message should be shown that includes text similar to the following:

Successfully deployed certificate for to /etc/nginx/conf.d/prestashop_https.conf
Congratulations! You have successfully enabled HTTPS on

(Optional) To update the Cockpit Control Panel to use the same certificate, a script is available to be invoked via:
# /opt/vultr/

Revoking a Certificate

In case a certificate issued by Let's Encrypt via certbot is to be revoked, or otherwise needs to be uninstalled, these steps should be followed:
1. Back up current web server configuration files:
# cp -r /etc/nginx /root/nginx
2. Revoke the certificate:
# certbot delete
3. Restore default web server configuration:
# /opt/vultr/

Commercial SSL/TLS Certificate

If a commercial certificate is desired instead of the free Let's Encrypt certificate, install the public certificate as /etc/nginx/ssl/server.crt and the private key as /etc/nginx/ssl/server.key. Refer to the certificate vendor's documentation for any further details. Once these files are in place, reboot the server to ensure all services are using the correct certificate: # reboot

Disabling HTTPS

While strongly discouraged, it is possible to disable HTTPS access by running the following:
# mv /etc/nginx/conf.d/prestashop_https.conf /root/; reboot

SQL Database Access

To access the MariaDB (MySQL) database server, connect as the root user via console or SSH and run:
# mysql -u root

The root password is located in the configuration file /root/.my.cnf.

Logs for the database server can be viewed with:
# journalctl -eu mariadb.service

Helper Scripts

After connecting as the root user via console or SSH as the root user, the following scripts can be invoked to assist in configuration tasks.

Reset NGINX Server Configuration

To reset the NGINX web server configuration to its original settings, use:
# /opt/vultr/

Check Software Versions

Our support team may request OS and PrestaShop version information, which can be obtained via:
# /opt/vultr/

Files and Folders of Interest

  • php.ini : /etc/php/8.2/fpm/php.ini
  • NGINX virtual host configuration : /etc/nginx/conf.d/
  • NGINX virtual host SSL files (unless Certbot has been utilized to generate Let's Encrypt certificates) : /etc/nginx/ssl/

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