I recently had a go at learning Laravel.
I’m already very familiar with Linux servers as I ran a web hosting business. Yet all the Getting started documents seemed to assume I was unfamiliar and lead me down the path of using Vagrant on my Windows desktop
To use Laravel on a Linux web hosting account, all you actually need is composer. This is a PHP dependency manager, not unlike Yum or Apt-get you would use to manage packages on your server.
You can install composer with the standard package management. From there create a new Laravel project with
composer require laravel/laravel
in the folder where you would like it created.
This creates a file called composer.json. This file describes the requirements of the build. You just created one that ‘requires’ the laravel/laravel package. Composer will then check its packages and install the laravel package and all its dependencies.
Once thats done you have a very basic laravel website ready to go. Place it behind an apache web server and you should see the logo of laravel.
Anouther important piece is the artisan file. This command line PHP script performs a few important functions such managing the associated database for the laravel site in an intelligent way.