How to Create Droplet on DigitalOcean?
How to Create Droplet on DigitalOcean? DigitalOcean is a New York-based cloud hosting company, which provides a good virtual server or cloud hosting services through 8 data centers around the world. Digital Ocean provides all of their users with high-performance SSD Hard Drives, flexible API, and the ability to select to nearest data center location.
DigitalOcean is known for its cloud server droplets. I recommend you to create a new Digital Ocean account if you don’t have one. So you can install WordPress and other Pre-built open source apps with a click.
Follow These Simple Steps To Create Droplet on DigitalOcean?
This step by step tutorial has been created, to create a new droplet on Digital Ocean. There is no specific knowledge required for you to follow this tutorial. To move forward first, you will have to create an account on Digital Ocean to build your first Droplet on Digital Ocean Server.
Step 1: First Log Into your DigitalOcean Dashboard.
From there, you will see an option called create in the top right corner of your dashboard. Or you can click on create droplet green button which is visible only if you don’t have any droplet installed. Whichever choice you like to click on that and continue.
Step 2: For the first time, you have to select an image for the droplet. You can select any one of the Linux distributions, Container distributions and One-click apps for the image. Most prefer one is Ubuntu because of its more secure and flexible to work on, so select the latest version.
Or you can use one-click apps, from there directly can install WordPress, LAMP, LEMP or any open source apps, but in this tutorial, I will choose ubuntu 18.04.
Step 3: Select the best plan for your droplet, there are three types of plans are available on Digital Ocean.
Standard Plan: a Most affordable plan which starts from $5, with balanced virtual machines with a healthy amount of memory tuned to host and scale applications like blogs, web apps, testing and staging environments, in-memory caching, and databases.
General Purpose Plan: Plan which starts from $60, Virtual machines with a healthy balance of memory and dedicated compute hyper-threads from best-in-class processors. Designed for the widest range of mainstream or production workloads, including web application hosting, e-commerce sites, medium-sized databases, and enterprise applications.
CPU Optimized Plan: Plan which starts from $40, Compute-optimized virtual machines with dedicated hyper-threads from best-in-class Intel CPUs for workloads that rely on CPU more than RAM. Designed for CPU-intensive applications like CI/CD, video encoding, machine learning, ad serving, batch processing, and active front-end web servers.
In my opinion, choose standard $5 plan (in this plan you will get 1GB RAM, 1CPU, 25 GB Storage and 1TB Transfer) which is enough to run 100K traffic WordPress site, but in case if your planning to host more than one WordPress site, then definitely go with the higher plan.
Step 4: The next step is optional, choosing a backup and block storage. If your planning to install WordPress on your droplet, then I think the backup option is not mandatory because you can easily install backup plugins like updraft, to take automatic regular backups of your site. And for block storage, I think at this time it is not necessary for you.
Step 5: Choose Data Center Location, Digital Ocean provides 8 data centers around the world. Always try to choose the nearest datacenter for your target audience.
Step 6: Digital Ocean provides free additional options like Private networking, IPv6, User data, and Monitoring. For this, you can choose as per your requirement.
Step 7: Add your SSH Key (Optional), which is a secure option, once you configure SSH, every time you don’t need a password to login as root or admin on your server. This option will provide you an additional step of security to your server or droplet.
Step 8: Finalize and Create Droplet, if you want you can give a name for your droplet. After that click creates, now your droplet is in progress, and wait for 2 minutes your droplet will get installed.
After installation of your droplet, you will get a confirmation mail on your registered email, which consists of a temporary password and a username (by default root).
Step 9: Now you need to copy your IP address which is available on your mail or you can copy from your droplet dashboard. After that, you need to change the temporary password of your droplet, which is the mandatory step to perform.
To change your droplet password you need a software, if you’re using windows then you can install PuTTY. PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client for the Windows platform. For Mac or Linux users, they can directly use the terminal for the next process.
Step 10: After installation of PuTTY, open your PuTTY and enter your droplet IP, click ok, a black window will open where you need to type login as root and copy and paste your temporary password twice and enter. Now you need to give a new password, enter a password twice, congratulations your successfully changed your temporary password.
Tip: To paste your password on putty, just copy the password and RIGHT CLICK ON YOUR MOUSE, press enter.
Final Conclusion on How to Create Droplet on DigitalOcean? I think this step by step tutorial can help you to deploy your first droplet on digital ocean, and please don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family.