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Tutorial: How to create a droplet on DigitalOcean.

How to create a droplet on DigitalOcean.

  1. sbagmeijer
    This guide is meant for someone that has never used DigitalOcean before DigitalOcean's interface is very simple so you probably don't need this guide but I simply add it as a basis for my future guides that require a server on digital ocean.

    So lets start!

    Step 1: Go to DigitalOcean.

    Simply use the link below this is my referal link so this means you get 10 dollar for free that is 2 months running the cheapest instance for free.

    DigitalOcean: https://www.digitalocean.com/?refcode=43b9d4757e80

    You should see a page like this now:

    Step 2: Fill in a email and password

    Simply fill in the two white boxes your email and password as I did below:

    And then press "Create Account".

    Step 3: Confirm the email from DigitalOcean.

    You should now receive two emails one email with the titel "Credit Granted for $10.00" this means you got the 10 dollar from pressing my referal link it should look like this:

    This mail is just for showing you really got the 10 dollar you can ignore it.

    and the second mail is the important one it should have the titel: "Welcome to DigitalOcean! Please Confirm Your Account" it should look like this:

    In this mail click on the link "CONFIRM EMAIL" to activated your account.

    You should come now on your billing control panel it looks like this:

    Step 4: Fill in your credit card information.

    Wait a minute you said I get 10 dollar free!? Yes this is true but since you always pay after you start the server you could simply start the most expensive server and not pay.
    therefore you require to add a credit card in order to pay if you go over the 10 dollar. Don't worry you can simply stop the account after two months if you are not interested.

    After you filled it in press the "Add Credit Card" button to finish activating your account.

    Step 5: Create your first droplet.

    Simply in the top of the page press on the "Create Droplet" button that looks like this:

    Now you should see a big page where you can create your droplet it looks like this:

    Now fill the fields and choose the options as you see fit I did it as following:

    Droplet Hostname: guides.ulyaoth.net
    Select Size: 5 dollar a month plan (so you can enjoy the server for 2 months)
    Select Region: America 3 (the numbers you see means which datacenter, since I want IPv6 I choose 3)
    Available Settings: Private Networking and IPv6 (For backups there is a additional charge)
    Select Image: Fedora 21 x64
    Add SSH Keys: (I ignore this for now, if you have a key be sure to add it here)

    At the select image part you also see a applications tab if you click that you see something like this:

    If you want a quick installation of a app like for example a Wordpress blog then select this and Digital Ocean will provide you a server with everything pre-installed!
    You can also choose a different OS then Fedora however for my guides I use Fedora.

    If you did everything as I wrote your page should look like this now:

    If you are satisfied then press on the big green button in the bottom called "Create Droplet":

    You should now see a page like this:

    Just wait till it is finished and you come to a page like this:

    Congratulations you now created your droplet! that was easy right!?

    Step 6: Check your email for login information.

    You should now have received a email from DigitalOcean named: "Your New Droplet: (droplet name)" it should look like:

    This are your login details and with this you are ready to login to your droplet.

    Step 7: Login to your droplet.

    Some terminals for windows:
    Putty: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
    MobaXterm: http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/

    Open your favorite terminal and type:

    $ ssh root@guides.ulyaoth.net

    And type your password, you then see a screen like this:

    On your first login you have to change your password so go ahead and do this.

    Congratulations! you are now in your server and ready to follow one of the guides on my forum or to do anything else you want to do with your server!