No doubt cloud computing is taking the place of shared server hosting because of more flexibility and stability in term of performance. It’s cheaper than the traditional storage but still delivers better quality and uptime for your websites and applications. In shared type, multiple users utilize the resources of the same server to host their apps or sites; everything is shared in that kind of web storage like RAM, CPU power, and space. As there are hundreds or even thousands of users pay for the server rent, so it drastically reduces the overall cost.
Nowadays, cloud hosting comes with multiple options such as managed, unmanaged, and baremetal, etc. to fulfill every users’ need. And the price depends on which type you choose. For example; unmanaged usually costs less money whereas managed more. On the other hand, baremetal is known as the dedicated cloud machine, so of course, it requires more money. But, with this server, you get outstanding and incredible performance, uptime, and reliability guarantee. Mostly, companies offer uptime credits if their machine faces downtime more than a specific time.
Here we’ll share how one can build a blog on DigitalOcean’s cloud hosting. DO stands in the best-in-class cloud provider, but it’s suitable for developers and tech who knows coding and technical skills to manage their machines remotely or via command line. Bloggers can also use it to start a blog on WordPress, but they must have know-how about SSH commands and putty. On the other hand, some reliable DigitalOcean alternatives by DOALT already shared with detailed reviews to avail quality and reliable but bloggers friendly VM clouds.
Even though, you can always choose shared hosting for a starter or newer websites and then move to higher plans but keep in mind; you’ll miss the opportunity to enjoy top speeds with shared machines.
Let’s start to create a website or blog with Digital Ocean using one-click WordPress installer.
Like any host, DO also provide an easy to use and one-click script to install some CMS based softwares including WordPress and we’re also going to use WP installer. But, you’ll need to connect your server via putty or any SSH client to activate your WP powered sites before configuring it. And this is the only technical step in this quick guide.
1. First off, pick the appropriate plan from plans section. Choose proper and required ram, CPU, and storage, etc. For WordPress, they don’t allow installation in the basic plan. So, you’ll have to buy the next package.
2. Select the target server location. There are a bunch of spots available to choose from.
3. Name the droplet or instance. DigitalOcean calls virtual machine as “Droplet.”
4. And at the final phase, you can configure SSH keys and backup settings, etc. to create automatic restore points of your site.
5. Install it. Keep in mind; you can choose “load balancer” to optimize the performance of your instance. But it costs more money. It doesn’t require any manual configuration as it works out of the box.
6. After that, the system will send you an email including your server IP address, passwords, etc. which you’ve to use to login your machine via SSH client (putty). There change the default password. And your installation will be activated.
7. Now configuration WordPress settings like username, password, title, and email, etc. That’s it.
There are few essential plugins that you must install and activate such as Yoast SEO, Redirection, Pretty Links (for affiliates and marketers), Sitemap, Google Analytics, etc. to get different benefits. Yoast SEO helps you configure search engine setting and plays a vital role to optimize your posts for search engines. Also, don’t forget to delete default sample post and page and put comments on manual moderation settings.