Welcome to the, “Hosting Your WordPress Blog with DigitalOcean” series. This is part 1, “The Droplet”
The first thing you might be asking is, “What in the world is a ‘droplet'”? Well, friends, that’s easy. A ‘droplet’ is what DigitalOcean calls one of their cloud servers.
Before we can create our droplet, we need to create an account with DigitalOcean. I’m not going to walk you through that part, its very trivial. You will need to either add a credit card to your account, or make a one-time payment with Paypal. The credit card you add will be billed automatically, whereas, if you use Paypal, you will need to make those payments manually.
On the next page you are presented with the options for your new droplet. We’ll start at the top and work our way down.
The next section allows you to pick an OS image to use as a baseline configuration. The thing I always change here, is to switch to the “Applications” tab (instead of “Distributions”) and select “WordPress on XX.XX” (where XX.XX is the current base OS image)
The final section is for some add-on settings DigitalOcean can add to your droplet, and the ability to add SSH keys (to keep this as short as possible, I am skipping these sections – you can configure SSH keys later)
With everything filled out, click the big green, “Create Droplet” button at the bottom!
Here’s a video I took of the process, as well, 2x speed:
This ends part 1 of the series. Stay tuned for the next part, where we’ll do some configuration through the console/Linux to get our WordPress installation up and running!