Yes, you read it right! You can create your first Ubuntu Cloud Server for free using my friendly referral link on DigitalOcean. On registration, you will get a $50 of free credit which is valid for 30 days and can be used against droplet expenses.
Sounds great, right?
Before we get started, I want to share that this article and the video added below are a part of the #CloudServer Series. In this series of content, I’m going to share some of the basic steps on how you can create and manage the unmanaged Ubuntu Server.
I’ll be also sharing some of the optimizations, security, backup, and troubleshooting tips to maintain the Ubuntu Cloud Server smoothly.
I’ll be using the DigitalOcean Cloud for the demo which has been my most trusted and reliable cloud server in the past few years.
Without further ado, let get started —
What is DigitalOcean Cloud?
The DigitalOcean is a cloud server and unmanaged VPS platform that helps you to create and deploy online servers at ease without any hassle.
Their business is not only limited to the Cloud server but also recently scaled up into Managed Database, Kubernetes, and Object Storage.
One of the best things that I like about DigitalOcean is its digestible tutorials and developer guides. There are so easy that even an 8th grader can understand it easily.
Their community forum is quite active with some of the best technically smart people out there.
How Reliable is DigitalOcean service?
In terms of reliability, I trust these guys 100% and being using their cloud server for the last 4 years. I’ve seen from the day they only had VPS Cloud Server solution known as Droplets and now expanded their online business into multiple verticals.
They are being #1 choice for the developers as well as beginners due to the ease of usages and technical stuff they write.
Honestly, I had very few issues with my droplet, mostly due to my miss-configuration. However, their technical support is really fast and kind enough to resolve my queries in a day.
Skip to article end to get the free DigitalOcean credits link.
Register and get Free DigitalOcean Credits?
The registration process is really simple and easy with Google Single Sign-On (SSO) option. It’s very typical like any other online account registration.
Follow the steps to register a DigitalOcean Account:
- Click on this Free DigitalOcean credits! link to activate the deal – this will redirect you to DigitalOcean registration page
- Sign up with Google account OR any Email Address and Password on the registration page
- If you’re using Google sign up then, Allow & Verify DigitalOcean to read your account details
- If signing up with Email Address and Password, click the link received in your mailbox to verify your email address
- On registration, you’ll be asked to provide the billing details – either Credit Card or PayPal
- In case of Credit Card – the DigitalOcean will authenticate the billing details by deducting $5 and will be refunded back immediately
- While $5 Amount deducted from PayPal integration will be added into your Credit Balance
- Once the billing details are set up, you’ll be redirected to the Welcome Page requesting for the project name, purpose, and other details about your usage and organization – just fill-in as per requested and hit Save button
- Finally, you’ll be redirected to the DigitalOcean Cloud Console
You’ve now successfully registered your DigitalOcean account and also received $50 credit which is valid for the next 30days. Click on the USAGE or Billing link to verify the credit amount.
Create the First Ubuntu Cloud Server droplet
Since you are already logged into DigitalOcean cloud console and verified the $50 credit, let’s move ahead with creating your first Ubuntu Cloud Server droplet.
- Select the Project Name from the left sidebar
- Within the Project Pane, hit on Get Started with a Droplet
- Next, Choose an Image; select the default i.e. Ubuntu 18.04 x64
- Next, choose a plan; since we starting at a low budget, and want to run the droplet for a long; wisely choose the lowest plan from the list – I’ve selected Starter Plan of $5/mo
- Pricing: $5 per month
- CPU: Virtual single core
- RAM: 1 GB
- Disk Space: 25 GB SSD
- Bandwidth: 1 TB outbound transfer
- Next, Add Backup; enabling backup is optional, however, we are going to cover in this in future once we are all set with Ubuntu Cloud Server setup
- Next, Add block Storage; this option helps in adding additional storage space apart from 25 GB available in the plan – not required for now
- Next, Choose a Datacenter Region, based on your target site or blog target location, choose the nearest data center region. For example, if your target location in North America, then select either New York or San Francisco
- Next, Select Additional Option, just enable IPv6 support and Droplet Monitor
- Next, Authentication, I personally choose One-time Password option to receive the root login details in the mailbox
- Next, How many droplets? – Just leave it to default value 1
- Next, Choose a Hostname; enter the desired hostname – I entered restorebin.demo
- Next, Add Tags; optional unless you have a large number of droplets to organize and identify
- Next, Select Project; since we are creating the droplet within the project, this option will be a default and greyed out for selection
- Finally, hit on Create button to spin your droplet
The droplet will be created within a minute and you’ll be able to see the progress bar in DigitalOcean Cloud console. Once the droplet creation is completed, you’ll receive an email along with one-time root login and password details.
You’ll be also assigned with a dedicated IP address for your Ubuntu Cloud Server which can be assigned to a domain name in the DNS setting.
Watch the Video Demo
While it’s easy to read and follow the exact steps mentioned in the above sections, however, a video would help understand even better.
Watch the below video demo on how I signed up for free credits and created my first Linux Ubuntu Server on DigitalOcean Cloud.
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What’s next in the #CloudServer Series?
If you’ve learned and completed all the steps for creating a Ubuntu Cloud Server on DigitalOcean. Next, we are going to see how to log in via SSH and SFTP client for Ubuntu Server?
By the way, click on the below button to get free DigitalOcean credits on registration.
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