This article will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up your hosting account through Digital Ocean.
Note: These instructions were correct at the time of writing, but Digital Ocean can change their screens at any time. If you find that the instructions are wrong, please let me know!
Sign Up and Log In
First you’ll need to sign up for an account.
Full Disclosure: I get a referral bonus from DO if you sign up using this referral link, but so do you! You get $10 in credit, and the referral bonus helps keep the doors at AresCentral open.
Digital Ocean’s pricing lists both an hourly and a monthly cost. The monthly rate just assumes that your server is running 24/7 for the whole month, which is what a MUSH does.
Create a Droplet
A “droplet” is just what DO calls a server. To create a new droplet, log into your account and click Create Droplet.
- Select an image. Click the “One-Click Apps” tab and select the “Redis” app (for example, it is currently “Redis 3.2.1 on 14.04” but the numbers may change over time).
- Select a size. The $5/month droplet size meets all of Ares’ System Requirements, but the $10/month droplet will give you more horsepower to run other apps and better performance.
- Don’t add block storage.
- Select a region close to you.
- Don’t add additional options.
- If you’re familiar with SSH and wish to connect using a SSH client, see Digital Ocean’s article on SSH Keys. Setting up a SSH key is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
- Select 1 droplet, and enter a name for it (like ‘ares’).