Full Disclosure: I get a referral bonus from Digital Ocean if you sign up using this referral link, but so do you! You get starter credit (basically a month free), and the referral bonus helps keep the doors at AresCentral open.
Digital Ocean’s pricing lists both a monthly and hourly rate. A MUSH server will be up 24/7 all month long, so it uses the monthly rate.
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 the Ubuntu distribution image. (Ares has been fully tested on Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04. Newer versions are probably fine too.) Just use the regular Ubuntu, not any other image.
Select a size. The 1GB droplet meets all of Ares’ minimum system requirements, including the Web Portal. You can always upgrade the droplet size later if you need to.
Don’t add block storage.
Select a region close to you.
Don’t add additional options.
Select 1 droplet, and enter a name for it (like ‘ares’).