Create a Cloud Instance in Vultr
To create a server in Vultr, follow the below given steps. If you want to learn How to use Vultr to manage your infrastructure in Vultr, You can refer our Vultr cloud guide.
Step 1: Go to Instance Creation Page
Vultr provides lots of different types of cloud instances. From the server creation page, you can create lots of different types of cloud instances, like Regular VMs, Dedicated, Bare Metal, Cloud GPUs and some managed services.
To access the server creation page, log in to your Vultr account and click on the Deploy New Server option from the + button given on the dashboard.
Step 2: Choose Server
You can create 4 different types of cloud instances. They are Optimised cloud compute, Cloud compute, Cloud GPU and Bare Metal. Select the one that fits your requirements.
Step 3: Choose Server Type
Based on your selection of the server in the second step, You will have to select a specific type of server. If you have selected Optimised cloud compute instance, You will see options like the following image.
Step 4: Select Server Location
Location is very important option. Make sure to select a server location closest to your major traffic source demographically. You can select locations in 5 different continents.
Step 5: Select Server Image
In simple terms, Server image is an operating system running on the server. So here, You have to select an OS for your server.
If you are managing your servers with ServerAvatar, Select Ubuntu 20.04 or Ubuntu 22.04.
Step 6: Select Server Size
Here, Select a server size according to your requirements. If you are just getting started with the project, You can start small and then upgrade according to the future requirements.
Step 7: Add Auto Backups and Additional Features
We recommend you to enable auto backups for important websites or apps. If you are creating a temporary server, You can skip the auto backups.
In additional features, You can enable DDOS Protection if needed. Enable other options according to your requirements.
Do not enable "No Public IPv4 Address" option. It will result in a server without IPv4, which is not possible to connect with ServerAvatar.
Step 8: Select an SSH Key
If you use SSH key to authenticate with the server, Select an SSH key in this section. If you haven't uploaded your key yet, You can do it by clicking on the Add New option.
SSH key is not mandatory. If you do not use SSH keys, Ignore this option. You can still connect with server using password.
Step 9: Firewall Group
If you are using Vultr firewall, You can select the firewall group from here.
If you do not have 43210 port enabled in your firewall group, you need to configure it to connect a server with ServerAvatar.
Step 10: Server Hostname and Label
You have to choose the hostname and the label for the server in this step. You can set the same hostname and label. They are used for identification purpose only.
Step 11: Deploy Now!
Finally, click on the Deploy Now button to create a server. It might take a minute or two to fully boot up your server. Once it is ready, You will see it in the Products section in Vultr.
Initial Server Configuration
The Initial server configuration includes installation and configuration of various packages required to host your website. Usually, You have to write commands and modify configuration files. Luckily, With ServerAvatar, Your full server configuration and optimisation can be automated.
Here are the three ways to automatically configure your server with ServerAvatar.
Connect a server using a direct method
- Login/Register to ServerAvatar account, click the Create button from the right side of the screen, and select Server from the dropdown.
- Select Direct Method in the serve connecting method section.
- Type the Server Name as per your choice.
- Select a Tech Stack as per your need. You can either select Apache, Nginx, or OpenLiteSpeed.
- Select a Database: MySQL or MariaDB.
- Enable the toggle if you want to install the latest LTS version of node.js on your server.
- Select a Management plan and click the Connect Now button.
- You’ll see the command on your screen. Login to your server using an ssh connection and execute that command as a root user.
- The server connection process will be started on your ServerAvatar account after executing the command.
Connect a server using integration
- Login/Register to your ServerAvatar account, navigate to the Integration tab from the sidebar of the panel, and access Cloud Platform from the dropdown.
- Now Select a cloud platform you want to link with ServerAvatar.
- The popup form will appear on your screen. Enter details to link your cloud provider account. The integration method is different based on the cloud provider you select.
- You can integrate five different cloud provider platforms with ServerAvatar, which is-
Check the above link of cloud platforms to know more about integrating cloud platforms with ServeAvatar.
Connect a server using commands
Step 1. Login to your server using root user
Once you create a server as per your requirements, connect to your server using an ssh connection and execute the below three commands as a root user in your server console area.
wget https://srvr.so/install chmod +x install ./install
Step 2. Select a web server
It will ask you which web server you would like to install on your server: Apache, Nginx, or OpenLiteSpeed. Type anyone that you would like to install on your server and hit the enter button.
Step 3. Claim your server
Completing the process will give you a link to claim your server.
Open the link on your browser to access the ServerAvatar server panel.
Install and Setup Drupal CMS with ServerAvatar
Step 1. Download Drupal Latest Release Zip file
Visit Drupal's official site and Download Drupal Latest release zip file. You can see the download page in the following image.
Step 2. Create a PHP Application
On the server panel, access the Application tab from the sidebar and click the Create button, as shown in the image below.
Next, fill in the required details to create an application, including the Application Name and Domain Name.
The latest version of Drupal runs on PHP version 8.1. So to change the version, check the Show Advanced Options box and change the PHP version of your application like the below image.
If you want to host Drupal CMS on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:
Log in to your hosting provider site, where you buy your domain. You can check your domain information with one click.
Access DNS Manager to edit your DNS records(contact the support team if you don’t find them)
Change the IP address of A Record of your website to the current server’s IP address.
Click the Create Application button after filling in the required details.
Step 3. Create Drupal Database
On the server panel, Click the Database tab from the sidebar to create a MySQL database for Drupal.
ServerAvatar will create a database by filling in database details, including Database Name, Username, and Password.
Once you are done, Click the Create Database button, and ServerAvatar will create your database in seconds.
Step 4. Upload the Drupal Zip file
ServerAvatar has a built-in File Manager feature, so you won't need FTP clients to manage files.
To Upload a zip file on your application, go to the application panel of your created application in step 2 and click the File Manager tab.
Delete the index.html directory
Now access the public_html directory and delete the index.html directory to avoid forbidden errors on the site.
Upload Drupal Zip file
After deleting the file, it’s time to upload the Drupal zip file to the public_html directory. And for that, Click on the upload icon or Drag and Drop the zip file from your system.
Uncompress the Zip file
Unzip/Uncompress the uploaded Zip file in the public_html directory like the following image.
Delete the zip file after successfully uncompressed.
Move files to public directory
Click on the folder created in the public_html directory where all the files are located. Select all files, including hidden files and move them to the public_html folder.
Step 5. Install SSL Certificate
SeverAvatar allows you to install automatic SSL certificates with one click to keep users' data secure and verify your site ownership.
To install SSL on your website, click the SSL Certificates tab from the application panel.
Click the Automatic Installation button like the above image. You can also ensure Force HTTP to HTTPS to secure the communication between the browser and your website.
Step 6. Install and Setup Drupal
Open the URL of your application on the web browser. The setup page will appear like the following image.
Drupal supports more than 100 languages.
Choose the one you want for your site and click the Save and Continue button.
Select a profile from the given three installation profiles.
It would be recommended to Install the Standard profile and click the Save and continue button.
It verifies your site requirements and redirects to the next step if everything is fine.
Set up database
Enter the database credentials that we have created in step 3. It includes the database name, database user, and password.
Advanced Options include-
- Host: leave this field as it is if your database is hosted on the same server as an application
- Port Number: 3306 is recommended for MySQL/Aurora/MariaDB
- Table Name Prefix: Enter the database table name prefix as your choice
Click the Save and continue button.
It can proceed to install Drupal on your site if all the information is correct. It’ll show you the installation status like the following image.
Enter your site information, including-
- Site Name: Enter the name of your site as you want.
- Site Email Address: Automated emails related to the site, including reset password and registration details, will be sent from this email.
Site Maintenance account
Enter a Special user account information that can perform account-level tasks such as making backups and applying site updates. The account you set up has full administrative privileges.
- Username: Enter a username that is used for logging in to the Drupal Administrative interface
- Password: Enter the password for the admin login
- Email Address: Ente admin email address
Enter the regional specific information, including-
- Default Country: Select the name of your country.
- Default Time Zone: Select a time zone based on your location
Tick all the boxes under the Update Notification section to automatically check for updates and receive notifications.
Click the Save and continue button after filling in the required details.
Step 7. Drupal Admin panel
Completing all the above steps results in access to the Drupal admin panel, which looks like the following image.
That’s it. Now you can create an intuitive website or complex web application easily with a few clicks.