Create VM Instance in AWS Lightsail
To create a server in AWS Lightsail, First log in to the AWS Lightsail console. Once you are there, Follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Go to Instance Creation Form
To access the instance creation form, Go to AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the orange button with Create Instance text. See the following image for reference.
Step 2: Select the Location of your Instance
First of all, You have to select the location for your instance. It is always better to select a location closest to your major traffic source. It will decrease the latency for majority of your website visitors.
If you want to change the location of your server, You can simply update the current region in your AWS account.
Step 3: Select the OS for your Instance
After selecting the location, Select the operating system for your instance. In this case, First click on OS Only and then select Ubuntu 20.04 as an operating system just like the following image.
Step 4: Select SSH Key and Launch Script (Optional/Advanced)
This is an optional step. Here you can set the Launch script and the main SSH key for your server. If you don't understand launch script and SSH keys, Just ignore this step.
Step 5: Select the Plan
In this step, select the size of your VM instance. AWS Lightsail provides lots of different options when it comes to plans and pricing. The plan and pricing selection completely depends on the requirements of your site(s). So, select the plan based on the complexity and traffic of your sites.
Step 6: Verify and Create the Instance
Finally, Enter the name of your instance, number of instances you want to create and assign the tags accordingly for identification. Once done, click on the Create Instance button to start the instance creation process.
It might take a few minutes to deploy the instance. Once done, follow the below given step to update the firewall rules for the VM instance.
Step 7: Update Firewall Rules
ServerAvatar requires 43210 port open. In total, You need to keep the following ports open on the instance.
- 22 (SSH): To access your server via SSH.
- 80 (HTTP): To access your sites on HTTP.
- 443 (HTTPS): To access your sites on HTTPS.
- 43210 (ServerAvatar): To allow communication between ServerAvatar and your instance.
To update the firewall rules for a specific instance, Go to the AWS Lightsail dashboard and click on the name of the instance you want to update. Then go to the Networking section and add the missing firewall rules. After updating the firewall rules, the networking section of your Instance should look like the following image.
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 Flarum on Cloud using ServerAvatar
Step1: Create Flarum Database
The Flarum installation process requires database Credentials. So, to create a MySQL database for Flarum, Access the Database tab on the ServerAvatar server panel to create a Database.
To create a Database, Enter the details, such as the Database Name, in the database creation form like the image below.
Successfully Created a Database.
Steps 2: Create PHP Application
Access the Applications tab from the server panel to create a new PHP application for Flarum.
Now fill up the required details in the application form, as seen in the image below.
If you want to host Flarum on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:
To host Flarum on your subdomain, for example, flarum.yourdomain.com, create a new application with the subdomain as your primary domain and follow the same procedure. For accessing Flarum on the subdomain, you need to add your subdomain on A Record that points to the current IP address of your server. To point to an IPV6 address, you would need to use an AAAA record.
Click the Create Next Step.
Now, choose the method and service provider: Git and GitHub (follow as per the snapshot).
Continue the process by entering the necessary information as provided below:
Repository Type: Public
Clone HTTPS URL: https://github.com/flarum/flarum.git
Proceed by clicking the "Next Step".
You can either create a new System User or select an existing one.
Next, choose PHP version 7.3 or above. For the custom Webroot should be public shown in the provided snapshot, as we're specifically seeking "index.php" or "index.html" within the custom setup.
Custom Webroot: public
Proceed to the next steps and ensure your details and requirements are accurately entered.
After confirming, click on "Create Application" to initiate the application creation process.
Step 3: Install and setup Flarum
Now access the site URL from the Application panel to install and set up Flarum.
We have already created a database for Flarum in step 1. To establish a connection between the database and the application, enter the database credential we have already made. You can access all your database credentials, like database name, username, and password, by accessing the database tab from the server panel.
Enter the following database credential we have already created in ServerAvatar:
Forum Title: Any Name
MySQL Host: localhost
MySQL Database: Database name
MySQL Username: Username of database
MySQL Password: Database password
Table Prefix: change the database table prefix as you want
To create administrator enter the following details:
Admin Username: any username
Admin Email: any email
Password: your password
Confirm Password: Confirm your Password
NOTE: Please remember the credentials you entered above for logging into Flarum. Click Install Flarum.
You will directly logged in to Flarum or Login as admin with admin username and password on the next page to access the admin panel.
Successfully install and setup Flarum on the server through the ServerAvatar.