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 Kanboard on cloud using ServerAvatar
Step1: Create Kanboard Database
The Kanboard installation process requires database Credentials. So, to create a MySQL database for Kanboard, 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.
Congratulations! You've successfully created your database.
Step 2: Create PHP Application
Access the Applications tab from the server panel to create a new PHP application for Kanboard. Now, create an application, click on the Applications tab, then click the Create button on the server panel.
To create an application and proceed with the installation and deployment of Kanboard. You need to feel the prerequisite for Kanboard.
Please select an application name of your choice. Afterward, input the domain name where you'd like to direct your URL. You have the choice between a test domain or a primary domain. If you decide on the test domain, you can use ".serveravatar" as a test domain extension. This flexibility ensures you can make the perfect selection for your project.
If you want to host Kanboard on your domain, then make sure to point your domain to the current IP address of your server, and for that:
To host Kanboard on your subdomain, for example, Kanboard.yourdomain.com, create a new application with the subdomain as your primary domain and follow the same procedure. For accessing Opencart 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.
Now, you will clone Kanboard through the available repository in GitHub. so,
Select a method: Git
Select a Service Provider: GitHub
Select a Repository Type: Public
Clone HTTPS URL: https://github.com/kanboard/kanboard.git
Let's take the next step in creating your application. Now, you need to set up deployment scripts. These are the manually entered commands that will run automatically after you've cloned the repository.
Installing Kanboard require to run manual scripts or commands in the deployment process.
cp config.default.php config.php
To proceed further, select checkbox labelled "Show Advanced Options". You'll find this checkbox right below the deployment scripts section.
The next step is to create a system user for your application. You have the option to either select an existing user or create a new one dedicated to this application.
Now, let's select the PHP version. Choose PHP version 8.1 or a newer version if available. Regarding the custom webroot for Kanboard, it should be blank(do not write) as illustrated in the provided snapshot. We are specifically looking for either an "index.php" or "index.html" file within this custom setup.
Select PHP Version: PHP version 7.4 or higher
Custom Webroot: (leave it blank)
With all these settings in place, go ahead and click on the "Create Application" button to complete the procedure.
Congratulations! You've successfully created your application.
Step 3: Config Database with Application
In this step, we're connecting the database we created in Step 1 with the application from Step 2. To configure the database, we need to edit the config.php file.
To edit the config file, you can access the public_html directory from your file manager or navigate through the directory path.
Proceed to open it. Inside, you'll need to enter the database credentials that were created 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 driver, database name, username, hostname, and password, by accessing the database tab from the server panel.
Enter the following database credential we have already created in ServerAvatar:
DB_USERNAME: Username of database
DB_PASSWORD: Database password
DB_NAME: Database name
Don't forget to save the changes you've made to the "config.php" file.
Next step is, update your directory permission.
Congratulations! Successfully deployed Kanboard on the server through the ServerAvatar.
You can access it by visiting the your domainname in your web browser.
Step 4: Access Kanboard Web UI
Now, access the site URL from the Application panel to logged into Kanboard.
To login, use following credentials:
You successfully logged in to Kanboard. You should get to a dashboard like below.
Reset admin password
To reset your admin login credentials follow the given path: Admin > Users Management > admin > Change password.
Input current and new password for admin user.
Congratulations! Successfully install and setup Kanboard on the server through the ServerAvatar.
Check Kanboard documentation for more information related to installation and functionalities.