DigitalOcean for Non-Developers with Good Linux Experience

Posted March 16, 2015 3.9k views
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Looking at the forums and tutorials, I feel a little bit intimidated by the advanced skills required to manage websites on digital ocean.

I have been hosting my own sites on Dreamhost since 2006. I have also used Debian as my default operating system for a long time. So I am not stranger to command line, file permissions, installing packages and stuff.

I want to host a couple of WordPress websites and discourse forum on the same account.

How difficult do you think it would be for me to move my sites from dreamhost to digitalocean and setup a discourse forum. Also how many domains I can host on the same digitalocen account.

Any links to tutorials for absolute beginners?


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Well, if it’s worth anything: I have only set up WAMP at my home computer (for development purposes) before, and I possess barely no knowledge on Linux. Still, I managed to set up LAMP here. I used a number of tutorials from DO, and some from other sources too, taking only what I needed and ignoring other parts.

I think there is a 1-click Wordpress install here, but I’m sure there are tutorials if you wish to do everything manually. And about domains there is no limit, because you have access to the DNS records and you can tweak your installation as your wish.

  • Thanks redraenhys,

    This gave me some confidence. Do you think I should start with 500MB RAM?

  • Based on the occasional thread I read there I suspect it won’t be enough—I can’t speak from experience because I’m not using wordpress here—, but yes, I’d still start with a 512MB, because you can always resize your droplet later.

    P.s.: Some things you must not overlook when you set up your droplet: Enable swap and install fail2ban.

    by Justin Ellingwood
    Swap space can be used as an "overflow" area for your system when you run out of RAM. The operating system can store data that would normally be kept in RAM on the hard drive in a specially formatted file. In this guide, we'll demonstrate how to create and use one of these files in Ubuntu 14.04.