I have an existing hardware server with simple web and email. What is the easiest way to get started?

The current system hosts two domains, one that has web and email and the second is an information only website. The site uses CentOS ver 6.x with Apache. It runs majordomo for a list server. There is no other special software that I am aware of.


By getting started, I want to move the current system into a digital ocean vserver.

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Hi @daBUZ,

From your explanation about the server you currently use, you’ll need mainly a LAMP stack server and an Email service - Postfix or Exim.

Web Server

Let’s start with the LAMP stack, this will include - Apache, MySQL, PHP. I can see you’ve marked CentOS as an OS so I’ll recommend you to check this article how to configure LAMP on a DigitalOcean droplet using CentOS 7 - HERE


I’ll recommend using Postfix for your setup, it’s pretty straight forward to configure and to use.

Good thing is that there is a good article in the DigitalOcean knowledge base again - HERE

The above two should be enough for you to get started and move your websites over.

As for the actual migration of the websites, I’ll recommend you to first configure your Web Server and Email service and then perform the migration.

Regards, KDSys