I am developing a project using MongoDB, ExpressJS, Socket.IO, and NodeJS. I am not using AngularJS. I am wondering if it would still be advantageous to use a droplet with the MEAN stack pre-installed or if I should just start from a Ubuntu 14.04 OS and install everything manually.

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Hi!

You can definitely use the MEAN one-click image. It has a sample MEAN app installed in /opt/mean, which you can delete and upload your existing app in place of. The sample app is the only part of the image that is related to Angular.js, so once you delete it you’re all good to go. npm, bower, grunt, etc. will still be available for use.

Also check out the tutorial on the one-click image:

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