How to Step Up a GoDaddy Cloud Server

Godaddy has a secret Cloud Server product that is a great service for Web Developers. It can be used to build, test, clone web servers or web applications to your specifications. It is a completely open environment that is scalable with 99.9% uptime. I was offered the service through my GoDaddy Pro account and found it to be a fantastic cost-saving alternative to my virtual private server. So I switched and have been happy every since. However, as I have recommended the service to colleagues I discovered that while the service is available GoDaddy is not actively advertising or promoting the product. So here is the secret URL to the GoDaddy Pro Cloud Server {https://www.godaddy.com/pro/cloud-servers} and the instructions below explain how to get up and running with a new GoDaddy Cloud Server within minutes.

STEP 1:

 

 

After navigating to the secret GoDaddy Pro Server Cloud URL scroll down the page to find the READY TO GET STARTED section and click the SETUP SERVER button.

 

 

STEP 2:

 

At the next screen here you will CREATE NEW SERVER by filling in and selecting several server details.

NAME – This will be the hostname of the server and should be a one word. Ā The name choosenĀ should not be the domain name of any sites you may be hosting or web applications.

USERNAME – This should not be the GoDaddy Username.

PASSWORD – Should be 8-99 long; include a special character; include a number; include a lower case number; and include an upper case number.

STEP 3:

 

CHOOSE AN IMAGE – This is where you select a base computing platform for your cloud server. Ā  I recommend Centos 7 is a good 64-bit image built to run on KVM virtual machines with essential packages pre-installed.

 

 

STEP 4:

 

CHOOSE A DATA CENTER – It is best to choose a data center that is closest to the region you live in, to experience the fastest data connections.

 

 

 

STEP 5:

CHOOSE A SIZE – Here is where you determine the amount of server memory and transfer size that you will need. Ā Your account will allow for multiple servers of varying sizes.

 

 

 

STEP 6:

 

By default your new cloud server will be assigned a publicĀ IP address, however, if you need more than one IP address you would click ADD here to order more IP address at an additional monthly cost.

OTHER OPTIONS: Ā Automated Backups is automatically selected because it is currently a free service, it is recommended that this remain checked.

ADD A BOOT SCRIPT – Allows you to create and run startup scripts on your new server to perform automated tasks every time your server is booted up.

STEP 7:

Click the FINISH BUTTON you are done!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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