If you’re just getting started on working with remote web servers, the veritable rabbit warren of awesome services available at AWS can be a little overwhelming. I find the toolsets at DigitalOcean to be quite intuitive and much more user friendly.
The video above walks you through the process of creating a new web server on DigitalOcean. I’m going to create a server that uses the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system which is perfect for WordPress and Laravel projects that are based on the PHP scripting language.
Once you’ve got everything set up (and you’ve checked to make sure the server’s IP address isn’t on any blacklists), you’re ready to connect to your new server via SSH.