Tutorial: Creating Your First Server

In order to better your experience with Beyond Hosting, we have made the process of creating your first new server as simple as possible. In just 4 easy steps and a few mouse clicks your server will be up and running and ready to go! If this is your first time building a server with BH, simply follow the steps below as we walk you through the process.

 

Step One. Login and Create 'New Project'

After logging in to your BH account, click the + Add New Project button as shown below .

Enter in a name for your new project as well as a description. Proceed with entering in your personal information and selecting which services you would like to be included in your new project. At the bottom of the screen you have the option to share project access with other team members. Enter in each additional user's email address and click "Add User" to provide share access.

 

 

After you have filled out all of the required information and added additional users to your project, click the "Create Project" button to complete the process.

 

Step Two. Create New Instance

After creating your new project you will be taken to your 'My Projects' dashboard where you will be able to see the new project you just created. Select your newly created project to enter in to your Project Dashboard. This is the main dashboard of your project and is where you will be able to make all necessary changes to your Project whenever you would like. You are also able to change/edit your billing information. For our purposes of creating a new server, simply click the "Instances" button located withing the 'Cloud Computing' section of the dashboard. This will take you to a new screen as shown below:

 

 

Select the +Create button to create a new server instance.

 

Step Three. Customize your Server

After selecting the +Create button a popup screen will appear showing you all of the different options you have to customize your server to your liking. First, enter in a name for your new instance. In this case, we chose the name "My First Instance".

 

 

After choosing a name, you also have the ability to change CPU, RAM, Volume Size, add a Keypair (see "How to add an SSH Keypair"), select your Image, Region and Network preference. For a description on each of these features and why they are important, please scroll down to the bottom of this tutorial.

After you have customized your server instance to your liking, select the "Create Instance" button. Congratulations! You have just created your first server!

 

Step Four. View in Admin panel

 After creating your brand new server you will be taken back to the admin panel where you should see your newly created server instance.

 

If you ever have to Start/Stop, Terminate, Resize or Reboot your server instance this is where you are able to do so. 

If you need additional help or have more questions our team is happy to help! Simply visit beyondhosting.net/support.

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Terminology

CPU: The Centreal Processing Unit is responsible for running programs and performing computational work. However, a single-core CPU can only perform one task at a time. Multi-core CPUs allow multiple programs to run at the same time, ensuring peak responsiveness.

RAM: The amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) you have is very important. The more RAM your CPU has access to, the easier it has to work, which enables peak server performance.

Volume Size: Size in Gigabytes for the storage volume.

Keypair: SSH keys provide a more secure way of logging into your private server than simply using a password. SSH keys allow you to log into your server without a password. In order to use this you need to generate a private-public keypair  using an application like PuTTY, upload the public key and key the private key stored on your device. Learn more about creating your own SSH Keypair here.

Images: Operating system images are used to create the root persistent disks for your instances. Images contain a boot loader, a root file system and an operating system and can be either public or private.

Region: This is where your server is located. The best region is typically the one that is nearest to you or your most frequent customers. Not choosing a server in close proximity may increase your server latency.

Network: A public network server will allow direct access over the internet. This makes the server candidate for a public IP address which is globally unique and only assigned to one device.

 

Posted in Hosting on Sep 08, 2016