Get Started with the Bitnami Launchpad on 1&1 Cloud Platform
The 1&1 Cloud Platform is a high-performance cloud server platform. It comes with innovative smart administration tools, a user-friendly interface, built-in security and redundancy, and many other features designed to simplify hosting of websites and web applications.
If you’re new to the cloud, the easiest way to get started with the 1&1 Cloud Platform is with Bitnami. Bitnami provides pre-packaged application images for 1&1 Cloud Servers, so that you can get productive with your new server immediately. You can access and launch these images in two ways: through the free Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1, which gives you an intuitive Web-based dashboard to create and manage your 1&1 Cloud Servers, or through the 1&1 Control Panel.
If you’re interested in creating a personal or small business blog, chances are that you’re going to use WordPress. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world, used on over 60 million websites (according to Wikipedia). And it is not hard to see why: WordPress is very easy to use, comes with thousands of extensions and themes, is completely free, and is open source.
In this tutorial, I’ll launch a cloud server with the Bitnami WordPress Stack, which gives you a pre-configured WordPress blog that you can start using right way. But WordPress is just an example: there are hundreds of other Bitnami applications to choose from, and they’re all equally easy to set up.
Here are the steps you’ll follow in this tutorial:
- Register with Bitnami
- Connect your 1&1 and Bitnami accounts
- Deploy the Bitnami WordPress Stack on a 1&1 cloud server
- Log in and start using WordPress
The next sections will walk you through these steps in detail.
Step 1: Register with Bitnami
- At the end of this step, you will have created a Bitnami account.
The next step is to create a Bitnami account, so that you can launch a cloud server with the Bitnami WordPress Stack. If you have a Google, Facebook, Yahoo! or Github account, you can use your credentials from those services with OpenID to create your Bitnami account.
If you don’t have accounts with those services (or you don’t want to use them), you can use your email address and password to create a Bitnami account, as described below:
- Head to the Bitnami sign-up page.
- Enter your name and email address.
- Choose a password.
- Review the Bitnami terms of service.
Then, use the “Sign up” button to create your account.
Bitnami will send you an email with a verification link which you’ll need to click or browse to, to activate your account. This will also sign you in to your Bitnami account.
Step 2: Connect your 1&1 and Bitnami accounts
- At the end of this step, your Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 will be configured and you will be ready to provision a cloud server.
The easiest way to set up your 1&1 Cloud server with Bitnami’s WordPress Stack is via the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1, which gives you a simple control panel to provision, start, stop, connect to and check status of your cloud servers. However, to use it, you must first connect your 1&1 and Bitnami accounts.
To do this:
- Log in to your 1&1 Control Panel.
- Navigate to the “Management -> Users” section.
- Click the “Create” button and enter a user name, password and email address. Select the “admin” role for the new account.
Click “Create” to create the new account.
Once the account has been created, select in the list of accounts.
In the account details section, select the “API” field which by default is set to “Disabled”. In the resulting dialog, activate API access for the new account by clicking “Yes” followed by “Apply Changes”.
Click the “Show” link in the “API Key” field and note the displayed API key.
Log in to your Bitnami account (if you’re not already logged in).
Browse to the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1.
Select the “Sign in with Bitnami” link in the top right corner.
The Launchpad will now recognize your Bitnami credentials and automatically sign you in. You may also be prompted to set up your Bitnami password vault by entering an administrative password. Enter a hard-to-guess password.
The Bitnami Vault password offers an additional level of protection against misuse: you’ll need to enter it when performing certain operations, such as creating new cloud servers. Again, make sure you note it down for future reference.
IMPORTANT: Your Bitnami Vault password is different from your 1&1 account password.
Proceed as follows:
- Select “Virtual Machines” in the Launchpad menu.
You’ll be transferred to an authorization page, where you will need to enter the username and API token noted earlier. Enter these details, then click the “Continue” button on the page to proceed.
Your 1&1 and Bitnami accounts will now be connected.
You will now be able to launch new cloud servers with Bitnami application stacks.
Step 3: Deploy WordPress on a 1&1 Cloud Server
- At the end of this step, your WordPress blog will be running on a 1&1 Cloud Server.
The next step is to launch a cloud server and get WordPress running on it. The Bitnami WordPress Stack lets you do this in just a couple of clicks. Follow these steps:
- Select “Library” in the Launchpad menu.
- Look through the list of applications available in Bitnami until you find WordPress (it’s usually the first item in the list).
Select it and click “Launch”.
Define a name, server size, and region for your cloud server. You can choose from an “S” instance (1 virtual core) to a “5XL” instance (16 virtual cores). For more information, refer to the 1&1 Cloud Server pricing sheet.
TIP: A “Small” or “S” server will work just fine for a low-traffic WordPress blog or for WordPress development.
Confirm your selection by hitting the “Create” button at the end of the page.
The Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 will now begin spinning up the new server. The process usually takes a few minutes: a status indicator on the page provides a progress update.
Once the cloud server has been provisioned, the status indicator will show that it’s “Running” and the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 page will display the server details, including its IP address.
At this point, you should be able to browse to the cloud server, either by clicking the link in the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 (a new browser tab will open) or entering the cloud server IP address directly into your browser’s address bar. You should now see your WordPress blog’s home page with a sample post, as shown below.
The Launchpad page also includes controls to shut down or delete the server. You can also obtain SSH credentials for the server if you’d like to connect to it directly with an SSH client (like PuTTY on Windows).
By default, the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 creates a user account named user and an auto-generated password when a new server is provisioned. You will need this password in order to use WordPress. To do this, go back to the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 page containing the server information screen, look in the “Credentials” section, and make a note of the password.
Step 4: Log in and start using WordPress
- At the end of this step, you will have logged in to WordPress and created a new blog post.
To log in to the WordPress dashboard, follow these steps:
Browse to the WordPress dashboard, usually at the URL http://SERVER-IP/wp-admin.
Log in with the administrator credentials from the previous step.
You should now arrive at the WordPress dashboard, which allows you to manage posts, pages and comments; customize your blog with themes and plugins; import and export content; manage navigation menus; add or delete new user accounts; and much more.
You can now add a new post using the following steps:
Select the “Posts -> Add New” menu option to create a new post.
Enter a title and content for the post. You can use the formatting tools at the top of the content area to format your post and add hyperlinks or images.
Optionally, choose the format and category for your post.
Publish it immediately using the “Publish” button.
And now, when you visit your blog’s front page, you should see your new post.
Congratulations! You now have a working, fully-functional WordPress blog in the cloud.
You can keep your WordPress installation up-to-date with the WordPress automatic update feature. To access this:
- Log in to WordPress using the administrator account.
Select the “Dashboard -> Updates” menu item.
Review the resulting page to see if WordPress needs an update. If an update is available, you can install it by clicking the “Update Now” button. You can also re-install WordPress if needed with the “Re-install Now” button.
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