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.
In this tutorial, I'll walk you, step by step, through the process of using the 1&1 Control Panel to create and provision a new 1&1 Cloud Server. And since 1&1 offers 30 days of free service, you'll have plenty of time to experiment with your server and Bitnami stacks without worrying about being billed for usage.
|TIP: To learn about launching servers with the Bitnami Launchpad for 1&1 instead, refer to this tutorial.|
|NOTE: This guide assumes that you already have a 1&1 account and can log in to the 1&1 Control Panel. For more information, refer to the 1&1 Cloud Server documentation.|
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:
- Deploy WordPress 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: 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.|
Launching a new 1&1 Cloud Server with the Bitnami WordPress Stack is easy. Follow these steps:
- Log in to the 1&1 Control Panel.
- Navigate to the "Infrastructure -> Servers" section.
Click the "Create" button.
On the resulting page, enter a name for your server and select a server configuration. 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.
On the same page, in the "Images" section, select the "Applications" tab and choose "WordPress" from the resulting list.
On the same page, in the "Advanced Options" section, click the "Show" button. In the resulting form, select the data center you wish to use and enter a password to access the server. Leaving the password field blank will cause the password to be generated automatically.
- Leave all other fields at their default values. Click "Create" to deploy the new server.
The 1&1 Control Panel will now begin the process of creating and deploying the server. A confirmation screen will appear and display the server password.
|IMPORTANT: The server password will not be displayed again, so note it carefully for future reference.|
Once the cloud server has been provisioned, it will appear in the list of servers in the 1&1 Control Panel and the status indicator will show that it's running.
The server details section will display the public IP address of the server, together with the URL to the WordPress blog and WordPress dashboard and the login username for the WordPress dashboard.
By default, the deployment process will create a user account named user for the Bitnami WordPress Stack when a new server is provisioned. The password will be the same as the server password.
At this point, you should be able to browse to the cloud server, either by clicking the link in the 1&1 Control Panel (a new browser tab will open) or entering the 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 1&1 Control Panel also includes controls to restart, shut down or delete the server, in the "Actions" menu.
Step 2: 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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