Getting Signed up with Digital Ocean
The first step to creating a high performance setup for Jamroom 5 is to get your own VPS (Virtual Private Server) setup on Digital Ocean - if you don’t have a Digital Ocean account, you’ll want to create one:
(our referral code again - you know the drill)
Digital Ocean features VPS’s that use SSD (Solid State Disks) instead of traditional hard drives - Jamroom 5 benefits from the faster SSD’s. For this guide we will be setting up Jamroom 5 on the cheapest Digital Ocean server - their $5 a month server that gets you 20 gigs of SSD space.
They have a wide variety of different VPS sizes you can choose from, so if you want something bigger, go for it - the setup will be identical. One of the benefits of going with a VPS is the flexibility - you can start out on the $5 a month plan and easily move to larger VPS servers as your needs grow.
We’re going to be using Ubuntu 12.04 for this guide - 12.04 is Ubuntu’s most recent “LTS” (Long Term Support) release - I’m a big fan of the LTS releases, and 12.04 has worked well. We’re going to use the 64bit version of Ubuntu, which will allow our VPS to use more than 4Gigs of RAM or so if we decide to upgrade to a larger VPS plan in the future.