This is the first in a series of Howtos we will do this month. No, you don’t have to roll up your sleeves, the whole point it that the experience will be utterly painless! So let’s head on over to the main Digital Mines site and kick-off the sign-up process.
(Sidenote: Let us know in the comments if you’d also like to see screencasts with voiceovers).
Sign-up takes approx 1 minute.
Just enter an email address and password and you are done. You do not need to have an Amazon Web Services account to use Digital Mines.
Once you click “Create Account”, you are immediately logged in and you’ll see that you have no services configured yet:
When you click “Add Service”, you’ll be asked if you want to Create Cloud Services or Import Cloud Services. We’ll cover the Import functionality in a later post. For the purposes of this Howto, we are assuming you haven’t used Amazon Web Service before.
Once you click on “Create Cloud Services”, you’ll see a pop-up about Creating an Instance. An Instance is just a virtual server that will run on the Amazon Cloud.
Now for the fun bit, creating your first running server. It’s going to take you all of 30 seconds!
Don’t worry, to get a FREE server, you have to fill in exactly one box on the form, the server name. I’ve called it MyFirstServer. Leave everything else at the defaults. And then click “Deploy”.
Note that this free server is far more powerful than anything you would have dealt with if you previously used a shared hosting account. You’ll be able to install anything on it and it has far more welly and storage included.
There will be a delay at this point if you are a new user and this is your first server. Go off, make a cup of tea and when you come back, lo, a running server:
You now have your own personal virtual server running in the Amazon AWS Cloud in Dublin managed by Digital Mines! How easy was that?
In the next posts we’ll show you how to login to your server, install some standard apps and get a basic web-site up and running.
If you have any questions at all, let us know in the comments.