- No credit card required
- No technical skill required
- Suggested for every blogger and web developer to get free cloud hosting.
Three months back I got to know about Cloudways, which is a managed platform to host your Website on cloud servers of Digital Ocean and Amazon cloud service. The first time when you bump into a new hosting, the big question is how should I trust this hosting. Usually, we Google about the hosting in search engine try to read reviews and most of the time results are good and bad reviews.
Isn’t it simpler to try the hosting before you buy it? That’s how I got hooked to Cloudways and after giving it a test-ride finally I have become a paid customer to their hosting.
In my story, I first signed up for a free hosting account with them which let me host my site on Digital ocean server for one month, and moreover, I got to know about the hosting quality itself. Not to forget this detailed guide by Rajiv where he shared WordPress installation guide on cloud servers and if you are a non-developer like me, you would think it’s some rocket science.
To cut the long story short, hosting your website on Cloud server have various advantages and this I will cover in the next post of this series. In this tutorial, I will show you how you can get 14 days complete free cloud hosting on Digital-Ocean and what all you can do. Especially if you are someone who has waited to try the power of Cloud servers, this is your golden chance. Or, if you are looking forward to test drive WordPress or any other popular CMS this article is for you.
So, without waiting any more time, let’s go ahead and let me show you how you can enjoy the power of cloud-server in next 10 minutes.
7 Minute guide to get free Digital Ocean Cloud Server on Cloudways
- Head over to Cloudways Homepage and on the home-page enter your email to start your free-trial.
- You can also click on enter promo code and enter “ShoutMeLoud” as promo coupon, this will be beneficial when you upgrade to upper plan at the later stage to get some discount. (This coupon part is completely optional).
Clicking on free-trial will take you to the signup page which will look something like this. Here add your phone number and click on send me the verification code.
Within seconds, you will receive a verification code which you need to enter to complete the verification process, and it’s time to check your Email inbox for the login details of your Cloudways account. Here is a screenshot of the Email that you will receive:
Now click on “Click here to set your password” and set your password for the account. Once you are done setting the password, click on login on the same page or go to https://clickngo.cloudways.com and login with your eMail address and password.
Last three steps to your free Digital Ocean server with Installed WordPress
On Digital ocean server you can take 30 days free trial and on Amazon EC2 you can take three days free-trial account. Here are trial offer details:
- One server with 30 days Free Trial
- 512 MB or 1 GB Server size packages with up to 2TB Bandwidth
- The US, Europe, and Asia
- Please note that if you do not perform any activity on your server for five days, it will be paused, and if your server remains inactive for eight consecutive days then it will be automatically terminated.
- One server with 3 days Free Trial
- Small Plan ( Dedicated server with 1.7 GB RAM ) with 100GB Max Disk size for Web files and Databases
- US. Northern Virginia
I would suggest you to go for Digital-Ocean as it offers 14 days trial. This would give you ample amount of time to test your application (WordPress, Drupal or any other) and to understand the dashboard of Cloudways.
Now Click on I know my server size and scale the server to 1GB RAM. And this will be your server configuration:
1GB RAM, 30GB SSD Disk, 2TB Transfer, 1 Core Processor
You have the option to select your server location from multiple options, and I would pick the nearest location from your target audience. For example, if your site is for U.S. Traffic then pick New York, For Indian traffic pick Singapore and so on.
Note: You can anytime scale up or scale down your server configuration at the later stage. I will write a tutorial for the same in my next post in this series.
Click on “Start 14 days free trial” and it will take around 5-6 minutes to prepare your application.
Just to let you know, Cloudways work as a management console for your Website or application hosted on Digital Ocean or Amazon cloud server. They have their layer of the architect which makes it easier for any one without any technical skills to host high performing website (WordPress blog or any other platform) or applications.
I would not break the curiosity here, as once you are done creating all the above steps, you would be amazed to see something new and refreshing.
Once your server is configured, you will see a screen like above screenshot and here click on Manage server to see your login details of WordPress blog that you have just installed on your Digital Ocean server via Cloudways.
Your WordPress blog at this moment is on sub-domain of Cloudways server, and you can scroll down on the same page to link it with any of the domain name you have. I will be sharing those steps in another post but for now, you have already learned how you can get free DigitalOcean cloud server in 12 minutes.
You can also add as many applications ( More WordPress blog or multi-site WordPress by clicking on Add Application) on the same server, or to the same account, you can add more cloud-server to your account. Overall if you are someone who is accustomed to cPanel or WHMCS or Plesk, you would love this customized panel of Cloudways and how easy they have made it for any user like you and me to host our website on cloud-server without the need of any technical skills. Moreover, they are also offering free migration service for a limited time, which you can avail after taking this test-ride of their service.
Get Your Free CloudWays account without Credit card (Coupon code: ShoutMeLoud)
Go ahead and enjoy the power of Cloud server and I assure that you would love it. Don’t forget to share this irresistible offer with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google plus.
- More free trial offer: SEMRUSH 14 days free trial promo code
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