Droplet creation

Creating the DigitalOcean hosting for Discourse Service just became a lot easier than even two months ago, due to two great simplifications:

  • Discourse "self installation" process was streamlined by offering the Docker compatible service image

    An image is a lightweight, stand-alone, executable package that includes everything needed to run a piece of software, including the code, a runtime, libraries, environment variables, and config files.

  • DigitalOcean took advantage of this new packaging format's existence, as the following few sections will illustrate.

This following section depicts the key steps from the How to use the Discourse One-Click Application on DigitalOcean tutorial.

1. Chose an (Docker) image

Note that you need to select the One-click apps tab (Image 1 below

Image 1 - Select Discourse from the Once-click app tab content

Note: this choice represent a Docker image with the Discourse service "baked in".

2. Choose a size

Image 2 - Select 2GB memory size

### 3. Choose a datacenter region

Image 3 - Select EST region

4. Select the monitoring option

Image 4 - Select monitoring

5. Add your SSH keys

Image 5 - using SSH keys

6. Finalize the droplet creation

Set the number of droplets to 1 and set discourse-host as the droplet name.

In a few seconds after making this choice, we should see this:

Image 4 - Droplet 'discourse-host' is created

Note that at this point, we will not use any of the additional features, offered via a pull-down list. To finish the Create Droplet form, click on the Create button at the bottom of the page.

Here is the resulting droplet created:

Image 5 - running instance of the Discourse service

Provisioning of this Discourse Service continues at Discourse Installation section

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