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Gregor Šebela
Gregor Šebela
11,236 Points

Which Linux server in a cloud for playing around.


I am learning to code here at TTH and I have come to a point where I would like to deploy apache web server, MySQL, mongo DB and some other services. Therfore, I am looking for Linux server in a cloud that would give me flexibility to install any app, service, ect. using CLI.

Which cloud provider do you recomad? Pleas keep in mind I need it only for playing around, therefore, it should be cheep.

Thanks for your answers in advance!


2 Answers

28,521 Points

For playing around I tend to use DigitalOcean which is a VPS provider pretty much designed for deploying and playing around with web servers. You pay hourly for the servers you spin up rather than monthly. Which means that if you just want to mess around with a clean server for a couple of hours you won't have to pay for a months worth of usage like you do with most providers.

They offer a relatively simple interface for creating and managing servers and they have comprehensive guides with step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring pretty much any service that you can imagine.

Their cheapest server costs $0.007 per hour ($5 if left running for a month) which I consider pretty cheap, though they are one of the biggest and most well known providers in their space so it wouldn't surprise me if there are cheaper pay-by-the-hour providers available.

I have never had any issues with reliability or stability while using them, and as stated it's quite easy to just spin up a server or two to play with and then destroy them later as soon as you are done with your testing.

Gregor Šebela
Gregor Šebela
11,236 Points

Thanks andren for your prompt and comprehensive reply. Your writing was very helpful to me and I already opened an account on DO and created a Ubuntu droplet.

All works perfectly. Let the fun begin...