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Create Droplet

On the top of you will find a green "Create" button. Select the "Create cloud servers" option.

Create Droplet button

Choose an image

Select Ubuntu 18.04 (LTS) x64.

Choose Ubuntu image

Choose a plan

Choose the plan that suits you. The Standard is good enough. You can consider General Purpose if you expect a very high load, but CPU Optimized is not relevant for this type of script.

If you scroll the plans to the left, you can choose the $5/mo plan which is fine for getting started. You can choose a more expensive plan if you expect a higher load. It is possible to upgrade later.

Add backups

Of course it's recommended to enable backups, but it's optional and up to you.

Choose a datacenter region

Here you can select the location for your VPS. Choose a location near your users, or in a prefered jurisdiction.

Select additional options

No options are required.

Authentication

Leave One-time password if you are not sure.

Finalize and create

Here you can select and enter additional options. You can leave the options as it is, or you can fill in the options according to your preference.

Hit the "Create Droplet" button when ready. A new droplet will be created and you will receive an e-mail with the IP address and password. You will need these later, now you can proceed with the next step.