Linode is one of the popular and reputable cloud computing providers. In this post, we are going to look into the process of creating a Linode account and setting up a WordPress blog. We are going to get it up and running in less than 30 minutes.
Create a new Linode Account
Step 1: Go to Linode website
At the time of this writing, there was a $50 promotion for new users which I took advantage of.
Click the signup method. I like using individual accounts so I’d recommend signing up by email.
Step 2: Enter your email and pick a strong password
Step 3: Enter your billing information.
Unfortunately, they don’t have PayPal support so you’ll need to have a valid credit or debit card ready to proceed.
Step 4: Submit the application
At this point, you have to wait for a confirmation email from Linode. In my experience, it took about 10 minutes to receive the email.
After you’ve received the email, log in again or just refresh the page if you’re still on it. You should be able to see the dashboard:
So far, it’s empty and we’re about to change that!
Set up WordPress
Linode has a marketplace full of applications that you can easily install.
Step 1: First, click Create then Marketplace.
Step 2: WordPress is probably the world’s most popular CMS so it’s not a surprise to see it on the top of the list. Click on WordPress in the list:
Step 3: Next you provide some basic WordPress settings such as admin password, MySQL DB passwords etc:
Step 4: Select an OS image the WordPress installation will be built on:
Step 5: Next select the region. Ideally, this should be closest to your target audience to reduce network latency:
Step 6: The next step is to choose the plan. This is important as it has a direct impact on the performance of your blog.
Step 7: Complete the remaining optional settings and click Create Linode button at the bottom of the page.
It takes about 2-5 minutes for the WordPress installation to complete.
After the setup has been completed, you will be able to see the IP address allocated for your blog:
Go to your DNS provider and add an A record pointing to that IP address. If you provided a subdomain during the setup then you will have to add the A record for that subdomain. In my case, I use Route53 so my setup looked like this:
Test Your Blog
After you’ve updated your DNS. you can test your WordPress blog. Just visit your domain/subdomain and you should be able to see a vanilla WordPress installation:
And to manage your blog, go to /wp-admin page and it should look like this:
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In this post, we looked into creating a new Linode account and setting up a WordPress blog from start to finish. If you would like to have a blog post in the next 30 minutes, you can easily follow through and get it up and running.