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Setting up a New Managed FreeBSD VPS with 2x4 Hosting - a Shared xperience

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by dw_n_cinti, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. dw_n_cinti

    dw_n_cinti Regular Member

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    Settng up a new VPS was a scary experience for me - especially one that did not have a recognizable control panel. I had never had a VPS before.

    I had to work out some problems, and this is my experience here in setting up a VPS with 2x4 hosting. 2x4 is promoted by one of the Mods here - trophaeum. You can link to them via his signature.


    1st. the operating system was FreeBSD, which was strange for me. But i did some research; and, from what I could see, FreeBSD is a very stable environment. Ok, so I make the decision to go for it.
    2) My next stumbling block was in trying to purchase the VPS. With 2x4, you can't just purchase the vps. You have to download and install a certification. You have to register for an account.
    3) Then you go back to the same page and enter the control panel from the first tab. And from the control panel you have to "Add a Subscription". You will get a list to choose from. From that list you purchase your VPS.
    4) Then back to the Control panel and go to the "hosting" tab to set up the vps. There was no vps in the drop down list so I had to make another ticket. The support responded quickly and set up the vps. The next time I went to "hosting" there was an option in the drop down box.
    5) I had no idea where to find my name servers or private name servers if available for me. Another ticket and quick response tells me that I have to set up a domain. So back to the control panel and under the "Domains" tab to set up a domain. The domain is the same domain that i registered with the registrar. That process will give me the name servers. I am given 2 name servers: ns1.domainname.com IP#: xxx.xxx.13.100 and
    ns2.domainname.com IP#: xxx.xxx.14.100
    6) Armed with the name servers I go to my domain registrar to point my domain toward the vps.
    7) Then went back to the 2x4 control panel to set up a database. To set up a MySql database you go into the "hosting" tab. That process will give you and FTP url with your username, password, and a third (3rd) IP. Apparently the name servers are routed to the database by the host.
    8) From there I use Filezilla to access the server. I was able to access the server without a problem. However all I have is a root (/). Another ticket and quick response and I find out that I first have to Park My domain in order to establish a sub-directory for the domain on the server for the FTP to find.
    9) So back to the control panel and to the "Domains" tab to Park the same domain that was set up in step 5. The domains will not resolve from the registrar without this step.
    10) Now back to Filezilla to upload Wordpress to the /domainname.com sub-directory. Follow the procedures from Wordpress.org and be sure to change the wp-config.php to reflect the database settings. Save these changes and then check it again via ftp. It is my experience that sometimes these settings do not save properly.

    Once these steps were followed the DNS for the domain was resolved almost immediately; and Wordpress was ready for configuration.

    This process sounds complicated. But once you understand the process, it makes sense. What is good about this setup is that resources are not being hogged by a graphics control panel like cPanel.

    Hope this small contribution is helpful to someone.

    Regards,
    DW
     
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    Last edited: Nov 15, 2010
  2. kimosogi

    kimosogi Newbie

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    Thanks for the explanation, I wanted to get a VPS also but don't want to pay for cpanel if I didn't have to. Did you have to install FreeBSD on your VPS?
     
  3. dw_n_cinti

    dw_n_cinti Regular Member

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    No, this is a managed account at 2x4; so they set it up and give you a basic control panel. But the basic panel is effective and lite on resources.

    DW