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Prerequisites: a rough understanding of the command line and you have used ssh before.

So if you are interested in setting up a web application on a cloud machine from scratch, I have set up on my own Digital Ocean cloud machine.

Digital Ocean is an online cloud provider, simpler to use than Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform.

You can sign up for them at (for a free $100 credit, should last 20 months if you choose the cheapest server).

When you sign up, you get to choose specifications for your “droplet” (aka your cloud box).

Choose an Ubuntu 16.04 server for now (I should choose 18.04 eventually but it’s not a great idea to go so close to the bleeding edge).

We can now work through a series of excellent documentation pages.

That’s all I learned from setting up, I hope you are as lucky.