Install and Try 'Watch My Domains SED' for 30 days on a DigitalOcean Cloud Server for Free

watch my domains sed installer

This is a fully automated installation of Watch My Domains SED on a bare-bones DigitalOcean droplet. You don't really have to do anything except create a droplet and then map the IP address of your droplet to a hostname (done by logging in to your registrar / DNS provider). The bash script will automatically install Apache, PHP, MariaDB, ionCube loader, Let's Encrypt SSL and anything else required for Watch My Domains SED. It will also create the required cron jobs.

If you have any problems with the automatic method you can try the semi-automatic method or contact us.

About DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a cloud computing solution provider with multiple datacenters all over the world. We will be using DigitalOcean to quickly deploy a droplet, setup the server and then install Watch My Domains SED on it automatically. You don't have to do any technical stuff, everything is taken care of through a script from us.

If you have never used DigitalOcean before you can get a $10 credit by signing up using the following link. That $10 credit is more than enough to evaluate Watch My Domains SED for 30 days. You will need to provide a credit card and billing details to DigitalOcean.

Signup @ DigitalOcean

After you signup with a valid credit card, and if you haven't signed up before, you will get a $10 credit in your account.

Create Your Droplet & Install Watch My Domains SED

Use the Create Droplet option to create your droplet. You should select the following options.

  • Debian 9.x x64 (latest x64 distribution of Debian)
  • Either the 1GB or 2GB Memory Droplet
  • Choose any datacenter close to your location / region
  • Check User data and Monitoring boxes under 'Select Additional Options'
  • Copy and paste the user data (explained below) into the user data box.
  • Add an SSH key if you have one and you understand what it means, otherwise ignore.
  • Specify the hostname you want to use. Hostname is what you will enter into the browser to access the final installation. You can use whatever you want as long as the corresponding domain belongs to you and you can setup an A record for it at your registrar / DNS provider. A typical hostname could be domains.yourcompany.com.
  • Click Create

DigitalOcean will create the droplet and display the IP address of the droplet. Copy it and then go to your registrar / DNS provider and map the hostname to the IP address. Once you are done the hostname should resolve to the IP address of your droplet.

Wait for about 15 minutes, then open https://yourhostname/ in your browser. If everything went well you will see Watch My Domains SED open in your browser.

User Data

DigitalOcean allows you to specify a bash script that will be executed automatically after the droplet is created. This allows us to automatically setup the server and then install Watch My Domains SED.

The bash script used for seting up the server and installing Watch My Domains SED is downloaded from

https://labs.codepunch.com/dev/bash/debian/wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh

You can view the script by clicking the button below (will open in a new tab).

View Script

To setup the server we require two passwords and an email address. One for MySQL root user and another for a Linux user called wmdsed (we will be installing the application as the user wmdsed). The email address is used to register a LetsEncrypt SSL certificate.

Copy and paste the following into the user data box after inserting the two passwords and your email address (see screen-shot). You can construct whatever passwords you like but make sure that they are strong.

#!/bin/bash

cd /root
export MSQLROOTPASS="your_mysql_root_password_here"
export WMDSEDPASS="wmdsed_user_password_here"
sudo wget https://labs.codepunch.com/dev/bash/debian/wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh
sudo chmod u+x wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh
./wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh  your_email_address_here

Please remember to save the passwords so that you can use them later if required. You can also check the sample screen-shot below if you have any doubts about the contents of userdata.

Screen Shots

DigitalOcean Distribution

DigitalOcean Droplet Size

DigitalOcean User Data

DigitalOcean Droplet Creation

Semi-Automatic Installation as Root User

it is sometims possible for the user data method to fail. If the application doesn't come up in browser after about 20-30 minutes, you should destroy the droplet on DigitalOcean and create a new one, but this time don't specify any user data.

After creating the droplet you should map the IP address to the droplet's hostname.

Now login to the server using SSH and using the root password that was emailed to you. You will be asked to change the root password. Do so and then do

cd /root
wget https://labs.codepunch.com/dev/bash/debian/wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh
chmod u+x wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh
./wmdsed3-debian-9-php-7.0.sh  your_email_address_here

Don't forget to enter the email address in the last command.

This will install the required packages and the application.