In our list of Images available in Clouding.io we have one with VestaCP and the latest LTS version of Ubuntu. VestaCP is a panel that allows us to manage our websites on our cloud server.
Among the characteristics of VestaCP, it is worth highlighting the option to manage web spaces, FTP, e-mails, databases and DNS. It also comes configured with Apache2 and Nginx as a proxy, which makes the webs go much faster. It also includes the option to add SSL certificates with Let's Encrypt.
When we create a new VM with VestaCP, we must bear in mind that the creation of the server is almost instantaneous but that afterwards, it will be around fifteen minutes installing all the panel components, so when we receive the e-mail with the password of the server, the panel will not be accessible from the browser yet.
After fifteen minutes of the VestaCP panel installation, we'll be able to access our VestaCP from a browser by entering the IP server together with port 8083.
It is important that after installing VestaCP you take the following steps to avoid further problems.
Change e-mail Admin account
The first thing we'll do is changing the Admin account e-mail, which by default is firstname.lastname@example.org. This e-mail does not exist, it is an example and what we must add our e-mail to avoid problems with Let's Encrypt.
We will click on Edit (1):
And then we will change the e-mail for one that is active (2):
Change server hostname
Another thing we'll have to change is the server hostname. This will avoid SPAM problems, since the hostname that comes by default does not exist either and if e-mails with that hostname come out, those e-mails will surely be detected as SPAM.
We'll go to Server (1):
And then to Set up (2):
And there we'll change the Server Name (3) for a domain name that exists on the server:
The backups setting is important, since if you create a server with VestaCP with 5GB of space on the SSD disk, it is possible that with the backups that are generated automatically, the disk will end up filling up and this will cause problems to log in.
So we'll go to Plans and edit the Default plan:
If we scroll down up to the bottom, we'll see that there is the Backups section, there we can edit the number of backups that we want to save. By default it is 3, we can leave it at 1 or 2, as you wish. Another option is setting 0 and not saving any backup and activate the backups of the entire server in the Clouding panel.
This way, you have completed your first steps with VestaCP and are ready to make the most of it!