How to Create a Liquid Web / Storm on Demand Webserver
Yes, it’s true.
We play favorites.
And for very good reason! Over the years, we’ve dealt with dozens and dozens of web hosting companies. We’ve wrestled with their idiosyncrasies, we’ve seen them come, and we’ve seen them go. And in our experience, we’ve found Liquid Web to be one of the very best of the best. Their servers are built on the latest cutting-edge technology, and their support is exceptional, available 24/7/365.
How do you create a Liquid Web server account? Excellent question.
Currently, the best pricing is available on Liquid Web’s Storm on Demand platform. The server technology available at Liquid Web proper is essentially the same as that on the Storm platform, but currently Storm on Demand is the better deal.
Here’s what you do:
Go to www.stormondemand.com. For the best performance, click on the Storm SSD option, “Order Now”, and choose the following options.
- 1 GB – SSD (If you’re just starting out, 1 GB should serve you just fine. If you’ve got a very high-traffic site, consider a package with more RAM. You can always scale up if necessary though, no worries.)
- Linux Server
- Zone C, US Central
- CentOS 64-bit with cPanel Fully-managed
- Bandwidth: pay per gig
- Daily backups: pay per gig, 7 days retention (Note that the number of backups will affect your price per month, but we recommend at least 7 days retention.)
- Hostname: host.YOURDOMAIN.com (The “host” part can be any reasonable value, and you can choose to name your server as you see fit. A value of “host” works as well as any though.)
- Public ip addresses: 1 (Or more, where necessary.)
- Password: Your choice, just please make it *strong* (For an interesting article on password strengths, see our article on XKCD Style Password Generators, or for an online strong password generator see https://strongpasswordgenerator.com/.)
- The password you just set in the previous step will be the root password for your server. And on the next screen, you’ll setup your billing / management account for Liquid Web, with another password value. It’s a good idea to make these two passwords different than one another.
- After completing these steps and creating your account, Liquid Web will give you a call in order to confirm your order. Shortly thereafter, your new server will be up and running, and ready for action!
- Note: before traffic begins to flow to your new server, you’ll need to adjust your dns records at your domain registrar. Liquid Web runs a very robust nameserver system, and it’s generally a good idea to change your nameservers over to their infrastructure. This will streamline the process of dns updates, should the ip address of your server ever change.
Go and get’em tiger.
To your success!