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**Set up Discourse in the cloud in under 30 minutes** with zero knowledge of Rails or Linux shell. We recommend [DigitalOcean][do], but these steps will work on any **Docker-compatible** cloud provider or local server.
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### Create New Cloud Server
[Sign up for DigitalOcean][do], update billing info, then create your new cloud server.
- The default of **Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x64** works fine. At minimum, a 64-bit Linux OS with a kernel version of 3.10+ is required.
- The default of **1 GB** RAM works fine for small Discourse communities. We recommend 2 GB RAM for larger communities.
- The default of **New York** is a good choice for most US and European audiences. Or select a region that is geographically closer to your audience.
- Enter your domain `discourse.example.com` as the name.
Create your new Droplet. You will receive an email with the root password. (However, if you know [how to use SSH keys](https://www.google.com/search?q=digitalocean+ssh+keys), you may not need a password to log in.)
### Access Your Cloud Server