How to Create a DigitalOcean® Account


Last modified: July 19, 2022

Overview

This document provides the steps to create a DigitalOcean® account. You can use this account to create a Droplet™ that contains the cPanel & WHM drive image.

For more information about cPanel & WHM on DigitalOcean servers, read our How to Install cPanel on DigitalOcean documentation.

Create a DigitalOcean account

  1. Navigate to the DigitalOcean website.

  2. Click Sign Up in the top right corner. The Sign Up page will appear.

  3. Choose a method to use for signing up to DigitalOcean.

    • If you click the Email option, a new interface will appear. Enter your full name, email address, and desired password in the corresponding text boxes.
    • If you click the other options, follow the directions for the method you chose.
  4. Click Continue. An email confirmation page will appear.

    • If an account already exists for your email address, the page will display an error message, and the Log In page will appear.
  5. Check your email account for a confirmation message.

  6. Click the link in the email message. The Verify your Identity page will appear.

  7. Enter your billing information. Select the Add a Card option to add a credit card or the Pre-Pay with PayPal option to pay via PayPal®.

  8. Save your billing information. The Project page will appear.

Enable Two-factor Authentication

Important:

We strongly recommend that you use two-factor authentication for enhanced security.

You will need a smartphone and an authenticator app, such as Google Authenticator, or the ability to receive text messages.

To enable two-factor authentication on your account, perform the following steps:

  1. In the left sidebar, click Settings. The Settings window will appear.

  2. Click the Update now link next to the warning text regarding a secure sign-in method.

  3. Click Enable Two-factor Authentication. The Choose an authentication method window will appear.

  4. We recommend that you select the Authentication App option. Then, click Next. The Connect your app window will display a QR code.

  5. Scan the QR code with your Authenticator app.

  6. The Authenticator app will display a six-digit code. Enter the code in the 6-character code text box and click Submit. The Add Backup window will appear.

  7. Select Backup codes and click Next.

  8. Click Download as a .txt file, then click Finish.

    Important:

    We strongly recommend that you save these codes in a secure location.

DigitalOcean will now require you to enter a six-digit code to confirm your identity when you sign in.

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