How to setup a Team aka how to add a User to your DigitalOcean account

Revised on: 2020/04/04

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  1. After signing into your DigitalOcean account and from the DigitalOcean main Dashboard, Click on the “Down Arrow” button next to your avatar.
  2. Click “Create a team” from the drop-down menu
  3. From the “Create a new team” menu
    1. Enter a team name. This can be anything you want. For this example, I used “BitsVital” additional examples could be: Your company name, WordPress Team, Website Team, PBX Team, Billing Team, etc.
    2. You can choose to convert yourself into a team. If this is a new account you may want to do this. If this is an established account with “Droplets aka servers, Spaces, Databases, etc.” that already exist you may want to leave this unchecked.
  4. Choose the payment method that you want this team to utilize.
  5. Enter member’s email addresses that you would like to invite to your team. You can also add team members later too. If you rather wait you can click “No, thanks, I’ll send invitations later” at the bottom of the screen. In this example, I have added my self at a different email address to join this team.
  6. Congratulations! You have set up your team! Click “Visit Team Page”
  7. On the Teams dashboard, you can view all your team members. The dashboard will list who is pending (members that yet to accept your invitation) and members that already have accepted your invitation. In the image below you can see that I have yet to accept the invitation. Under “Status,” I’m still “Pending”
  8. Members that you have extended an invitation will receive an email asking them if they would like to join your team. The potential team member will be able to click on “Accept Invitation” in the email that they have received.
  9. After the potential team member clicks, the “Accept Invitation” link in the email they will be taken to a screen where they can enter their basic information. Full name, email address, and password to log-in to your DigitalOcean team site.
  10. Once the team member enters their basic information and clicks the green “Sign-up” button they will be taken to your DigitalOcean Dashboard.
  11. From YOUR DigitalOcean account, you will now see that the team member status has changed from “Pending” to “Member”

How to Remove (Delete) a team member

For the security of your DigitalOcean account, it’s a good idea to delete team members that no longer need access to your site. You can always invite them again if the need arises.

  1. From your, DigitalOcean Team Member Dashboard click the “hamburger menu” (the three horizontal dots) next to the team member you want to delete.
  2. A drop-down menu will be displayed. From here you can choose to change the role of the user or remove the member. Click “Remove member”
  3. You will be presented with an additional screen to verify that you are sure you want to remove this member. Click the large red button “Remove Member”
  4. Congratulations the team member has been removed and no longer has access to your account. You can verify that member has been removed as their name no longer appears in your Team Dashboard.

How to setup a DigitalOcean account

Revised on: 2020/04/04

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  1. In your browser visit
  2. Click “Sign up” from the top-right menu
  3. Click “Sign up with email”
  4. Enter your requested information then click the green “sign up” button
  5. Confirm your email to activate your new DigitalOcean account
  6. Check your email and click the link in the email from DigitalOcean to activate your account
  7. Enter your billing information and click “Save Card”(You won’t be billed until you set up a service that is billable)
  8. You may need to verify who you are (This helps to keep hackers from using servers maliciously)
    Click “Begin Verification”
  9. Choose the identification type
  10. I choose “Drivers License” and will be using my smartphone to upload a picture (DigitalOcean makes it very simple)
  11. From here you can either upload an image of your driver’s license if you already have an image or choose to use your smartphone. I choose to use my smartphone. Click “Continue”
  12. Enter your smartphone phone number
  13. Normally, within moments you will receive an SMS text message from DigitalOcean with a link to be able to take an image of your driver’s license. Once you receive the text message click on the link that is sent by DigitalOcean.
  14. Once your browser opens and loads the DigitalOcean verification page click “Take Photo”
  15. Take a picture of the FRONT SIDE of your driver’s license. Verify the image is clear and then click “Confirm”
  16. Now we do the same thing for the backside of your driver’s license. Click “Take Photo”
  17. Once you have taken the photo of the back of your driver’s license and confirm it’s clear click “Confirm”
  18. DigitalOcean now will ask to take a selfie to match the face image with the image on the driver’s license. Click “Enable Camera”
  19. Take a selfie :)…don’t forget to smile…….(optional). Click “Confirm”
  20. Give your smartphone a few moments to upload the images. Once the images are upload you will receive a successful screen.
  21. Return to your desktop/laptop browser. Give your browser a few moments to update. Once updated you will receive an “Almost Done” screen. DigitalOcean is examining your photos. Normally it only takes a few moments.
  22. Normally, after a few moments, you will receive a screen stating that your identification has been verified. Click “Start Using Digital Ocean”
  23. You will be taken to the DigitalOcean main screen. GREAT JOB! You now have a DigitalOcean account!
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Mail In A Box Installation & Configuration How To

SkillShare Class - Mail-In-A-Box

BitsVital is proud to annouce that we have published a How To video on how to install Mail-In-A-Box using Amazon AWS Lightsail, Amazon AWS Route 53, and configuring your devices including Mozilla Thunderbird, Apple Mail, Microsoft Outlook, Android Smartphone and Tablets, and iOS Apple iPhones & iPads.

Please feel free to leave us with any questions you may have. We love to hear from you!

How to increase the size (plan) of an Amazon AWS Lightsail Instance?

As your needs grow you may find the need to increase your Amazon AWS Instance to a higher performing instance. To jump to another plan Amazon AWS Lightsail has made it very simple. Just follow these steps.

  1. Log-in to your Amazon AWS Lightsail account |
  2. Click the three menu icon and choose “Stop”
    1. Lightsail Menu
  3. Choose “Stop” to stop your instance
  4. Once your server is fully “stopped” as shown in the bottom left of the instance box proceed to the next step
  5. Once again click the three dot menu icon and choose “Manage”
    1. Lightsail Menu
  6. From the sub menu for the instance click “SnapShots”
  7. In the field Create “Instance Snap Shot” enter a name for your snapshot (it can be anything. I normally enter the date followed by the name of the instance)
  8. Once you have a name entered for your snapshot click the “Create Snapshot Button”
  9. Click “Home” at the TOP main menu to return to the main screen of Amazon AWS Lightsail
  10. Click “Snapshot” from the main menu
  11. Click on your snapshot
  12. Click on the three dot menu icon of the snapshot
  13. Choose “Create New Instance”
  14. Verify the settings and choose the new Amazon AWS Lightsail Plan and then click the “Create Instance” button
  15. The instance will be created. Once the instance has changed from “pending” to “running” click on the three dot menu icon on the OLD server that is not running.
    1. Lightsail Menu
  16. From instance menu click “Networking”
  17. Click the “Detach Static IP Address” button and confirm “Yes”
  18. Click on the three dot menu icon on the NEW server and choose “Manage”
    1. Lightsail Menu
  19. Click “Networking” from the Instance menu
  20. Click the “Attach Static IP Address” button and choose the static ip address from the OLD instance
  21. While in the Networking menu of your new instance verify that the firewall settings match our old instance
  22. Now that you have your new instance running with the old static ip address attached to it and verified the firewall settings are correct check to verify that the server is assiable. If it’s a web server check to make sure your website it up. I normally wait a few days to a week before deleting the old instance. Once you are satisified that the new instance is correct you can then delete the old instance by following the following steps.
  23. Click on the three dot icon of the OLD not running instance. Click delete. Confirm deletion.
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BitsVital Website and the owner David Swanson

Website Under Construction

Please pardon our dust.

My name is David Swanson and I’m the owner of BitsVital. With starting a new teaching channel on SkillShare and YouTube I’ve decided to open a new business and website called BitsVital.

I’m (David Swanson) a website designer that focuses on WordPress and WooCommerce. I deisgn commercial and personal websites. Which includes server management including mail server, cloud storage, and PBX (phone servers). 

I do a lot of work with intergration with websites that also includes mail servers, cloud servers, PBX servers, CRM’s, account software, and more.

Again, please pardon the dust. I’m publishing my first SkillShare class tomorrow and wanted to make sure the website is up an running so students could ask questions. Please check back daily as the website will be changing A LOT!!!! 🙂

How to enable admin features of NextCloud when using Mail-In-A-Box

When you install Mail-In-A-Box and you access NextCloud for the first time as an administrator you may find that the “Apps” menu link is missing. You won’t be able to install additional apps for NextCloud. To enable the app feature is a simple process. Please follow the following steps.

  1. Login to your Mail-In-A-Box server
  2. Enter the following line
    1. sudo ./mailinabox/tools/

That’s it! Now log back into NextCloud and the “App” Menu item should now be there.