A VPS is essential for many apps if you want to leave them running 24/7 without leaving your personal computer on all the time.
Today I’m going to show you how to set up a VPS (from Cheap Windows VPS), and guide you on how to use one with your Instagram bot.
What is a VPS?
A VPS stands for Virtual Private Server.
It acts like a separate computer that you can log into from a remote location (i.e. your personal computer) and take full control over. You can setup and run software and apps just the way you do on your PC or Mac at home.
In reality, a VPS is actually just a space on a server.
In short, it operates like an individual computer that is always on.
Why a VPS?
The greatest advantage for me is that when using your VPS, you avoid the need to have your home computer on all the time – which can be both inconvenient and also risky to the health of your PC/Mac.
So with a VPS, you can shutdown your home computer and leave your Instagram Bot running 24/7 and forget about it 🙂
Which VPS Plan Should you Buy?
I have my Follow Adder software running on a VPS from Cheap Windows VPS.
I use the 4GB RAM VPS option from Cheap Windows VPS.
I’ve found the 4GB VPS is setup perfectly for Follow Adder. It has enough resources and runs smoothly with the software so that you don’t experience issues when you leave the bot running for ages – mine has been on for months without any issues at all.
TIP: If you’re going to use multiple software programs or run a lot of accounts on your bot then you will want to get the 8GB plan to avoid issues.
Running On a Tight Budget?
Note: I did have the 2GB option for a while but it was a little slow when using multiple IG accounts with Follow Adder.
I don’t recommend this option, but it is possible if you are patient with slow loading times, you are only running a few accounts, and you’re desperate to save some cash.
Configuring your VPS
Once you choose the plan you need, the page redirects you to another page where you have to configure the various features.
Here is what to expect:
- The hostname: Changing this is optional, but if you want to do it, then give your VPS a hostname that you can remember because you will need the details to log into the VPS.
- Root password: You use this along with the hostname as the login credentials.
- Location: The servers are spread worldwide; choose the nearest location to match your Instagram accounts.
- Operating System: Choose a modern yet easy to use operating system. Follow Adder requires a minimum of Windows 2012 to run effectively.
After you set up the configuration, you can choose to save it for future use. The next step is to choose the payment method, which include credit card and PayPal. You get the information regarding the VPS 10 minutes after making the payment. This is available in your account information or the email account on file.
You can connect to the VPS fairly easily from your personal computer – but it is slightly different depending on your operating system.
- Use Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)
The “Computer” part requires you to enter the IP address of the VPS server.
After you’ve entered your username and password (found in the email you received), tick the “Remember me” box to save the configuration for future use then press enter or OK.
It might take a second or so to connect to your VPS – and then a Windows desktop will appear.
- Install Follow Adder
Once you have access, download Follow Adder from the official website and install it on the remote computer just like you would do on a normal computer.
Once you have the bot running, you can disconnect from the VPS, since it will run 24/7 without any further input from yourself.
Follow these steps to re-access the VPS anytime you want to make some configuration changes or check stats etc.
Mac OSMac users can use the Remote Desktop Connection application from the Mac App Store. Install it on your Mac and open it.
- Establish a Connection
Open up the program and click “new” in the top corner.
A new connection dialog pops up.in the “General” tab, enter the connection name (any name you prefer), PC name (IP address), username and password (found in the email you received).
Once the information is saved, you can now exit the dialog box and press on “start”. If you get a certificate warning click on “continue”.
You should now have access and be connected to your VPS.
- Install Follow Adder
Once you connect the VPS, download Follow Adder and install it on the VPS just like you would any other program.
If you don’t know how to set up Follow Adder, use the official page to guide you (I’ll be bringing out a guide very soon as well).
After you install it successfully, run it and disconnect the VPS.
If you run into any problem installing your VPS, be sure to contact the web host you went with.
If you went with Cheap Windows VPS then I can personally attest that at the time of writing (2017), their support was very fast – even on a Sunday!
If you get really stuck then drop me a message below and I’ll help if I can.
It’s a really good idea to use an Instagram proxy with your bot, especially when using a VPS or multiple accounts.
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