Setting up a Google Compute instance for Sitebulb Server

If you wish to give Sitebulb Server a try, but don't feel ready for the monthly commitment of an Ionos or Prostack dedicated server, a quick and easy way to try Sitebulb Server is to run it on a cloud instance - such as Google Cloud Compute.

We have prepared a video guide for setting up a Google Cloud Compute VM and installing Sitebulb Server. It is only 10 minutes long for the complete end-to-end process, but does assume that you have already set up an account and added billing details.

Aside: In the long run, this is a much more expensive way to do it, but since you don't need to make an ongoing commitment, it works as a convenient way to test out Sitebulb Server.

Bullet-point reference of each step:

  1. Add billing details
  2. Create project
  3. Go to VM instances
  4. Enable API
  5. Create instance
  6. Choose region
  7. Configure machine (see recommended specifications)
  8. Change boot disk to Windows/SSD
  9. Enable read/write storage in the API scopes
  10. Create instance
  11. Add network rule to open port 10401
  12. Connect via RDP (& set Windows password)
  13. Install Sitebulb Server
  14. Activate license and configure server (see guide on this)
  15. Connect desktop to Sitebulb Server (see guide on this)

Other options

Google Compute is just one of the ways you can use Sitebulb Server.

The reason we recommend dedicated servers over cloud instances is because dedicated servers can offer the same thing for a fraction of the price (at least half, often a lot more).

However each different server option is suitable in different circumstances. If you wish to explore further, please check out our post on the pros and cons of different server options.