Installing Ruby on Rails (On CentOS) – The EASY Way

It seems every tutorial I find on the net has something wrong with it.  Its either out of date, or for the wrong operating system.  Many of the tutorials show you how to install Ruby on Windows or Mac, but no real instructions on how to install it in a production environment.  This strikes me as odd, I mean, whats the point of only having a development environment if you can’t eventually move it into production?

I found one tutorial that was on the right track, but sadly it was outdated, so here is an up-to-date version as of today, April 11, 2015.

This is not a full tutorial. This is simply a description of the project with a few config files and links to resources.

This project took me two days, I am not about to give away everything I worked so hard to learn, however I am willing to point you in the right direction if possible. If you have any questions related to this post, please leave a comment and I will try my best to answer.

As most of you know about 4 months ago I switched jobs.  I went from being a Computer Centre Manager at a private library to being a L1 Support Agent/L2 Sysadmin for a server hosting company.  The learning curve has been immense. I went from working with 3 servers to over 1000 servers.

The Personal VPN Solution everyone must have…

A few weeks ago I posted about how to make your own personal file cloud, using DigitalOcean and OwnCloud. I have since updates it with a new host called Vultr  which for the purposes of having a cloud is a bit better.  For the same $5 instead of 20GB of SSD storage, you can get 160GB of SATA storage. SATA of course is slower in speed, but you don’t need it for a cloud. The other difference is with DigitalOcean, they install it with Ubuntu 14.4 where Vultr uses CentOS 6.6.

The Personal Cloud Solution everyone must have…
I have found a similar host that offers SATA storage. 160GB of space for the same rate which is perfect for Own Cloud. You can find them at and you get $5 added to your account to test it out.  The set up is very similar and they too charge by the hour.  Both DigitalOcean and Vultr can be used with this tutorial, depending on what you want to use it for.  The downside though is there is no backup option for the 160GB, but as I am using it for OwnCloud, that doesn’t matter as the files are also stored locally on my system.

A short while ago I posted on Facebook about finding a personal cloud solution that gave me piece of mind.  Last year we saw Apple’s iCloud get compromised, showing us that using these kind of services to store our data might not be the best option.  How long till services like Google Drive and DropBox get compromised?  Both of which I have no quarrel with and have used for a very long time without issue… But at the same time I am putting the projection of my documents in someone else hands.