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Step-by-Step MEAN Stack Setup on ServerStadium VM Instances

Setting up a MEAN Stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, Node.js) can sometimes be complex, especially for newcomers. However, with ServerStadium’s VM instances, the process is straightforward. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you step by step through the entire process.

Before we get started, be sure to visit our comprehensive Knowledge Base for a wealth of other useful tutorials and guides.

Step 1: Register Your Account

To kick off, you’ll need to register an account on our Registration Page. Fill out your details, and create your account. Following registration, you’ll gain access to your personal Cloud Dashboard.

Step 2: Choose Your Cloud Instance

From your Cloud Dashboard, go to the ‘Add VM’ section. Here, you’ll find a variety of cloud instance options. Select the one that suits your needs. If you need help deciding, our Instance Pricing Guide can help you.

Step 3: Install Node.js and NPM

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. It’s designed to build scalable network applications. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that is lightweight and efficient.

NPM (Node Package Manager) is the default package manager for Node.js. It’s used for installing, sharing, and distributing code, managing dependencies in your projects, and much more.

To install Node.js and NPM, you can run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install nodejs npm

You can verify the installation with nodejs -v and npm -v.

Step 4: Install MongoDB

MongoDB is a source-available cross-platform document-oriented database program. It’s classified as a NoSQL database program, which means it doesn’t use the traditional tabular relational database structure. Instead, it uses JSON-like documents with optional schemas.

To install MongoDB, run the following commands:

sudo apt install mongodb
sudo systemctl status mongodb

The first command will install MongoDB, and the second will check the status of MongoDB to ensure it’s running correctly.

Step 5: Install Express.js

Express.js, or simply Express, is a web application framework for Node.js, designed for building web applications and APIs. It’s minimalistic and flexible and provides a robust set of features for web and mobile applications.

To install Express.js, you must create a project directory, navigate to it, and initialize a new Node.js application using NPM. After that, you can install Express.js:

cd myapp
npm init
npm install express

Step 6: Install Angular

Angular is a platform for building web applications. It provides a way to create single-page applications requiring only HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the client side.

To install Angular, you need to install Angular CLI (Command Line Interface), a command line tool used to scaffold and build Angular apps using node.js style (commonJs) modules. Not only does it provide you with scaffolding for your apps, but it also helps you manage your entire Angular project.

Install Angular CLI globally using NPM:

npm install -g @angular/cli

You can verify the installation with ng version.

Step 7: Create Your Application

Now that your MEAN Stack is set up, you can start building your application. This involves creating an Express.js server, setting up routes for your application, connecting your application to your MongoDB database, and building your front-end with Angular.

If you’re new to the MEAN Stack, check out our introductory MEAN Stack tutorial to get a detailed walk-through of how to create your first MEAN Stack application.


Congratulations! You now have a MEAN Stack set up in your ServerStadium VM instance! You’re ready to dive into web application development and harness the powerful capabilities of ServerStadium’s VM instances.

Remember, our Knowledge Base is a treasure trove of tutorials, guides, and helpful tips. If you ever need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our support team.

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