After a recent server compromise, had to rebuild the server from ground up. Using a clean Ubuntu 18.10 cloud system from Linode, and following reference pages, take the following steps.
1. Disable Root Access - https://www.tecmint.com/disable-root-login-in-linux/ (and use a stronger password)
2. How to Install LAMP - https://websiteforstudents.com/how-to-install-the-lamp-stack-on-ubuntu-16-04-18-04-18-10/
3. Install Drupal - https://www.drupal.org/
4. Add SSL Certificate - https://certbot.eff.org/lets-encrypt/ubuntuother-apache
Then you can play around with the theme, I ended up picking, Omega Five.