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So I just figured out in a very dirty way how to deploy a luminus template app backed by mongodb to digitalocean. it involved stringing together a ton of tutorials and a bunch of magic and prayer involving stuff like systemd, so I thought I'd write it up in case it's useful to anyone else. WARNING: I have like zero devops knowledge, and this is doubtless all done so horrifically badly that anyone who does something like this in production will shortly be shot. But it's still a little more complete from the practical standpoint of "stuff that actually gets done from 0-60 on one hosting option" than any other tutorial I've been able to track down, so here it is in case anyone else has a use for it: