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8 DigitalOcean Reviews:

Is DigitalOcean the host for you?

Last reviewed Mar 8, 2016

Key features

  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • MySQL
  • Linux
  • CentOS
  • Debian

User Reviews - Total: 8

★★★★★
Support
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Features
★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

Their prices is relatively good against any other providers but do remember that the customer support is just as much as you pay.
Whenever I open the support ticket, they usually responds many hours with unclear answer. Please take this company only when you are expert on Server management. Otherwise, you should bear in mind you would be definitely stressed by bad technical support from them.

★★★★
Support
★★★★
Features
★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★

Digitalocean is one of the best choice when it comes to cloud servers. It is easy to deploy servers around the world and it did help me. I am a web developer and when your website gets down, it is a pain in ass. I was referred to Digital Ocean by my friend and yes it proved to be the stable among others. With easy to use controlpanel and faster deploy rates, its worth buy.

★★★★
Support
★★★★★
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Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

Digital ocean is an improved version of self-manged Linux hosting. If you are a developer but still do not want to bear all the responsibilities to get your web site up, this is one of best choices. That is why
1- They claim you will get your new instance in less than a minute. As as digital ocean customer that is completely true.
2- They have easy-to-use interface. No documentation needed to know what to do next.
3- They offer a new droplet (instance) for as less as $5 although to get a perfect hosting you should move to the $10 plan at least, but still you can try the $5 plan as a start.
4- you can simply move among plans starting $5 (0.05 GB Ram - 20 GB SSD Disk) and up to $640 (64 GB Ram - 640 GB SSD Disk)
5- Eight data centers to choose from in US, Europe & Asia
6- Six Linux distributions to choose from including Ubunto & CentOS
7- Most of well-known CMS can be installed simply using a pre-built-images using what is called "One-Click Apps" including Wordpress, Drupal, PhpMyAdmin & LAMP
8- The ability to create your new instance from a previous stored snapshot.
9- The Ability to move your snapshot among several location for safety
10 Uptime almost 99.99, I tested it with PingDom and it was awesome.

I tested the speed and compared it with several linux hosting and it showed better performance than Linode but less than DreamHost which showed the best speed performance.
Although all these perfect features with your Digital ocean hosting, I have to confess that you will face one of the worst response-time replay for any of your tickets. I can not compare them with Linode support team who really awesome and most of the time ready to help, even though. I have to add that the best support I ever received from hosting company was from MyWebHosting & KnownHost

My Overall rate for Digital Ocean, they perfect and proper choice for you but be sure that you can manage your work without asking for a help from them, especially, If you are running a serious business on your website. Excluding this cons, I do recommend them for all developers.

★★★★
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★★★★★
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★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

I installed my customer portal with my development team at a digital ocean droplet. The tutorials, the support and the performance are so great you can not imagine. They just rock.

But! You can not use Digitalocean for professional use. You have to be careful. It is only suitable for simple websites.

We faced a downtime for 2 hours and 10` in the rush hour for my customers. I have never faced again such a downtime. The management stuff informed me honestly, that this happens once\year...

We lost so many subscription transactions that sucked. So, try Digitalocean but be very careful. You can work an shop or booking system. It is a very big risk.

★★★★★
Support
★★★★★
Features
★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

Support
I never actually had to contact them for support because they have a ton of guides and tips in the community they've created. You can tell that these people have a real passion for their company and they only want it to grow and thrive.

Features
Creation and management of multiple VPSs is easy with the web interface provided. You can get real time statistics from your VPSs and make snapshots in just a few clicks. The UI is very friendly and intuitive, while still remaining rich in features. SSDs are standard with every vps, meaning everything is insanely fast. In addition they have their own mirrors of the software repositories, so updating is nearly instantaneous.

Uptime
DigitalOcean states that they provide 99.99% uptime, and I can say they do deliver. They also state that if they fail to deliver, they'll credit you based on the amount of time that service was unavailable.

Value
If you really care about value, you'll want to get a vps. You can use a vps to not only host a website, but do just about anything you can think of. I have an irc server, voice chat server, and game server running on mine currently, with plans to also host a web site on it. They have very flexible plans for a Linux vps, starting at just $5 a month. The one I use is a step up from the cheapest option ($10/month) so it can run the game server without any hiccups.

Criticisms
DigitalOcean makes it hard to criticize them, that's the only criticism I could come up with.

Overall, if you know how to manage your own Linux server, a vps from DigitalOcean is the best way to host your website on a budget.

★★★★★
Support
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Features
★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

Digitalocean is very good for developers and also its better for VPS hosting.

I am using Digital ocean to learn Linux servers and in same time used it for Host my websites

You can get VPS at less than Shared hosting price so this is really amazing.

★★★★★
Support
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Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

DigitalOcean is the best for developers the vps is fast, the uptime is 100%, the prices is good.
just awesome

★★★★★
Support
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★★★★★
Uptime
★★★★★
Value
★★★★★

Hello,

I am using Digitalocean for 6 months. I found no issues with them.
Digitalocean is really good in term of Cheap VPS with SSD disk.

You can get SSD VPS equal or less than shared hosting price

The features i liked DO :

1.Affordable cost
2.Hourly billing
3.SSD - It means you can get faster processing
4.99% Uptime
5.Large collection of Linux distros

Only one issue for Beginners that is they are not offering managed VPS. But you can use cPanel or any other free control panel to manage VPS to resolve this issue they have very good and large collection of tutorials to manage the VPS.

DigitalOcean

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DigitalOcean Introduction

DigitalOcean specializes in cloud hosting for developers. They provide a scalable infrastructure for developers to build websites and applications with fast deployment times.

Based in New York City, DigitalOcean was founded in 2011 by Ben and Moisey Uretsky. In 2013, Netcraft recognized it as one of the fastest-growing cloud hosting services, beating out Amazon Web Services, and in 2014 recognized DigitalOcean as the 3rd largest hosting company in the world. DigitalOcean is backed by funding from Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Techstars, and Crunchfund.

Services & Specializations

DigitalOcean’s services are created specifically for developers of all scales, from individual to enterprise. They offer several levels of cloud-based hosting depending on your storage and volume needs, billed on a monthly or hourly basis. The level you choose will determine the amount of memory, core processors, disk space, and transfer limit included in your plan.

Developers can use DigitalOcean to create virtual servers, or “droplets,” in under a minute. With each droplet you get full root access, including the ability to customize your server setup and choose your operating system.

All of DigitalOcean’s plans also include:

  • Solid state drives (SSD)
  • DNS management
  • Simple account control panel
  • Global image transfer (ability to spin droplets in different datacenter regions from snapshots taken in a different region)
  • Private networking (your separate droplets in the same datacenter can communicate with each other without counting against your bandwidth limits)

DigitalOcean does not provide any managed hosting plans, shared, or dedicated hosting.

Technology & Infrastructure

DigitalOcean has a datacenter each in San Francisco, London, and Singapore, and three each in New York and Amsterdam. The Singapore datacenter supports IPv6, and DigitalOcean plans to roll out support to their other datacenters in the near future.

DigitalOcean built their own custom back-end software. Cloud servers are built using KVM Virtualization on Intel’s Hex-Core CPUs with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD storage. You can use DigitalOcean’s control panel, or use DigitalOcean’s name-spaced API to design your own. From the control panel, you can one-click install common applications or Linux distributions to your droplets, such as CentOS or FreeBSD, and WordPress or Drupal.

Documentation & Customer Support

DigitalOcean offers support via a ticket system. Issues can be marked as critical for immediate attention. They do not offer live chat or phone support.

DigitalOcean aims to equip their users with the knowledge they need for complete self-sufficiency, so they place more of a priority on documentation and community support than on direct, one-on-one customer service.

DigitalOcean has extensive documentation on their website, including a “getting started” guide, knowledgebase, and FAQ.

DigitalOcean also encourages community support via the DigitalOcean Community. The DigitalOcean Community is a platform created and maintained by DigitalOcean for users to interact and provide support to each other. Users can create their own profiles and upvote and subscribe to topics; read, comment on, request, and submit tutorials; ask and answers questions in the Q&A section; and share API projects. The community is moderated by DigitalOcean staff, who answer questions in the Q&A section.

Snapshots & Backups

DigitalOcean offers backups and snapshots that can be used to save, restore, or duplicate your droplets. Users can manually create snapshots on their own at any time, while backups are automatically run on a regular schedule. DigitalOcean stores snapshots and backups on separate hardware from the original data.

Snapshot storage is billed by the gigabyte, and DigitalOcean offers regular automatic backups at 20% of the cost of each droplet. Users have the option of enabling automatic backups when creating a new droplet. Backups are stored by DigitalOcean and cannot be downloaded.

The terms of service note that the customer is solely responsible for their own data, and that DigitalOcean can’t be held responsible for lost and/or unrecoverable data.

Security & Server Monitoring

Security is always a concern with any web host, but it becomes especially important when it comes to cloud hosting.

DigitalOcean restricts staff access to its most critical systems: technical support staff do not have access to the backend hypervisors, and only the engineering team can access the snapshots and backup storage system. Their data centers are physically protected by round-the-clock security staff, as well as biometric readers and two-factor authentication, and are certified by national and international security standards.

Uptime Guarantee

DigitalOcean promises 99.99% uptime, and offers to issue a credit for any downtime beyond that. While they don’t provide details on the process, several users have noted in the DigitalOcean Community that they received fair compensation for downtime.

Billing & Payment Policies

DigitalOCean accepts payment via Paypal or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). Credit card payments are processed using Stripe. They do not accept debit cards, checks, or money orders due to past security issues.

Every account is invoiced monthly, and billed per hour based on usage up to your monthly cap.

You can cancel your account with DigitalOcean at any time through your customer control panel. They do not offer refunds for payments already made.

Summary / Conclusion

If you need simple web hosting without having to worry about the technical details, then DigitalOcean is not for you.

DigitalOcean should be considered as an option for developers with a need for flexibility and detailed control over configuring their servers. Due to the style of support DigitalOcean provides, it’s best suited to self-sufficient developers who enjoy researching their own answers rather than having them handed to you. DigitalOcean seems ideal for experimentation on a budget, since your use of each virtual server is billed by the hour.

DigitalOcean Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
10 Monthly WordPress PHP Ubuntu Debian CentOS Linux 30GB 2TB $10.00/month
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DigitalOcean Features

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  • Cloud
  • CouchDB
  • Credit Card
  • Developer
  • Django
  • Docker
  • Ghost
  • Git
  • Hadoop
  • Hadoop
  • IaaS
  • Joget
  • LAMP
  • Laravel
  • Mercurial
  • Nginx
  • node.js
  • OpenStack
  • OrangeHRM
  • ownCloud
  • PaaS
  • Phalcon
  • Redmine
  • Ruby
  • SAAS
  • SolusVM
  • SSD
  • Unmanaged

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