After Using Digital Ocean VPS for two years (personal as well as for my clients), here I am writing a DigitalOcean Review. Am I satisfied..??? yes 100%. Excellent uptime record and stability. I will also provide my referral link so that you may sign up with digital ocean and have $10 as referral credit, to spin up a VPS and test the services.
WHY TO SWITCH OVER TO DIGITAL OCEAN..?
The biggest reason being the fact that you have to live within a lot of limitations when you are hosting your website in a shared hosting environment. Everything is promised to be unlimited. But if you take time out to read the terms of service, you will realize that, there are a lot of limitations when it comes to resource usage. I know many people out there, who have been sulking at one point of time or the other, because their website was taken down simply because of resource usage.
Whereas with VPS, you do not have deal with the shared hosting circus as you have deicated resources like CPU, RAM and HDD storage space. Having said that, self managed VPS with DigitalOcean demands that you have a some knowledge of linux/unix server administration. But wait a minute…!!!! That is not the end of the road, as you can hire people to do the task for you.
DigitalOcean is one of the best out there when it comes to VPS hosting. It is a name quite popular among developers and web masters. And it is rightfully so because of the attractive price tag, huge bandwidth allocation, top notch hardware and datacenters. Lets look at some of the features of Digital Ocean
Prices start as $5 and move upwards, based on the amount of resources allotted to the VPS instants (known as droplets in DigitalOcean world.) The image below gives a quick look at the current pricing.
At any point of time if the allotted bandwidth is exhausted, additional bandwidth can be purchased at just 2 cents per GB.
When it comes to the features, they are just great with a 55 seconds VPS provisioning time, SSD Hard Drives and more with Private networking, Global Snapshot Transfer, Simple API and IPv6 support . The images below gives a good Idea of the same
Supported Operating System Distributions and Ready to Deploy applications
Currently DigitalOcean allows you to run droplets with various Linux based distros like CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and also FreeBSD. You may also choose to deploy various predesigned applications like Docker, LAMP, Redmine, WordPress, Drupal and Joomla etc. Have a look at the images below to have a better idea of the supported distributions and applications.