Digital Ocean Review Summary
VPS hosting can be a little daunting for many people in the first place, but Digital Ocean has made that doubly so with the liberal use of self-developed technical jargon. It is a highly modular and scalable environment with many advanced, developer-friendly features. Everything here is priced independently, so you’re really paying for only what you need.https://www.digitalocean.com/
Digital Ocean Pros
- Highly configurable virtual machines
- Multiple developer-friendly options available
- Upwards and downwards scalable
- Billing is calculated hourly
- Pricing is modular
- Choice of 12 data centers
- Highly professional documentation system
- Real-time dashboards allow close monitoring
- Alert system for resource thresholds or critical issues
- Multiple people can share single accounts
- Explore services available with free accounts
Digital Ocean Cons
- Charges apply for automated backups
- Unencrypted backups
- Only suitable for advanced users
Editor's Review & Recommendation
Right off the bat you can tell that Digital Ocean was designed for specific groups of users. If you’re running a high-performance site and have a good level of technical skills, this can absolutely be a fantastic choice. The issue I can foresee is for small scale owners such as bloggers who need the power that comes with a VPS hosting solutions provider that doesn’t necessarily have the technical expertise needed to set up and maintain a system using Digital Ocean’s ecosystem.
(P/S: I discussed about the actual cost of operating in "true cloud" environment and compared Digital Ocean pricing in this article.)
Yes, there are one-click deployments and the like, but overall it is an extremely challenging place to work within. This means that unless you’re a developer you might have to take on additional skills into your venture – just to make use of what Digital Ocean can offer.
For Newbies and Individual Bloggers
Unless you’re hosting a blog that has grown out of all proportion, Digital Ocean is a real stretch for bloggers to use, not to even mention newbies. Even if you’re a newbie who is a developer, things might get a little hairy here once you’ve added up the price for the various components you may need.
For Freelancers and Small Businesses Owners
Similarly, freelancers and small business owners who don’t need to scale websites to high levels might be better off avoiding Digital Ocean. Even if you were to be alright with modular VPS pricing, there may not be a middle ground where you can resolve the technical skills required, price, and your needs for regular websites.
For Online Shops
Because of their high-powered potential, extremely scalable environment and intense monitoring tools, high-volume online shops may find a good home here. Unfortunately, the technical challenge still remains and site owners may still need a solid technical team to deal with Digital Ocean’s setup and configuration for the site.
For Agencies and Developers
This is where Digital Ocean shines and you can tell that either developers and agencies on their own or those backing the functionalities of high-performing sites will excel. The very environment is ideal, as well as the extended deployable features that come with the service. In short, Digital Ocean is a developer’s dream come true.
The onboarding process with Digital Ocean is surprisingly quick and easy. All you need is to fill out a few details and provide your billing information, then you will be let loose into their control area. This works out well since you won’t be charged yet and you can explore to your heart’s content.
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