DigitalOcean provides virtual private server hosting that is highly customizable with high availability at reasonable prices. Unlike other hosting providers that also provide shared hosting and dedicated hosting, DigitalOcean only provides virtual private servers which are referred to as droplets. A droplet is a resizable cloud server that comes in a number of configurations:
|1 Core||512MB||20GB SSD||$5|
|1 Core||1GB||30GB SSD||$10|
|2 Core||2GB||40GB SSD||$20|
|4 Core||8GB||80GB SSD||$80|
|12 Core||32GB||320GB SSD||$320|
|20 Core||64GB||640GB SSD||$640|
Some of the best features that come with DigitalOcean include:
Deploy in seconds – spin up a droplet in 55 seconds
SSD performance – all servers are equipped with SSDs
Highly available storage – attach multiple highly available volumes up to 16TB to a droplet
Fast network – each hypervisor has a 40Gbps network
Resize – scale your droplet’s resources up or down based on your usage
Backups and snapshots – enable automatic backups or take a snapshot at any time
Monitoring – keep track of your droplet’s bandwidth, disk and CPU levels
DigitalOcean has support for a number of different regions:
- New York City
- San Francisco
You can deploy a VPS to the region closest to your visitors in order to provide the best performance. In addition, you can setup a backup of your site in another region in order to have a spare site in case a region goes down.
Another big advantage to going with DigitalOcean is the number of one-click applications they provide. In less than 10 minutes, you can have any of the following applications up and running: Cassandra, Discourse, Django, Docker, Dokku, Drone, Drupal, Elixir, ELK, Ghost, GitLab, Horizon, Joomla, LAMP, LEMP, Magento, MEAN, MediaWiki, MongoDB, Node.js, ownCloud, Redis, Redmine, Ruby on Rails, WordPress.
And lastly, DigitalOcean is extremely developer-friendly. They do everything from provide extensive APIs so you can automate the creation and provisioning of droplets to hosting meetups so you can meet the team behind DigitalOcean. There is also an extensive community that includes user submitted questions, tutorials and projects that integrate with the DigitalOcean APIs.