Digital Ocean Review

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.
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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.) 

Digital Ocean offers freedom for users to customize their own servers (documentation).

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.

Digital Ocean Performance

Digital Ocean Plans & Pricing

Digital Ocean VPS/Cloud Hosting
/per month
1 CPU core
3 GB memory
60 GB SSD storage
3 TB data transfer

General Purpose
/per month
2 CPU cores
8 GB memory
25 GB SSD storage
4 TB data transfer

CPU Optimized
/per month
4 CPU cores
8 GB memory
50 GB SSD storage
5 TB data transfer

Digital Ocean User Satisfaction

    Firaol Birhanu

    "It's Best for Experienced Web Developers!"

    If you’re an experienced web developer, I recommend DigitalOcean.

    If you’re a normal person trying to establish an online presence, there are many more user-friendly options available for significantly less money.

    There appears to be no faster or more well-performing solution for someone who understands their way around the tech world than DigitalOcean.

    There are a few downsides, but if uptime and speed are your top priorities, DigitalOcean is one of the best options on the market.

    Yes, recommend

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