DigitalOcean reviews [Updated: 2020]
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DigitalOcean is a hosting service that provides a lot of opportunities for experienced webmasters.
I use it as a virtual private server so I can configure the server for my own needs and don't have to ask support for help. Before that, I tried about 5 different hosting providers and was always disappointed because something didn’t work due to the server’s configuration.
They have a huge knowledge database of manuals that were written by professional users and volunteers. The Q&A section is also very popular and you can find a lot of solutions for different types of server issues.
In over 5 years of using DigitalOcean, I haven’t asked support for help. This is because in 95% of the cases, the answer is found right on their website.
The only disadvantage that I can note is that sometimes, instructional articles are missing for old Linux distributions. One example is Debian 7. In such cases, you need to search for the answers from somewhere else. For new users, I'd recommend installing new Linux distributions to avoid these problems.
I'm fully satisfied with their work, although, I don't even use 20% of their features. They have servers in USA, Europe and a few countries in Asia, so you can get very small response times anywhere in the world.
A few years ago, I was afraid to migrate to a VPS server. Now, I can safely say that I made the right decision and haven’t regretted making that choice since.
High Quality and Good Option in Web Hosting.
I am very impressed with DigitalOcean’s support. They do not hesitate to take sides to solve problems. The representatives are really intelligent and competent. Aside from the topnotch support service, all other aspects are really outstanding. The only problem that irritates me about their support is their late response.
Having been with DigitalOcean for more than 3 years, I can say two things. First off, it’s not the cheapest. Secondly, their overall performance is absolutely worth bragging about. The server uptime and speed connection are exceptionally good. The servers can also run different types of scripts. Over the past three years, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve experienced downtime.
The user interface is also pretty and the dashboard is easy to navigate. Their system is also well-secured. No need to panic about viruses, malware, or DDoS attacks.
With DigitalOcean, I can easily access and manage my droplets, firewall, storage, domains, etc. from a particular location. One thing to note, though, is that they have limited support for Windows servers as opposed to Linux.
I rely, depend and trust DigitalOcean. They are not perfect but there's nothing to dislike. They offer so much and I do not see myself switching anytime in the near future.
Best hosting for developers
Digital Ocean provides virtual private servers called ‘droplets’. As a developer, this is one of the most convenient ways to get started with hosting and DNS management. I have used services like iPage earlier, and the server speed used to be quite poor. Additionally, since it was a shared server, it held a lot of limitations.
Digital Ocean provides a high speed server for as little as $5. Since they are focused towards developers, they have some of the most intuitive guides for anything you want to do. For example, they have a step-by-step guide on how to install Nginx on Ubuntu 16. They also offer guides on securing your server and adding SSL certificates.
I have been running their server for a few years now and never faced any downtime as such. Another thing that has been extremely helpful is the ability to scale your droplets dynamically based on your requirement. Although AWS provides the same service, it’s far too complicated a setup for someone who just wants to run simple web apps. Recently, Digital Ocean added support for Kubernetes as well. This has fixed a lot of issues with my continuous integration and I can handle most things in one place.
I also love the DNS management tool provided with the hosting, which makes management simple and intuitive. Whether you are a hobby developer or a big company, Digital Ocean has all the things that you need. However, I would still suggest it for small teams and developers. As for complicated setups, AWS seems to be the better option.
Biggest Pro: Documentation and ease of getting started
Biggest Con: Ecosystem is a bit limited once you start growing
Excellent for developers
I personally use Digital Ocean for hosting my personal Wordpress website. Installing and configuring everything wasn't much of a problem. However for this task specifically there are web hosting providers that make it a lot simpler. Part of the reason why I chose Digital Ocean is due to what it offers overall. At the moment all I need is web hosting, but I do expect to use it for other things in the future as well.
Digital Ocean can install various kinds of software for you. All you have to do, is just choose one from a list. But you also have the option, to upload and install something of your choosing. You also can use a terminal to send commands to your server. For example, I used the terminal to install things I needed to make my website use HTTPS. All I did was follow a tutorial they provided themselves on their website.
While using Digital Ocean, I haven't encountered any problems. My website is always up, and it doesn't have any performance issues. If it does become a problem, you can always increase the specs within a few clicks by paying extra. You can also pay an extra to have a backup of your website that's updated automatically.
Overall, if you're developer, who needs something flexible, Digital Ocean is an excellent option. If all you want is to set up a Wordpress site and nothing else, then other web hosting providers might be better.
Biggest Pro: Offers a lot of functionality
Biggest Con: Can be more complicated to use than hosting providers that specialize in web hosting only
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