For the last several months I have been renting a VPS from Host Gator for $40 per month, and I’ve used it for my web hosting. Recently, a coworker introduced me to Digital Ocean. I was skeptical at first, because I was legitimately happy with the service I was getting from Host Gator. I know lately people have been having a lot of problems with their hosting since their parent company has changed, but none of my websites are very demanding, so I never noticed any type of performance hit from being on Host Gator.
The most basic plan offered by Digital Ocean gets you a cloud server (“droplet”) that has 512MB Memory, 1 Core, 20GB SSD Disk, and 1TB Transfer for $5 per month. This should be good for me for now, but it seems very easy to expand your droplet’s resources later.
You get to choose which operating system you use. That was by far the coolest part for me. I had most experience with Ubuntu leading up to acquiring my VPS through Host Gator, so I had some growing pains while getting accustomed to CentOS. With Digital Ocean being able to return to Ubuntu was a great plus for me.
Within seconds I had my very own droplet up and running through Digital Ocean. I was provided with the root password and was able to get everything set up. The documentation and community surrounding hosting with Digital Ocean is quite awesome. I have heard people at work talk about Nginx, but I had no experience with it. Using the documentation provided by Digital Ocean, I have my very own Nginx web server running forged by my hands! That was pretty fun.
I have since transitioned all of my domains to my Digital Ocean droplet, which I have named “megaman.” I grew up playing Mega Man on Nintendo; it just felt right to name a server after that famed blue hero! I’ve only been a customer for a little over a day, but I’ve greatly enjoyed the experience so far. If you are looking for a new home for your web hosting, I recommend you check out Digital Ocean and customize to your heart’s content.