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February 14, 2017

Top of the line features for the right price.

Score 9 out of 101
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Overall Satisfaction with DigitalOcean

For a company I worked with as a consultant, I implemented DigitalOcean as a web server for hosting the main website of the company and a self-hosted JIRA instance where they tracked progress on an internal project. DigitalOcean performed really well during times of high traffic and high use of both the website and the project management tool.
  • SPEED! DigitalOcean provides a really good response speed compared to similar providers. Their servers and Drops perform really well when configured the right way.
  • Ease of Use. Even for a seasoned developer like me, DigitalOcean seemed a bit intimidating at first due to its need to configure almost anything using a console screen. Turns out however, it was very easy to use by using the web interface and following guides on the internet.
  • Documentation. DigitalOcean offers one of the best pieces of documentation one can find for a service anywhere. From creating an account to setting up complex configurations and services, they have it very well documented. If you still can't find how to do anything, you can either read guides on the internet or ask for support and someone will point you in the right direction.
  • The only area I see room for improvement, if anything, is features on low tiers. They offer several, very afforable plans to be honest. However, some of the features on low price tiers seem too low for modern needs. For example, space on the $10/m or the $20/m plans seem a bit low compared to other providers.
  • It came out as an affordable and reliable option for the company I worked with and the needs they had.
  • Comparing features and price, DigitalOcean offers a really good mix you cannot find with other providers.
  • Plans and features can scale with your company needs.
AWS: Too complex to set things up. Period.
Mediatemple: Great features, services and customer service. Prices are a bit high for what they offer.
Linode: Outstanding features and customer support. Difficult to start with for novice users.
inMotion Hosting: Used to be a really good provider but everything is on a down with them: poor scalability, frequent failures, poor customer support.
DigitalOcean is a very good option for dedicated hosting of applications and sites with high traffic or high use volume. It's not as good of an option for small websites or novice users looking for a cheap hosting.

DigitalOcean Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Not Rated
Dynamic scaling
7
Elastic load balancing
Not Rated
Pre-configured templates
Not Rated
Monitoring tools
5
Pre-defined machine images
Not Rated
Operating system support
8
Security controls
7

Using DigitalOcean

3 - Web designers, web developers, project managers, IT managers
1 - Linux Certified Systems Administrator and DevOps Engineer
  • Web hosting of company website
  • Web hosting for project management application
  • Found none so far, we used it for very straightforward, common uses.
  • File hosting
  • Testing environment
Very satisfied with the pricing model, service features and customer support.

Evaluating DigitalOcean and Competitors

Yes - InMotionHosting. They are offering a poor set of services and customer support service. Their prices and features do not scale well.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Third-party Reviews
I compared DigitalOcean with other services and providers and price vs. features played a major role here. Many other providers offered similar features at a much higher price.

I also looked for reviews online and found almost no complaints on DigitalOcean, satisfaction was the key concept amongst clients of DigitalOcean.
Would not change a thing to be honest, awesome experience so far.

Using DigitalOcean

Great web interface, very intuitive and easy to use.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Well integrated
Consistent
Convenient
Feel confident using
Slow to learn
  • Creating drops
  • Starting servers up
  • Installing services
  • Not a difficulty in DigitalOcean itself but in some services: if you don't know how to put things together in Linux, you have to read a lot.

DigitalOcean Reliability

Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.