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What is DigitalOcean?

DigitalOcean is the Developer Cloud for Modern Apps. We simplify modern app creation for next generation developers working independently, at tech startups, and within SMBs. Our infrastructure- and platform-as-a-service solutions are the first and best at combining the power of simplicity, love for the developer community, an obsession for customer service, and the advantages of open source. Our mission is to bring software development within reach of anyone around the world.

Who Uses DigitalOcean?

We make it simple to launch in the cloud and scale up as you grow with an intuitive control panel, predictable pricing, team accounts, and more.

Where can DigitalOcean be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean support

  • 24/7 (Live rep)

Countries available

United States

Languages

English

DigitalOcean pricing

Starting Price:

US$5.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • No free version

DigitalOcean does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. DigitalOcean paid version starts at US$5.00/month.

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About the vendor

  • DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean support

  • 24/7 (Live rep)

Countries available

United States

Languages

English

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Features of DigitalOcean

  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Data Migration
  • Data Security
  • Deployment Management
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Integrated Development Environment
  • Load Balancing Tools
  • Log Access
  • Network Monitoring
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Virtual Machine Monitoring
  • Virtual Server

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Reviews of DigitalOcean

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.6
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.6
Value for Money
4.6

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
75%
4
22%
3
2%
1
2%
Romaric
Romaric
Web graphic designer in Cameroon
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

DigitalOcean

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Digital ocean saves the cost of hosting both for my company and for the clients and this keeps me happy especially as I get the best speed performance too. I recommend digital ocean

Pros:

Currently, Digital ocean is my number one recommended VPS provider. It provides reliable and flexible hosting features which can fully be managed by the user himself.Although it does require advanced knowledge in cloud computing, but did its best to maintain everything simple and straightforward.The company offers step-by-step article guides for all its products. This keeps the customer well-oriented.All of the servers are hosted in secure and trusted countries and this ensures an accurate distribution of data, hence providing more speed and enthusiasm for users and site owners.It offers flexible pricing plans which are easily scalable (depending on the user's needs) and what entices me more is the pay-as-you-go pricing model which enables me to pay for only what I use. This is quite different from all these web hosting companies who will trick you to pay for some hosting commitments.I run more than three WordPress websites on a single droplet ( 2Cores CPU, 2 Gb RAM, and Ubuntu 18.04), and after testing three different themes and a number of plugins; the speed performance results are still amazing.The Digital ocean user interface is very neat & organized. This helps to facilitate feature placement recognition. The company also provides a built-in commands terminal which makes it easier to run the server installation process as well as any other reacquired components.The company support staff is very friendly.

Cons:

I have no issues with its quality of service so far, maybe there might be some in the future. But as for now, everything works to my expectations.

Dylan
Dylan
Software Developer in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

My new favourite cloud provider.

5.0 7 months ago

Comments: Porting my app to DigitalOcean was an absolute breeze. We went looking for a platform as a service provider that could replace Heroku without losing all the zero-config creature comforts we have come to expect, and DigitalOcean has more than met the mark. We are confident that we will have every need met throughout our scaling journey, and that the pricing will be fair all the way up.

Pros:

DigitalOcean is the simplest and most cost-effective platform-as-a-service provider I have ever used. Their simplicity does not come at additional cost unlike Heroku, and they have all the tooling and infrastructure to manage your every cloud need. Their documentation is spectacular, and their support is second to none.

Cons:

If there are any cons to using DigitalOcean, I haven't encountered them yet. My experience so far has been absolutely flawless and I am a very happy customer.

Alternatives Considered: Amazon EC2 and Render

Reasons for Choosing DigitalOcean: We started looking for an alternate provider when our client's scale meant Herokus pricing started to hurt, and DigitalOcean was the best option we could find for meeting our budget goals while maintaining the zero-config platform we had come to expect.

Switched From: Heroku

Reasons for Switching to DigitalOcean: Fair flat-rate pricing, zero-config deployments with pre-built buildpacks, and everything we needed from a cloud provider like CDN networks, load balancing and auto scaling.

Clayton
Designer in US
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Great boxes, simple pricing!

5.0 last month New

Comments: Been pretty hands off, I like it. Transparent pricing, never an issue with uptime.

Pros:

Easy to set up a server and modify them. DigitalOcean integrates seamlessly with Forge which was great. Lots of support docs which helped me set up my own linux server from scratch!

Cons:

A tiny bit confusing if you don't know the terms.

Alternatives Considered: Amazon S3

Reasons for Switching to DigitalOcean: DigitalOcean worked seamlessly with Laravel Forge, so it was a clear selection.

Omer
Manager in Bulgaria
Airlines/Aviation, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Terrible hosting!

1.0 2 years ago

Comments: I have used Digital Ocean for more than 2 years and I regret it. I started over the recommendation of our freelancer, but in 2 years, I always had a hard time, from setting up, to managing, to backup, and performance, everything was very hard and confusing for me. And whenever I had a problem and opened a ticket, I only received automated responses and never heard from a real person answering my messages! In the end, one of my sites was hacked because of Digital Ocean and they didn't even bother to respond to me for anything at all! I finally pulled the plug and changed to another hosting provider which I am happy with! So, in short, if you are not a genius with IT, stay away from Digital Ocean. Or if you use, pray that you will not have any problems and will need technical support, because if you do, support will be nowhere to be found! Stay away at all costs! You will regret it!

Pros:

nothing, nothing at all! I didnt like anyting at all.

Cons:

Stay away at all costs! You will regret it!

James
Owner in US
Information Technology & Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Fast, Secure, Inexpensive and Easy to Use

5.0 6 months ago

Comments: Very easy to use, predictable billing, stable servers, no unexpected surprises.

Pros:

I originally went with DigitalOcean because it integrated well with SpinupWP. I have found that DigitalOcean is very stable, has a very easy to use interface and is a cost effective solution to moving off of shared hosting like Siteground, iPower, GoDaddy, etc. and having more resources and control. Probably not for everybody, but if you are hosting many projects and want speed and control it is a top choice.

Cons:

I really have not found anything I dislike about DigitalOcean, in fact to this point I have still not had to contact their customer support.

Alternatives Considered: Kinsta and Cloudways

Reasons for Choosing DigitalOcean: I needed faster speeds, more resources, and more control over my hosting environment than I could get with shared hosting

Switched From: iPower and SiteGround

Reasons for Switching to DigitalOcean: I ultimately decided to go with a combination of SpinupWP and DigitalOcean because it was more inexpensive and gave me complete control. Again, probably not right for everyone in my situation but it has worked well for me.