What is Digital Ocean?
Digital Ocean is a hosting company that provides inexpensive cloud hosting for as low as five dollars a month for your own virtual machine. I use them regularly so I am glad that they now are going to start accepting referrals (if you are an existing customer).
SSD Hard Drives
Every account you make gets SSD drives which are hard drives with no moving parts. They are much much faster than normal hard drives.
What makes them good? Are they good?
Digital Ocean is really great for a few things, I will tell you what I have used them for…
- Testing / learning
- image servers
- normal hosting
Testing and Learning
I was teaching myself different things about servers and webservers (like testing NGINX etc.) It was really nice to be able to learn how to install different things on the server and if I messed everything up I could just destroy (delete) the whole machine and start on another in just a minute or so. That was heaven. In fact I can honestly recommend Digital Ocean for this reason alone.
For five dollars you can play with your own server and learn new things without screwing up any of your existing stuff. If you have been wondering about learning how to use a vps or how to start using SSH this is definitely a great product.
I have some sites that are very image heavy or have a massive amount of images on one page. By creating one server on Digital Ocean I have an incredibly fast Image server that makes my site load significantly faster. Because of the SSD drives and the fact that I can use it for image serving alone, the speed is amazing. Since it is only five dollars a month I can afford to have a server just for this purpose.
If you want a fast host for one of your websites, this service is a great option because of it’s low cost. Let me give you an example. Let’s say you have several websites on one host and you are paying a premium price for it (so you can run multiple websites). If just one of your sites are using too much resources, you are going to have bad performance accross all your sites. Which is bad.
Now image you take that power hungry site (or any of your sites) and give it it’s own server. Now you are running that one site faster and you are also improving the performance of you other sites. At 5 dollars a month, it is easy to have a server for each site.