It was only last month I posted about how I used shared hosting for my personal sites now. Then comes the end of March and shared hosting failed me.
My time on A2 Hosting’s shared platform was fantastic and I can’t fault it for running a simple WordPress site. The let down came with a large scale custom web application I am working on that needs to communicate in real time with a new of API’s some that have very specific requirements – this is were the walled garden of shared hosting became a problem. Don’t get me wrong the shared server at A2 Hosting has more then enough power to handle the traffic levels I expected it just couldn’t do a number of features I had to have.
After a lot of research and digging around I decided to setup a server at Digital Ocean that could run all my sites on 1 box. Its not massive (1 core, 1GB RAM and 30GB SSD) and I don’t need a lot of power. I need root access to be able to set it up how I want.
I had always used Digital Ocean for development servers and testing but never production until last week. I have found their reliably second to none and bandwidth is always there when I need it.
Because Digital Ocean is aimed at developers for hosting complex applications they have a lot of powerful features including Block Storage (think second hard drives in your server), private networking and load balancers to build clusters and floating IP addresses so even if you shut down a server you can maintain its IP address for use on your next server.
Digital Ocean is VPS hosting levelled up.
Give it a try yourself and get $10 credit on new accounts on me.