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  1. Musgrove

    Really amazing, and especially in such a highly-competitive market. Good for them!

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  2. Simon Byrne

    We are in the middle of migrating our client sites into DigitalOcean. So far, we love the products they offer, especially when paired with the ServerPilot services.

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  3. Jason

    I tried hosting a wp site on their service, but the lowend option wasn’t enough to handle a basic wordpress version. Kept running out of memory. Ymmv, but I ended up moving the site back over to my shared dreamhost account, and haven’t had any troubles since.

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    • Wil Ransz

      Jason, did you create a swap file for your droplet?

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      • Kevin Clark (@ancillarywords)

        I was having memory issues too. This was the fix. All seems well for a couple weeks now. My sites aren’t high traffic though, that may make difference.

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      • jason

        Yes I did create a swap file. This was on a site with NO users! Like I said, it was probably because I did zero config and spend zero time on looking into issues aside from the swap file thing. With the next tier up ($10/month) things might have been better. Might have been better with nginx too. I’ll definitely try them again, as I like the concept, so we’ll see what happens!

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      • Ihor Vorotnov

        Getting a VPS requires some initial setup, otherwise it’s useless. As an example, I’m running several different droplets with many WordPress sites (my own and of my clients), one of the droplets is still a $5 one, it hosts 6 small WordPress websites with total count of approx 200 users, 4000 posts and pages, 12 Gigs of media files (mostly pictures). The total daily visitors / views averages between 4-12k / 10-30k (for all 6 sites combined). On one single $5 droplet. And there are still server resources available for at least 2 more sites like this. The setup is pretty simple – Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x32, 512Mb swap, latest mainline Nginx, PHP 5.5.9 with OPcache as FPM, MariaDB 10 instead of standard MySQL, Memcached. All WordPress installs use Memcached Redux plugin for persistent object caching and some plugins for full-page caching (Batcache, WP Super Cache etc – depends on a site). Once set up, everything just works. I only have to update software packages from time to time, it takes few minutes.

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    • Andrei Chira

      Yes, if you run a standard LAMP stack the 512MB droplet is useless. If you use Nginx, however, that small droplet can take a hit of up to 50,000 pageviews per day.

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    • Devin

      Try enabling swap: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-add-swap-on-ubuntu-12-04. That helps prevent it from crashing when memory is low. I’ve had the same experience as Andrei running with Nginx.

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      • jason

        I did the swap thing after the first time it ran out of memory. Helped a little bit, but was still frustrating whenever the client when to try to do something the site was down (and this was a basic install of WP, nothing special at all). Might try again one day with nginx :)

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    • petercralen

      You can not compare Digital Ocean harware with normal shared hosting.
      Your experience its bc. there was not optimized software – ngix, cache, varnish, memcache …
      You can have the best hardware in the World but reading from SSD can not be faster than from RAM – cache on worse hardware.
      So use Digital Ocean is great, but you have to use some managed service or yourself or hire someone who can configure good server.

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      • jason

        Yeah I didn’t mean I was displeased with the service, for $5/month you can’t complain too much :) But also if the budget is $5/month I’m not looking to hire someone to do server tuning either. I’m just saying the “out of box” experience wasn’t what I expected, and I didn’t have the time or budget to deal with it. Not faulting them at all.

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      • Adam

        Hey Jason!

        We recommend using the 1GB Droplet ($10/mo) for wordpress sites (at minimum). We also have a bunch of tutorials that can help you with Nginx, should you need it:

        [https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tags/explore/wordpress]

        I’m sorry you had a less than ideal experience. Feel free to reach out to me directly if you’d like some DO credit to try again sometime [adam@digitalocean.com].

        Cheers,

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  4. Dan Knauss

    Don’t forget there are managed WP hosts that are entirely built on DO.

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  5. Ryan Hellyer

    Digital Ocean are awesome for the price. One of those little 512 MB RAM droplets can power a site with a reasonable amount of traffic quite easily.

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  6. Brin Wilson

    “…and do not take into account any custom WordPress images.” Huh? “images”? Shouldn’t that be “installs”?

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  7. Amit

    Hi

    You are good competitors for wp-wngine.

    Thank You.

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  8. Rhys

    Have moved all my sites over to them. Am incredibly happy with it. Have 3 droplets for $5 less than I was paying for shared reseller hosting. It’s quicker & more secure too.

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  9. pirlo

    Mine is hosting in the DigitalOcean, their products are superb and really affordable.

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  10. bjornjohansen

    So Netcraft’s survey found WordPress on less than 10% of active sites around the world.

    That’s far from W3Techs 23%.

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  11. Tim

    Well, I have worked with Digital Ocean… I have payed with my paypal but I would say they are prety cheap at price for vds on ssd that are offering to us, consumers. I’ve tried 512 droplet and a 2 Gb and 2 virtual core on my wordpress blogs. I manage to install very fast wordpress blog with one click install on the ubuntu 14.04 machine. Beside my wordpress blog on vds from Digital Ocean I tried a gaming server counter strike global ofensive, with 20 slots that it was working like a charm.

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  12. Peter Cralen

    I use Digital Ocean via Cloudways – managed service. Digital Ocean have powerful servers and Cloudways put there powerful software + great support … I can put amazing websites :)
    Satisfied with that service and its another category than any regular shared hosting …

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  13. Devin

    I migrated a number of my sites to Digital Ocean a few months ago. DevOps is definitely not my strong point, but I’ve learned a ton of valuable skills through setting up those droplets. It’s also 20x cheaper than my managed hosting costs.

    If anyone is interested in trying it out, I also wrote a pretty basic step-by-step tutorial: http://wptheming.com/2014/09/migrating-to-digital-ocean/.

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  14. Joseph

    I have tried WP Engine, Bluehost, Dreamhost, Synthesis as well as quite a few VPS hosts and Digital Ocean is the best host I have tried.

    In my experience I have a more stable, usable and fast website by using Digital Ocean, ServerPilot and WP Rocket than any of the above.

    The only downside is that there is no WordPress specific support but in my experience you have to learn to take care of most complicated aspects of configuration even with the managed hosts.

    So, thanks Digital Ocean!

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  15. Christian

    I just came across DO last month, and they are definitely quite powerful; cheap too, from what I see. However, I’m a bit lost when it comes to operating from the Ubuntu command line. Any recommendations on a freeware version akin to cPanel or Plesk that can be used as a GUI on DO?

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  16. baron

    That ‘68,000 new customers per month’ actual new ‘customers’ or it it 68K new ‘sites’ per month? I assume each customer could create multiple sites and Netcraft doesnt have access to Digital Ocean’s client list.

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  17. Thomas

    Been torn between WP-Engine and DO and still on the fence. It really is kind of hard to make a decision when both seem to be quit good. Still kind of scared, don’t want my site to go boom then have to set it up all over again if it goes south.

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  18. Benjamin Fredrick Knigge

    Have you taken a look at Vultr? I did some benchmarking of it and DigitalOcean and Vultr came out on top in every measurable way. If you’re interested in checking out my comparison between the two here’s a link https://odinsql.com/2015/01/digitalocean-vs-vultr-vultr-vs-dgitalocean/

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