Digital Ocean VPS Review

Digital Ocean is very similar to Vultr. They are similar in price, packages, features, and price as well. However, there are still a few key differences. Hopefully this Digital Ocean VPS Review will help you see those ever so important differences.

Digital Ocean VPS Review

I have been using Digital Ocean due to their free credit promotion so I have been able to thoroughly test their services. Needless to say, I was satisfied. Their network was fast and the hardware was excellent as well. All Linux distributions ran perfectly and there were no issues whatsoever. Due to the hourly billing, you can experiment to your heart’s content.

Digital Ocean is also extremely beginner friendly boasting with one of the biggest Knowledgebase ever created. The amount of contributors they have is mindboggling, which is no surprise since they pay out 100-200 USD for each article. This often makes them fare very well in the search engines. Many people find Digital Ocean first and they are usually satisfied with it since they don’t have any experience with the other providers.

If you are a beginner just go ahead and pick Digital Ocean. You really won’t regret it.

What was bad

Honestly, the only issue was that I don’t know what to use Digital Ocean for. If you are looking for a VPS long term you are better off looking at a cheaper provider. If you are looking for flexibility for your VPS AWS is a better choice. There is nothing specific that is bad about their service that can be said in this Digital Ocean VPS Review.

Conclusion

If I had to describe Digital Ocean in one word it would be “Quality”. It’s an all round, excellent provider that satisfies all needs at high quality. The issue is it does not fill any niche. It’s not scalable,  and it’s not cheap. Therefore, in my opinion, it’s not a good choice for long-term projects.

VPSNest VPS Review

When you are looking for a VPS provider and you have some experience in the hosting industry you are usually not looking for the best provider, but rather for the best in a niche that you want to fill. For example, if you just want to experiment you are most likely will look for a provider with hourly billing like Vultr or Digital Ocean. If you are looking for scalability you will most likely go with AWS EC2. The third option is when you are looking for longevity and low prices. That is where smaller providers like VPSNest come in. This VPSNest VPS Review will explain why it is a good idea to trust these smaller businesses and give them a chance.

VPSNest VPS Review

VPSNest was created to provide especially cheap VPS hosting. They are targeting a market that is usually untapped by the big providers. This is the market of people who wish to save on their hosting costs to increase the profitability of their projects or to make them viable, to begin with.

Just because it’s cheap it doesn’t mean it’s any worse. We are at a point where virtualization is fairly easy to do even for a small team due to the maturing technology. There is standardized software that usually takes care of all aspects of running a server node to host VPS servers. this makes it especially easy to offer unmanaged cheap VPS hosting nowadays.

VPSNest, however,  is not all about VPS, they also sell cheap web hosting so if you need a website you can pick one up from them.

The bad stuff

Most likely VPSNest does not own their hardware. This can be positive or negative depending on your point of view. It’s good because the hardware is probably managed by big business, so there is not much that can cause issues. But it’s bad as it’s easy for them to close shop suddenly. It’s not likely something like this would happen, but unlike AWS it’s a possibility.

Conclusion

Smaller providers are bringing value to this industry due to their lower prices and good quality. Many projects would not be able to get off the ground due to increasing hosting costs. If you are looking for a solid provider give them a try, they really deserve it. There are not many VPSNest VPS Review out there currently…

Vultr VPS Review

I have been using various VPS providers for years now. They each have their positive and negative attributes, whether it be quality, support or pricing. Vultr is one of the bigger VPS providers and I always liked them for numerous reason. I would like to highlight those reasons in this Vultr VPS Review.

Vultr VPS Review

Vultr offers numerous VPS packages starting at 2.5 USD. Their smallest package currently does not include an IPv4 or IPv6, which will prove troublesome for most customers. They indeed offered IPv4 for the smallest package in the past but even then the performance wasn’t the best. They explicitly stated they make a loss on it, hence they removed the IPv4.

Their 5 USD package and up are quite excellent and offers fast network and hardware speed. As long as I have been using Vultr I have not suffered a single hardware failure or loss of data (at least from their mistakes). Vultr also has features that other providers might not. These include regular automatic snapshot for an additional 20% fee and lightning fast free internal IP-s. Vultr entire VPS provisioning system is custom made which allows a lot of customization and features from their part so big plus there.

You can also pay by the hour which makes renting VPS-s for short durations extremely cost-efficient. You continue to incur the hourly charge until you reach a monthly maximum at around the 20th day of the month.

The bad stuff

There are also some issues, although not many. They are not the cheapest around and even though there was a long price war between Vultr and Digital Ocean their prices are still considered high, especially in the budget community. (For reference a 1 Gig VPS is free at AWS for a year) You also have to pay VAT, which is understandable, but small and micro providers can usually get away with not charging it. The additional VAT can be anywhere between an additional 15-27%.

Conclusion

Vultr is an excellent provider and I hope this Vultr VPS Review showed why. I know this is rather anecdotal, however, this blog should reflect my opinion alone. You can easily find out the specifics at Vultr.com.