Building a hosted service on top of Digital Ocean

  • Posted July 30, 2014


I love Digital Ocean and am thinking about offering a blog service on top of the api.

I’ve written some simple blog software in Ruby and have already created a snapshot of a fully configured 1GB instance. I’ve had a few people ask me if they could get it hosted, so I started thinking about building an app that would allow them to set the software up automatically through a nice gui.

I know there’s a cap on how many servers you can have, but the general idea would be:

  1. Create my server account (already done)
  2. Deploy my app and share the link to people asking for the service
  3. ‘Customers’ sign up, put in their CC and I use stripe to bill them
  4. My Digital Ocean is bill separately on my credit card
  5. Based on user’s service level, they choose a 1GB, 2GB, etc, server.
  6. My app creates - thru the api - the new server with my image as a baseline
  7. My app, configures the server (firewall, domain, etc)
  8. User gets login to that server’s blog admin panel and can start going

Is this something Digital Ocean supports? I know I can already do this with Linode, but I prefer Digital Ocean.



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Awesome, thank you!

This is definitely something that DigitalOcean supports. There are already a number of platforms that do similar things. Cloud66, Cloudways, Laravel Forge, and many others are building on top of DigitalOcean.

If you file a support ticket and explain your use case, you can get your droplet limit increased. We have an initial limit to prevent abuse, but will lift it for legitimate users.