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Hosting a website on Digital Ocean

January 30, 2015 16.8k views

Other than installing LAMP and pointing the DNS, what else is needed to get a website working on DO? I've used other hosting providers for websites and have never had to install all the technologies needed. Would it be recommended to still go with a more "traditional" web host? Other than hardware specs etc, what difference would there be to hosting a site on DO compared to another webhost?

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  • Digital Ocean vs. Traditional Web Host:

    cons:
    DO is your own server. As such, you will need to be mindful of security updates and configuring your own security.
    If the server crashes, you will need to troubleshoot and figure out what is happening.
    If you have issues with your website, you will need to troubleshoot and figure out what is going on

    pros:
    faster and cheaper
    you can tweak your server to exactly how you want (no need to bother tech-support to plead for PHP updates)
    free static IP
    the education you will get is invaluable and can be used over and over again as you learn more about running a linux server.

  • If it's only a basic website (say a personal website) where some down-time wouldn't kill you, then I'd recommend going with your own Digital Ocean VPS. However, if it's a production critical server, I wouldn't recommend it until your more familiar with how to set-up, run, and maintain your own server.

  • @cody
    its not going to be a personal website. I did think about starting the site with a regular provider and then switching to Digital Ocean later on. Would switching hosts to DO prove to be very difficult?

    @sierra
    thanks for the comparison. I have used a linux VPS before for some applications but never for a website.

  • @orbit
    Switching providers is always possible, however, depending on your technical experience and how complex the website/data configuration. The biggest thing I see people go through when switching providers is the down time caused when switching.

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This question was answered by @sierracircle:

Digital Ocean vs. Traditional Web Host:

cons:
DO is your own server. As such, you will need to be mindful of security updates and configuring your own security.
If the server crashes, you will need to troubleshoot and figure out what is happening.
If you have issues with your website, you will need to troubleshoot and figure out what is going on

pros:
faster and cheaper
you can tweak your server to exactly how you want (no need to bother tech-support to plead for PHP updates)
free static IP
the education you will get is invaluable and can be used over and over again as you learn more about running a linux server.

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