Hosting a website thats live for 24 hrs x 30 days So how the pricing works?

Posted July 26, 2018 4.4k views

Hi, i am planning of shifting to digital ocean cloud vps so i am confused how the billing actually works.
My question is that i have a news website that will run for 24x7 for a month without stopping so if i consider the $15/mo plan and host my website on it then how i will be charged?
There are 744 hours in a month of august so if i pay $15/mo then its fine but according to hourly billing its $0.022/hr so it will be (0.022 x 744) = $16.368 now this is confusing me whether i am paying for a month or an hour?
and another question is how the hourly charge works? if my website is to stay live for a whole month without stopping then i will be charged as long as the website? and suppose if there are no visitors on my website then still it will be considered running and i will keep getting charged?

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Hello friend!

Great question. We stop counting at the monthly rate to help you budget and know what you’re going to spend. So a $5/m server has an hourly fee until it reaches $5, then it stops counting. This means you can pay less than the monthly cost, but you won’t be paying more.

Hope that makes sense!

Kind Regards,

  • thats not the answer… i meant if i buy the $15/mo plan and pay $15 then how many days will it last if use the vps for whole month. according to my calculation if i use it for 31 days straight then i will have to pay $16.368

    • That is the answer!!

      If you’re going with $15/mo droplet, you’ll never be charged more than $15/mo. DigitalOcean will stop counting hours when your hourly cost reach $15. You’ll be billed the monthly fee instead.

      The $16.368 you’re concerned about would never happen even if August had 40 days.