Is digitalocean beginner friendly?

  • Posted December 17, 2014

If digitalocean will be my first host and I will use python django, flask is it a good fit.

Will I find it hard to manage services and upgrades myself?


Does anyone use packer to create digitalocean instances and run them in vagrant so you can work at home the same as on the server?

I concur with everything @hunky said, and will add that it might not be easy at first, but if you can stick with it you will learn skills that you can take anywhere.

In other words, DO is not some proprietary system. They use the most popular linux distros. If you can master your own server on DO, then you can set up and manage a linux server anywhere!

DO is like any other server… In case of that, there is nothing which makes a service user friendly, rather its choice of platform, such as software and os you plan to use.

If you are good at linux and software you plan to use, then you get root access and you can do anything with it…

Secondly, hourly billing makes it really fun along with snapshot… Create, play, if wrong destroy. You paid only for those hours :D

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DigitalOcean is quite beginner friendly if you want to learn. While your new droplet will not have a control panel on it that lets you install and configure services with a few clicks of the mouse we do provide a vast collection of tutorials to walk you through the processes to get your droplet up and running with the configuration you want. I would recommend checking out some of the tutorials to get a feel for what you will be doing to get a feel for what’s required.


DO (DigitalOcean) is good for learning cloud host config. This video is about all what you will need. You may not understand some parts at the first time, but read tutorial or try to make research on these parts . If you want to use DO for production, you must be very careful with security. Learn how tu secure your droplet.

Hope that helps