is DO inappropriate for Running a Production Site?

Posted August 29, 2014 16.7k views

One of my clients wants a fast host. I want to set her up on DO, but she says DO is for developers. I told her DO is for people who don’t need fluffy customer service.

Where do DO users go to make their projects live, if not here on DO?

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  • Sure. As long as you are aware of what that involves: you are the administrator. If your server crashes, then you must have backups in place. If MySQL crashes, you should know how to restart it.

    Basic hosting accounts (in theory) take care of much of that for you. If something goes wrong you complain to tech…they fix it and your website is back up.

    Having your own server in DO means more responsibility, but quite honestly, I am finding faster speeds , lower prices and more control using DO than I was using [a popular web-hosting company].

    However, I have enough know-how to be comfortable running Ubuntu servers.

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Per this thread

It is okay to run production sites. There are several large sites utilizing DO as their host.


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  • I understand it is not a violation of TOS, but the way DO presents itself comes across to my client as if her site would not run well here or something like that.

    I told her the main potential issue is the tech support is not oriented to non developers.

I run two production sites on DO, plus another fairly critical application that I use personally.

No, it is definately not. There are many problems with the Spaces (CDN), server availability, etc. I have been using many of their service for over 2 years, and if you need high availability, do not go there. Fine for other things though.