Is it better for the load balancer to be next to droplets in DigitalOcean or to CloudFlare (which manages the DNS of my domain)?
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These two products provide some differing features:
DO Load Balancer:
Both services provide good features for their price points so you will want to decide which way to go based on which features are most important for your use case.
You may also want to consider AWS Load Balancers. They have a free tier. (http://aws.amazon.com)
AWS is really expensive as ** , free tier or not the data migration is a waste of time and effort. Furthermore, AWS Free Tier has its limit.
The last thing you want is your website to go offline during migration isn’t it.