Switching from a Shared Hosting Service to a Droplet

Hi, I’ve been reading a lot about the digital ocean, and well, I currently have a shared hosting with another company, and I feel unsatisfied with it because I only have outdated packages, and makes me hard, try and develop stuff to show, or host, there.

Currently I have, a Wordpress, and a Static Site (just HTML’s with javascript), but I am starting to develop some web applications, and I really would like to be able to host them, somewhere, but I can’t find a decent hosting service to do it, so now I’m thinking on a droplet, and this would help me host everything in the same service, I guess, even do a little bit of development and testing.

But I’m not sure, what kind of droplet will be able to handle this kind of load, a part of me says that a basic one of 1Gb of ram and 25Gb of storage is enough because I compare it with my current hosting specs.

I haven’t checked the tutorials, but Is there a way to manage In a cPanel like way?

What I’m worried is to have to manually install everything, to do the configs, I mean, I can do it, but this would be my first time doing all this bootstrapping for the server.

Any Suggestion? which documentation should I read?, or what plan should I get? Is it worth moving from a shared hosting to host my applications?

Keep In mind, the switch Is in order to assist my project developments, and also host my sites (that are only 2, probably 3 in a near future)

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Hi Mike

You can start with the 1GB plan and upgrade should you start hitting thresholds. Just keep monitoring your RAM usage. cPanel costs between $12 to $15/mo so I’m not sure this is something you want to get. There’s also Virtualmin/Webmin, which does everything you’re wanting to do (WordPress / HTML / web dev).

Keep in mind that all of this needs familiarity with Linux and the command line. I’m not sure if you have some experience in this area under your belt as that would definitely be needed. I also help manage servers for people so there’s always the possibility of hiring a third party that’ll set things up for you and help you as needed.