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Website long term hosting

Posted May 21, 2014 2.1k views
Hi! I've been testing a droplet for the last few days and I'm very satisfied with the service. However, DigitalOcean defines itself as "a simple and fast cloud hosting provider built for developers", so I'm wondering if this is the right choice for long term website hosting. It seems that it's a service were people can create a virtual machine for a few days or months, but it's suitable for long term usage? Another doubt is the price. As the price is charged by the number of hours, how can I be sure that you'll not raise the prices without notice. For instance, in a normal hosting service, I can pay in advance for 1 or 2 years, and guarantee that I'll have the same price for that among of time. Kind regards, Américo

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i can not answers your whole question but,
there are big websites that are hosted @digitalocean

the one i know is https://laracasts.com/
The best place is to read section 5, Payments and Billing, in the Terms Agreement section: https://digitalocean.com/legal/terms/

DigitalOcean most definitely is a place that you can use for long term hosting. They have an uptime service-level agreement as well.

If you're worried about prices rising, the safest method would be for you to deposit money into your account monthly, the amount you know your droplets to be (there's a monthly cap so DO essentially takes less than the standard hourly price for months). In most cases, it's best to keep your money in your own bank until you're willing to add more to the services you use.
I suppose they say "built for developers" because it's very easy to spin up a droplet to test something quickly, and it won't cost you very much to do so.
And I suppose that they could just jack up the prices without notice [cue evil laugh], but that would hardly be a good way to attract business, would it?
As I see it, DO is something of a disruptor in the VPS business. They're pushing the bigger established service providers (Linode comes to mind) to provide more for less money. The race is currently to see who can provide the most for the least. Jacking up prices shouldn't be a big concern for a while.
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