What makes me exceed monthly usage?

September 3, 2015 885 views

I got the smallest available instance (512MB) to host a blog on it (and try out things in general), and I keep looking at the Billing Alerts option in my Settings.

I've read the FAQ and whatever doc i could find (obviously not thoroughly enough since I'm here asking questions) but I can't seem to understand what exactly would make me exceed my $5 monthly fee that I would need to set an alert for.

Some FAQ entry (that I can't remember word-by-word) says if I exceed thing, it won't be added to my bill in order for me to be able to delete the droplet so I wouldn't be overcharged. Huh?

I'm guessing traffic is one factor that could tip me over, but what else?

1 Answer

Alerts are mainly meant for people with many droplets or who only want short-running ones.

  • So I could be beating on my single droplet's CPU 24/7 with mining bitcoins or whatever (I have no idea how bitcoin is mined, nor care) and the billing would be just chugging along 0.007 units an hour. That's neat.



    "DigitalOcean reserves the right, in our sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or any part of the Services at any time, with or without notice, effective immediately, including but not limited to as a result of your violation of any of these Terms of Service or any law, or if you misuse system resources, such as, by employing programs that consume excessive network capacity, CPU cycles, or disk IO."

    But besides that, yes. The price is the same regardless of CPU, RAM and Disk usage.

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