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Introduction

Who is DigitalOcean for?

DigitalOcean is a platform created for developers who need to launch and scale their applications quickly. Additionally, DigitalOcean provides the perfect environment for developers to play around on the command line and learn more about customizing their own servers.

What are DigitalOcean's key advantages?

DigitalOcean is a simple and fast cloud hosting provider built for developers. Customers can create a cloud server in 55 seconds, and pricing plans start at only $5 per month for 512MB of RAM, 20GB SSD, 1 CPU, and 1TB Transfer.

The DigitalOcean control panel interface is simple and intuitive, which power users can replicate on a larger scale with the company’s API. DigitalOcean uses KVM virtualization and additionally hosts a library of helpful walkthroughs and tutorials that cover server configuration and optimization.

What advantages does an SSD cloud server have over a shared hosting plan?

DigitalOcean users can have their personal cloud server spun up and active in 55 seconds. Each box comes with full root access, a choice of Linux distributions, and the ability to customize the setup.

What advantages does an SSD cloud server have over a dedicated server?

DigitalOcean allows on the fly scaling—a task that is much more difficult on a dedicated box. Changing the amount of RAM on a box can be done with a simple reboot, while expanding the disk size takes less than an hour. The same process can take hours or days with a dedicated setup.

The prices are awesomely low! Does DigitalOcean make a profit?

We are able to make enough profit to keep the lights on :)

Do you have a referral program?

Yes we do! Customers can refer their friends and earn $25 in account credits or payout. Click here to learn more about how our referral program works.