Reliable startup hosting in minutes

Let us take care of your cloud infrastructure so you can focus on what matters most: building, scaling, and growing your startup.

A range of options to host your application

Launch and grow your startup without worrying about your startup hosting. DigitalOcean offers both managed web hosting, through our product Cloudways, and a wide range of customizable virtual machines for self-managing your cloud hosting. Our range of products, from virtual machines to Managed Databases and Kubernetes, give you everything you need to build a robust application and help your business succeed.

Managed cloud hosting tailored to startups

Cloudways by DigitalOcean is trusted by more than 75,000 small-to-medium businesses worldwide to manage their web hosting needs.

Start now

Start now

With Cloudways, launch your startup’s website in a few quick clicks, easily enable powerful extras, and scale your startup on the internet without hassle.

Anytime support

Anytime support

Get the extensive support you need at any time, any day of the year. No matter what your startup’s concerns are, Cloudways is ready to jump in and support you.

Scale quickly

Scale quickly

Grow your startup more efficiently than ever with top cloud security, one-click scaling, extensive website monitoring, enhanced SLAs, and more of what you need to succeed

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Try for free

Try our managed web hosting with Cloudways without risks. Start with $100 in credit or check out our paid web hosting plans starting from as low as $12/mo.

Starting a business is hard—your web hosting should be easy

DigitalOcean’s Cloudways managed cloud hosting is everything your business needs: convenient, fast, powerful, and affordable. Launch your application or website in a few clicks. Unleash the full power of your startup’s online business and get expert help and support when you need it.

Don’t want managed web hosting? Spin up your own virtual machines, DigitalOcean Droplets

While managed cloud hosting is a great option for some, other startups prefer completely managing and customizing their cloud hosting themselves—especially if the applications they’re building will only get more complicated with scale. If this describes your business, learn more about DigitalOcean’s cloud web hosting and web hosting plans with our Droplet virtual machines.

General Purpose Droplets

Our general purpose virtual machines offer flexibility for critical applications with critical challenges like managing high-traffic, processing high-volume transactions, and leveraging small-to-medium databases.

Memory-Optimized Droplets

For RAM-intensive applications, try our Memory-Optimized Droplets. These virtual machines can handle high-performance databases, in-memory caches, and real-time data processing.

CPU-Optimized Droplets

Built for CPU-intensive applications, these Droplets are ideal for websites that engage in media streaming, data analytics, or extensive batch processing. We also have Premium CPU-Optimized Droplets for up to 10Gbps network speeds, faster processors, & NVMe SSDs.

Storage-Optimized Droplets

For extra large applications, these Droplets are ideal for applications using NoSQL databases, monitoring software, and other kinds of data warehouses.

Countless hosting services for your startup

Let us take care of your cloud hosting and cloud infrastructure, so you can focus on making your startup a success.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is web hosting? What is cloud hosting?

Web hosting is a service provided by web hosting providers that enables your website or application to be made available on the internet. When you sign up for a web hosting service, you’re essentially renting out space on the service provider’s servers to store, manage, and deploy all your website’s files, data, traffic, etc.

Cloud hosting is often used interchangeably with web hosting, as most startups who need web hosting use cloud providers for this hosting (i.e. renting the server space) rather than a startup buying, managing, and using their own physical servers on their own business premises.

If you want to launch a website or an application that is available to the public or users over the internet, you’ll need web hosting/cloud hosting and will need to pay for a hosting service or hosting services from a web hosting provider.

What is a virtual private server?

A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine that provides an application’s computing power as a portion of a larger physical server. With virtual private server hosting (VPS hosting), your startup will get dedicated server space with a pre-determined and reserved amount of computing resources on a larger physical server.

What is shared hosting?

Shared hosting is a common way that many early-stage startups and small businesses deploy their websites online. Shared hosting allows multiple applications across many small businesses to leverage the same cloud server. Your computing resources will be separate from others on your shared server, so each user of the shared server/shared hosting will have total privacy from one another—you won’t even know who else is sharing your server with you (and those other small businesses won’t know you’re on their server either).

Shared hosting allows for economies of scale, making your cloud hosting cheaper for your needs. It is common for a web hosting provider to offer shared hosting services as well as having options for a dedicated hosting plan (DigitalOcean offers both).

What is DigitalOcean?

DigitalOcean is a cloud infrastructure company that offers many cloud services that can help you build, deploy, scale, and manage your startup online. We offer cloud hosting/web hosting services, shared hosting, a dedicated IP address for the virtual machines you spin up, dedicated servers/ dedicated hosting, managed databases through our data centers, automatic backups, private networking, many security features (such as SSL certificates), a responsive support team, and much more.

We pride ourselves on being a web hosting company with incredible cloud hosting products and services that will empower your business to take full advantage of cloud computing in a user-friendly way (that doesn’t necessarily require deep technical knowledge). Many of our cloud computing products and services come with great paid and free features with dedicated resources to help small businesses succeed.

Does DigitalOcean offer a free domain name with purchase?

DigitalOcean does not offer a free domain with our cloud hosting services. Most web hosting companies don’t offer a free domain with purchase, especially hosting services focused on providing cloud infrastructure services for your startup. With DigitalOcean you’ll get many benefits beyond a free domain name.

Other website providers, like WordPress, offer a basic free domain with sign-up. Free WordPress services can be a great alternative for getting started with a new business and our Cloudways product supports managed hosting for WordPress.

If you want WordPress hosting, but don’t want managed WordPress hosting, DigitalOcean also offers a one-click wordpress installation option on our virtual machines, Droplets.

Whether you get your WordPress hosting through Cloudways or DigitalOcean, we offer affordable and reliable WordPress hosting plans with easy WordPress installation and performant WordPress hosting.

If you want scalable solutions for your web applications on WordPress, check out our managed services and cloud platform.

Does DigitalOcean provide a money back guarantee?

It is atypical for hosting services to provide a money back guarantee. You won’t see a money back guarantee among the most popular web hosting services or web hosting providers. Generally, one should be wary of these money back guarantees for this reason.

While DigitalOcean does not offer a money back guarantee, we do offer free credit for DigitalOcean and Cloudways for new customers.

Does DigitalOcean offer unlimited bandwidth or unlimited storage?

While you can purchase a lot of bandwidth and storage with one of our many hosting plans, we hesitate to claim that we offer unlimited bandwidth or unlimited storage. Cloud hosting platforms that make this claim should be approached cautiously, as cloud servers will always have limitations that a web host will need to consider.

Check out our many hosting plans on DigitalOcean and Cloudways to learn more about the many benefits we offer to those using our cloud servers and trust us as their web host.

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