I’ve been using DigitalOcean a LOT lately. Disclaimer: That first link will give me referral credit if you do end up using DigitalOcean. I’ve used a small droplet from them for a while now to host a non-exit Tor relay, it runs $5 a month. They frequently give out promo codes on Twitter, too, sometimes worth a couple months of free hosting.
I recently moved this site to a new 1GB DigitalOcean droplet, and used their one-click WordPress install to do it. Some things had changed when deploying new droplets since I had created my first droplet a few months ago. The most noticeable change was the addition of pre-built images of various types, including one for a WordPress installation, as you can see in the images associated with this post.
They’ve got one-click installs for WordPress, various environments including LAMP and Ruby on Rails, both available on various Linux distributions. They’ve even got one for Ghost, the new blog system built with Node.js. I really like how they’ve implemented the whole thing, deploying a new droplet for a WordPress install seriously takes a few minutes, and that’s including SSHing into the new droplet and finishing up with WordPress install.
I’ve been really happy with DigitalOcean so far. Don’t think I’ve experienced any downtime, at least none that me or various monitoring services have noticed, lol. Since you can get promo codes, and a short bit of free hosting, it can’t hurt to try them out. Their servers start at $5/month with 512MB RAM and 20GB SSD Disk, with 1TB of data transfer. Even without the promo codes, their prices are really attractive, at all levels.