Why I Moved from Digital Ocean to Cloudways (and Digital Ocean)

February 1, 2018

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I’m not a server admin. I don’t run server stacks and optimize buffer pools. I’m not going to SSH into a box somewhere and check the performance with htop, although you can also find guides online on How to SSH on a Mac if that is your case and you have a Mac to work with. I’m a front-end developer that is really great at designing and developing websites and who knows enough about DNS and hosting solutions to connect a domain with a site’s files and secure it with an SSL certificate. Cloud hosting is frequently used nowadays and I believe it is a great solution for those trying to reduce operational costs. You can read more at /cloud-hosting.htm

While Digital Ocean is a fantastic hosting company, I ultimately needed to contract out a server admin to get everything set up on my droplet. From installing the usual LAMP stack to securing the SSH logins and databases to adding cron tasks, I needed a buddy just to get me to a place where I could start. The managed wordpress hosting providers will take the stress out of configuring your website.

Switching to Cloudways (+ Digital Ocean)

This is where Cloudways saved the day. I first happened across Cloudways by Google search when I was looking for how to install an FTP service on Digital Ocean. I signed up for the free 3-day trial and was immediately impressed with how simple and seamless it was for me to move my site from Digital Ocean to Cloudways. The real kicker, though, is that the site is still running on Digital Ocean servers, I just don’t have to manage all the server admin tasks that I needed to hire out before!

With Cloudways, I was able to choose the exact same server setup that I had on Digital Ocean (though they also offer server setups with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud Platform, and more) and know that I’m using the same servers the site was on before. From there, I could use their one-click install choices for Drupal, WordPress, and others or just a blank PHP application (the LAMP stack I needed). I updated my DNS to point the web address to the new IP address and I was up and running. There’s even a database manager built right in that you can access at the click of a button!

Long story longer, moving from Digital Ocean to Cloudways has given me the power of hosting with Digital Ocean still, but letting Cloudways handle the server administration that I don’t have the know-how (or passion to learn) to do.

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2 Responses

  1. This was just what I was looking for. I’m fed up of having to pay tech guys to do the few tasks I don’t have time to learn on my Droplet. Currently using ServerPilot and had server drop out issues.

    I will be migrating to Cloudways.
    How did you manage to retain any credit within your Digital Ocean account when you moved to Cloudways and DO?

    1. Hey Tiff –

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to migrate any of my Digital Ocean credit over to Cloudways. Although Cloudways has the option to run a server on Digital Ocean, it’s really using Cloudways’ Digital Ocean account to do this, so your credit will not transfer.

      Depending on how much credit you have, might still be worth moving to Cloudways and letting it go. I might also recommend reaching out to Digital Ocean to see if there’s anything they can do to refund it or apply it elsewhere.

      Thanks for the feedback here!

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