When comparing DigitalOcean vs Luna Node, the Slant community recommends DigitalOcean for most people. In the question“What are the best VPS providers?” DigitalOcean is ranked 1st while Luna Node is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose DigitalOcean is:
DigitalOcean has a control panel that's intuitive and easy to use, new servers (Droplets) can be spun up in under a minute and they offer stock "apps" (LAMP, RoR, Wordpress) that can be deployed instantly. There's also an [extensive documentation](https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials) for people new to VPS.
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DigitalOcean has a control panel that's intuitive and easy to use, new servers (Droplets) can be spun up in under a minute and they offer stock "apps" (LAMP, RoR, Wordpress) that can be deployed instantly. There's also an extensive documentation for people new to VPS.
Pro Good API
DigitalOcean has an API for creating and destroying droplets and replicating droplet control panel functionality. The API is RESTful, uses oAuth, supports IPv6 and comes with an extensive documentation.
Pro Flexible backup mechanism
Automatic backups can be made for 20% of the droplet price and an unlimited amount of snapshots at $0.02 per GB of storage can be made manually.
Pro Pay-as-you-go with multiple payment options
Billing is done per hour. Each month has a 672 hour (28-day) billing cap with server runtime past that point being free of charge. DigitalOcean accepts payments via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.
Pro Competetive starter-level pricing
With pricing that starts at $5/month. It's a pretty cheap VPS provider.
Pro (New) Block Storage Volumes
You can now attach dynamic distributed (assuming SAN) storage to a droplet. Multiple droplets cannot attach to the same volume. The storage is very affordable and there are easy to follow how-to guides.
(as of writing, only in certain datacenters)
Pro Extremely low cost
Plans start at $3.6 per month and include plans where you only pay for the CPU and bandwidth that you use. A 2GB RAM 40GB disk 2 core VPS that is idle most of the time can cost ~$6 per month.
Pro Best Value
Their 1 GB VPS plan (m.1s) is $3.5/mo, haven't noticed any downtime after two years and it is very good price for that much RAM.
Pro Bitcoin payment support
Pay for credit through many payment methods including Bitcoin and Paypal.
Pro Tons of features
They have tons of features like snapshots, block storage, and free e-mail hosting.
Pro Use any OS
Uses KVM so you can use any OS, even more obscure ones like NixOS. Upload your own ISOs ore QEMU images.
Pro VNC access to terminal
Makes it easier to fix boot image issues on unsupported ISOs.
Con No DDoS protection
When Digital Ocean detects what they think may be a DoS attack, they will cut traffic to the droplet to avoid performance drops to neighbors etc. This means if your droplet comes under attack, or appears to be under attack, it will be disconnected from the network, effectively down.
Con Setup is not as fast as advertised
A person who wants to set this up, set that up, configure this and so forth - and who has minimal time pressures would be okay. But the time it takes to be set up can be crucial for people who want to get up and running as fast as possible.
Con Terrible support
Con Limited payment options
Con Don't accept Bitcoin yet
Even though it's one of the most voted suggestions on their customer feedback website, DigitalOcean does not accept any crypto-currency payment methods.
Con Bitcoin can only be used as a payment after a credit card has been added to the users account
Bitcoin can only be used once the user has added their credit card info into their Luna node account. This pretty much negates the point of using bitcoin, if you need to hand over your personal information anyways.
Con Occasional downtime
Has planned and unplanned downtime of the network occasionally. More frequent than larger VPS providers, on the order of 5 minutes a month. Not an issue for personal and small business use. They are actively improving this though.