When comparing Vultr vs Heroku, the Slant community recommends Heroku for most people. In the question“What are the best hosting solutions for personal websites/blogs?” Heroku is ranked 2nd while Vultr is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Heroku is:
Getting started with Heroku is very easy. It's a very straightforward procedure and a beginner can set up their first app in two minutes. Often it's just a matter of a couple of `git` commands and it's all set up and running. The official Heroku [docmentation](https://devcenter.heroku.com/) also helps a lot.
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Pro Great performance
Vultr consistently has great results in benchmarks compared to other VPS providers. It's true that VPS benchmarks are famous for not being very credible because they depend on a myriad of outside variables (most notably instances hosted on the same hardware and distance from the data-center). But still, Vultr scores consistently high in several different benchmarks such as CPU performance and MySQL compilation times.
Pro Wide geographic coverage
Vultr boasts more than a dozen datacenters across the world, ensuring maximal geographic coverage and the chance to increase loading speed wherever your largest demographics may be in the world.
Pro Your own IP Space (BGP AS)
You can announce your own BGP space across all of Vultr's datacenters worldwide.
Pro Custom ISO support
Pro Bitcoin payment support
Vultr supports Bitcoin payment. If you want to be extra careful about security and the security of your credit card/bank account/paypal account you can pay with Bitcoins.
Pro Quick-deploy apps
Vultr offers stock "apps", such as LEMP, Wordpress, Mincraft, Webmin, ownCloud, etc, that can be deployed instantly.
Pro Daily automatic backup
Vultr is capable of running daily backups with two most recent backups stored. Time of backup can be changed.
Pro Easy to start with
Getting started with Heroku is very easy. It's a very straightforward procedure and a beginner can set up their first app in two minutes. Often it's just a matter of a couple of
git commands and it's all set up and running. The official Heroku docmentation also helps a lot.
Pro Excellent error logs
When your deploy fails you see a legitimate error log. Many of the other PaaS give you nondescript messages and debugging is a pain. Debugging Heroku wins by comparison.
Pro Add-ons let you easily add features and technologies
Heroku has a vast list of plugins and services that can be added to an instance. These plugins cover things from databases to email systems. This remove the task of having to install services and setting them up manually. Heroku does it all for you.
Pro Simple scaling
Heroku instances can easily be scaled up or down by increasing or decreasing the number of available dynos for that instance. This can be done through the CLI or through Heroku's web UI.
Pro Dedicated build servers
Heroku has dedicated servers for building app dependencies, to ensure that you won't have issues like "out of memory" errors when deploying your app.
Heroku is one of the oldest PaaS providers. The fact that it's been around for such a long time means that it had a lot of time to mature over the years. There's also a massive number of articles, guides and tutorials on Heroku out there for beginners and advanced users.
Pro Free option
Heroku offers a free tier which contains a single dyno instance. It offers 512MB of memory and 100MB swap space.
Con New hardware
Compare to DO hardware are old.
Con Sub-par documentation
While Vultr does offer documentation, it's not of a very high quality. Not everything is covered and it's more aimed at advanced users. So it wouldn't be a good choice for a beginner.
Con No billing-support on sunday
Added 30 dollars of funds to a new account on a Sunday, however Vultr did not allow me to deploy because of a insufficient funds message. Added support ticket, received the answer that billing related issues are only resolved on workdays.
Con Constrained by addons
If you want to fully customize your production environment, then Heroku can be seriously constraining. Installing libraries or services can not be done unless there is already a Heroku plugin for it.
Con Further deployments are slow
While starting with Heroku is fast and easy, and the first few deployments are actually very fast, larger applications tend to have slower deployments. It takes some time for the dynos to restart and while they are restarting the application is completely offline. Which means that you can lose precious seconds of application time.
Con Really expensive
Heroku starts getting really expensive once you leave that free tier. It's not just the bare Heroku service that is costly, the addons as well are very pricey.