Linode Vs Vultr Vs DigitalOcean

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Linode Vs Vultr Vs DigitalOcean? Why And Which For Best WordPress Performance Ecommerce Hosting?

I spun up a couple server instance (the $10-12 2GB ones) on each, loaded it with the exact same baggage and tested the loading times of a 5MB page on each.

All are super fast. I think Digital Ocean felt the fastest (most instantaneous) on the frontend, which is what matters to users really. But by a slight advantage.

Vultr was the most stable – never having issues with loading times stretching. Linode went crazy on two occasions – loading the page at 17secs and 31 secs! DO max was 9.6 secs but only once. But 95%+ of cases all were very similar in performance.

Control panel: VULTR is the cleanest, Digital Ocean is the most cluttered, Linode is an interesting in-between – I like it. They’re also the most experienced – don’t forget.On Vultr you can’t downgrade a server, and you can’t see memory use in the dashboard (only CLI), if that matters to you.

Support – Vultr quickest to reply – but without “meat”. Linode responds after a while, but they take their time and do it thoroughly. DO never got to use.

I tested $10 servers from DO and Linode, and the $12 High Frequency ones from Vultr, in a variety of locations, and loaded it from a variety of locations and averaged.

All in all, I think all are good. Whats your favorite for WordPress WooCommerce Hosting?

Linode Vs Vultr Vs DigitalOcean
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Ali Akkas 1 year 14 Answers 0

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  1. I’ve used all three and more or less stuck with Vultr. Better value for the price (more memory off the top of my head) on their $5 vps. Never had network issues, operates a lot like Digital Ocean.

    They’re all solid. Once I played with each of them I really just looked at the price / resources / available features. I personally felt Vultr was the right fit for me.

    Keep it simple and least expensive. Using Vultr via Cloudways. Vultr because their server locations are closest to where my clients’ primary markets are located. I have 4 servers with them on the least expensive plan. (3 prod. 1 dev).

    I won’t go higher than 10 (WP) applications on any server. If the hardware resources ever get a demand greater than what the current configuration can handle, I’ll review which app(s) are using the resources and take the necessary action. Likely resulting in upgrading to the next higher plan on whichever server needs the additional resources and will consider adding up to an additional 5 applications (15 in total) on it.

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  2. I switched from DO to Vultr mainly because the server is closer.  I’m in North Florida and Vultr Atlanta server pings avg 19ms where DO NYC-3 would at 39ms.  Another selling point for me was NMVe storage. I recently switched to NVMe for my workstation from SSD and went from around 500Mbps to 3500Mbps.  So far I’m really happy with Vultr.  The documentation is not nearly as good as DO but their service has been great and very responsive.

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    Linode Vs Vultr Vs DigitalOcean:

    A data center closest to where the majority of your visitors are located is always better. I actually prefer Vultr as they have NVME drives. Try it with Cloudways but optimize Linux/Nginx as much as you can. I’ve tried Cloudways in Europe at all those locations and tested DO, Linode, Vultr, and LightSail. Without a doubt, I would go to DO London or Amsterdam and avoid Paris or Frankfurt. Any LightSail option is fine but for that I use RunCloud and it’s much more of a faff to configure than Cloudways. I hear Guru hosting in the UK gets decent feedback if you are inclined to try something with LiteSpeed. For cheaper clients but with little to no speed difference I use ChemiCloud for LiteSpeed in Europe. — Vultr I found to be unreliable by comparison and I dislike any service that goes down often enough for clients to complain. Vultr Paris was awful. Linode is ok but I found that their servers suffer CPU overwhelm far sooner than DO, presumably they are lower Clock speed or older CPU’s or are simply set up to have much stricter burst rate than DO.

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  3.  Linode Vs Vultr Vs DigitalOcean:

    I moved from DigitalOcean to Linode at the tail end of 2019 after DigitalOcean had that major security release. I’ve had 3 servers on Linode since then – 2 in Singapore and 1 in London – and they’ve been very, very dependable. I never noticed any downtime, and all my sites are super fast. I’ve been toying with the idea of giving Vultr a run but all the downtime complaints keep putting me off.
    Currently moving some sites to GCP for a bit to take advantage of the free $300 credit for 12 months they offer. Probably keeping my best-paying clients on Linode though.

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  4. I have a dev with a single CPU, a stage with 2 CPU, and live with 2 CPU. Everything gets tested and I can easily move one site to another server in the same data center – fast. Never really have a ram problem and one CPU works but can slow down multiple sites getting simultaneous traffic or if doing an update.

  5. Only using Digital Ocean. Using servers from different vendors not bad in starting when you are not sure that which hosting company is better for your sites. Later you can move sites to best hosting. It is just like A/B testing of servers to find the best one. If you are sure that one company is best then don’t need to test/host sites on different company’s servers. Better to separate sites on different servers/droplets of 2GB ram (at least high traffic sites should be on different servers).

  6. I’ve been using Vultr for almost 2 years now out of their Atlanta data center and couldn’t be happier. I’ve had virtually no downtime that I can recall and speed is great especially their HF. I haven’t tried any of their other data centers so I can really speak on those.

  7. I believe it varies on which location/data center you use, some DigitalOcean have issues whereas some are extremely solid with almost zero downtime. It can really depend on location as to which provider you choose. Personally I have tried them all and VultrHF works for me.

    DigitalOcean vs Linode vs Vultr

  8. One of the benefits of using one of the Server management tools, RunCloud, ServerPilot, Forge, GridPane, is that you will still be provisioning the Servers from the VPS providers yourself.

    This means you get the full support available from their technicians directly, and have full access/control over your server. Patrick pointed this out, but I wanted to emphasise the importance of this.

    If you go with CloudWays, you don’t. CloudWays provision the server, not you, so if there is a hardware problem then you need to deal with them, and they deal with the hardware vendor. This can be convoluted, and if you check through these threads regarding Cloudways, you will see their support isn’t A+ support. That’s not so much an issue if its just re using a control panel, but it put me off using them.

    I went with RunCloud, got unlimited servers for $50 bucks a year on black Friday deal, that’s usually $100, but still $8.33 a month for unlimited servers, for any type of Webapp, with fully integrated git deployment/web-hook workflow. Ended up blogging for them too…

    Otherwise Patrick Gallagher has a sweet WordPress specific control panel based on the Webinoly LEMP stack that is sweet, and he is modestly nor promoting. They have a free tier too, you might want to check that out too before making a final decision.

    But, to the point in hand. They’re all great VPS providers. I have instances with each. DO now has the sweet point re value, so if they have DC location closest to market, go with them. Otherwise, the value offering difference is marginal, so go with the provider that has DC closest.

  9. They’re all very very similar in terms of performance and pricing. But currently DigitalOcean is the best value, by an appreciable amount. This was not the case until very recently when they slashed their price-to-performance by at least 50%. The API and interface is arguably better as well.

    But Vultr has significantly more datacenter choices and they allow you to run custom ISO images. Not that this is a particularly useful distinction if your mind is made up over CloudWays.

    They all offer block storage, they all have very similar pricing, and they all have solid support for the hardware side of things – arguably better than the support for the control panel side of things that comes from CloudWays.

    You won’t really make a wrong decision between these three. You don’t have to go through CW to use these providers though, and you can save a fair amount by not doing so.

  10. I use TMDHosting. Great support, their WordPress Cloud Hosting has Varnish Cache and free SSL. Their shared hosting servers are great as well. If you go dedicated you get more CPU cores & more RAM compared to GCP/AWS for the same price. Under the hood, everyone uses XEON CPU or AMP Opteron CPU.

  11. Sorry to contradict, but serverpilot and Vultr are a very easy setup IMO.
    Google some stuff to get yourself going ( or ask someone to give 10 mins of help) and you’re up and running. Pay a few bucks extra for schedules backups and DDOS protection and that’s it. Includes free SSL. I host a bunch of sites on this setup and it’s super easy.

    Runcloud & ServerPilot are good but still it’s not fully managed for you. If something goes really bad, u have no one to approach.

  12. Look into cloudways, it simplifies everything, and runs on cloud servers and you choose which server host you use, Amazon aws, digital Ocean and the 2 you mentioned above are all options. Simple 1click install for WordPress with woocommerce, and it’s even modified by default to get the best performance on their servers.

    Cloudways also has a easy data migration, so with a few clicks it Transfers data from your existing host, when that’s done all you do is point your domain to your new server and that is it.

    At the moment through Cloudways I am with Digital Ocean 1GB server in London and its costing me $17 a month which seems like a lot but with Cloudways you only pay per hour (pay as you go) which ends up being $0.023 an hour which seems really cheap and affordable.

    Best thing is its pay as you go, so only play for the hours you use.

  13. I use CloudWays, and I recently moved my sites from DigitalOcean to Vultr. Overall there was no change in performance apart from an improvement in page speed because of the server location. I moved them to Vultr because they have servers in Australia (where I am based, and my clients)

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