VPS REVIEW – Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr

Generally-speaking, Linode is better than Vultr. And Vultr is better than Digital Ocean.

I’ve used Linode in 3 continents over 10 years. Used Vultr in 2 continents for only a few years. I haven’t done exact fair-comparison testing but through just firing up servers for clients using the same stack and “feeling it” (however you trust my feel for it, haha)….I feel Linode is better.

When I run a quick hdparm, Linode is definitely faster. It goes in order of this Linode > Vultr > Digital Ocean. I think DO is the biggest “hype” of all 3. Vultr probably used to be the weakest of them but then got better with their recent upgrade (in the hypervisor or stack, I believe?).

I feel Linode just has consistently better hardware to begin with. They seem like a much bigger company with uniform hardware. Vultr seems more like hodgepodge of different hardware (and also depending on which datacenter)…and I could be totally wrong.

Linode interface is kind of ugly but I like it a lot. Very clean and efficient for me (kinda like the Craigslist of VPS-UI). I used to think DO is sexy but it’s actually annoying to use. Vultr is probably the best mix between sexy & functional.

Any room for variability?

Absolutely. Some people feel Vultr is the fastest (faster than Linode). I do like their interface and also that they sell bare metal servers and DDOS filtering. But for sure, I think we all agree Digital Ocean is the slowest and gimmicky/over-hyped of the 3.

3 thoughts on “VPS REVIEW – Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr

  1. Hi Johnny!

    Thank you for the article! Let me ask you a question.

    VPS server is not enough to configure once? Does it need to be constantly updated? For example, operation system (Linux example), control panel, web server, versions of scripts (such as php, nginx, databases, etc.).

    And the choice of VPS implies a permanent job with the server?

    If you choose the usual virtual hosting. Then you once placed sites there. And don’t worry about anything else. Work on your sites, and the server is supported by hosting employees.

    Isn’t shared hosting better? VPS gives you a lot of headaches, as VPS needs constant care.

    1. VPS vs shared hosting is a very similar debate to DIY custom computer or buying an Apple. It really comes down to your skill level and what you need as well as what you like.

      VPS & DIY computer:
      – more power
      – more options
      – more control
      – more responsibility
      – requires skill to manage

      Shared hosting & Apple:
      – more convenient
      – provided support

      If I had to guess, just by the way you asked the question: shared hosting, managed hosting or even managed VPS is the ideal option for you.

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