Digital Ocean made some big changes today! Check out the new price list.
First, 1 GB droplet is now only $5/month!
Also, very good news for people with high volume sites, the fast CPU offerings now have reasonable amounts of SSD space.
Also new are “flexible droplets” that make it easy to switch between difference configurations to see what difference it makes to have more RAM, or more CPUs:
If you’ve got a 1GB droplet, you’ll likely want to shutdown, switch to the new 2GB droplet, and re-run discourse-setup to take advantage of the additional memory.
Downgrading from the old 1GB $10/month droplet to the new $5 one is more complicated because there’s less disk space, so you can’t just change. To do that, a safe path would be to create the new droplet, copy your old app.yml, rebuild, backup and restore your site to the new one and point to the new site.
For me the most important feature to come is true private networking. This means for example that if you are running the database in a separate vm the communication goes through a isolated network. Right now in DigitalOcean the internal networking is shared.
No Doubt, I am very happy with this step. DigitalOcean has taken a great step by providing their services in cheaper rates. DO has one of the most affordable infrastructures with good quality of service. It is beneficial for both developers and startups because they can now get a production server in just $5, Even if they don’t know how to manage the servers, They can head to Cloudways, As they have also reduced the pricing on DigitalOcean server.
Exploring the $15 options for a moderately small community (up to 5k people, 500 new messages per day, 500k visits per month), the 2 vCPUs with 2GB RAM option looks better than the others two taking into account the specifics of the Discourse application?
I.e., a) 1GB is too little of memory; b) 3GB RAM vs 2GB RAM won’t make too much of a difference; you’ll have a ~2GB swap; and c) 2 vCPUs is definitely better than 1 vCPUs taking into account multitasking built into Discourse.
Cheap is relative question. De facto minimum droplet will cost at least 18 USD, but 24 USD is more realistic choise. We aren’t on 72 USD level per year anymore, but on 216 - 288 per year. And S3 or similar one comes top of that, easily over 100 a year.
And what if a poor admin wants to use AI? We are quickly at 100 UDS a month level; 1200 USD a year.
We are at that point really far far away from 5 or 6 bucks a month
But the main point is that opposite what this topic told… what… 5 years ago, prices aren’t getting any cheaper, but increasing.