Content: Divio Cloud vs DigitalOcean

Why Divio Cloud rather than DigitalOcean?

DigitalOcean’s great - but for Django projects, Divio Cloud’s better still. And it's managed.

We have some things in common

Like Divio Cloud, DigitalOcean saves you all the hassle of maintaining your own hardware.

Like Divio Cloud, DigitalOcean offers you easily-portable and scalable hosting - we won’t lock you in or hold you back.

Like Divio Cloud, DigitalOcean is trusted and well-regarded.

For Django projects however, Divio Cloud offers an optimised service, workflow and tools that just can’t be beaten, because everything we do is built around Django.

 Divio CloudDigitalOcean 
Optimised, dedicated Django hostingDigitalOcean gives you a plain old virtual server. Everything else is up to you. Divio Cloud on the other hand is dedicated to the needs of Django developers. It’s  optimised for their work and for Django hosting, by Django experts.
Expertly-managed Django hostingDigitalOcean leaves management up to you. On Divio Cloud, we monitor your projects proactively, 24/7, and run automated checks to catch problems even before they have a chance to occur. Your websites are literally our business: we're dedicated to keeping them running smoothly.
Local development environmentDigitalOcean isn’t a development platform at all. Divio Cloud is the perfect Django development platform, and includes a local development environment that gives you an extra guarantee: if it works on your machine, it will work in the cloud.

Both platforms use virtualisation technology to guarantee you’ll never be locked-in. Divio Cloud’s containers can run on your server, on another Docker host, on your local machine - anywhere there’s a Docker machine to run them.
Desktop application

The Divio App integrates directly with the cloud, allowing site managers to control and deploy sites using a friendly native application.
Frontend integration

Divio App includes an autosync feature for frontend files, allowing developers to work locally, with files on their own machine, and see the results online - immediately.
Command-line interface

Divio Cloud provides a comprehensive command-line tool to interact with the cloud, manage servers and deployments, and more.
Ready-to-go sitesA Divio Cloud Django project can be ready-to-go right away, with applications installed and hooked up, with a variety of optional configurations to choose from, even including complete frontend frameworks.
Git-based projects

Git-based projects allow you to fork and merge your project, roll back its history, and enjoy a modern project management workflow.
Web-based package management

DigitalOcean offers one-click install Images to help you get started, though the rest is up to you. On Divio Cloud, the Addons system allows you to install, configure and keep software up-to-date using the Control Panel.
Fully-configured projectsOn DigitalOcean, you need to set up and connect the database, configure storage, and so on. Divio Cloud does this for you. All the layers of our projects are fully-configured: application, database, storage, web-server.
Ready-configured addonsOn DigitalOcean, you’re responsible for correctly installing and configuring addons such as Redis or ElasticSearch. On Divio Cloud, they’re set up and ready to go, in a configuration optimised for Django projects.
Advanced user managementOn DigitalOcean, you will need to take care of user management for your sites. On Divio Cloud, you can manage and delegate responsibilities for project management and even create Django admin users for your sites.

Save time. Save effort. Save money.

Divio Cloud is for the Django developer who doesn’t want to be a system operator on the side.

On DigitalOcean, it’s up to you to install your software - Python, Django, the database engine, the webserver, the gateway: everything. Then you have to configure it. It’s bread and butter for a system operator, but time less well spent for the Django developer who wants to get on with doing Django.

In fact, Divio Cloud is the expert and experienced system operator that you shouldn’t have to be, giving you more time and energy to devote to the work you do for your customers: developing Django applications and building websites.

Do what you’re good at. Leave the rest to us.

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