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Discussion on: Where do you host server-side code?

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Jeff Triplett (he/him)

I am a fan of DigitalOcean because they are cheap, reliable, and flexible. Even with a cheap $5/month box, DO gives you an extra floating IP address, VPC, and an external firewall plus they have a nice snapshot and backup options. These features are optional, but they make it easier to focus on running your application securely, restoring a machine, or even scaling up to other web nodes about as easy as I can imagine.

Their community docs are useful even if you don't use DigitalOcean.

My preferred setup is to install Docker and run everything inside of Docker. Upgrading to a bigger box only takes a few minutes, and DO's snapshot/restore tools make it trivial to launch a new machine with virtually zero downtime.