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DigtalOcean and Vultr are definitely cut from the same cloth in the grand scheme of things when it comes to infrastructure as a service and self-managed cloud VPS, however they are some very big differences that are worth considering before you choose one or the other.

DigitalOcean really shook up the game when they came in with their self-managed $5 servers at a fraction of the cost of most managed servers, and took things further by creating some of the best documentation and setup-guides to follow along with, and created easy “one-click” installs for many popular uses, from WordPress sites to any number of other apps.

Vultr took it a step further by introducing a $2.50 server in the same style of DigitalOcean, and it actually has fairly comparable resources, too. Vultr also offers a $5 option which exceeds the resources offered by DigitalOcean for the same price, and the pattern remains infact all the way up both company’s most expensive offerings.

Remember a minute ago when we said there’s more to the story? Those number’s don’t tell the whole story. If you think you can get better performance for less money from Vultr, or even better performance for the same price, you may be in for a disappointment. There’s a reason DigitalOcean are at the top of the game, however they also fall short in certain areas where Vultr excels, so check out this in-depth comparison and choose which traits are most important to you, and then you’ll be able to make a smart hosting decision between DigitalOcean vs Vultr.

First thing’s first, lets compare the differences in-between price and specs when it comes to Vultr vs DigitalOcean. Before we do that, we just want to remind you to keep in mind that there’s a difference between specs and performance. A machine could have incredible specs in some areas, but have bottlenecks that prevent it from performing adequately. On the flip side, a server could have lower specs, but actually perform a lot better for those same reasons. As such, don’t just look at this price comparison and run out to buy a server, becasue the section after this will be enlightening.

As you can see, Vultr offers double the specifications in certain categories, approximately, compared to DigitalOcean. The only different between DigitalOcean’s $5 entry level plan and Vultr’s offering for half the price is the amount of bandwidth provided, and even the amount Vultr provides should be more than enough for most websites. If you’re at a point where you’re eating up more bandwidth than that, you’d probabally need a more expensive server anyways for a variety of other reasons.

So, don’t let the bandwidth there be the deciding factor unless you know specifically that you’ll end such a large amount.As you can see, Vultr offers double the specifications in certain categories, approximately, compared to DigitalOcean. The only different between DigitalOcean’s $5 entry level plan and Vultr’s offering for half the price is the amount of bandwidth provided, and even the amount Vultr provides should be more than enough for most websites. If you’re at a point where you’re eating up more bandwidth than that, you’d probabally need a more expensive server anyways for a variety of other reasons.

Look at that, DigitalOcean performed significantly better, loading the site in less than a third of the time. That’s why the actual hardware specs and numbers can be misleading, because this $5 server from DO had less power in terms of specs compared to Vultr, but for this test in particular it’s the clear winner.

Both Vultr and DigitalOcean offer a number of additional features. We’ve covered these other features much more in-depth already in our reviews of each hosting company, which can be found here: DigitalOcean review, Vultr Review.

So, at the end of the day, what matters more to you? If you’re looking for an unmanaged VPS in the first place, we’ll assume you don’t need a lot of hand-holding as far as support goes, so in that case DigitalOcean would have to be the clear winner. If you’re more budget conscious and need a lot of storage like Vultr offers, or additional bandwidth, the fact that they offer more resources suddenly becomes more relevant.