Winding down the VPS Showdown by Josh Sherman


It’s been a long time since I wrote my original Linode vs. DigitalOcean post. The year was 2013 and it was a simpler time.

Over the last [nearly] ten years, the humble post grew from being the output of my own gross curiosity about the performance of a couple of VPS providers, to being a monthly series covering five different providers.

It was quite the journey, and I appreciate all the positive (and negative) feedback I’ve received from the posts. I learned a lot about benchmarking servers, got some cool swag, and did pretty okay in terms of referrals.

Somewhere in there though, I got too comfortable with it. It became a monthly chore that I grew to despise. Quite frankly, the space isn’t nearly as excited to me as it once was.

It did not help that DigitalOcean’s recently proposed pricing changes next month are going to further complicate these posts for me.

It’s had me wondering a lot about the future of these posts, and how they should be organized. Should they remain “apples to apples” in terms of price? Should I just compare everything that’s ten bucks or less, side by side?

Our time is an extremely limited commodity, and I’m always quick to cut the things that aren’t making me happy (thanks Essentialism). This series of posts has fallen into that category, so it’s time to wind things down.

That’s not to say that I will not venture back in from time to time. For right now though, I’m happy to recoup the time these posts take me to put together and apply it to other things in my life.

I’ll leave y’all the way I always do, if you found this post helpful, feel free to use my referral links below;)

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