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The better VPS - More for Less: Hetzner vs. DigitalOcean

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DigitalOcean has a great offering -- a minimal, intuitive and easy UI and competitive prices. But few know Hetzner, which has not only a cheaper base tier and the same minimal and intuitive UI, but also more powerful servers for the same price. The only real disadvantage: They only offer servers based in Germany and Finland.

A comparison of their base tiers

CPU Cores11
Disk Space20GB25GB
Company Location (GDPR and data privacy)EUUS
Available Server locationsEuropeAround the world
Backups+20% of price+20% of price
One-Click Appsnoyes
Storage Expansion Optionyesyes

I want to point out a few things here:

  • The Hetzner Server has better specs although it costs about half the DigitalOcean one.
  • Hetzner includes 20 times more bandwith than DigitalOcean.

About One-Click Apps, I would argue that:

  1. If you can't install software on your server, chances are you will be unable to maintain it
  2. There are many resources online on installing almost anything on your server

So I think it's not a big deal that they don't offer them.


Based on the chart, I think it is obvious that I recommend using Hetzner. Use my link to get 20€ free server credit to start

Note: I've been using Hetzner for multiple months now and am very happy with them. I did not recommend them based on their affiliate payout. (DigitalOcean actually pays out more)

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