Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com

The open enrollment for websites on our personal server is now over.This is now a by invitation signup and you will have to find out ad where ever I post it to be able to sign up. All the other plans on other servers are still there.

I am now selling domain names and more. My prices are as competitive as the the big boys. Check them out in the Buy Cheap Domains and More  link at the top of the page.

If you do not like the hosting deals below I have many more that are with other major hosting companies but you will never get the personal touch from them. I know that personally. I have Servers, VPS, Multi-site, Single sites, Cloud hosting and more available at Big Moccasin Domains .com

Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com.

We will be serving the Southwest Virginia and North East Tennessee area for all of their hosting needs.

Some of the features include cPanel, Softaculous, and Solid State Drives for storage which results in faster access times for visitors all on a Virtual Private Server.

There will only be a limited number of accounts so the service will remain fast. We think this hosting is so good that we will also be hosting our websites here.

Right now we are starting with two account types – a trial account for $1 a month and a basic plan for $5 per month.

Disk Quota (MB) 100
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 500
Max FTP Accounts 1
Max Email Accounts 1
Max Email Lists 1
Max Databases 1
Max Sub Domains 1
Max Parked Domains 1
Max Addon Domains 1
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 100
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
Open enrollment is over. If you want to try this you will need to personally contact us.
$10 Per Month By Appointment
Open enrollment is over. Accounts are now by invitation only. If you are interested please email us at chrles_osborne@hotmail.com .Or watch for our ads.
Disk Quota (MB) 1000
Litespeed High Speed Server
Litespeed cache for Wordpress Websites
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 1000
Max FTP Accounts 2
Max Email Accounts 1
Max Email Lists 1
Max Databases unlimited
Max Sub Domains 10
Max Parked Domains 5
Max Addon Domains 5
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 500
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
*This is just the base. Account size can be increased.

Best Asia Optimized VPS and Hosting Providers

Best Asia Optimized Cheap VPS HostsIf you are looking for an Asia Optimized VPS, whether it be because you are located in Asia, or you have your audience/end-users located within the Asia region and want to provide the best network connectivity to your website/server, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, we will outline some of the best Asia Optimized VPS providers in 2020. Some of the qualifications we used to determine the providers to cover in this post include: track record/history, customer reviews, community engagement, network quality, providers/carriers in network blend, latency to Asia (tested using ping.pe), and more.

Generally speaking, VPS’s in the West Coast (i.e. Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose) should provide a decent latency to Asia given the geographic distance, however for those who are ultra-sensitive to latency – you will want to consider a provider with China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, PCCW, etc within their network blend. Before buying, ask the provider for a Looking Glass (or a test IP/test file) to test the speeds from your location before ordering. Your network experience will always vary from that of your friends for example, so always ask for a test IP before buying!

DediPath - VPS and Dedicated Servers in Los Angeles and New JerseyDediPath – Los Angeles VPS (GTT, Cogent, China Telecom & More)

DediPath is owned and managed by industry veterans whom have extensive experience in the IaaS industry. Their Los Angeles location consists of multiple network carriers optimized by Internap Flow Control, providing decent latency and connections to Asia & worldwide.

Test IP:


  • 1 CPU Core
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 10 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ Control Panel
  • $20/year
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  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 30 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ Control Panel
  • $3.50/month
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RackNerd VPS HostingRackNerd – Best Asia Optimized VPS (China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and More)

RackNerd is a VPS provider who provides some of the best network connectivity to Asia because of its optimized network blend, which specifically includes China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and more within the network mix. This translates to low latency, and stable network connectivity to users from Asia even during peak times where internet congestion is high between the US and Asia.

Here’s their Looking Glass: http://lg-lax02.racknerd.com/

Test IP:

Their recent Asia Optimized VPS offers are listed below:

2.5 GB KVM Flash Sale

  • 3x vCPU Core
  • 40GB SSD Cached RAID-10 Storage
  • 2.5GB RAM
  • 6000GB Monthly Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Network Port
  • Full Root Admin Access
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • KVM / SolusVM Control Panel
  • LOCATION: Los Angeles
  • JUST $27.80/YEAR!
LEB Special 4GB

  • 3x vCPU Cores
  • 4GB RAM
  • 45GB SSD RAID-10 Storage
  • 6TB Premium Bandwidth
  • 1 Gbit Port
  • Full Root Access
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Pricing: $35.68/year

Virmach VPS HostingVirmach – Los Angeles VPS (Cogent, TeliaNet, and More)

Virmach is a very well known and respected provider within the community. While they do not specifically include Asian carriers within the network blend at this time, they offer affordable VPS servers in Los Angeles which naturally provide decent latency to Asia given the geographic distance. This could be a solid option to consider, if you do not require the absolute best latency to Asia but want to obtain an excellent value from a trusted provider that has been time-tested with plenty of good ratings.

Test IP (Virmach Los Angeles):

35% OFF – SSD512 to SSD32G Packages

  • 512MB to 32GB RAM
  • 1x vCPU @ 2GHz to 8x vCPU @ 3GHz
  • 15GB to 500B SSD (RAID 10)
  • 1TB to 10TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps to 10Gbps Available
  • 1x Dedicated IPv4 (More Available)
  • KVM/SolusVM
  • Windows & Linux (Windows +$2)
  • Up to 50Gbps DDoS Protection in Buffalo, NY
  • Starting from $1.62/mo (After 35% Savings)
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LosAngeles VPS HostingLosAngelesVPS – Los Angeles VPS (Internap, NTT, Comcast, Cogent, and more)

LosAngelesVPS is a provider who leverages Internap’s network blend – which consists of NTT, Comcast, Cogent, and more. For users in Japan, the connectivity to NTT is a big plus. They were recently featured on LowEndBox with decent reviews. One noteworthy feature to point out is every VPS package of theirs includes unmetered bandwidth, this can be a good option if you’re looking to transfer a lot of bandwidth without having to worry about a bandwidth meter.

Test IP:

Unmetered 2.5GB KVM

  • 2 CPU Core
  • 2.5 GB RAM
  • 35 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • Virtualizor Control Panel
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Linux OS Choices
  • 10Gbps DDoS Protection – Now Included Free
  • $27.99/year
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Unmetered 4GB KVM

  • 3 CPU Cores
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 60 GB SSD Storage
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • Virtualizor Control Panel
  • KVM Virtualization
  • Linux OS Choices
  • 10Gbps DDoS Protection – Now Included Free
  • $52.75/year
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RamNode VPS HostingRamNode – Los Angeles VPS (PCCW, Verizon, NTT, and more)

RamNode’s Los Angeles location consists of PCCW, Verizon, NTT & more within their network blend, providing decent latency and network connectivity to Asia. RamNode was founded in 2012, with consistently good reviews from customers.

Test IP:


  • 1 CPU Core
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 15 GB SSD Storage
  • 1 TB Transfer
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • Fleio Control Panel
  • $3/month
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  • 2 CPU Cores
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 35 GB SSD Storage
  • 2 TB Transfer
  • 1000Mbps Port
  • 1 Dedicated IPv4 Address
  • Fleio Control Panel
  • $5/month
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Phonton VPS HostingPhotonVPS – Los Angeles VPS (China Mobile, ChinaNet, GTT & More)

PhotonVPS is a SSD Cloud VPS provider that is owned by Psychz Networks/Profuse Solutions, which has been in business since 1999. Their Los Angeles location is notable for its network blend, which consists of China Mobile, ChinaNet, GTT and more. These carriers, combined with the geographic location, provide decent latency to most areas of Asia. 

Test IP:


  • 1GB RAM
  • 20GB SSD Disk Space
  • 2000GB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbit Port
  • 1 IP Address
  • KVM Virtualization
  • 10Gbps DDoS Mitigation!
  • $5.95/month
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Also consider checking our our Frequently Asked Questions Article about Los Angeles VPS Hosting.

What Asia Optimized VPS provider do you use? Any others that we should add to the list above? Let us know your feedback in the comments section below!

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NGClouds.com – 1GB ESXI VPS for $3.50/mo in Amsterdam, Instanbul or Kansas City

AmsterdamKevin from NGClouds.com sent in their first LowEndBox exclusive offer recently and we’re excited to be able to share it with our users. NGClouds.com utilizes VMWare as their virtualization engine, making this somewhat unique in today’s market place given that so many providers have opted for SolusVM/KVM as of late. The 1GB and 2GB packages are available in three locations overall, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Kansas City.

Their WHOIS is public and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs on their website. They preferred method of payment is Credit/Debit Card.

Given that this is the first time NGClouds.com is being featured on LowEndBox we recommend paying by month only. Please share your feedback in the comments below.

The exclusive VMWare offers:

VMWare 1 GB

  • 1 GB RAM
  • 1x vCPU
  • 20GB SSD
  • 1TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • VMware ESXI
  • Coupon: LEBSpecial
  • $3.50/month
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VMWare 2 GB

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2x vCPU
  • 25GB SSD
  • 2TB transfer
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 1x IPv4
  • VMware ESXI
  • Coupon: LEBSpecial
  • $7/month
  • [ORDER]

Network and hardware information after the break!

Be sure to leave your comments if you are a customer or have questions!

Datacenter Name – Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Test IPv4:
Test file: https://lg.nl.ngclouds.com/100MB.test
Looking Glass: https://lg.nl.ngclouds.com

Datacenter Name – Istanbul (Turkey)
Test IPv4:
Test file: https://lg.tr.ngclouds.com/100MB.test
Looking Glass: https://lg.tr.ngclouds.com

Datacenter Name – Kansas City (USA)
Test IPv4:
Test file: https://lg.us.ngclouds.com/100MB.test
Looking Glass: https://lg.us.ngclouds.com

Hardware Node:

  • 4x Intel Xeon E7-4860 / E7-4870 (Kansas City and Istanbul)
  • 1 TB RAM
  • 8x 2TB SSD
  • Hardware RAID10
  • 1Gbps uplink
  • 2x Intel E5-2650 (Amsterdam)
  • 512 GB RAM
  • 8x 2TB SSD
  • Hardware RAID10
  • 1Gbps uplink

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Scale your business, not costs by running your apps on DigitalOcean

Cloud is omnipresent. The promise of not having to buy and maintain on-premises infrastructure is a potent one, especially for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs. However, the multitude of cloud offerings available makes research necessary when determining which offering is optimal for your workloads. Countless hours are often invested in gaining an understanding of available products, SLAs, and the costs of using the cloud. 

One of the common complaints with major cloud providers such as AWS, GCP, and Microsoft Azure is that they might be inexpensive to begin with, but as you scale your apps, the costs rise significantly. These cloud providers typically target enterprises who have deep pockets to absorb the rising costs, but this often becomes cost prohibitive for entrepreneurs and small businesses over time.

“Simplicity in all we do” is one of the core values at DigitalOcean. As our user base has grown over the years, we have strived very hard to keep our products simple. This includes all aspects of our product portfolio: UX, API, CLI, docs, billing, and pricing

Our pricing is predictable – and flat – across all 13 data centers, which helps you avoid any surprise bills. We also offer one of the best price-to-performance ratios in the industry, even as you scale your apps. To illustrate this, we thought we’d show the costs of running a few common setups on DigitalOcean. 


If you are developing a web app, it’s very common to start with a single Droplet (cloud VM). This simple architecture, as shown below, allows this VM to run the entirety of your app (web server, database etc.). Assuming you need at least 1GB of memory for your VM, you can run this setup on DigitalOcean for as low as $5 per month.

Basic setup for web app

Production Ready

As your app becomes popular, a single Droplet can’t keep up with the increased traffic. So you add a few more resources to meet the demand. A CDN Spaces ($5/month) reduces latency and increases scalability by offloading static content like images, CSS, etc. A fully managed Load Balancer ($10/month) increases availability by distributing traffic between two Droplets ($10/month for 2 Droplets). A free Cloud Firewall makes your website secure as it blocks malicious traffic. You also adopt some best practices and start using Volumes Block Storage ($5/month for 50GiB) to store data separated from your Droplets, reducing the chance of data loss in the case of hardware failure. Being a responsible builder, you also decide to maintain a backup schedule ($2/month) so you can easily revert to an older state of the Droplet in case things go wrong. Since managing databases at this scale may not be your favorite activity (or the area where you feel your value lies), you decide to decouple your database from your application server by utilizing our Managed Databases ($15/month). While this seems like a ton of products in use, the overall cost of this configuration on DigitalOcean is still as little as $47 per month. Here’s what the new architecture looks like.

Production ready set up for web app

Cloud Native

The last setup replaces the Droplets with a two-node Kubernetes cluster ($20/month). Since its release in 2014, Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container orchestration.We provide amanaged Kubernetes servicethat lets you deploy clusters without the complexities of administering the control plane and containerized infrastructure. You can run this setup on DigitalOcean for as little as $55 per month.

Cloud native set up for web app

Because our example was simple, bandwidth costs were minimal. So, it’s important to keep in mind that network-intensive applications like video and audio streaming, real-time communication, IoT, and web crawling can come with substantial bandwidth costs. This could make up a majority of your cloud computing costs. Since bandwidth costs are often phrased as pennies per GB, you might dismiss this cost as negligible. 

DigitalOcean has proven especially popular with companies developing network-intensive apps because we charge only ~10-20% of what other clouds do for bandwidth. The savings can easily add up to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars for apps that require large scale.

Lastly, we want to call out billing. It often gets overlooked during the decision making process of choosing a cloud provider, but can lead to major frustration down the road. There are numerous articles, forum discussions, and social media rants about how complex the billing is for major cloud providers. In fact, sometimes billing is so convoluted that users joke that they need a PhD to decipher their monthly bills. Decoding monthly bills is not the best use of anyone’s time. That’s why we always pay special attention to making our billing as simple and intuitive as possible. Check out this fun, short video that answers some of the common billing related questions.

As you can see in the examples above, DigitalOcean keeps your cloud computing costs low – not only when you are starting out, but also when you scale. This enables you to invest the savings into your core business, and set yourselves up for success. With a reliable platform that's trusted by over 100,000 developer teams worldwide, robust SLAs, and the right set of products, there has never been a better time to bring your workloads to DigitalOcean. If you’re ready to get started, we invite you to sign up for a free account.

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Businesses are staring down the difficult challenge of digital innovation as never before. Massive amounts of activity have moved online in recent months, and consequently, being able to change and adapt to a new digital reality has become a major test for organizations of all shapes and sizes.  This has been felt across every industry,

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Latest products and features at DigitalOcean: May 2020 

May was a busy month at DigitalOcean, with a brand new data center and updates to many of our products. Here are the highlights:

SFO3 expands our presence in North America with a modern data center, and brings our global data center count to 13, allowing you to easily serve customers across the world. Within SFO3 you can run products such as our Droplet VMs and Kubernetes, and our new VPC to set up multiple private networks for your applications, with each network isolated from the others. Check out this short video to get a glimpse of what’s inside a modern cloud data center.

  • Floating IPs billing updateFloating IPs are publicly-accessible static IP addresses that you can assign to Droplets. Floating IPs are always free when assigned to a Droplet, but we have now started charging for unassigned Floating IPs. The first charge will appear on July 2020 invoices for all floating IPs that were not assigned to Droplets during the month of June. If you have unassigned Floating IPs that you don't need, you can delete them to avoid any charges. 
  • New version for DigitalOcean Terraform provider: Version (1.18.0) of the DigitalOcean Terraform provider is now available. This release includes support for the backend keep alive option for the load balancer resource and data source.
  • Root password for Droplets: Users can create a root password to access their Droplet on the ‘Create Droplet’ page, instead of emailing a one-time password after creation.
  • Marketplace updates: You can now search for Marketplace apps directly from the ‘Create Droplet’ page making it a lot easier to discover the apps that suit your workflows. We also launched several new preconfigured 1-Click Apps in the Marketplace to help you save time and remove the hassle of provisioning servers.

    ISPmanager Lite– Like cPanel and Plesk, this webserver manager provides a rich feature set for managing websites, creating users, handling domains, emails, databases, etc., and supports an unlimited number of users and domains.
    Supabase PostgreSQL– Unmodified Postgres with some useful plugins and provides some of the most common extensions with a one-click install!
    UH VPN– A secure, fast, and easy to use VPN platform designed for individuals, groups of friends or companies.
    Workarea– An enterprise-grade commerce platform written in Ruby on Rails.
    Vitess– A database solution for deploying, scaling, and managing large clusters of open-source database instances. It currently supports MySQL and MariaDB.
    MeiliSearch– A powerful, fast, open-source, easy to use and deploy search engine.
    Live Chat Helper– A stable Live Support Chat solution for everyone who wants to have the application hosted on their infrastructure. 
    Folding@Home– Helping with the COVID-19 pandemic effort, a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. 
    Fiype– A complete DevOps and IT Ops platform. It enables you to monitor websites, web apps, APIs, servers, and more and gives you detailed metrics of things that might be wrong with your infrastructure.
    Mozilla's Hubs Cloud Personal– Create private, collaborative immersive rooms that can be accessed on your desktop, mobile phone, or VR headset.

    You might also want to check out Jitsi Server, an open source app for video conferencing and chat. This app is gaining a lot of popularity as work from home has become the new normal due to COVID-19.

Check out the release notes for other minor product updates in May. You can learn about the updates from the previous month here

We hope you give the new SFO3 data center a try by running a few workloads. If you have an idea on how to improve our products, or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here

Until next month,

Happy coding and stay safe!

Rafael Rosa,

Senior Product Manager

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The best managed Kubernetes service is the one that’s made for you

Since its release in 2014, Kubernetes has become the de facto standard for container orchestration. The software platform is now the foundation for a new generation of cloud native applications – those architected with ephemeral cloud infrastructure in mind.

While you can install and manage Kubernetes on infrastructure that you administer, this is a time-consuming and complicated process. Consequently, a number of companies have created managed Kubernetes services that make it much easier to provision and operate your clusters.

Many of these offerings are certified through CNCF’s Kubernetes conformance program. This program guarantees a certain level of cross-platform portability, so that you can, in theory, migrate your applications between services without tremendous trouble. Our own managed service, DigitalOcean Kubernetes (aka DOKS), has been certified conformant by CNCF.

But even with a level of standardization, certified Kubernetes services and their underlying clouds can still differ significantly in terms of features and costs.

So is DOKS the best managed Kubernetes service for you, or is another option a better fit? To answer this question, it’s helpful to recognize whether you’re the intended audience for a given product.

While others focus on the enterprise, DigitalOcean is for you and your small business

When you’re in the market for a managed Kubernetes service, it’s pretty hard to not at least consider offerings from the big three clouds. To their credit, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have all built impressive platforms. While their strategies each differ in certain details, they all prioritize efforts in pursuit of an ambitious (and lucrative) goal: to be a comprehensive cloud platform that suits the IT needs of big businesses with equally large budgets.

In choosing to pursue the enterprise opportunity, the big three have consciously embraced complexity. Each platform features a veritable kitchen sink of products with so many settings you’re often left wondering if you’ve set up things correctly. 

This is precisely why DigitalOcean continues to thrive in spite of there being better-known alternatives. At DigitalOcean, we’re focused on empowering you – the developer –  and the small business or startup where you might work. DigitalOcean’s unique goal manifests in our platform’s easy-to-use design and functionality, and in low, predictable pricing.

Our approach to Kubernetes design and functionality

Simplicity is one of our company values. I sometimes joke that spinning up a cluster with DigitalOcean Kubernetes is so easy a baby can do it. While that may be an exaggeration, our user experience is much more straightforward than Google’s.

When creating your DOKS cluster, you select from one of ten global data centers, and then provision your node pools. Each node pool is powered by Droplet VMs – whatever size you believe best for your different microservices. Choose between Standard, General Purpose, CPU-Optimized, or Memory-Optimized Droplets (their differences are explained here).

Our whitepaper – Running Cloud Native Applications on DigitalOcean Kubernetes – describes a photo sharing app composed of two microservices, one for photo management and user administration. Here’s how you might set up a cluster for such an app:

Creating a DOKS cluster with two node pools

While our UI is pretty slick, you can also create and manage clusters using our API or Terraform provider, or with our doctl CLI.

Once your cluster is provisioned, you can seamlessly push container images for each service from our new Container Registry. You can also quickly install additional software, like a monitoring stack or the Linkerd service mesh, using Kubernetes 1-Click Apps from our Marketplace.

Installing Linkerd to DOKS cluster via Marketplace

As you promote your application and grow its usage, you can automatically scale your cluster, adding or removing nodes, based on the cluster's capacity to schedule pods.

Cluster maintenance is easy. DigitalOcean will upgrade your cluster to run new versions of Kubernetes, either on demand or automatically.

Our approach to Kubernetes pricing

We price DigitalOcean services so that individuals can afford them for entrepreneurial pursuits, personal projects, or experimentation and learning. We keep our prices low, even as you scale, so that small businesses can save – and succeed – when running on DigitalOcean.

Our approach is rather different than that of some alternatives. Amazon’s Kubernetes service has long charged a fee of $73 per month ($.10/hour), and Google will soon charge the same. This fee is, ostensibly, to more than cover costs of operating the Kubernetes control plane and master, and is a drop in the bucket for AWS’ and GCP’s enterprise target audience. 

In comparison, the control plane and master for DOKS is free. You only pay for your Droplet worker nodes, along with any resources associated with your cluster (e.g. storage or load balancers). This means you can run a cluster on DOKS for as little as $10 a month should you elect to run a solitary worker node sized as a Standard Droplet with 1vCPU and 2GB RAM. Such a $10 cluster provides the perfect playground – a real, persistent cloud environment that you can use as you learn and develop with Kubernetes.

DOKS’ price advantage continues as you scale. DevOps Directive recently published their own analysis of costs for various managed Kubernetes services. In their example of a cluster composed of General Purpose VMs with dedicated CPU, they found that DOKS came in significantly cheaper than AKS, EKS, and GKE.


Graph courtesy of DevOps Directive

What to do if DOKS is right for you

If this piece resonates, I hope that you take DigitalOcean Kubernetes for a spin. You'll find it quite easy to spin up your cluster and connect to it in just a few minutes. To help you learn Kubernetes and related technologies, I recommend you check out our free Kubernetes for Full-Stack Developers Curriculum.   

Business users who are intrigued by the thought of using DigitalOcean Kubernetes should know that they would be in good company. Some pretty big small businesses run on DigitalOcean Kubernetes, utilizing clusters with hundreds of nodes. Such businesses often save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each month, much of it on bandwidth. We’ll be sharing stories of such customers in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, we invite you to contact us to learn more about how you, too, can enjoy similar success and savings.

Ryan Pollock, DOKS Product Marketing

New on DigitalOcean Kubernetes: Fresh Features & 1-Click Apps

It’s our privilege to help you run your containerized apps with DigitalOcean Kubernetes, and we’re always eager to hear your feedback about the product. To that end, we thought we’d provide an update on some of our projects that address common customer comments.

As of today, DigitalOcean Kubernetes, which we affectionally call "DOKS," now supports cluster autoscaling, tokenized authentication, minor version upgrades, and the latest Kubernetes release (version 1.15). In addition, you can now install the first Kubernetes 1-Click Apps from the DigitalOcean Marketplace.

Automatically scale your cluster to ensure fast performance while controlling costs

It’s common to use Kubernetes to run your app as a collection of loosely coupled services, with each service being scalable independently of others. Each service typically corresponds to a pool of identically sized nodes (Droplets on DOKS), with each node executing an instance of the same containerized service. One challenge, then, becomes provisioning and deprovisioning nodes so that you have an appropriate number – enough that your service runs quickly, but not so many that you’re wasting lots of money.

That’s why we’ve enhanced DOKS to support automatic horizontal scaling based on CPU and memory usage triggers. When you enable autoscaling, DOKS continuously monitors CPU and memory usage within your node pools. The service then automatically adds nodes when your application requires more resources. DOKS will, conversely, deactivate nodes when your application’s load declines, saving you money.

At present, you can enable autoscaling through the CLI and API. The UI is coming soon.

Connect to your Kubernetes clusters with an access token (or with certificates)

We know that many of you who have used DOKS have felt the pinprick of disappointment each time you’ve had to download a new certificate to connect to your clusters.

With today’s release, you can now connect to your DigitalOcean Kubernetes clusters using your DigitalOcean API access token, in addition to the previously supported certificates. Unlike certificates that expire weekly and cannot be revoked by project administrators, access tokens are owned by individual users, do not expire, and can be revoked instantly by admins. We hope that you enjoy this easier, more manageable method of connecting to your clusters.

Seamlessly upgrade your Kubernetes clusters to new minor versions, including 1.15

The Kubernetes project continues to evolve quickly with the recent release of 1.15, introducing 25 new enhancements focused on continuous improvement and extensibility.

We enhanced DigitalOcean Kubernetes to support 1.15 a few weeks ago. As of today, you can upgrade your cluster to the latest minor version via the DigitalOcean control panel or API. Note that in order to upgrade minor releases (eg 1.14 to 1.15), you must first apply the latest patches to your cluster.

Easily deploy software to your cluster with the first of our Kubernetes 1-Click Apps

Manually setting up software on Kubernetes clusters can be a time-consuming and tricky process as you need to install and configure your application across several nodes.

That’s why we’re pleased to introduce the first of our Kubernetes 1-Click Apps in DigitalOcean Marketplace. With Kubernetes 1-Click Apps, you can easily create clusters that run preconfigured container images, as specified by a kubectl configuration or a Helm chart – all in a single click.

DigitalOcean Marketplace now includes seven Kubernetes 1-Click Apps specifically built for deployment in Kubernetes clusters:

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An ultralight service mesh for Kubernetes that gives you observability, metrics, reliability, and security without requiring any code changes.

Monitoring Stack


An integrated stack – composed of Prometheus, Grafana, and metrics-server – for Kubernetes cluster monitoring.


Cloud computing

A Functions as a Service framework for building serverless functions with Docker and Kubernetes.

Metrics Server

Cloud infrastructure

An open source stack that gives you fast, simple access to cluster resource usage data, such as CPU and memory usage.



An enterprise Selenium WebDriver browser automation solution for Kubernetes.

1Password SCIM Bridge

Digital technology

A service that automates common administrative tasks using the 1Password SCIM protocol to connect with existing identity providers



A highly optimized monitoring agent that provides real-time insights using highly interactive web dashboards.

If you’re a software vendor interested in listing your application in the DigitalOcean Marketplace, see our instructions for submitting your app.

Spin up your Kubernetes clusters today

We hope that you’re excited by the enhancements we’re announcing today, and we promise we’ve got much more in store.

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Free SSL with NGINX and LetsEncrypt on Debian 10

Configure Logs and Rotation

Let’s Encrypt is a free https certificate you can install on your cheap VPS for free, browser-validated https.  In this tutorial, we’ll walk through setting up Let’s Encrypt https on an nginx host running on Debian 10.

We’ll be installing nginx from scratch but not will not be getting into php-fpm and other extensions in this tutorial. I’ll be starting from a spanking new VPS on Vultr.

This tutorial assumes that you’ve already got your DNS records setup. In other words, if you’re setting up for www.example.com, then www.example.com already has an A record or CNAME that points to your VPS. Note that the certbot installer we’ll be using will query DNS, so this must be working properly.

Installing and Setting Up nginx

Installing nginx in straightforward:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
apt-get install nginx

I’ll be setting up www.lowend.party and putting its web root in /web/www.lowend.party.

Let’s configure the web root and log directory:

mkdir -p /web/www.lowend.party
mkdir -p /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party
chown www-data:adm /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party

Configure Logs and Rotation

We want separate logs for each domain we host, and we want to rotate those logs. We can Debian’s log rotation system to accomplish this. We do this by placing the appropriate rules file in /etc/logrotate.d. Start with nginx’s basic log rotation rule:

cp /etc/logrotated.d/nginx /etc/logrotate.d/nginx_domain_logs

Now edit /etc/logrotate.d/nginx_domain_logs and modify as follows:

# change this: /var/log/nginx/*.log { 
# to this:
/var/log/nginx/*/*.log {

Setting Up nginx http

Before setting up https, we’ll setup http. I’ll place a place-holder index.html in /web/www.lowend.party:

<title>www.lowend.party test page</title>
<h1>www.lowend.party works!</h1>

Now take a look at /etc/nginx. /etc/nginx/sites-available should have a file for every single site we might host. Then we symlink into /etc/nginx/sites-enabled to turn on or off specific sites.

Let’s create a basic nginx config by creating /etc/nginx/sites-available/www.lowend.party:

 server_name www.lowend.party;

 access_log /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party/access.log;
 error_log /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party/error.log;

 location / 
  root /web/www.lowend.party;
  index index.html;

Now make it live by:

ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/www.lowend.party /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/www.lowend.party

Let’s syntax check that file:

# nginx -t
nginx: the configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok
nginx: configuration file /etc/nginx/nginx.conf test is successful

Now restart nginx:

systemctl restart nginx

Then I visited http://www.lowend.party and successfully saw the HTML I created early.

Activating Let’s Encrypt

Let’s start by installing certbot, the package that will setup https for us and keep our certificate fresh:

apt-get install certbot python-certbot-nginx

Now for the magic! Run this command:

certbot --authenticator webroot --installer nginx

And then follow along with the interactive install. My input is bolded:

# certbot --authenticator webroot --installer nginx
Saving debug log to /var/log/letsencrypt/letsencrypt.log
Plugins selected: Authenticator webroot, Installer nginx
Enter email address (used for urgent renewal and security notices) (Enter 'c' to
cancel): raindog308@raindog308.com

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Please read the Terms of Service at
https://letsencrypt.org/documents/LE-SA-v1.2-November-15-2017.pdf. You must
agree in order to register with the ACME server at
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(A)gree/(C)ancel: A

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Would you be willing to share your email address with the Electronic Frontier
Foundation, a founding partner of the Let's Encrypt project and the non-profit
organization that develops Certbot? We'd like to send you email about our work
encrypting the web, EFF news, campaigns, and ways to support digital freedom.
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(Y)es/(N)o: N

Which names would you like to activate HTTPS for?
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1: www.lowend.party
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Select the appropriate numbers separated by commas and/or spaces, or leave input
blank to select all options shown (Enter 'c' to cancel): 1
Obtaining a new certificate
Performing the following challenges:
http-01 challenge for www.lowend.party
Input the webroot for www.lowend.party: (Enter 'c' to cancel): /web/www.lowend.party
Waiting for verification...
Cleaning up challenges
Deploying Certificate to VirtualHost /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/www.lowend.party

Please choose whether or not to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS, removing HTTP access.
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1: No redirect - Make no further changes to the webserver configuration.
2: Redirect - Make all requests redirect to secure HTTPS access. Choose this for
new sites, or if you're confident your site works on HTTPS. You can undo this
change by editing your web server's configuration.
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Select the appropriate number [1-2] then [enter] (press 'c' to cancel): 2
Redirecting all traffic on port 80 to ssl in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/www.lowend.party

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Congratulations! You have successfully enabled https://www.lowend.party

(rest snipped)

Now take a look at /etc/nginx/sites-available/www.lowend.party:

 server_name www.lowend.party;

 access_log /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party/access.log;
 error_log /var/log/nginx/www.lowend.party/error.log;

 location / 
  root /web/www.lowend.party;
  index index.html;

 listen 443 ssl; # managed by Certbot
 ssl_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.lowend.party/fullchain.pem; # managed by Certbot
 ssl_certificate_key /etc/letsencrypt/live/www.lowend.party/privkey.pem; # managed by Certbot
 include /etc/letsencrypt/options-ssl-nginx.conf; # managed by Certbot
 ssl_dhparam /etc/letsencrypt/ssl-dhparams.pem; # managed by Certbot

 if ($host = www.lowend.party) 
  return 301 https://$host$request_uri;
  # managed by Certbot

 server_name www.lowend.party;
 listen 80;
 return 404; # managed by Certbot

certbot has done the following:

  • provisioned an SSL certification for www.lowend.party
  • loaded the SSL configuration in /etc/letsencrypt
  • updated /etc/nginx/sites-available/www.lowend.party and put the proper nginx rules in place to serve HTTPS
  • also added an entry so that if you connect on http, it redirects to https

And going to http://www.lowend.party in my browser confirms everything is working correctly.


Keeping Your Certificate Up to Date

Here’s a cool part of the certbot system: this chore is already taken care of for you.

Take a peek in /etc/systemd/system/certbot.timer and you’ll see a job is setup to run twice a day to check renewal and renew if needed.

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Sunshine Webhost – Shared and Reseller hosting in Sydney, Australia

Sunshine Host Cheap Hosting in AustraliaSunshine Webhost has submitted their shared web hosting and reseller hosting packages to Low End Box and we decided to feature them for their first time! What we find interesting about these shared and reseller offers is that they are hosted in Sydney, Australia, which is a part of the world that is still reasonably undeserved by Low End Box offers — pricing there is just considerably higher for bandwidth and servers/colocation so when we do see an offer that conforms to our pricing guidelines it’s very interesting to us!

As always, if you purchase from them, please comment below about your experience!

Their ToS/Legal Docs are published on their website for review. They accept PayPal, Credit/Debit Card, and Bank Transfer as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“SunshineHost was formed by a group of passionate people who are tired of the high web hosting prices in Australia and NZ. Since day one, we have one goal in mind: to provide reliable and affordable web hosting plans to everyone and anyone. We offer really competitive pricing that can stand out in the entire web hosting industry. We have a group of intelligent customer support agents who are able to handle customers’ queries with ease. We ensure that every website hosted on our server is secured and always online with our 99% uptime guarantee. We also make sure that our servers and software keep up with the industry’s standard.”

Here are the offers: 

Starter Shared

  • 1GB SSD Disk Space
  • 10GB Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • 5 Domains
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$5.99/year (~US$3.58)

Silver Shared

  • 2GB SSD Disk Space
  • 25GB Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • 10 Domains
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$9.99/year (~US$5.96)

Gold Shared

  • 10GB SSD Disk Space
  • 200GB Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$39.99/year (~US$23.87)

Bronze Reseller

  • 10GB SSD Disk Space
  • Unlimited Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • Unlimited Sub-Accounts
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$4.99/month (~US$2.98)

Silver Reseller

  • 20GB SSD Disk Space
  • Unlimited Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • Unlimited Sub-Accounts
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$7.99/month (~US$4.77)

Gold Reseller

  • 30GB SSD Disk Space
  • Unlimited Monthly Transfer
  • Unlimited Databases
  • Unlimited Sub-Accounts
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • DDoS Protection Included
  • Softaculous Script Installer
  • OpenLiteSpeed Web Server
  • DirectAdmin Control Panel
  • NZ$10.99/month (~US$6.56)
Read more to check out their network information and node specs.
Remember to leave comments if you are a customer!


Datacenter Name – Sydney, NSW, Australia
Test IPv4:
Test file: https://speedtest.ssdns.us/100MB.bin


Host Node Specifications:

  • Intel Xeon CPU E3-1245 v5 @ 3.50GHz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2x 480GB SSDs
  • 100Mbps uplink

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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