DigitalOcean Droplets are Linux-based virtual machines (VMs) that run on top of virtualized hardware. Each Droplet you create is a new server you can use, either standalone or as part of a larger, cloud-based infrastructure.
As you create and use your Droplets, you may find that the plan you’ve chosen for any given Droplet is above your needs and downsizing is appropriate. For data integrity reasons, we don’t provide the ability to downsize a Droplet through the control panel, but you can still switch to a smaller Droplet using common migration strategies.
Here are some tips when you’re considering downsizing your Droplet.
We strongly recommending backing up your Droplet by taking a snapshot first. Without a backup, you risk data loss if anything goes wrong.
There are a variety of tools that simplify the process of migrating files from one server to another. If you set up SSH keys between the original and new Droplets, you can use tools like
scp or rsync. You can also follow a more comprehensive migration process.
If you currently use the DigitalOcean for DNS management, update your DNS records to point to the new Droplet.
Wait and confirm that the DNS changes have propagated before deleting the original Droplet.
DigitalOcean doesn’t reserve IP addresses, so you’ll need to update any references to the IP address of the original Droplet to the one by the new Droplet. You can make this process easier in the future by using a floating IP, a publicly-accessible static IP address that you can assign to a Droplet.
If you’re already using a floating IP address for the original Droplet, you can modify the existing floating IP to point to the new Droplet.