6 free new vps hosting providers for 2017 and beyond

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So you’re thinking of hopping on to a brand new VPS server? I will discuss many free VPS services below.

Here’s a short review and introduction to SkySilk. You can sign up below.

SkySilk Free VPS

SkySilk offers free VPS as part of its Beta Plan. Once the Beta phase is over, they will continue with the free VPS service as part of a Basic Package.

They offer a Cloud Platform where you can host a site, build upon or use applications or games, or for use for other growth purposes. Developers too can use the Platform for creating cloud-based applications and testing them.

The features of the Free VPS and Paid VPS plans are as follows:

The VPS Plans start at $0 and the premium VPS Plans start from $15, and go up to $360/month. In the Free Plan you get 1 VCPU with 256 MB RAM and 2GB SSD. Root access is allowed in both Free and Paid plans with SLA requirements. Even in the free plan there are weekly backups which is something I have never seen with any other provider so far.

Regular: Plans are priced at $0.

  • Up to 5tb transfer
  • 1 CPU CORE
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2GB Storage
  • Standard Monitoring
  • Automatic Weekly Backups
  • Resource Limit Email Alerts
  • Standard Email & Chat Support
  • 1x Skypoints with SkySilk Rewards.

SkySilk additionally features QEMU templates featuring Turnkey Linux Apps like node.JS, ownCloud, and SimpleInvoices. The very vast offering makes the ecosystem look extremely interesting.

The entire infrastructure is now much more stable as a result of consistent feedback from users and testers all over the world. You can also deploy VMs from existing backups.

Shifting your site to a VPS (Virtual private Server) is a very wise decision. There are several scenarios that could have prompted this decision. If you have been on shared hosting for a long time now and your website has been raking up hundreds of thousand visitors then it’s time to switch hosting services.

>>Don’t forget to read our post on the best vps hosts today.

Shared hosting companies make a lot of promises like unlimited bandwidth and storage. However, when you read between the fine lines you’ll see that most of those promises dissolve into nothingness.

Every shared host has its limitations and you don’t want your site to remain inaccessible just when your article is going viral. You could be missing out on hundreds of sign ups, conversions and lot more.

Page load time can cost rankings

Another scenario is when you want to optimize your site to Google’s quality guidelines but the current hosting solution isn’t just up to the mark.

One among the different on page factors that Google pays attention to for ranking your site is its speed. A site that takes forever to load may lose brownie points when it comes to determining whether it should rank high.

In a Moz case study, they created a big list of 2000 search queries. The queries ranged from consisting of single word keywords to over 5 word keywords. They then created another list, this time the top 50 ranked pages for the queries.

It was discovered in the study that Time to First Byte (TTFB) could affect how sites are ranked. TTFB is another way of saying the time that is required to for the browser to capture the first byte of data from the server hosting your website. It was a measure of latency. It measured the time it took to send the request to the web server, processing the request and then generating a response.

It was seen that higher the time required for the browser to receive the first byte, higher the correlation with lower search engine rankings. Correspondingly sites with lower TTFB, which implies sites which loaded faster showed higher correlation with higher search engine rankings. This is a strong discovery and it could very well imply that faster sites get better rankings.

There are tools available that let you optimize load times but all of that stand secondary to the kind of web host and servers you are using. A good web server is the first requirement to better site load times.

Page load time can cost conversions

Moving on to the third scenario, various case studies prove time and again that conversion rates are affected by page load times. More time it takes for a site to load, lower the conversions.

It’s especially important if you are running an eCommerce site where every second matters.

In other words faster the site, higher the conversions. Studies conducted by Gomez.com indicate that most web users expect a site to load under less than 2 seconds. If it takes 3 seconds, the visitors would rather go to some other site. The page abandonment rate could even approach 50% if your site takes 10 seconds to load.

It’s even scarier for eCommerce sites. Studies show that if your shopping site makes $100,000 in revenue/day a one second increase in page loading time will cost over $2.5 million in lost sales over the year. That’s ugly.

 

Now let’s move to understanding the differences between the main types of hosting services.

Differences between Virtual Private Server (VPS), Shared hosting and Dedicated Server

What is a VPS?

Also, known as Virtual Dedicated Server, this is a virtual system loaded on a server running its own version of the OS. A server that hosts a VPS/VDS may have several other versions of it running but the user sees and accesses only one which is allotted to him. This is achieved by portioning a single server into virtual components each with its version of the OS. Hence the term Virtual Private Server.

The server in a VPS is much bigger and has resources allocated to it with a much more powerful hardware. As such the OS can be either Windows or Linux.

So if it’s a Windows VPS you can typically run all applications that run on the Windows Operating system.

With VPS you get root access to the server and your site is hosted in a very secure environment. Most VPSs also come with no limitations on bandwidth, i.e. they are unmetered.

What is a dedicated server?

A dedicated server on the other hand is akin to owning a whole house. It’s fully your own; you are the admin, you get the root access, you can make the changes that you deem necessary and add customization if you want to.

Unlike a VPS where you share the computer with others here you have your very own server to host your site and other needs. The server isn’t virtual.

What is shared hosting?

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With shared hosting the server resources are shared by thousands of other users. Hence shared hosting is often unreliable. With so many people hosting their sites and using resources that are pooled together not one website gets enough and if your site tends to use more resources the site would go down.
Now that we have gone over the differences between the three let’s move to the next section. You might be wondering that if the servers are going to be any good they are going to cost a lot.
This isn’t true. There are a lot of companies that offer free VPS hosting. Here you go:

The Top Sites for Free VPS hosting

Get Started on VapourHost

This is a truly affordable provider. This isn’t a VPS company and they aren’t free. They are the most affordable. The plans are the cheapest I have seen compared to any host so far. However at the same time they don’t compromise on rendering the best possible service. 24*7 support, live chat and email support guarantees that your problems get taken care of.

I read many reviews on their facebook page and most users seldom experience any downtimes with their site. The service is professional despite the low fees.

They also help you move your site from your existing provider to their servers.

Their cheapest plan called the mini plan is priced at INR 75 or $1.20 for three months which takes the monthly cost to INR 25 or $.40.

This plan comes with 1Gb of SSD space which ensures fast loading times and monthly bandwidth of 25Gb. You can host one domain with this.

The next plan priced at $.55 provides 2GB space on their ultra-efficient SSD hosts with 35GB bandwidth.

The shared hosting plans begin at less than a dollar per month and give 5GB ssd space with 50 GB bandwidth. You can host one website and this plan comes with premium support and backup of site data.

Look at the image below to get a detailed view.

Amazon Web Services

 

Amazon Web Services AWS Cloud Computing Services

AWS is an Amazon Web Services company in the VPS hosting niche. Needless to say, AWS is a behemoth, the market leader in all respects.

Amazon provides free VPS service for one full year. The Virtual Server Hosting is called Elastic Cloud Compute.

When using the free 1 year program you get Linux t2.micro and Windows t2.micro for free. In addition to that a new user (someone like you) gets the following features/benefits each month until one year is complete.

  • 750 hours of EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) running Linux OS, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage. Only one of the t2.micro usage is free.
  • 750 hours of EC2 running Microsoft Windows Server t2.micro instance usage
  • 750 hours of Elastic Load Balancing plus 15 GB data processing
  • 30 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage in any combination of General Purpose (SSD) or Magnetic. SSD storage is extremely fast.
  • 15 GB of bandwidth out aggregated across all AWS services. This implies that if you’re running any instances* (more on that later.) the bandwidth will get allocated towards that as well.
  • 1 GB of Regional Data Transfer

*An instance is referred to an AWS server where you are running any application.

However, if you exceed any of the quotas mentioned here, then it will get added to your bill.

Other noteworthy features

  1. If you are going to use other features of Elastic Computing by running instances then it’s very easy to scale up or down. This can be done in minutes.
  2. As it generally goes with VPS servers, you get root access to the servers. It’s fully under your control.
  3. AWS offers a great deal of flexibility in choosing the configuration of your choice. You can decide between Linux or Windows OS, memory and CPU configuration and even boot partition size.
  4. Comes with an uptime guarantee of 99.95% which is lower when compared to some services like Digital Ocean but still very good.
  5. Completely secure cloud platform. You can choose to make instances private or public and can specify IP ranges for the servers.
  6. Free for 1 year.

Only 1 Linux Machine and 1 Windows machine is free. If you become careless during the set up stage and launch multiple instances or applications, AWS won’t stop you from doing so and bills will rack up.

So be careful of that.

OHosti Free VPS

The major issue with Ohosti is the lack of any support. You face problems and there’s no one to help you. Even if you refer others to get credits, they never get activated.

OHosti provides completely free shared hosting plans, and free VPS hosting plans. Here are some features that set OHosti apart:

  • CentOS Linux (CentOS Linux is a free open source software provide by Red Hat)
  • Full root access ensures that you get complete control over the server
  • The software is compatible with both 64 bit and 32 bit applications
  • You can install many applications and the platform supports languages like PHP, Perl and Python and few more
  • Secured VPS backed by a firewall.
  • Virtualizor c-panel

However if you are someone who cannot do without windows, unfortunately there’s no provision for that yet.

The free package called the Sun Package is free for lifetime and comes with the following features:

  • 25 GB web space
  • 500 GB bandwidth
  • 512 RAM
  • .5 CPU cores
  • 2 Dedicated IPs
  • Free .tk/.ml/.ga/.cf/.gq domain name

There are other packages with double and triple amount of web space and bandwidth but that requires you to refer someone.

The highest plan in the moon package comes with

  • 1 TB storage space
  • 10 TB bandwidth
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 8 core CPU and 10 dedicated IPs along with free .com/net domain names.

But that requires you to have $100 minimum in referrals.

X10 hosting- VPS and basic hosting

The major problem is that they don’t accept signups from most countries. They only allow specific countries.

10x company

They only provide free webhosting. VPS isn’t free

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, you wouldn’t go wrong when choosing x10 for your site. Especially because it’s free.

Unlimited is the buzzword here. With unlimited space, 3 email accounts in the free option and unlimited in the paid one, 3 free ftp accounts and unlimited vice versa, 2 free databases and unlimited in the paid account and much more there’s a lot of goodies.

The great thing about x10 hosting is that they provide both VPS hosting and basic free web hosting.

Whatever be the case here’s their list of features that will make you drool.

The server platform is enterprise level with premium cloud software and intuitive C-panel hosting. It’s built on php 5.5 which is the latest iteration, comes with a free site builder and Softaculous.

The platform isn’t limited to just 2 or 3 CMSs’ (content management systems) auto installers as is the case with most free hosts but has over 300 one click installers. They make life easy.

It comes with easy to use x3 control panel and multiple account upgrades to take care of your site’s growing traffic needs. That’s not all, the support staff is friendly and experienced.

Here’s a quick point by point overview of everything that’s on offer.

  • Unmetered Diskspace and bandwidth. If you run short on memory you can contact support to increase it since free accounts are capped unless done so.
  • 2 add-on domains and 2 sub-domains
  • Easy file uploads, edits via FTP
  • Easy configuration of email boxes
  • Every once in 30 days login requirement to keep account active

On the other hand the premium account comes with automatic backups every 6 hours, 99.9% uptime guarantee and unlimited access on almost every feature except php memory and upload limits. You also get 24*7 ticket helpdesk with fast response times with regards to every issue that may crop up.

There’s the forever free plan and also three types of premium plans — Prime, Illuminated and Premium. Prime comes at the low price of $5.95/year with unmetered disk-space, bandwidth, 6 free email accounts, 6 free ftp accounts, 4 free databases, 4 free add-on domains and ticket helpdesk. There are many other features as well.

The Illuminated Plan is priced at $60/5 years and comes with many of the features that the Prime plan has but also comes with 99.9% uptime guarantee. Backup is also taken every 24 hours.

The premium plan is priced at just $3.95/month and comes with unlimited bandwidth, space, add-on domains, sub-domains, unlimited email accounts, ftp accounts, databases, MySQL access, SSH access, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 24*7*365 support, and backup taken every 6 hours.

In the free account you are limited to help from community forums.

Additionally you will need to login once in every 30 days or about once in a month to keep the account active. In none of the above premium plans there’s such a requirement.

Google Cloud

Google Cloud provides $300 60 day credit to new users who sign up for the cloud service. If you need a VPS for only a limited time then this could be an option.

Being a product from Google you need not worry about any down times or other problems like taking surveys or referring users.

But the free bliss ends in 2 months.

 

 

The Best VPS hosting companies (June 2017) Reviews

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A traffic generating website eventually outgrows its shared hosting plan. If you want to move your site to a server that can take the heat or simply want to start a website on good footing then a good VPS is the way to go forward.

A good VPS delivers on quick page load, unbeatable uptime guarantee and immovable resilience in times of traffic surge. Every additional second it takes for your site to load, decreases conversions. It’s a well-researched fact.

HostRegular
price
RamCoresStorageCpanelBackup
LIQUIDWEB$59.9/mo2GB140GByes ,freeyes, daily free
SITEGROUND$80/mo2GB240GByes, freeYes, not free
A2HOSTING$42.99/mo4GB475GByes,freeYes, not free
INMOTION$49.99/mo4GB275GByes,freeyes, daily free
Today we are going to see different vps providers and the best ones to choose.

 

LiquidWeb VPS review

Founded in 1997, LiquidWeb has been providing quality web hosting for over 20 years now. They offer both Managed Linux based and Windows based hosting with a range of choices that extend to—CentOS version 6, and 7, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and Windows Server 2012 R2.

They also support WordPress, Drupal, OsCommerce,  ZenCart, CubeCart, Magento and other Linux software.

The VPS plans are a bit on the steeper end. But that’s a small price to pay for world-class technology and security. Everything that they do has the customer in mind. In deploying SSD servers, using the best quality hardware, tier 1 bandwidth, partnership with ISPs and service that meets SLA requirements (Service Level Agreements), makes them stand a class apart from the pack.

VPS Hosting Plans

Currently there are three managed VPS plans on offer with the basic and lowest priced plan starting at $59/month. With our link you can a discount valid for first three months on all plans.

They allow easy migration from VPS to cloud based VPS called the Storm® VPS. This gives you on-demand scalability and security that wasn’t possible earlier. With such scaling also comes an additional feature- that of daily billing. Pay only for what you use.

It comes with 2GB RAM, 1 core processor, 40GB SSD disk space and 5TB transfer (free incoming bandwidth). The remaining plans feature incremental increases in RAM capacity, number of processors, bandwidth and disk-space.

The highest priced plan is custom set with 20 cores and 256 GB RAM and 1.6TB SSD diskspace. You will need to contact them to find more about that plan.

Here’s an image to give you an idea regarding the rest of the plans.

liquidweb review

Speed

Data being stored on SSD servers automatically enhances retrieval speeds. Page load times are reduced to mere seconds.
Plus, they offer free CloudFare CDN which is another factor that enables serving websites at lightning fast speeds. CloudFare has presence in 40 countries with thousands of servers.

Additionally, peering network connectivity with companies like Level 3, Verizon, Comcast, and Cogent reduce network latencies and decrease page load times.

Security and Reliability

They have their own data centers in three different places— Lansing, Michigan and Arizona.

All data centers were planned keeping redundancy in mind with locations chosen especially in disaster-neutral regions.

The planning of the network and infrastructure makes it highly redundant. With tier 1 premium bandwidth you get minimum latency and highest data transfer speeds. Multiple Gigabit Ethernet links along with redundant CISCO 6509 switches makes the network secure.

Multiple UPS systems (Uninterrupted Power Supplies) line the power network ensuring that the network doesn’t go down. Even so there are emergency backup generators for every location.

All data centers are protected by trained guards and multiple intruder alarm systems and traps. Your data is 100% secure with them. The company is SSAE-16 certified.

Customer Support

Customer support is an outstanding feature of LiquidWeb.

With 400 customer support representatives the company is adept at managing customer queries and solutions.

Different teams are responsible for different aspects of your site’s hosting. There’s a Monitoring team, Network team, Migrations team, System ops team, Data restore team and much more.

Dedicated support teams manage every problem much more efficiently since they exactly what they are doing.

Support is available 24*7 through three channels—phone, live chat and email.

Uptime

On their website they guarantee 100% uptime. It’s generally 99.995% (2014 data) which is quite close.

PROS

  • Dedicated support system with average of 10 minute response time.
  • Dedicated DDoS protection
  • 100% uptime

CONS

  • A little expensive compared to other companies

 

 A2hosting VPS Review

A2Hosting is one among the fastest growing companies that offer affordably priced plans for both shared hosting and VPS hosting. They offer both Managed and Unmanaged VPS hosting services. Established in 2001, they have been providing world-class service for 16 years now.

Generally hosts only offer SSD hosting on only VPS servers. But a2hosting bucks the trend by keeping SSD servers ON for both shared and VPS services.

VPS Hosting Plans

As mentioned earlier they offer both Managed and Unmanaged VPS plans. Unmanaged plans are perfect for the technically savvy, with full root and SHA access. Developers would love the freedom to create and deploy applications on the platform.

Unmanaged plan has three plans—Entry, Middle and Top.

Entry plan starts at $5/month and comes with 20GB storage, 1 core, 2TB bandwidth, 521MB RAM, SSD server and root access.

The middle plan is priced at $10/month and the only difference among the two is 30GB storage and 1GB RAM.

The top plan starts at $15/month and comes packed with 50GB storage, 4 cores and pretty much the same specifications for the rest of the features as the aforementioned plans.

Unmanaged VPS platforms support CentOS, cPanel, Debian, Fedora, Slackware and Ubuntu.

The servers aren’t handed out raw but are fine-tuned for ease of use and access.

Managed VPS hosting plans are priced higher but with good reason. Everything is taken care for you.

Managed VPS plans too are three in number— Power Plus, Prestige Plus and Pinnacle Plus.

Power plus is priced at $32.99 and comes with 4GB RAM, 75GB storage, 2TB transfer, free SSL certificate, Free Control Panel (some hosts charge $10/mo additional) and 4 CPU cores.

Pinnacle Plus starts at $65.99 and comes with 8GB RAM, 150 GB storage, 2TB transfer, 8 cores, free SSL and cPanel.

Here’s an overview of the plans

a2hosting review

You can cancel the plan anytime within 30 days in case you aren’t happy with the service.

Speed

With SSD servers, site load times naturally decrease improving performance. You also have the option to choose Turbo Boost vps while buying a plan. Turbo servers handle data transfers effectively, reducing latency and promise 20 times faster loading speeds than the average host.

The server locations are spread out—in Europe, Asia and United States. Customers are free to choose one that’s closer to home for better speeds.

Security and Reliability

The company has consistently delivered on 99.9% uptime. The network is highly redundant (which makes it secure) built using best hardware and strong suite of software which makes the network resilient to attacks and down times.

Customer Support

Customer care representatives called the Guru Crew are available 24*7 through phone, email or chat.

Pros

  • Affordably priced vps hosting
  • Turbo servers enhance page loading times

Cons

  • Backup services cost a premium
  • While unmanaged vps is priced low, managed vps is priced a little higher

Siteground VPS Review

Siteground could be one of the newest entrants in the industry. They started back in 2004 and have continued to provide great service over 13 years now.

It’s an independent company (not under the EIG umbrella) with headquarters in Bulgaria.

Since they started, they have grown incredibly fast thanks to the care and support they give their customers. Starting from nothing in 2004, they reported growing to 100,000 domains on their servers come 2007. Currently they have over 250,000 domains hosted.

They offer both shared hosting and Cloud vps plans.

VPS Hosting Plans

They don’t offer vps plans per se. But their Cloud hosting isn’t very different from VPS. There are four Cloud plans currently on offer. The plans are—Entry, Business, Business Plus and Entreprise. The data transfer or bandwidth is limited to 5TB across all plans.

The Entry Plan starts at $80/month and comes with 2 CPU cores, 4GB RAM, 40GB SSD diskspace and of course 5TB bandwidth.

The Enterprise plan starts at $240/month, has 8 CPU cores, 10GB RAM and 120 GB diskspace.

Here’s an overview of the plans. You can also contact them to create a custom plan for you. They also come with 30 day money back guarantee.

siteground review

Speed

With SG, you have a choice between three data-centers located in Illinois, Amsterdam and Singapore.

Choosing one that’s closer home guarantees faster page loads for people visiting from the area which could be most of your traffic. If most of your traffic is from western countries then Amsterdam or Illinois would be better.

Security and Reliability

They offer 99.9% uptime guarantee for sites hosted with them.There’s a security Addon called Hackalert chargeable at $1/month that does a great job of letting you know if your site’s under attack. Regular addons like Spam Assassin that checks email spam is also on offer.

Customer Support

The customer support is really fantastic. I remember asking a few question before purchase and the customer support person offered to even install wordpress and install SSL certificate within minutes.

If you use Live Chat you can see the number of requests successfully solved by that particular person which adds confidence. I was very impressed by their subject knowledge and willingness to help. They have one of the most impressive customer support staff amongst all companies.

SSL certificate comes free of cost for both shared and Cloud hosting plans.

You can contact support staff anytime through live chat, email or phone.

Pros

  • Fantastic customer support
  • Free SSL.

Cons

  • Not VPS per se but has all the features of the same.
  • Not the cheapest pricing

Let’s go over some basic terminology associated with VPS hosting.

InMotion VPS Hosting Review

InMotion Hosting is one of most well-known names in the industry. It’s an independent company unlike a few others who have been acquired by EIG. They have been around since 2001. In this time period they have improved their service by leaps and bounds.

They offer Linux vps, Windows vps, Dedicated Hosting, along with wordpress specialized hosting. Dedicated customer support, an uncompromising outlook on providing the best hosting and other great features have set them uniquely apart from the rest.

I will cover the different features on offer that make them special.

VPS Hosting Plans

There are three hosting packages on offer— the first one starting at $49.99, the second one at $84.49/mo and third one at $154.49/mo (we give 33% discount link for the first month). These are called VPS 1000HA-S, VPS 2000HA-S and VPS 3000HA-S plans respectively.

While the first plan offers 4GB RAM, 75GB of storage, 4TB bandwidth and 3 IP addresses the second and third plans have incremental additions on all these features.

Here’s an image to give you a better idea.

inmotion review

Speed

At the start of the post, I impressed upon the importance of page load times. A site’s conversion rates lean heavily on how fast the site loads.

In the case of Inmotion— tests conducted at 34 locations resulted in heavy file download speeds of .36 seconds which is pretty fast. One reason is that these guys have partnered with major globally known ISPs to create peering direct data connections which reduces latency. Hardware quality is never compromised with top notch hardware from companies like Dell and Cisco.

Another reason why Inmotion can provide such high speeds is because they use Solid State Device (SSD servers) which are 20 times faster than your average server. Even though the technology is expensive (have a look at the prices of SSD hard-drives), it comes at no extra cost to you.

Uptime

The VPS plans state a 99.9% uptime which is great.

Another great feature is real time redundancy. Think of it as somebody creating photocopies of your site. If something happens to the server in which your site is hosted, the photocopy hosted on another server goes live. Such a mechanism is a fail-safe preventing your site from going down.

Security and Reliability

There’s the live state snapshot feature that takes security of data and reliability to the next level.

During website development or maintenance you can choose this feature to create virtual snapshot of the VPS status before the development began.

This backup can be reverted back any time. Mistakes happen, so keeping a copy of your website, data and all comes handy.

Daily free backup of website data is another feature that makes them highly reliable. The whole nine yards.

Customer Support

You only need customer support on a few instances.

However when you do need it, it can’t be done without quality customer support. There are scores of hosting companies with customer service representatives that read from a script.

Even if you’re ripping out your hair, these guys won’t have a clue on what to do next to resolve your issue. Eventually it gets done by technical support. But those precious hours are already lost. A few hours of downtime for an eCommerce site can cost thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

From my experience with them, customer support has been great on all fronts. The waiting time is negligible on most occasions. You are informed of your position in the queue. The representatives are patient and actually know what they are doing which is what you expect from customer service.

You can contact them via live chat, email or phone and you get immediate resolution with either of them. All support platforms respond with equal gusto.

Email sending

You can send up to 3600 emails per hour with Inmotion. On the other hand the much popular email service- Gmail limits you to 500 emails per day.

Pros

  • Inexpensive VPS with great features
  • Excellent customer service
  • Fully Solid State Drives
  • Solid 90-day money back guarantee

Cons

  • They generally try to upsell of lot of other services.

What is meant by vps hosting?

A VPS is Virtual Private Server. Servers are physically housed at data-centers. A VPS is a partition on the server. However this partition acts and feels like its own server. A server can partitioned into many parts. These parts make up shared hosting, multiple VPS, and dedicated servers.

With the launch of VMWare ESX in 2001, a server can run multiple guest operating systems or virtual machines or VPS.

You get your own server but you don’t get a full server. It just resembles a full server, without the cost of purchasing one. What makes a VPS different is that you get full control of the server just as if you own it.

What are the benefits of a VPS?

  • Much less expensive than a full scale dedicated server
  • A lot of customization can be possible with a VPS. Most times you also get root access.
  • You are paying a premium price and often customer support at this level is more knowledgeable.
  • You can scale it as per website’s needs

What are the disadvantages?

As always there are also a few disadvantages you have to bear with.

  • Almost all the VPS providers we have reviewed are expensive. Some are a little expensive but expensive nonetheless when compared to shared hosting.
  • These expenses can break your back if you start out with a VPS package for a new site that isn’t profitable yet.
  • Some companies require you to pay the price of a full year to get the discount.

Why would you want to use a VPS?

There are many instances where someone wouldn’t be able to do without a VPS. Rising traffic puts pressure on shared hosting plans. If resources are maxed out, they simply take down the website.

Perfect for high traffic

On the other hand, a VPS server is not only capable of handling large traffic, it’s also scalable. You can add more disk-space, bandwidth and storage as and when the need arises.

Basic sites that get less 50 visits per day are golden on shared hosting. However larger eCommerce sites, enterprise level sites, big blogs all need something to handle their traffic. That something can never be shared hosting.

Additionally, with root access people with know-how can build and deploy applications and also add in their layers of security.

Security

With a VPS you have control over the server. Most VPS companies provide a great deal of security to sites hosted on their VPS servers. Often there are network monitoring teams available. Their job is to solve a problem before it appears on the customer’s dashboard. Such proactive approach makes such servers more secure and reliable.

What do the different terms in VPS hosting mean?

You might agree with me when I say that there are lot of words and terms that just go over your head. Let’s sit down and settle this for once.

What is a Windows VPS?

When you purchase a Windows VPS, you either get a machine running Windows 2008 or Windows 2012. In either case you can access Windows desktop running on the virtual machine through the RDP protocol.

You set a username and password and connect to the virtual server from your local machine (that’s a fancy word for pc/desktop/laptop).

You can run windows based applications and software on this machine. Generally the data speeds are in the range of 1GBps. Applications requiring internet would work at blazing speeds.

You can also host sites.

What is a Linux VPS?

A linux VPS isn’t as diverse as Windows VPS. However, Linux isn’t exposed to all the exploits that a Windows system is exposed to.

A linux server can be used to run web server just like a Windows VPS. However you will need more than 128MB diskspace to store data on MySQL, keep the web server running and other processes.

What is meant by scalability?

Scalability simply means the ability of the hosting company to be able to provide you enough storage, RAM and other requirements as per your need.

If your website ran on 4GB of RAM and needs 64GB now because of growing traffic then scalability is the ability to provide that.

If your site is on one physical server then scalability will be difficult as most hosts limit data transfer, space usage and other such factors.

What is redundancy?

Redundancy means that your server data is located on more than one machine. In case of failure with one server, nothing happens to the data. Your website remains live and the copy of the data becomes active.

What is Cloud VPS?

A Cloud VPS is a virtual machine configured in the Cloud.

An advantage of Cloud vps is that you are free to create unlimited number of virtual machines on Linux and Windows with this.

This can be extended to assigning memory, assigning server name, assigning RAM usage, assigning bandwidth usage and creating network connections.

What is SSH?

SSH or Secure Shell Access is a cryptographic protocol for operating network devices securely.

What’s the difference between a VPS and dedicated server?

In a VPS you don’t actually own the server. You own a virtual machine located as a partition on a server. Think of the C, D, E, F, G and H drives on your computer. You own the D drive and share resources with the others who own the C, E, F, G and H drives. However with a VPS the D drive you own feels like the entire computer for you.

With dedicated servers, you actually own a complete physical server. You don’t share it with anyone. Dedicated servers are usually much more expensive than virtual servers.

What’s the difference between Managed and Unmanaged VPS?

With VPS servers the whole virtual server is in your hands. However somebody needs to look after it.

Managing a server requires you to deal with server crashes, deal with attacks, deal with security problems and such.

Simply put, if you manage the server all by yourself then it’s called an unmanaged vps. If the management is taken care of by the hosting company that’s called a fully managed vps.

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New {November 2016} Long tail pro discount and review, $147 off

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Long tail PRO is one among the better known tools for keyword research. The tool helps you with keyword research and also has a set of different tools inbuilt that will help you in your journey.

It’s a desktop tool (cloud version is also available now) that makes keyword research easy. And if you have been worrying about the changes to Keyword Planner where you aren’t able to see the exact monthly searches for keywords, then rest assured that LTP can help you overcome all the problems.

Here’s your LONG TAIL PRO discount link. Instead of paying $444, you will now pay only $297, so a whopping $147 discount with the above link.

There’s also a deeply discounted trial available where you can take the software for a ride and test out everything. If you are worried about something not working or are doubtful of the good things you heard then the trial period can help quell those fears.

Without much ado let’s understand some of the features that set this tool apart from the different keyword research tools available online.

Some of the most useful features of the keyword research tool are as follows:

  • With long tail pro you can create multiple projects. These can be different research projects for different sites or different keywords for the same site.
  • You can enter a seed keyword and the tool will generate hundreds of long tail keywords.
  • Ability to export the keywords as a csv file.
  • Not only can you do keyword research but within the tool itself you can search for the keyword with various extensions like .com, net, .info etc. to find if they’re available for registration.
  • You can also check the rankings of the keywords on other search engines like Bing.
  • Probably the most useful and talked about feature is the competition indicator or KC. In a scale ranging from 0 to 100 the tool shows you the relative toughness of ranking the particular keyword.

How to use the tool for keyword investigation?

First you need to choose the country for the research to begin. The software lists both global and local search volumes (specific to the country).

Here’s your LONG TAIL PRO discount link. Instead of paying $444, you will now pay only $297, so a whopping $147 discount with the above link.

Click on generate keywords to get the keywords. It doesn’t happen fast. You will need to wait for some time to get the results.

Next you can click on the KC to get the competition value for these keywords.

What is KC and why bother?

Perhaps the best feature of the tool is the fact that it shows the keyword competitiveness. If you search for a keyword on the keyword planner tool, you get advertiser competition.

However that doesn’t reveal the actual competition required to rank the site. But with this tool you get the KC that shows you how hard it will be to rank for that keyword.

I feel KC is a measure of the number of results on Google for a keyword divided by the number of monthly searches. They could be including some more factors for calculating it, but that gives the gist of how it’s done.

That said, searching for each keyword, noting down the number of results available then finding out the approximate number of searches per month for that keyword (note that Keyword Planner doesn’t show the exact number of searches now) is all very time consuming.

This software makes everything a breeze.

Here’s your LONG TAIL PRO discount link. Instead of paying $444, you will now pay only $297, so a whopping $147 discount with the above link.

You will need to select the keywords and click on them one by one to get the KC.

KC is scored based on a scale from 0 to 100, with 0 being the least competitive and 100 the most competitive keywords.

0 to 10 – No competition or quite low competition

10 to 20 – These keywords are pretty easy to rank with good content and social shares

20 to 30 – Low competition, need some backlinks, social shares, great content

30 to 40 – The competition is moderate, think of amazon buyer keywords for products in the range of $1000 to $5000.

40 to 50 – High competition, think of some long tail keywords in the weight loss niche.

50 to 60 – Very high competition, niches like finance, payday loans.

60 to 70 – Very very high competition, no idea

70 to 100 – No idea.

There’s no doubt that the tool can save time and find profitable ideas all day long.

Updated Interserver [June 2017 Coupon] and Review

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Interserver was started by Mike Lavrik fresh out of high school in 1999.
With 16 years of presence in the industry, they have definitely established an excellent reputation for themselves.

They provide quality hosting at very low prices.

Interserver standard shared hosting plan

Shared hosting plan

The shared hosting plan starts at $5/month and with our coupon it will only cost you 1 cent. If you go for an annual plan there are even more discounts on offer.

You can use this link to go the discount page. Use coupon MELD1CENT on the page.

Features include one click installs, free migration and supports unlimited sites on the shared hosting plan.

The Managed web hosting plans consist of these.

InterServer Managed Web Hosting Plans

They have VPS and Dedicated hosting plans as well.

InterServer webhosting plans

VPS hosting plans

There are VPS plans available with Interserver that provides you with much needed space, speed and hosting prowess when it comes to managing larger sites.

If you’re interested in discount here’s the link for that.

Linux based cloud VPS has its pricing starting off at $6 which is one of the cheapest options for VPS you can find anywhere.

The Windows VPS option starts at $10. However I found it to be a bit slower compared to some other options like Poweruphosting that I tested.

If you are planning on running some software on a windows VPS and if loading speed isn’t much of an issue then you could go for Interserver.

Plans are referred to as slices of virtual servers and either comes riding on the Linux OS or the Windows OS. One slice equals 25 GB of space around 1 GB of RAM and you are free to choose as many slices as you want. If you go for the yearly plan you also stand to get 10% discount. Upgrading the plan by adding another slice is an easy task as well.

Dedicated servers

The pricing for the dedicated servers starts at $59.95/month.

Some outstanding features that set them apart:

Custom built servers

According to Mike Lavrik, the co-founder of the company, who I have talked to a couple times, everything was custom built and that’s one of the reasons why Interserver remains a big name in the industry even after so many years.

With this company, you have a highly customizable VPS hosting plan where you can add or remove features as you wish.

In addition to that there are multiple sets of pre-configured plans that you can use as well.

You can choose how many CPU cores you want, amount of RAM, CPU storage availed and so on.

They offer outstanding hardware specs with the cheapest option feature and Intel i 7 processor. What more could you ask for?

Free Migration

Interserver offers completely free migration. With this feature your existing site, hosted elsewhere can be migrated free of cost to Interserver.

Co location

What does co location mean?

It simply refers to a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware. So you get an allocated space in the building for your server, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security while the customer provides servers and storage.

Support

From personal experience, the support generally responds to all and any queries within a very short time.

I had some issues with regards to losing my VPS password and other doubts regarding using the VPS and they were promptly replied in 5 to 10 hours.

Sometimes with regards to queries sent, they had a cookie cutter approach relying on copy pasting from help articles or the FAQ section.

100% money back guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied with the service for any reason then they place a guarantee on returning back the money you spent for purchasing the hosting plan.

How to use the Interserver coupon?

Choose any of the hosting plans(applies to VPS plans too)

 

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31 Excellent Content Marketing and Storytelling examples

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When you think about content marketing… what is it that you really think of? What’s the concept of content marketing?

Content marketing, simply put is telling a story, a good story at that capable of attracting readers to your brand.

The reader’s attention is precious. To gain that you need to give something valuable in return.

Here are a few examples of brands that told a great story and many listened to their story.

Zady

Zady is an ethical eCommerce company specializing in apparels and accessories. What makes them different from others is the effective use of storytelling in product descriptions. At the bottom of each product you can find detailed illustrations of each step in the manufacturing process.

By explaining what they do to their customers Zady has gained their trust.

Let’s see the example of this grey tshirt.

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Low-Budget marketing ideas for your small business

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In this post we are going to cover a few marketing ideas for your business that will not lighten your pocket. In fact most of them are free and don’t cost a dime.

Here’s how to market your small business.

Publish quality content

All it takes is a little effort. Most small businesses don’t bother maintaining a blog. If you can put a little effort towards this end then your site will start receiving a lot of visitors from the search engines.

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5 Benefits of a website for small business owners

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If you are running a small business then a website can take your business outside the limits of your small shop. Instead of being limited by tangible walls which limit your opportunity a website lets you take your business global.There are many advantages for a business website.

  1. A website advertises your online presence.

With a business for your site you can advertise your business presence. You can opt for the myriad number of platforms available that can take your business to other people.

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There are Facebook ads by which you can target people by their shopping habits, family status and so on.  If your business caters to a particular profession you can target that profession via Facebook ads.

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