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.
|LIQUIDWEB||$59.9/mo||2GB||1||40GB||yes ,free||yes, daily free|
|SITEGROUND||$80/mo||2GB||2||40GB||yes, free||Yes, not free|
|A2HOSTING||$42.99/mo||4GB||4||75GB||yes,free||Yes, not free|
|INMOTION||$49.99/mo||4GB||2||75GB||yes,free||yes, daily free|
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 vps 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.
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
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 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.
On their website they guarantee 100% uptime. It’s generally 99.995% (2014 data) which is quite close.
- Dedicated support system with average of 10 minute response time.
- Dedicated DDoS protection
- 100% uptime
- 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
You can cancel the plan anytime within 30 days in case you aren’t happy with the service.
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
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 care representatives called the Guru Crew are available 24*7 through phone, email or chat.
- Affordably priced vps hosting
- Turbo servers enhance page loading times
- 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.
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.
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.
- Fantastic customer support
- Free SSL.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Inexpensive VPS with great features
- Excellent customer service
- Fully Solid State Drives
- Solid 90-day money back guarantee
- 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.
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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