If your website lives on a low-cost web host, chances are, you’re paying for a shared hosting plan. This means that your website lives on the same server as many other websites, and they all share the same storage space, computing power, and bandwidth.
Don’t get us wrong: these types of plans are great for smaller websites where performance doesn’t matter all that much. But if you want to provide the best experience to your visitors, keep this in mind: on a shared hosting plan, a traffic surge at a totally unrelated website can severely impact your own site, leading to slow load times and other issues.
A virtual private server, or VPS, works differently. Instead of sharing space with other websites, you get server space and processing power carved out specifically for your own site. This means your site’s performance isn’t affected at all should another site get hammered with traffic. And the better your site performs, the happier your users are as a result.
Today we’re taking a look at a few VPS hosting options — Web hosts you can move to if you’re ready to stop having “roommates” on your Web server and, instead, get your own place.
Here they are.
Looking for a VPS hosting solution with a whole lot of options? You’ll find it with Hostwinds, a host that appears to have created a package for every possible scenario. Pricing for VPS hosting starts at a quarter under $13 a month, and includes 1 CPU core, 512 MB of RAM, 20 GB of storage space, and 1 TB of bandwidth. Need more? The upper limit of what Hostwinds has to offer reaches $636.74 per month and includes appropriately blown out specs for the price point: 16 CPU cores, 64 GB of RAM, 500 GB of storage, and 9 TB of bandwidth.
If you’re not looking to break the bank, Hostinger VPS hosting offers plenty of cost-friendly VPS packages for those who are tired of sharing hosting resources with other websites. For just $4.95 a month, customers can secure a server with 2.4 GHz CPUs, 1 GB of RAM, 20 GB of storage space, and 1 TB of bandwidth. On the higher end for Hostinger’s packages, $75.95 per month gets you a 14.4 GHz CPUs, 8 GB of RAM, 160 GB of storage space, and 6 TB of bandwidth.
Dreamhost is a fairly well known host, mostly for its shared hosting solutions, but it also offers more premium-tier VPS packages for individuals and businesses. On the lower end at $15 a month, customers can nab a VPS hosting account with 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage, and unlimited bandwidth. Dreamhost also offers enterprise-level VPS plans, providing 8 GB of RAM, 240 GB of storage, and unlimited bandwidth for $120 a month. All of Dreamhost’s VPS packages include the ability to add unlimited domains, which means you can several of your websites through one single account.
Remember when GoDaddy was running Super Bowl commercials full of scantily clad women and Kevin Roses? We do too. The company has since cleaned up its act, however, and has become a favorite for those on the hunt for VPS hosting. On the lower end of the spectrum, GoDaddy provides 1 GB of RAM, 40 GB of storage, 3 dedicated IP addresses, and unmetered bandwidth for $17.99 a month. If you need a higher priced, more capable option, you can get 8 GB of memory, 240 GB of storage, 3 dedicated IP addresses, and unmetered bandwidth for $39.99 a month. All GoDaddy VPS plans include 1 free SSL certificate for a year.
Bluehost, like GoDaddy, has been around for a long, long time. And like GoDaddy, its pricing options for VPS packages trends a bit on the higher side. Bluehost’s cheapest VPS option starts at $19.99 a month, and includes 2 GHz CPU speeds, 30 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of bandwidth. For those in the market for a more capable solution, Bluehost has a $59.99 per month package which includes 4 GHz CPU speeds, 120 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, and 3 TB of bandwidth. Bluehost offers a money-back guarantee with all of its packages.
Aside from having the coolest name (and coolest mascot) in Web hosting, HostGator has a long history offering hosting solutions to its customers. VPS hosting is no exception here, and HostGator offers a few simple packages to choose from. HostGator’s budget option starts at $19.95 a month and offers 2 GB of RAM, 2 CPU cores, 120 GB of storage space, and 1.5 TB of bandwidth. HostGator’s more expensive option comes in at $39.95 a month and provides 8 GB of RAM, 4 CPU cores, 240 GB of storage space, and 3 TB of bandwidth.
We’ll give BigRock second place for best mascot, which is a literal big rock. Otherwise, what the company offers in the way of VPS hosting seems right in line with what the rest of the industry is doing. BigRock’s least-expensive plan comes in at $18.19 a month and provides customers a 0.88 GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 20 GB of storage space, and 500 GB of bandwidth. If that’s not enough for you, BigRock also has a higher-tier VPS hosting option. That package includes a 2.43 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 80 GB of storage space, and 1.5 TB of bandwidth. The price for that tier? $69.09 a month.
1&1 is probably best known as a domain registrar — in particular, its ongoing promotion offering dot-com domain registrations for 99 cents. That’s not all 1&1 does, however; the company also offers hosting solutions, and has several VPS hosting packages available for customers who might be looking to keep their domains and their hosting in one place. For $4.99 a month, you can procure a server with 1 Xeon CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 30 GB of SSD storage, and unlimited bandwidth. Need more? The $29.99 a month package gets you 4 Xeon CPUs, 8 GB of RAM, 160 GB of SSD storage, and the same unlimited bandwidth.
Have VPS hosting solutions of your own? We’d love to hear about them!