Best Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting

Virtual Private Server

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) are a great way to scale your site as your traffic grows. A VPS also provides you far more control and reliability than a shared host but comes at a higher cost and requires more technical knowledge to maintain going forward.

Hosting ProviderBest ForMonthly Price
Digital OceanDevelopers$5.00
1&1Unlimited Traffic$4.99
BlueHostInstant Provisioning$14.99
ServerMania100% Uptime SLA$10.00
InMotionFree cPanel Account Transfer$29.99

As you compare VPS providers, you want to make sure you’re getting a big enough server to handle your traffic but you don’t want to spend more than you need to. The biggest considerations are how much CPU, RAM and disk space you need.

For Developers: DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a great VPS that I’ve used (and still use) and can highly recommend their stability and speed. They also let you deploy your VPS to a number of different regions – San Francisco, Toronto, New York City, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Bangalore and Singapore. This gives a lot of flexibility and lets you pick a region where your customers/users are to make sure they have the fewest network hops to make when accessing your site. As far as pricing, they do hourly pricing but they typically show the monthly prices for simplicity. And speaking of simplicity, they offer a number of one-click applications that you can instantly deploy – Cassandra, Discourse, Django, Docker, Dokku, Drone, Drupal, Elixir, ELK, Ghost, GitLab, Horizon, Joomla, LAMP, LEMP, Magento, MEAN, MediaWiki, MongoDB, Node.js, ownCloud, Redis, Redmine, Ruby on Rails and WordPress. I’m pretty sure most of those things sound like a foreign language but don’t worry, if you needed it, you would have already heard it by now. As far as pricing, DigitalOcean is extremely competitive and ranges from $5 a month for a basic 1 Core Processor, 512MB RAM, 20GB SSD and 1TB Transfer all the way up to $640 a month for a 20 Core Processor, 64 GB RAM, 640GB SSD and 9TB Transfer. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably looking at the $5 plan and maybe the $10 plan if need more RAM and disk space.

For a Cheap VPS: 1&1

I have used 1&1 for shared hosting in the past and can say they are a decent web host. And if you’re looking for a cheap option, 1&1 provides a lot for a very little price. At $4.99 a month, you get a 1 Core Processor, 512MB RAM, 30GB SSD and unlimited transfer/traffic. This is a pretty amazing deal and if you’re a first-time VPS user, this is a great starting point. And if you are a little unsure about a VPS, 1&1 gives you a 30-day trial after you sign-up. This is a great way to try out a VPS – everything from connecting to, uploading files, setting up your website and finally launching your site.

Best Shared Hosting

If you’re considering shared hosting, make sure you understand the differences between shared, dedicated and VPS. And once you’re sure that shared hosting is a good fit for your needs, take a look below and pick the right hosting provider.

Hosting ProviderBest ForMonthly Price
BlueHostFree Domain$2.75
HostGatorUnmetered Bandwidth$3.13
iPageDrag and Drop Setup$1.99
1 & 1Business Website$0.99
HostMonsterUnlimited Storage$4.95
FatCowUnlimited Domains$3.15
IPOWERUnlimited Hosting$3.25
InMotionHosting with SSD$5.99
Just HostFree Site Builder$3.95
LunarpagesUnlimited Email$4.95
WebhostingPadFree Website Transfer$1.99
Hosting24Unlimited Hosting$3.99

One thing to consider when looking at shared hosting is to determine if the provider includes a domain in your monthly price or if you need to bring your own. I recommend getting your domain through someone else so you’re not tied to your hosting provider if you decide to move in the future. I’m a big fan of Google Domains and have all my domains through them. I’ve also used GoDaddy and NameCheap for comparison and found Google Domains to be the same price with more features included and a far more intuitive and less cluttered user interface.  Google Domains also makes it easy to forward all your emails to your Gmail account.

As you pick a hosting provider, it’s also a good idea to think about a year or two down the road to make sure your provider can scale with you. While everyone hopes their site will grow month over month and be as popular as Facebook, that usually isn’t the case. If you’re not expecting to get more than 10K visitors a month, you’re probably safe with a shared host for the foreseeable future (once you’re on track to hit 10K a month, check out our list for best dedicated hosts and VPS hosts). And if you think you’ll be driving more than 10K visitors a month to your site, you’ll want to think about a provider that can scale and grow with you. For example, BlueHost, HostGator and iPage all provide VPS services that you could upgrade to once you have outgrown your shared host.


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