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Recommended VPS services – What is VPS and the advantages over shared hosting

Shared web hosting can have quite a few drawbacks, the most significant one is the performance which depending on the number of sites hosted together and the lack of flexibility to match server features according to your wishes. If your site is gaining surfers’ momentum or the page loading performance is no longer satisfactory, you will have the need to switch to a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

What is a VPS and how it’s different from shared hosting?

Virtual Private Server or VPS is a service that allocates some server resources (storage, memory, CPU) to a client. So a dedicated server (or an array of several servers together) is divided into several clients as virtual private servers, but, unlike shared hosting, the performance of each client on its own virtual server dosn’t affect its performance and also not to all those stored on the physical server itself. At least not in the same way that shared hosting sites are affected in a shared hosting so that a VPS can evaluate the expected performance and limit based on the package we purchase and if we need more resources we can upgrade accordingly.

In a shared hosting, the hosting company stores a large number of sites on one server and the meaning of the things you share the resources of the server with all its sites and performance will be accordingly. Another disadvantage to a shared hosting is the security. If a one of sites in a shared hosting has been hacked or attacked by hackers, your site is affected and you have nothing to do but rely on the hosting company.

Another security issue is the shared IP address. If one of the sites is spamming and blacklisted, your site may also be compromised, especially in search engine optimization. Technically there are also limitations that you can’t customize the server configuration because changing settings will affect all the sites stored on it.

For these reasons it’s highly recommended to host in shared hosting just image sites with little traffic on it. Sites with high traffic or those who want fast loading time or custom configuration of the server, need a virtual or dedicated server.

Benefits of Virtual Private Server (VPS)

  • High performance – virtual server performance will be much higher than any shared storage or cloud storage package).
  • Security – A virtual storage server that is managed and maintained correctly will be more secure than shared storage servers that often do not get updates and use older versions of software.
  • You can increase and upgrade your server resources like storage, memory and processing quickly and easily by paying extra for the service you use. As opposed to a dedicated server that will require you to physically change and add hardware components as needed.
  • You are given more control over each component of software on your server, from choosing the operating system to management panel, PHP version, MySQL, etc.

All of the above is assuming that whoever manages and maintains the server has the appropriate knowledge and experience to do it. Without maintenance, the server is exposed to security vulnerabilities and will also suffer poor performance compared to an up-to-date and properly managed server.

Disadvantages of VPS

  • Requires knowledge and experience in managing and maintaining the server. Remember that the server itself is empty, you are the ones who choose the operating system and the other components of the software you want to install (admin panel, Apache, PHP, MySQL, etc).
  • A server that is not properly maintained will be a source of security vulnerabilities and poor performance or a complete disabling of all sites stored on it.
  • A managed virtual storage server will cost much more than a shared storage service.
  • Doesn’t include a management panel like cPanel and therefore is suitable for advanced users who know what they are doing. If you want to buy a licensed license fee, but again it is a budgetary question.
  • A general server problem, whether physical of in software level, will disable the entire server and you will not be able to control the situation until the server is returned to the air.

If you don’t have the knowledge and/or time needed to manage and maintain a VPS then it would be better for you to choose shared hosting for your site. For shared hosting services, I wrote a post comparing recommended shared hosting companies.

Which VPS to chose?

Web hosting companies offer a variety of Virtual Storage Servers (VPS) packages, which package will suit you? It depends on your requirements and what you are going to install on the server.

Typically, most services will offer sufficient traffic that can handle websites with hundreds of unique visits per day. The volume of the disk is also according to your requirements that the volume of the basic packages ranges from 10GB to 20GB. RAM will start at 512MB but I recommend purchasing a virtual server with at least 1GB of memory. Of course, the server specification depends on your requirements according to your use of the server.

Recommended VPS services

I reviewd some VPS services for you. Each service has its advantage and disadvantage even though the price remains relatively the same in most of the VPS services that I mentioned.

DigitalOceanRecommended!

DigitalOcean is a hosting company that offers VPS packages. Their cheapest package is for $5 and includes 20GB SSD, 512MB RAM and 1TB of storage. It’s not recommended to use this package for production, but only for experimental development. Even though it can run a WordPress website or even several without a problem, better to extend the memomry to 1GB and leave some headroom for any case.

Their basic package that is suitable for setting up servers for production websites includes 30GB SSD, 1GB of RAM and 2 TB of traffic for only $10!

Sign up through this link and you can get $10 credit for your new account that will allow you to set up a basic Drupal for two free months.

Each VPS is called Droplet, and you can create several of them under one account. Each Droplet can be easily upgraded, for example, in case you need more resources or storage space. However, you can not downgrade if necessary and for that you need to close the server and delete it completely and then upload a backup or image to a new Droplet.

They have an excellent interface and it’s easy to use. They offer support via email or their website. Availability and reliability is high. Although it’s not always recommended to rely on backup, some users have claimed that their backup was deleted due to a failure or a technical problem that was in one of their servers.

Vultr

Vultr is another storage company that offers virtual storage servers that includes servers in 14 different locations around the world. They have a package that starts at $ 2.50 but is an experimental development environment and should not be used for production. Their basic package includes 25GB SSD storage, 1024MB RAM and 1TB traffic for only $ 5 which is an excellent price compared to the return.

Additional VPS services

There are also other companies that offer packages of virtual private servers (VPS) including Linode, which is the competitor of the companies I mentioned above, but their registration process requires verification, of credit card although this is not the only company that requires it, they don’t allow to do it straight with PayPal.

By the way, the other companies may also require identification information such as a driver’s license or passport to verify your identity. But beyond verifying, their current interface is more complex compared to DigitalOcean. They seem to be working on a new interface now so we’ll wait and see what they’ll have to offer later on.

Managed VPS services

Some companies offer VPS that are managed for those who don’t have the time and knowledge to manage and maintain the server. There is an advantage of saving time but also a lack of flexibility and reliance on the management services company. The price will also be higher than the payment of an unmanaged VPS.

 

ServerPilotRecommended!

ServerPilot allows you to connect your virtual server to it and it will manage it based on PHP, MySQL, Nginx. With their interface you can add the websites you want to store on the server and they will take care of everything else including operating system updates, statistics and data, SSL certificate and more.

Through this link you can get $10 credit to your account that will allow you to use their free month’s service.

For a fee of $10 a month they offer full management services and also include free SSL certificates. The package does not depend on the storage size of the virtual server, you can order any package you want from DigitalOcean and work with ServerPilot for only $10 a month for each server.

Unlike other services like Cloudways that I will review later in the post, ServerPilot has the flexibility and allows root access. And that’s the advantage here, that everything is under your control. If you want to leave ServerPilot you can do so at any time. You are not dependent on them.

There are also some disadvantages, they do not have management tools for the database so you will need to install one yourself. The same applies to backups, you will need to manually perform or install a tool that does this.

Cloudways

Unlike ServerPilot, Cloudways offers the integrated package of VPS and its management service together. That means that there is no need to purchase the virtual server first, the whole service is offered in one place through one company. They currently work with DigitalOcean, Vultr, AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Kyup.

Their advantage is that they manage everything for you under one roof and enable those who are less experienced and knowledgeable to set up a virtual private server and run a website on it.

Their prices are more expensive because they include their management fees. There are a number of drawbacks. Note that you trust one company, pay it to set up a virtual server for you in one of the companies I mentioned above, do not get root access to the server and all your reliance is that they do the work properly otherwise there will be no difference between it and shared hosting, it’s not in your hands.

In summary: Which service to choose?

I personally think that if you choose a virtual server it is best to be able to operate without relying on automated management services. The rule is that it will depend on third parties so you make the solution more complex when a problem or other problem can arise. As of this time, I will recommend choosing a virtual server on Digital Ocean that has a great interface and is easy to integrate with ServerPilot.

If you have already chosen to invest in a virtual storage server, you may want to consult a professional who understands this. I offer management and maintenance services for virtual storage servers as well as consulting and setting up these servers. If you are interested, you are welcome to contact me through the contact form on the website or through my Facebook.

If you are not sure what service or package will suit you, you are welcome to ask here by replying to the post and I will be happy to answer you.

Recommended Web Hosting Services – Based on my experience

Most of you are not sure in which web hosting service to choose and fail to reach that most of the recommendations over the internet are not based on a real review, they only have interest to refer you through their affiliate link, so the review is not reflecting the services offered. I also work with affiliate programs but I tend to make real recommendations and I will not recommend products or services to my visitors that I personally would not recommend to myself. In this post, I’ll give you a full overview based on my previous experience with those companies.

Disclaimer: The links to the web hosting services are affiliate links and I may receive comission if you chose to purchase one of those services.

HostGator

HostGator is a web hosting company established in 2002 and located in Houston, Texas. In 2012 the company was sold and transferred to the ownership of the EIG Group. The company has hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide and millions of domains registered with them.

I have been working with them for several years now with some sites and I can say that their service is very reasonable for price and high server availability. The company offers unlimited storage and traffic but take into account that it’s just like in the cellular packages, nothing is really unlimited. Beyond that,if you will look in the company’s terms they have several clauses that allow them to block your account if there is an unusual deviation or unreasonable use of their storage services.

In terms of technical support, they have chat and it’s quick to reach to chat with the representative most of the time. If there are simple things to solve, the support representatives help on each problem and solve it at the same time, but recently I came across a number of representatives (from India, I suppose) who write in breakdown English and take them time to relocate the problem,.

There are problems that only their engineers can solve and it took them almost a month to fix the problem. So consider that, if you don’t have the technical knowledge and able to identify the problem and report to them exactly, in such cases sometimes you will simply be stuck or will encounter difficulty in front of them without being able to do anything about it.

Another disadvantage is the version of MySQL that is not updated on some of their shared hosting servers and there is no way to know it, it’s just luck if you fall on such a server. They basically say they’re gradually updating but don’t expect it to happen quickly.

Their Cloud packages are much more recommended than shared web hosting packages, you’ll see a significant difference between the server response times and they will also give the best value to your price. The standard web hosting packages start at $3.95. Cloud packages are offered from $4.99 a month. WordPress sites have special web hosting packages starting at $5.95 a month.

As with other web hosting companies, an annual commitment will reduce the price. Through the following link you can get up to 60% discount on their web hosting packages or a first month in only one cent in this link

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks, as the name of the company, markets herself as the green web hosting company that is a leader in energy saving. The company’s server farm is operated by wind energy, perhaps it’snot a significant detail for everyone but it is certainly something that needs to be noted for those that care for energy efficiency and protecting the environment of large corporations and companies.

I was impressed by their technical support. The response in the chat was quick and it seems that the representatives there are professional. This is the thing I liked there. Their support via e-mail also gives the feeling of a small company that supports every customer, even though they have quite a few customers (about 30,000) and hundreds of thousands of websites that are hosted with them, according to their website.

At GreenGeeks, the average server response time was slower by 0.461 seconds than HostGator Cloud servers. Note that my comparison is to the cloud plan of HostGator and not to their shared hosting. Compared to HostGator shared hosting, it’s GreenGeeks that leads with a faster response time of about 0.246 seconds.

The price is only $3.95 a month via this link for an unlimited basic web hosting package and note that you can also host unlimited domains. This means that you can host as many sites as you want and again at a reasonable level that your account will not be blocked, take this into account. This is shared web hosting but they also have dedicated servers and dedicated storage packages for WordPress. Their storage package includes domain registration for life (will continue to renew as long as you keep hosting in them).

BlueHost

BlueHost was established in 2003. In 2010, it was acquired by the EIG group, yes, the same group that acquired HostGator. The company owns a large server farm in Utah, USA.

Although both BlueHost and HostGator have been purchased and owned by the EIG Group, they are working on different management teams as well as support representatives. From my work experience with them, I was very impressed with their technical support and storage services representatives. Here, too, I did not experience representatives from a third world country like HostGator.

Their shared storage packages start at $3.95 a month and include unlimited storage, but I found that the server response time was much slower than HostGator, and that’s their disadvantage. The price is also not so attractive compared to other web hosting companies.

But if you talk about their cloud storage services then my opinion is completely different. They recently renewed storage servers and remarkably fast response time. Through this link you can purchase a web hosting in the cloud starting at $5.95 per month.

One of the BlueHost advantage over other web hosting companies is security. They seem to have security tools and spam protection. Their web hosting service is recommended by WordPress officially.

DreamHost

DreamHost is one of the oldest web hosting companies in existence since 1996 and is located in Los Angeles. DreamHost has been also officially selected by WordPress as one of the recommended web hosting companies.

DreamHost has over 400,000 active customers and stores over 1.5 million sites on its servers. One of the great advantages of their storage services is their high availability and they also undertake to compensate in the event of non availability. The server response time is also fast.

Their technical support is also good and you can chat with them with a support representative with a relatively quick response. They don’t have phone support but if the online support is good why need such?

The drawback or more correctly the significant consideration is the price but you will get a good web hosting service in return. The prices of their shared web hosting packages start at $ 9.95 per month for a year and $ 16,955 for WordPress-enabled cloud storage, a relatively high price compared to other web hosting companies, and the management panel is not cPanel and is built by the company.

SiteGround

SiteGround was established in 2004 and its head offices are in Bulgaria with more than 400 employees. The company has a server farm in 5 countries: the US, Holland, England, Italy and Singapore.

SiteGround uses SSD drives for its servers. The availability of their servers is high and also the page loading time with an average load time of 0.542 seconds. Another advantage is that all their web hosting packages are compatible with WordPress with access to SuperCacher, the cache they offer for WordPress that significantly improves the site’s load speed. There are also various security applications for your storage that will protect your site from attack and spam attacks.

Their support is also excellent. They have a meeting with excellent and patient support representatives with full transparency with whom they speak, and they are not representatives from a third world country. For new clients, they offer free transfer of the site from your previous web hosting service.

The price they offer is especially low for the service they give and starts at $3.95 a month for a shared web hosting package. Please note that they charge a setup fee of $14.95 if you choose the monthly route, so you shouldn’t do so. Another disadvantage of SiteGround is in the storage and traffic limit and if you exceed the quota of one of them you will be charged otherwise your account will be restricted or blocked. It’s very worthwhile to pay attention to this detail. From storage space you probably will not exceed (10 gigabytes in their basic course), but traffic should make the right consideration and correctly estimate the amount of traffic and traffic expected on your site.

Web hosting services that are less recommended

I also have bad experience with some web hosting companies. During my work I got to work with my client web hostings and one of them was in Godaddy, yes yes the known domain registrar. Maybe they’re cheap on domains but their interface storage is obsolete and incredibly slow. Not at all comfortable, at least until the last time I got to work with them. Their support was also very slow.

Another company is ByetHost, which operates on several different and strange domains, and it’s not really clear which ones belong to it and who they are. Some customers have been tempted for some reason and have purchased a “cheap” web hosting package, but availability and slowness are not worth it. Beyond the fact that the company is sending out bulk emails and all my attempts to remove myself from their terrible mailing list have been unsuccessful, which is annoying and I don’t like it.

In summary – What is the best web hosting service?

Just as in everything there is no unequivocal answer. There are companies that I could tell you not to approach but among the companies I recommended from the beginning of the post, everyone has the advantage or disadvantage according to your specific requirements. There are those who can experience a nightmare in one company and there are those who can be satisfied customers for many years. Sometimes it’s a matter of luck and sometimes it depends on you and the way you are able to understand the nature of the problem and the solution it needs.

The HostGator cloud package seems to offer the best value for it’s price, availability, server response time, unlimited storage and traffic (reasonable), free domain, cPanel management interface, and more. Their support is somewhat less supportive than other companies but still provides when necessary, at least for me.

If you choose shared storage, I will recommend GreenGeeks, which offer excellent service and great price. The response time of their servers is also extremely fast.

If you have any specific questions, you are welcome to comment and ask me.