VPS Hosting Deals and Comparisons

Updated: 15th April 2018

Here are the most recent VPS hosting deals from the major service providers. Note that because different providers treat VPS hosting in different ways, it’s not always easy to classify them accurately. For example, SiteGround refers to its “GoGeek” plan as “Semi-dedicated hosting” and uses it in lieu of VPS. Other providers blur the distinctions between cloud and VPS hosting.

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Service Provider Basic Advanced Premium Super Premium
Bluehost VPS Hosting $19.99/month
GoDaddy VPS Hosting $17.99/month
SiteGround VPS Hosting (GoGeek) $11.95/month
Dreamhost VPS Hosting $13.75/month $27.50/month $55/month $110/month
India Plans
Hostgator India VPS ₹897/month
40% off Coupon Code: SAVEBIG
40% off Coupon Code: SAVEBIG
40% off Coupon Code: SAVEBIG
40% off Coupon Code: SAVEBIG
Bluehost India VPS ₹1199/month ₹2037/month ₹4699/month ₹6449/month

What is VPS Hosting?

“VPS” stands for “Virtual Private Server”. Basically, it gives you the impression that you have a server all to yourself, unlike shared hosting plans in which you’re locked to the functionality provided by cPanel. On a VPS, you can configure your server the way you see fit. You can install whatever software you want, implement your own security practices, update, and re-install all your packages to suit your needs.

But perhaps one of the biggest advantages of VPS hosting is a guarantee of resources such as RAM and CPU power. In shared hosting, you’re literally sharing all the resources of a server with hundreds, perhaps even thousands of sites! While some hosts like Bluehost, take active measure to throttle the CPU usage of any single site, ultimately shared hosting is much less reliable. Your site will slow down for reasons beyond your control, simply because someone else starts to use up a huge amount of RAM or CPU.

VPS servers or the other hand, are run with very few users on a single server hardware setup. It’s basically one step below dedicated servers, where you’re guaranteed to get an entire machine to yourself. If you want to move beyond shared hosting, but are not yet ready to shoulder the burden of a full server, VPS hosting is for you.

With Great Power – Great Responsibility!

Managing a running server can be a full fledged job in itself. Software configuration with dozens of log files, security, users and roles, patches and upgrades, conflict avoidance between packages, server maintenance and downtime etc etc.

Most people neither have the time, nor the experience to handle a VPS server. Which is where managed VPS solutions come into the picture. In managed VPS hosting, the service provider takes care of the nitty-gritty, daily plans that go into server upkeep and maintenance. This leaves you with a free hand to do the important stuff – running your business.

Different VPS hosting providers offer different levels of management. Of course, the more management tasks a hosting service performs on your behalf, the more it costs. You need to find the sweet spot between cost and ease of use.

Blurred Distinctions – VPS vs Cloud Services vs Other Plans

Up until a short while ago, the upgrade path for a business was pretty clear. Shared hosting -> VPS Hosting -> Dedicated Server. Now with cloud-based offerings that scale with usage, the distinction between VPS and cloud hosting is getting a bit blurred.

Some providers like SiteGround for example, don’t even use the term “VPS”. Instead, they call it “semi-dedicated hosting” . This is nothing but the advanced hosting option called the “GoGeek” plan. And here’s where we see how the distinctions are blurring into each other. Some providers have cloud hosting as the “in-between” plan between shared and VPS hosting. Others view cloud hosting as replacing VPS servers. Yet others choose their own path and do away with VPS altogether.

Cloud technology is still evolving and we’re not sure what the future of these plans is going to look like.

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