A virtual private server (VPS) is a great way to have greater control over your resources and is a preferred choice of developers and larger blogs.
An analogy, that helps many people, that explains the difference between shared and VPS hosting is kind of like living arrangements.
Shared hosting is similar to renting an apartment while a VPS is like buying a condo. While other files are hosted on the server, you have greater control of the resources and security of your part of that server.
Depending on your hosting provider, this level of access can change. Choosing the right host for your new VPS plan involves several factors including price, resources, access and more.
HostAuthority has compiled dozens of VPS providers to find which have the very best service with all factors considered. This is a list of our top 5 VPS choices to help you on your search.
Number One: Dreamhost
Dreamhost comes in at our number one choice due to their overall ability to fill the needs of people looking for VPS hosting plans. First, they are scalable and flexible. You can upgrade to one of their other plans quickly. This is also a reliable company with 100% uptime guaranteed, extra security options and unlimited domain names and bandwidth from the beginning. They are also a very affordable hosting option with VPS plans starting as low as $15/mo. Your dedicated IP address comes standard and all files are hosted on solid state drives to ensure speedy access for your visitors and files. The power and resources are there for developers, the speed is there for site owners, and the price is reasonable for bargain shoppers. All of these features makes them the best according to our list and perfect for anyone who has outgrown their shared plan.
Number Two: 1&1
1&1 comes in at number two almost exclusively because of the value and low price of entry. As one of the largest hosts online, this company has the lowest cost VPS hosting on the market. The entry level plan starts at a shocking $4.99/mo for 1GB of RAM, 50GB of hard drive space and unlimited bandwidth. The highest plan introductory rate only goes to $29.99/mo for much higher resource levels. This pricing can help those who want the option of a VPS, but don’t have the budget, get it without spending more than a basic shared plan. Reliability and uptime are concerns of many developers looking for a server from 1&1, but it should be noted that the company does maintain an uptime guarantee. So, if you want a hosting company that has notable reliability and customer service to put your next project on, you may need to look around a little longer. Although, if you need a VPS, and are very price motivated, this is the option for you.
Number Three: GoDaddy
While it’s not the least expensive, our third choice is one of the best in terms of traffic levels to your site. Shared plans often say their bandwidth is “unlimited”, but if you reach a certain level of visitors you hit a soft cap and your site slows down or even crashes. GoDaddy has created VPS plans that allow you to “bring on the traffic” without slowing access to your files. The plans range in price and start out at a slightly higher price point of $24.99/mo for 1GB of RAM and 40GB of storage, but the bandwidth has the promise to allow unlimited levels of traffic to flow onto your website. The somewhat underwhelming resources may have developers wanting to look to another on our list. However, this is a great option for blogs and e-commerce stores who have hit that invisible ceiling of traffic with their current shared plan.
Number Four: InMotion
InMotion is an incredible VPS hosting company for those who need some serious power and reliability. The options available are not for basic site owners, but developers and programmers will enjoy all that this provider offers. For starters, all your files will be hosted on SSD hardware that comes standard with every plan (many hosts charge extra or don’t offer this). You’ll receive the preferred control panel ,cPanel, free with your account as well as your choice of data center to help keep your files even faster. All of these options make for an incredible environment to develop and host powerful websites and applications. Pricing is competitive, but the amount of disk space available caps out at 200GB, which may be a factor for those looking to host large, robust sites. Multiple backups are also included as well as a 90 day money-back guarantee. This VPS host is the best option for anyone who wants a lightning fast website or app with the peace of mind that comes from the security that InMotion offers. InMotion really comes close to a higher spot on the list and should really be looked at as a solid option for most webmasters.
Number Five: Bluehost
Bluehost finishes out our list of top five VPS hosting providers because of the power it offers for developers. Almost all other hosting providers start off their VPS plans with 1GB of RAM and one core topping out at around 8GB of RAM. This is pretty standard for the price point, but Bluehost provides webmasters with much more. Their plans go from 4GB -16GB of RAM so you’re server will be an incredibly powerful tool to help you create any project you can come up with. Bluehost also makes it possible to have a seamless transition from a shared plan to one of the many VPS options available. The performance available from a Bluehost VPS will have developers excited to use the power available at such a reasonable price, but if you just need the ability to hold more visitors without slowing down your site, then you may find a more cost-effective, less feature-rich option.