Best VPS Web Hosting Provider 2017
Our 2017 Best VPS Hosting Award goes to InMotion nHosting.com, one of the first hosts to offer modern VPS hosting solutions. Running a VPS hosting account with InMotion is as easy as managing a shared hosting account with anyone else. Plus, they monitor each and every VPS account to proactively resolve unforeseen issues before they affect your website. Their experience and expertise really makes a huge difference. InMotion Hosting has earned 3 out of 3 Stars from CNET to become a CNET Certified Service Provider. They have maintained this prestigious position from one of the most recognized names on the Internet since 2003! InMotion has worked with SWsoft to provide Virtual Dedicated Server platform based on SWsoft's Virtuozzo, a leading virtualization software that allows web hosts to provide fast vps hosting services.
About InMotion Hosting’s VPS hosting
InMotion Hosting offers premium VPS Hosting that provides its customers with one of the most robust feature sets in the industry. Their managed VPS servers are built on a cloud infrastructure for redundancy and uptime and use solid-state drives for improved content delivery times. In addition to generous RAM, storage, bandwidth and dedicated IP addresses, InMotion Hosting also includes a free cPanel and WHM license, free backups and live-state container snapshots, unlimited websites and email addresses and a 90-day money back guarantee. Another benefit of their service is that all purchases include "Launch Assist," which includes 2 hours with a system administrator for things like website transfers/migrations, server customization or optimization and more. All InMotion Hosting VPS Servers are Linux-based and come provisioned with CentOS and LAMP stack by default and come with a number of security options and features. Their plans can handle anything from a growing site experiencing performance issues on Shared Hosting to a robust agency hosting many clients using multiple cPanel accounts, all at an affordable, set price.
- Preloaded with Cpanel so you can get started with your website and email immediately
- Service is truly reliable and guaranteed
- High specs at a competitive price
- Responsive support based in the United States
Web Space: Outstanding
Money-Back: 90 Day, 100% Risk-Free
Best VPS Hosting Nominees - May 2017
Path to choose VPS hosting provider
Who would need the VPS and why?
VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting happens to be a great and affordable solution for the kind of business ventures, which have outgrown shared hosting and have next level needs to supercharge their online presence or service. It is common that the web applications demand more server power than shared hosting along with the next level unrestricted server administration to comply with the custom server environments, that is required by your development team. Both VPS and dedicated servers give you full control over your server. Difference between dedicated and VPS hosting? Well its simple – dedicated server is a standalone machine and VPS is one of the very few pieces that the dedicated server was divided in to. As a result, VPS is cheaper than dedicated, but the amount that it is cheaper by, is directly related to the allocated hardware (RAM, HDD, CPU) and the bandwidth.
A very common reason for transitioning to the VPS is when your hosting provider kicks you off the shared hosting account because your website started getting 1000’s of uniques per day. Now its time to realize that nothing is “unlimited” in the hosting world and never has been.
Presently, the demand for VPS hosting is greater than before. Web applications become more complex, growing towards better usability & content to user adaptation, thus requiring bigger processing power. A sophisticated online venture become very quickly in need of scalable, flexible and cost effective VPS hosting plans that will enable them to take their competitive edge to the next level. With thousands of VPS providers out there, it is importand form the business case standpoint to make the right VPS hosting choice the first time. It should be known that as much as there are good providers, there are also unscrupulous ones. Prior to striking a deal with any provider for web hosting needs, it is advisable to put into consideration the following listed points while selecting a provider:
2. Bandwidth limit
It is highly important to make certain that the identified VPS provider has acquired the most recent hardware, as well as, server builds within the market. This is one of the ways of affirming that the provider has the capacity to provide services at great speed. It also signifies that the provider is capable of delivering reliable services. Always avoid the providers that offer outdated series of the server class processors (simply check with Intel about most recent processors), and the lack of SSD (Solid state drives) that is becoming industry’s standard very rapidly.
Majority of the VPS providers impose bandwidth limits and charge extra costs for offering extra bandwidth. Therefore, one should always make sure that the subscribed bandwidth is sufficient for your data transfers requirements. This has to be clearly specified within the providers’ plans limits. How much do you need? Well take the average number of visitors you expect per month, then multiply by the amount of data your visitors will pull (text, images, videos, etc). There are few options to minimize your bandwidth:
- • Serve your static content off the CDN (Content delivery network) rather than off your hosting account.
- • Use video streaming services like Youtube, Vmeo and Wistia (great for tracking) if you are into videos.
3. Plans scalability
VPS hosting prices is determined by various factors. In the event one is searching for high memory, it may be more costly to go for managed hosting service that have high bandwidths and scalability, as compared to the normal basic plans. However, always carefully scrutinize the terms and conditions of the offers that are being presented as cheap and economical as they may contain some hidden costs. Besides, some providers may be offering the cheapest rates but their services may turn out to be wanting. It is also good to note that the provider that also offers dedicated hosting plans is your best bet for future scalability.
4. Managed and unmanaged hosting
Only go for the unmanaged hosting if you have internal systems team. Otherwise make sure that the provider’s Managed Hosting team SLA states the adequate response times to your requests. Upon opting for the unmanaged hosting, always ensure that the provider accords you unlimited control over the respective server hardware. On the contrary, upon opting for the managed hosting, one should ensure that the providers carry out all the duties as per SLA. The managed hosting should be in the range of $20-40/month.
Everyone talks about Uptime, blowing dust in your eyes. In reality nobody out there was able to measure the true uptime for the provider, simply by pinging their homepage and wasting your’s as well as my time. Study provider’s SLA and see if the guaranteed uptime is adequate for your needs.
There are plenty of uptime tools out there that allow you to get notified in real time if your website stops responding to http or other request. The reason behind poor uptime may not only be the provider, but also your own web portal/application.
6. Safety and Security
You want to make sure that data is secured and nobody takes your customers’ sensitive information from your server. There are three parts to the equation: Your team, your software and your hosting provider. Most sophisticated VPS providers run periodic vulnerability tests and 3rd party intrusion audits. They spend extra time and a lot of money making sure that all of their infrastructure is protected from customers’ negligence. Phishing attacks are common to gain root access to the server, and if providers infrastructure is outdated, we have seen examples when 1000’s of customers websites get defaced. The issue is that no hosting company will publically list what they are doing with their infrastructure and how well the security is done. The good indicator that will help you choose one provider over another is the domains growth trends. The good ones are trending up.
7. Customer/ technical support services
In spite of the manner in which a provider promises to offer the most reliable services at the best prices within the market, in the event they happen not to be offering around-the-clock customer support, do not fall for his or her bait. Once it gets to VSP hosting, customer support is one of the most vital services required by clients. Besides, one cannot forecast the time during which he or she will be in need of customer support services hence the need to confirm that the provider offers such services all time round.
8. Customer reviews
It is always good to search the providers name in the internet in order to unearth the various reviews that have been made by past customers. In the event the provider has been in the VSP hosting business for some years, one can easily weigh the number of the positive reviews against the negative reviews. In the event the negative reviews outweigh the positive ones, then it is goes without say that such a provider is a complete let down! Go on a step further and visit various VSP hosting forums that are available in various social media platforms and request for references prior into signing a deal with any provider. Typically, the most reputable providers have a relatively big fan base.
9. The providers’ experience in the industry
One should also attempt to find out the number of years the provider has been in operation. The providers who have been in operation for a good number of years are likely to offer the best services as they have a better understanding of the various shortcomings that may emerge while offering VSP hosting services as compared to the providers who a relatively new within the industry.
10. Providers’ Team
A tip to check on provider’s validity is go to Google images and search for the company name. Reputable hosting providers will have plenty of images there of their datacenters, support department and the corporate parties. It is easy to see the deference between the real photo and the stock image.
11. Current customer base size
Always ensure that you obtain some information about the various clients that the provider has already served. Here at WebHostingGeeks we show how many domains is under management of the individual hosting company, which in a lot of cases very much relevant to the number of customers. Sometimes hosting companies will speak for their customer base in the yearly reports or other newsletters.