VPS Hosting

In VPS hosting, which stands for Virtual Private Server hosting, a physical server is divided into several logical virtual servers, each of which is private. This means that, contrary to shared hosting, you get full root access to your server, no other user can sneak into your account or files. You can also fine tune all configuration files and you can even run any linux program that you may want to.

VPS hosting is almost as good as dedicated hosting. The only drawback is lower performance since the physical resources (processor, hard drive, etc.) are shared between several VPS instances. The advantage, though, is that you get all the security and flexibility of a dedicated server, at just a fraction of the price.

The main caveats in choosing your VPS hosting provider, are:

  • Performance: this depends as much on the actual specs of the physical servers the hosting company uses as on how many virtual servers the hosting provider decides to run on each physical server. This information is very difficult to get by.
  • Technical support: with root access to your server, it is pretty easy to mess things up. In those cases, quality and reactive technical support make a huge difference from one host to another.

Below is a list of VPS hosting companies we have successfully run b2evolution blogs and forums on...

Top recommended VPS hosting plans

Web HostHosting companyPriceRAMHDTransferIps
InMotion VPS$ 28.74/month4GB75GBSSD4TB/mo3
BlueHost VPS$ 19.99/month2GBx30GBSSDTB/mo1
GreenGeeks VPS$ 39.95/month1GB25GBSSD1TB/mo1
LunarPages Cloud Hosting$ 44.95/month2GB50GBSSD1TB/mo1
LiquidWeb VPS$ 59.00/month2GB40GBSSD5TB/mo1
I/O Zoom$ 8.00/month2GB20GBSSD2TB/mo1

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Cloud Hosting vs. VPS Hosting

So what exactly is the difference between a Cloud Hosting plan and a Virtual Private Server (VPS) ?

It's a bit tricky because the term "cloud" has been widely over-used, misused and abused by many... However, all serious web-hosting providers will consider the difference like this:

VPS Hosting

A VPS is a virtual machine running on a single dedicated server. That servers is shared between a number of VPS virtual machines. It means that a part of the CPU time, a part of the RAM and a part of the disk space are allocated to your VPS. If the server is shut down, all the VPS virtual machines on that server go offline.

Cloud Hosting

With Cloud Hosting, you also have a virtual machine, but it is NOT hosted on a specific single dedicated server. On the contrary, your virtual machine can be spun up on any dedicated server of the hosting company's infrastructure, depending on availability. In case a server goes down, all the virtual machines if was running can be spun up again very quickly on a different server.

One particularity of this is that if you need several identical servers with load-balancing in order to handle traffic surges, Cloud hosting can quickly (almost instantly) spin up extra instances of your servers, as many as you need and…

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How to improve your website performance with a CDN

Why you need a CDN

Using a CDN is one of the easiest and fastest ways to boost your website performance.

In order to see where the biggest peformance bootlenecks are, you can start by having a look at a waterfall graph of your website. The example above comes from b2evolution.net (before optimization). Any modern web browser will let you display this for you own site by using its developer menu/tools. When you do this for your site, just remember to clear your browser cache before measuring, otherwise your results won’t really show what your visitors experience.

The waterfall graph shows one line for each file that is downloaded to display your page. Here are the color codes used by Safari:

  • The blue line is the main PHP/HTML file;
  • The green lines are for CSS files;
  • The yellow lines are for Javascript files;
  • Finally the purple ones are for images.

Pay attention to 3 important aspects here:

  • There are usually more files than you think that need to be downloaded to display a single web page.
  • All files don’t start downloading right away.
  • Each file has a long Latency time and a comparatively short Actual Transfer time.

Let’s look at these 3 problems in order.

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Hosting plan details

InMotion VPS

InMotion VPS

$ 28.74/mo
 

InMotion VPS

« InMotion Hosting’s Virtual Private Servers are a great alternative to dedicated servers and perfect for those who need more than what a shared account can offer. They have everything necessary to be a complete separate server, including optional root level access.

ALL Packages include a minimum of: Free SSDs, Free Backups, SSH Access, 4GB RAM, 60GB Storage, 2 TB of Bandwidth, and Free cPanel License »

InMotion review »

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BlueHost VPS

BlueHost VPS

$ 19.99/mo
 

BlueHost VPS

« Our custom-built servers and 24/7 team of experts deliver breakthrough performance that grows with you. Get up and running in seconds. Whereas most VPS solutions take hours or days to activate, we designed our VPS servers to provision immediately. »

Extreme performance • Instant provisioning • Guaranteed resources • Root access • CentOS

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GreenGeeks VPS

GreenGeeks VPS

$ 39.95/mo
 

GreenGeeks VPS

« You will be able to control all aspects of your VPS through our proprietary VPS management portal making managing your virtual private server a piece of cake. »

SSD Storage • Tier-1 Bandwidth • FREE Quick Provision • 300% Powered by Renewable Energy • Provisioned on Blacklist Free IPs • cPanel/WHM License Included ($200/yr value) • FREE Migration Service • FREE Nightly Backup • 99.9% Service Uptime

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LunarPages Cloud Hosting

LunarPages Cloud Hosting

$ 44.95/mo
 

LunarPages Cloud Hosting

15% OFF with coupon code evo2 !

« Lunarpages offers more powerful VPS solutions for your website, business, blog & more with 24/7 real technical support. Get a semi-dedicated server that's easy to manage and easy to afford. »

Linux (CentOS/Ubuntu) / Windows • Host UNLIMITED Sites • Root SSH Access • Managed Hosting • 99.9% Uptime • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee • Guaranteed RAM

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LiquidWeb VPS

LiquidWeb VPS

$ 59.00/mo
Managed VPS

LiquidWeb VPS

« VPS hosting is not created equal. With Liquid Web, you’ll enjoy 100% US-based Heroic Support®, 24/7/365 phone and chat support, and a 59-Second support SLA.

Engineered for peace of mind with CloudFlare® CDN, built-in backups, enhanced security, and DDoS Attack Protection. »

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I/O Zoom

I/O Zoom

$ 8.00/mo
 

I/O Zoom

« Lightning-fast SSD servers starting from $8/mo.
Full root access, free backups, and free migration assistance.

100% SSD • 100% Uptime Guarantee • Free 10 Gbps DDoS Protection • SolusVM Control Panel

We currently offer VPS hosting servers in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Dallas. Choose the server closer to you for faster speeds to you and your visitors. »

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Want alternatives?

  • If you don't actually need to fine tune your configuration or if you are looking for a lower budget hosting solution, check out our selection of shared hosting plans.
  • If your have a higher budget, we actually recommend that you consider a small cheap dedicated server which will give you significantly better performance. For example, you may get 10 times the performance of a VPS for only 3 times the price of a VPS.