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 isolated and private. This means that, contrary to shared hosting, you get full root access to your server and 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. You do get a reserved amount of RAM and CPU cores BUT the pipeline between the processor and the RAM or between the processor and the hard drive still gets shared between several VPS instances. It can be a performance bottleneck compared to a dedicated machine. The big 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 for October 21, 2018Updated daily!

For this list we have set a minimum of 2 CPU cores and 2 GB of RAM.

Web HostHosting company
Hosting Plan
PriceRAMHDTransferIpsSee details
InMotion$ 28.74/month4
GB
75
GBSSD
4.0
TB/mo
3Free SSD
BlueHost$ 18.99/month2
GB
30
GBSSD
Unlimited1SSD Storage
GreenGeeks$ 59.95/month2
GB
50
GBSSD RAID-10
1.5
TB/mo
1Green Energy
LunarPages$ 44.95/month2
GB
50
GBSSD
1.0
TB/mo
1Cloud VPS infrastructure
LiquidWeb VPS$ 59.00/month2
GB
40
GBSSD
5.0
TB/mo
1
I/O Zoom$ 20.00/month4
GB
60
GBSSD
3.0
TB/mo
1Failover Cloud VPS

Minimum recommended specs for a VPS

In order to run a CMS such as b2evolution, Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc. with fast loading pages (otherwise you don't need a VPS), we recommend the following minimum specs:

  • SSD drive. This is an absolute requirement nowadays. (We have eliminated cheap VPS offers with non-SSD drives from this page. Their poor performance doesn't justify using a VPS over shared hosting.
  • 2 GB of RAM. This is useful to allow MySQL or MariaDB to process complex SQL requests efficiently.
  • 1 CPU core. 1 is actually enough but you will notice a difference with 2 cores as soon as you run maintenance operations.

Of course, these specs will require upgrade as your site grows and serves more traffic / more concurrent users.

Learn more about VPS hosting

What Linux distribution am I running?

Sometimes you will be given a dedicated server or a VPS and you won't know exactly which flavor or distribution of Linux it is running.

Here is how you can find out when logged in through SSH:

# uname -a

This generally won't tell you as much as you'd like.

# cat /proc/version

This will generally tell you more than you'd like.

Once you know that you are running Red Hat for example, you can get to the point with:

# cat /etc/redhat-release

Or on Debian:

# cat /etc/debian_version

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Dealing with Price Increases at Renewal

It has become fairly easy to find great cheap hosting deals for shared hosting as well as for VPS hosting.

However, these cheap prices don't always stay cheap forever!

Unfortunately, as many of our users alerted us, we found out that it has become an industry standard for hosting companies to lure new customers in with cheap sticker prices only to abruptly increase the monthly price at the end of the first payment term. For example, you may sign up at $1.99 / mo for the first 2 years but as your plan auto-renews at the end of those 2 years, your price may go up to $5.95/month.

Many customers don't realize this until it is too late and they have already been billed for a full year renewal at the increased price. Don't be one of them!

How to be a smart shopper

Solution 1: Be prepared to change hosts frequently

When you sign up for a cheap web-hosting plan, you will be able to lock in the low price for 12, 24, 36 or even 48 months if you pay in advance for the whole period. But as renewal time comes up, you will have to pay the higher rate... or switch to another webhost... and that is what most smart shoppers actually do! This is very similar…

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Hosting plan details

InMotion VPS

InMotion VPS

$ 28.74/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

Free SSD

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 »

Current Prices and Promotions for InMotion VPS Updated daily!
Selected hosting package: VPS-1000HA-S
Payment planMonthlyTotal price
6 Month Contract$ 24.99 /mo$ 149.94
12 Month Contract$ 28.74 /mo$ 344.88

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BlueHost VPS

BlueHost VPS

$ 18.99/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

SSD Storage

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

Current Prices and Promotions for BlueHost VPS Updated daily!
Selected hosting package: Standard VPS
Payment planMonthlyTotal price
12 Month Contract$ 23.99 /mo$ 287.88
24 Month Contract$ 24.99 /mo$ 599.76
36 Month Contract$ 18.99 /mo$ 683.64

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GreenGeeks VPS

GreenGeeks VPS

$ 59.95/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

Green Energy

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 Scalable Cloud VPS

LunarPages Scalable Cloud VPS

$ 44.95/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

Cloud VPS infrastructure

LunarPages Scalable Cloud VPS

15% OFF with coupon code evo2 !

« Many other hosting providers will take a single, physical dedicated server to create multiple VPS servers using the hard resources that dedicated server has to offer. In other words, they will take one physical server and split it up into many smaller Virtual Private Servers. The problem with this is if there is a hardware failure, such a CPU, RAM, or Hard Drive failure, every VPS under that machine will experience a problem. Sometimes these failures are catastrophic.

This is why Lunarpages offers the Scalable Cloud VPS Hosting solution. Lunarpages uses a state of the art configuration which involves putting up a redundant storage area network with redundant, high-speed solid state disk storage connected to a high availability cluster of Frontend Servers loaded with ram and the best processors available. We then use a virtualization software to create a layer of virtual servers from the Storage Area Network and Frontend Servers. At no time is your VPS dependent on one physical machine so if there is a hardware failure in one of the physical machines in the cloud of web servers, each virtual private server remains online. The remaining physical machines pick up the workload and carry on. »

CentOS 7 / Ubuntu / Windows Standard 2016 Server • Host UNLIMITED Sites • Root SSH Access • Managed Hosting • 99.9% Uptime • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee • Guaranteed RAM

RAM: 1 GB increments up to a total 12 GB of ram $0.60 per GB per day • CPU: increase up to 8 core $0.30 per core per day • Disk Space: increase for $0.015 per GB per day • Bandwidth: $0.35 per GB

Current Prices and Promotions for LunarPages Scalable Cloud VPS Updated daily!
Selected hosting package: Scalable Cloud VPS
Payment planMonthlyTotal price
6 Month Contract$ 47.95 /mo$ 287.70
12 Month Contract$ 44.95 /mo$ 539.40
24 Month Contract$ 44.95 /mo$ 1078.80
36 Month Contract$ 44.95 /mo$ 1618.20

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LiquidWeb VPS

LiquidWeb VPS

$ 59.00/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

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.

Faster than AWS and Rackspace.

cPanel or Plesk Onyx.

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

Current Prices and Promotions for LiquidWeb VPS Updated daily!
Selected hosting package: 2GB RAM
Payment planMonthlyTotal price
Month to Month$ 59.00 /mo$ 59.00

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I/O Zoom

I/O Zoom

$ 20.00/mo


Control Panel: The custom field control_panel does not exist!

Failover Cloud VPS

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.