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 April 23, 2024Updated 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$ 29.99/month4
3Free SSD
BlueHost$ 18.99/month2
1SSD Storage
GreenGeeks$ 39.95/month2
1Green Energy
LiquidWeb VPS$ 25.00/month2
1Heroic Support®

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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.

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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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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

$ 29.99/mo

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
Month to Month$ 59.99 /mo$ 59.99
6 Month Contract$ 44.99 /mo$ 269.94
12 Month Contract$ 38.99 /mo$ 467.88
24 Month Contract$ 29.99 /mo$ 719.76

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BlueHost VPS

BlueHost VPS

$ 18.99/mo

Control Panel: cPanel

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
Month to Month$ 29.99 /mo$ 29.99
6 Month Contract$ 29.99 /mo$ 179.94
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

$ 39.95/mo

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

Current Prices and Promotions for GreenGeeks VPS Updated daily!
Selected hosting package: 2GB VPS
Payment planMonthlyTotal price
Month to Month$ 39.95 /mo$ 39.95

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LiquidWeb VPS

LiquidWeb VPS

$ 25.00/mo

Heroic Support®

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
12 Month Contract$ 45.00 /mo$ 540.00
24 Month Contract$ 25.00 /mo$ 600.00

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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.