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 December 12, 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


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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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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 server 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 it was running can be spun up again very quickly on a different server. The disk space may be network storage or it may be replicated to local SSDs when the virtual machine is spun up on a new server.

One particularity of this is that if you need several identical servers with…

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Adult hosting

Every now and then we get feedback from a user complaining that this or that hosting company canceled their account without warning. And when checking up on it it always turns out they were hosting "adult content" or something else which is clearly against the Terms of Service (TOS) of almost all hosting companies.

Most of the time it's outright porn...

For those of you who think it is unfair or discriminatory or whatever, here are a few reasons to help you understand why the vast majority of hosting companies will not allow "adult contents" on their hosting plans:

  • The hosts tend to get a lot of expensive and distracting contacts from the FBI inspecting on child pornography.
  • The sites tend to not publish their content with the appropriate legal disclaimers.
  • They tend to generate above average DMCA complaints.
  • The resource usage is unpredictable and can go wild at any time.
  • Those sites tend to have a short life span and the hosts are statistically left with a lot of unpaid bills.
  • And finally, a very important one: as a hosting company, asking your support staff to deal and help debug sites with a lot of potentially offending graphic content may severely impede on your recruitment options.
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Hosting plan details

InMotion VPS

InMotion VPS

$ 28.74/mo


Control Panel:

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: 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
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

$ 59.95/mo


Control Panel:

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:

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:

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:

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.