The Best VPS Hosting Services of 2018

VPS Hosting Reviews

If you are looking for the flexibility of a dedicated server at a fraction of the cost, then VPS hosting is for you. A virtual private server is ideal for web site owners upgrading from shared hosting to avoid the security and performance issues associated with a shared hosting environment.

In the last couple of years, we've seen the rise of cloud servers on the market. But what exactly is a cloud server? Is it the same thing as a VPS? A cloud server is a virtual server just like a VPS but instead of being hosted on a single, physical host, it is hosted on a cluster of dedicated servers. So we can say that a cloud server is a VPS but not every VPS is a cloud server.

So what is the best option, a regular VPS or a cloud server? In my opinion, a cloud server is much better than a conventional VPS for a handful of reasons:

  1. A cloud server is billed by the hour whereas a VPS is paid on a monthly or yearly basis. This allows you to try out any cloud server hosting service for just a few cents.
  2. You can deploy or destroy cloud servers yourself quickly and easily.
  3. You can upgrade a cloud server yourself and sometimes it can even be done on the fly.

So that being said, here are the top 10 best cloud and VPS hosting providers:

1. DigitalOcean

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Digital Ocean is at the top of our list and there's a reason why: they are simply outstanding. But Digital Ocean is not just a simple cloud hosting service provider: they offer a whole range of cloud computing services including cloud servers, cloud storage, cloud firewalls and load balancers.

Their control panel is really clean and simple to use. You can easily deploy a Droplet (this is how they call their cloud server instances) within a minute. Pretty much every Linux flavor is available: Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Fedora, Debian and CentOS. Digital Ocean also provides One-Click Apps, which allows you to deploy a pre-configured cloud server ready for specific purposes such as WordPress website hosting, NodeJS development, LAMP server, etc.

Digital Ocean - One-Click Apps Cloud Servers

For those who need ultimate performance, Digital Ocean offers Optimized Droplets, which are cloud servers on steroids. Optimized Droplets use dedicated hyper-threads CPU instead of virtual CPUs.

Digital Ocean offers eight (8) locations:

  1. New York, NY, USA
  2. San Francisco, CA, USA
  3. Amtserdam, Netherlands
  4. Singapore, Malaysia
  5. London, UK
  6. Frankfurt, Germany
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Banglore, India

The beauty of cloud servers over conventional VPS hosting is that you can pay by the hour. So if you need a development server for just a few days, it will barely cost you a few dollars. The entry level server from Digital Ocean has 1 vCPU, 1 GB RAM, 25 GB SSD and 1 TB of monthly transfer for only $5/month. That's only $0.007/hour!

Digital Droplet Pricing

The best thing is that you can try out Digital Ocean for free.

User Reviews: 3
Plans: 9
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Website: https://www.digitalocean.com/

2. KnownHost

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I can't say enough good things about KnownHost. Specializing in VPS hosting for years, KnownHost prides itself in offering the highest quality of service and outstanding customer support. Every user review we have received about them is positive.

KnownHost provides standard VPS hosting as well as Cloud VPS hosting. Their Managed VPS hosting service is based on the Virtuozzo virtualization platform while their Managed Cloud VPS service is backed by the KVM platform.

Verdict: Somewhat costly but totally worth the price.

User Reviews: 118
Plans: 7
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Website: https://www.knownhost.com/managed-vps-hosting.html

3. Liquid Web

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Liquid Web rules them all when it comes to reliability and outstanding support. We actually have one Cloud Dedicated Server and one dedicated server hosted with Liquid Web. But greatness comes with a price tag: Liquid Web is relatively pricey when compared to their competitors.

Liquid Web offers Cloud VPS Hosting and Cloud Dedicated Servers. A cloud dedicated server is similar to a cloud VPS, however you get the full power of a dedicated server with the flexibility of a cloud VPS.

Verdict: If you can afford it, Liquid Web is the cream of the crop.

User Reviews: 9
Plans: 7
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Website: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/vps/

4. A2 Hosting

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A2 Hosting provides both Linux and Windows VPS hosting services with the option of having your server managed by their team. While they offer some VPS hosting plans, you can always build your own custom VPS with the exact specifications and features you need. A2 Hosting uses SSD storage exclusively for their entire hosting platform. Virtual servers can be deployed in Michigan, USA, Arizona, USA, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Singapore, Malaysia.

A2 Hosting has a strong reputation of providing great customer service 24x7 so you just can't go wrong with. Great web hosting, great pricing and great support.

Verdict: Highly recommended, especially for Managed VPS Hosting.

User Reviews: 56
Plans: 6
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Website: https://www.a2hosting.com/vps-hosting

5. Linode

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Linode is the developer's paradise. With affordable cloud servers billed by the hour, developers can easily create a test environment without blowing their budget. Besides cloud servers, Linode offers load balancers (called NodeBalancers) and DNS management services.

Linux nodes (or cloud server instances) are available from only $5/month or 0.0075/hour and can be deployed in any of the following locations:

  1. Fremont, CA, USA
  2. Dallas, TX, USA
  3. Neward, NJ, USA
  4. London, UK
  5. Frankfurt, Germany
  6. Singapore, SG
  7. Tokyo, Japan

The most popular Linux distributions are available in multiple versions: Arch Linux, CentOS, CoreOS, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, openSUS, Slackware and Ubuntu.

User Reviews: 1
Plans: 9
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Website: https://www.linode.com/pricing

6. Vultr

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Vultr is a straightforward, yet highly popular, cloud hosting company with data centers based in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. They offer cloud servers, bare metal instances, cloud storage, dedicated instances and DNS management.

Vultr Data Center Locations

Vultr's cloud servers are extremely affordable with the 20 GB SSD VPS available for only $2.50/month ($0.004/hour):

Vultr - Best Cheap Cloud VPS Hosting

Don't be suspicious of the cheapest pricing, however: Vultr is playing the same league as Digital Ocean and Linode. They're just as fast and reliable as their competitors.

Verdict: the best cheap cloud servers for developers.

Plans: 8
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Website: https://www.vultr.com/

7. Future Hosting

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Future Hosting is another great VPS and dedicated hosting provider who we've been with for quite a few years just before moving our website to Liquid Web. They have provided us with great service and support, however we decided to move to a cloud server and Future Hosting doesn't provide any cloud hosting services unfortunately.

We still highly recommend them since Future Hosting has the kind of staff that won't hesitate to walk the extra mile for you. Their servers and network are really fast. As far as VPS hosting goes, Future Hosting offers you three (3) types of plans: Unmanaged VPS Hosting, Managed VPS Hosting and Hybrid VPS. cPanel is included with each of their VPS packages so this makes them the perfect choice for reselling web hosting services.

Verdict: the best choice for reselling web hosting services.

User Reviews: 3
Plans: 9
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Website: https://www.futurehosting.com/virtual-servers/

8. DreamHost

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Dreamhost has offered managed VPS hosting services for quite a while, but it's only recently that the company added Cloud Servers to their services. VPS hosting is best for small to medium business websites. On the other hand, their SSD Cloud Servers are more oriented toward application hosting and development, but you could very well use for website hosting.

User Reviews: 5
Plans: 4
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Website: https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/vps/

9. HostGator

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HostGator is highly popular VPS hosting provider, however, they're extremely expensive unless you sign up for 36 months in advance. Be careful of the monthly renewal pricing once your initial term is over: the cheapest VPS plan from HostGator will set you off a whopping $79.95 per month at best.

Enter the coupon code HOSTINGHERO60OFF at checkout to get 60% off your first term on all HostGator VPS plans.

User Reviews: 24
Plans: 5
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Website: https://www.hostgator.com/vps-hosting

10. GoDaddy

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GoDaddy is now by far the largest web hosting provider there is. With virtual servers starting at $17.99 per month with cPanel included, they're a decent choice for people who wish to resell web hosting services without the limits imposed by reseller hosting services.

User Reviews: 30
Plans: 9
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Website: https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/vps-hosting

Top 10 Cloud & VPS Hosting Services Comparison

Here's a detailed comparison between the most popular VPS and Cloud Hosting services.

Provider DigitalOcean KnownHost Liquid Web A2 Hosting Linode Vultr Future Hosting DreamHost HostGator GoDaddy
 
Price $5.00 $28.00 $59.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00 $30.00 $15.00 $19.95 $23.99
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Disk Space 20 GB 50 GB 40 GB 20 GB 24 GB 15 GB 30 GB 30 GB 25 GB 40 GB
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