What is VPS Webhosting and Best Managed VPS Hosting?

We have talked a lot about shared hosting in the past and I have realized, after your blog starts getting decent traffic, a shared hosting is not perfect for your site growth. You need to increase your blog hosting infrastructure and next step is to go for managed VPS Webhosting. There are unmanaged VPS hosts too, which are cheaper but if you are one of those who don’t like to get their hands dirty with shell commands, managed hosting should be your choice. I mostly work on WordPress platform, so my obvious choice is go for such managed VPS Webhosts, which offer dedicated support for WordPress blogs.

Best managed VPS Webhosting

Till now I have been telling you about Dreamhost and Hostgator since I have used them. Recent one in my hosting addition is wpwebhost. Though I don’t have any issue with my shared hosting account till now, but my traffic has increasing day by day and   ultimately I have to move to some VPS or dedicated server sooner or later. More over I have almost 5 websites and more will be added into the inventory soon. So instead of waiting for the final moment, I find its better to move now. I have plans to start with forums and some dedicated service which I believe any shared webhosting will not be able to manage it.

Though dedicated webhosting is costly for now and I have decided to go for VPS. From Wiki definition

A virtual private server (VPS, also referred to as Virtual Dedicated Server or VDS) is a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers such that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine. Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system, and each server can be independently rebooted.

In plain English, you will be on shared environment on a dedicated server, but will have control like a dedicated server and most important dedicated resources. So you will not be sharing your resources like ram with other users on server.

While doing my research on VPS, I have realize life is not as simple as shared hosting like Bluehost, Dreamhost and Hostgator. Instead most of the work needed here is managed by command line and you need to have a good idea of Linux. At least the basic Linux commands if you going for unmanaged Virtual private servers.

The other variation of VPS is managed virtual private servers, which is managed by the webhosting company and you can easily do every thing like you do it in your basic web hosting account. You will have fantastico, cpanel , WHM and all the basic stuff to start with it and obviously you don’t need to be technical sound for such stuff. I know for some of you this may sound like rocket science and if you have questions , feel free to ask via comments. but don’t forget even I’m researching on it and can give my opinion based on my personal experience and research.

Managed Vs Unmanaged VPS

I guess those who have ever thought of moving from shared hosting to next level must have encountered between choice of managed and unmanaged VPS. At least I did. As I mentioned above for unmanaged VPS you need to do everything from command line and it will not be as easier as it seems.   So if you are technically good with Linux and server side, you can easily select a unmanaged VPS server, but if you want every thing to be almost same as your shared cpanel environment, you should select managed VPS webhosting.

Which managed VPS hosting?

I have spent almost 8 hours finding the best of managed VPS account for me. My search is based on various reviews and forums interaction. I got lots of recommendations some big player, some small players and so on. Here are few of the hosting which I can recommend

Out of all, I have used Knownhost for an year and had a great experience with their customer support. Review later. After using Knownhost for one year, I migrated to Linode which is unmanaged VPS, but I had one tech guy who was maintaining my server at annual maintenance cost, which made my work on unmanaged hosting hassle free.

Obviously again its tough to find among 3 of them, but still I’m looking to find the best out of them and will update you which one I find the best among them. So that people who are looking for VPS webhosting will get benefit out of it.

I will also look for your suggestion regarding managed VPS ? Are you on Shared hosting and do you feel that you need more powerful server?

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 34 )

  1. John Rogers says

    I am a big fan of WiredTree for managed hosting. They have great customer service and the support staff is really on top of things. Knowledgeable guys.

  2. narin says

    Hi Harsh…. currently i am with ipage shared hosting plan. It is first time i started a blog.thatwhy i went for cheapest. After only few months my site is having most of down time. Ipage operators say mysql querh limit is exceeding. For shared hosting mysql query linit is 75000 per hour and you can get 15,0000 for 20usd per month. But as i am a beginner i cant afford it. So i an already paid for 3yrs. Cannot change host to.. i am having only 5-6,000 page views per day and real time visitors dont go more than 20-25. After some time they suggested w3total cache.it helped alot. But site page load speed and time inceeased. please give your suggestions .

  3. sahil says

    i have around 2lac page view a month and 60k visits in a month,
    i am currently on shared hosting of ipage
    do i need to go for VPS, which VPS to prefer
    the concern is the page renders slowly,
    suggestion would be appreciated

  4. Nilesh says

    @harsh, It’s not a headache, at least with cheapvps.co.uk. As I said earlier, I’m with them since 2008. I seldom login to the server to do any modification tasks. Also, it depends on your linux skills. I’m running a Gentoo installation over there (well, KVM supports any kind of operating system).
    If you’re really interested, see this:
    s1 ~ # uname -a
    Linux s1.itech7.com 3.0.4-gentoo #2 SMP Mon Sep 19 22:57:43 IST 2011 x86_64 QEMU Virtual CPU version 0.9.1 GenuineIntel GNU/Linux
    s1 ~ # uptime
    07:06:02 up 10 days, 8:01, 1 user, load average: 0.12, 0.04, 0.05

    The uptime is 10 days because I’d compiled the kernel on 19th Sep. Kernel upgrade requires a restart. After 10th I don’t recall if I logged in or not before today.

  5. Nilesh says

    You should try cheapvps.co.uk if you’re looking for unmanaged vps.
    I have been with them since 2008 and truly their service is awesome, and yeah not to mention cheap!
    They offer KVM VPSes which are way better than OpenVZ or Xen. KVM ~ pure dedicated box, you won’t be aware of the fact that you’re using a VM, and it’s fast.

    And never ever choose OpenVZ vpses, be it managed or unmanaged unless you’re getting a test vps as a developer to show project demos, etc.
    It sucks to core otherwise.

  6. Anand Kumar says

    Thanks for suggestion. I would like to have some experience on unmanaged VPS and test my ability to run it smoothly + Boost the pageload time in addition..

    I am a curious person about technology. So I felt VPS will be best place to test things and knowledge.

    Baby Plan on Shared hosting for CallingAllGeeks?
    How much traffic can be maintained by Linode 512. Since An OS will also consume RAM.

    • says

      In that case you can grab 512MB plan which will be good enough to handle your traffic.. I’m on 1024 MB plan..And traffic is around 3 Lack that includes 2 blog.. Another one is very small one….!!!
      Yah baby plan on shared hosting for CallingAllGeeks..
      I’m also considering moving ShoutMeLoud to Hostgator Baby plan or VPS….
      Unmanaged VPS is headache at times, especially when you don’t have much time..

  7. Anand Kumar says

    How much now you pay for VPS at Linode?

    Is Linode 512 plan will be enough for me?

    Planned to install Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid +Apache+MySQL+PHP5+WordPress.
    Currently have 5000hits/month But expecting 20,000-25,000 hits/m in next few month.

    Thanks for your last DH coupon!

    • says

      Anand with that traffic why you need a VPS hosting? VPS hosting will cost a lot compare to shared hosting and until unless you touch 300000Pv/month, most of shared hosting can handle the load. I have been using Hostgator for CallingAllGeeks.org and I’m on baby plan which is taking care of all the need. You can read Hostgator review here:
      Anyways, do let me know if you have any questions.

  8. snehidan says

    I have been using VPS from knownhost for hosting my drupal sites more than a year. Very happy with them. They are very prompt and efficient in troubleshooting. Great host for people like me with very little experience.

  9. Ashwin says


    A Nice post… Even I am looking at migrating to a VPS, with the number of my blogs increasing. I found Knownhost appealing, but I have a question…

    They seem to charge an extra $5 for the cPanel. Since I have so far worked only with Shared hosting, I don’t really know how can the server, domains and the database be managed without cPanel. Can you give me more details and what are the advantages of going for a cPanel?

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Gourav Jain says

    Hello Harsh,
    You should try Linode.com

    Even many VPS sites have resources from Linode and this company also helped Google in its China case

    • Ashfame says

      Yeah! Linode is the best in my opinion but how can you say that other sites just rent their servers from Linode?

  11. Ashfame says

    Instead go for a unmanaged service like Linode, get the VPS installed by someone (costs 50USD) and then continue. Will save you 20USD each month.

  12. Mohit says

    Basically VPS hosting is used for heavy scripts like some Social Neworking scripts coz these scripts demands more CPU. But an average website like a blog doesn’t need much powerful server. Your info is valuable to me.


  13. Gaurav says

    You should have a powerful node support, these are the basis over which i uses to judge an VPS service. You take 1gb of ram but the nodes are unable to support the traffic, that does not make sense.

    • says

      Hey Mandar
      Thanks a lot for the links but I spend almost hours in the web hosting forum and other forum and no one suggested any one of them apart from slicehost. Another one which I was recommended by many is liquidweb.

  14. John Samuel says

    I still have a lot of time to ponder about this topic, since my traffic is not as high as compared to others. But thanks for introducing this topic

  15. Rahul says

    Yes, Dedicated hosting will be costly as compared to the VPS. I think dedicated hosting will cost you min. $200 with decent features.

  16. izzat aziz says

    your post plus post from problogdesign, i think i know good deal of information already.. i still new in blogging, but I looking to create five project for my portfolio so maybe i should look into vps too..

    good tips and post.. :D

    • says

      Izzat if your projects are not very resource hungry and traffic going to be decent, a good shared hosting will be good for you. But if you feel it will be the other way out, you should go for one of the VPS hosting or dedicated hosting.