WordPress VPS hosting is probably the most affordable performance you can get for the price.

Is it something that you can consider to host your website?

THE CONCEPT

VPS is a smaller share on a dedicated server or a cloud server. Instead of having to rent the whole server, hosting companies use virtualization to run separate instances with a fully fledged operating system and control over the instance.

The difference between shared hosting and VPS is that on a VPS you have:

  • You own operating system
  • A specific amount of resources that accessible by your instance
  • Depending on the virtualization type, you get either a dedicated amount of RAM and CPU and/or some shared resources like burstable RAM or CPU

Using these kinds of environment help have control over the web serverwhat kind of software and optimizations you need to have, and have a full access to logs to debug whenever it’s needed.

WHY GET ONE?

You picked, or are looking for a WordPress VPS hosting for:

  • Improving performance
  • Have more control over the server components
  • Scale the server for picks

MANAGED VS. UNMANAGED

The management level will determine both the price and your ability to handle the VPS on your own.

Unmanaged

Unmanaged VPSs are for tech/experienced users, or if you intend to hire someone to do the job for you.

You get the lowest price with the highest specs possible. But managing the VPS will be your responsibility.

Managed

There are two types of VPS management. It’s either:

  • Available as a service provider additional service with a different pricing
  • or As a 3rd party service, where the service provider will buy the VPS on your stead and manage it for you

On both cases, you will enjoy a worry-free VPS usage as the technical part will be fully handled either by the VPS provider if they offer a managed-VPS service, or by the contracted 3rd party, like Cloudways.

TYPES OF VIRTUALIZATION COMMONLY USED

OpenVZ

A container-based virtualization with no control over the kernel. Known to be used by cheap VPS service providers with extensively shared resources.

XEN

Lightweight hypervisor with a small footprint. The oldest and more stable virtualization available on the market. It allows hosting unconstrained virtual hosts with their own kernel.

KVM

Backed by Redhat. Has a better performance on Linux OSs (most used to host WP), and to building dynamic fair resources sharing.

THE CPU DILEMMA

On any virtualization environment, your CPU and RAM has different degrees of sharing.

Virtualization use virtual cores (vCores). Meaning when you read on your VPS specs that you have a 4-core CPU, it means you have 4-vcores linked to your VPS. And here’s how it works.

When you need CPU power, your vCores will reach out for hardware resources depending on their availability. Same goes for RAM. Generally speaking, resources are shared in different ways between a dedicated amount, guaranteed amount that your VPS actually gets, and burstable amount, that your VPS might get if it’s available when it’s requested.

We will see how each virtualization/service provider business model generally manages the shared resources.

So, you never get your fully dedicated CPU power or RAM unless it’s clearly stated on the service offer you purchase.

LOW-END VS. MID-RANGE VS. HIGH-END

WordPress VPS hosting range will depend on different factors:

  • Hardware used
  • Allocated resources
  • Logic of resources sharing
  • Virtualisation used
  • Uptime

LOW-END

Low-end VPS use the OpenVZ virtualization. It gives less performance and less control compared to KVM or XEN counterparts.

It’s the cheapest, but the lowest performing VPS you could get.

Price range (/m)

  • Avrg.: $3

CPU/RAM management

Both resources are fully shared between the neighboring VPSs.

Meaning, you have to wait for your turn to use CPU power and RAM. Your VPS performance will depend on how saturated the main server is, and how busy are the neighboring nodes.

PROVIDERS

Most VPS services providers offer the low-end VPS among a more diversified offer. Most shared hosting platforms provide it too.

Here are a couple of the best-known ones:

PROS

The pricing and having more control over building your WordPress server are the main advantages when you opt for a low-end VPS hosting for WP.

If you happen to have the skills to build and maintain a web server, getting a low-end VPS can be a good replacement for any shared hosting plan.

As an example, for $5 budget, you can get a 1core CPU, 1Gb of RAM and +40Gb SSD storage.

Recap.

  • Price
  • Control over server building

CONS

The type of virtualization used might cause some issues. Low-end setups don’t use a full virtualization, are usually overcrowded, and use unfairly shared resources policies (for both CPU and RAM).

Meaning if any website on your VPS is a heavy resource eater, your website’s performance won’t be the best. Same goes when you are on a server with lots of heavy resource eaters.

Recap.

  • Performance
  • Shared hosting environment

I would say that it’s the best option of the worst hosting environment you could get. It’s still a shared hosting, but with a notably better performance.

MID-RANGE

You get a fairer share of your allocated “resources” and have better control over your operating system.

You are free to optimize every single detail of your VPS, get fewer nudges about your resource use, and can cope better with heavy traffic or extensive use.

Price range (/m)

  • Avrg.: $10/15
  • Lowest: $5
  • Up to: $640

CPU/RAM management

You have a fairer share of your resources. Depending on your service provider, it can be:

  • Fully dedicated resources
  • Some dedicated resources plus some shareable additional resources
  • A broader shared resource but with a relatively populated server
In all cases, you have a fair usage of your own resources that will allow you keeping a certain performance standard compared to low-end VPSs.

PROVIDERS

Here is a list of providers with a clean reputation and providing mid-range WP VPS hosting plans:

PROS

A better more stable visualization mainly (KVM or XEN) and a better hardware generally speaking. But it’s really about the additional control over the operating system you get.

You get to pick the OS from a larger list of options, or even ask/upload your own if needed.

Picking the OS will tremendously help get the best out of your hosting environment. It can be:

  • A lightweight OS
  • An OS you feel comfortable using
  • An OS known to be compatible with a specific dashboard software, like Cpanel
  • An OS with a large community support, with extensive tutorials, like Ubuntu
  • Or whatever you see fit.

I personally rely on ArchLinux! I know its inside-out, and love using edgy setups that are only possible using this specific Operating system.

Recap.

  • Better performance
  • You pick your Operating System
  • You can put whatever software or optimizations you want
  • Control over the OS kernel, which opens door to some advanced optimizations

CONS

The fair resources sharing is the hidden truth about those mid-range VPS services. Unless you totally understand the concept, you might feel deceived because, at the end of the day, you are not getting fully dedicated resources as you probably thought the first place.

You get a more reliable and fair access to your shared resources instead.

The network can be a huge downfall if you blindly follow specs rather than the service provider’s reputation.

Recap.

  • Shared aspect of some resources

This is my personal favorite! It’s the best performance for the price in an isolated environment.

HIGH-END

The best you can get as a VPS. It comes with at least a dedicated CPU resource.

Price range (/m)

  • Avrg.: $20
  • Lowest: $60
  • Up to: $240

CPU/RAM management

You get a dedicated/guaranteed amount of CPU and RAM. Sometimes, it’s only the CPU that is guaranteed, with a moderately burstable amount of RAM.

PROVIDERS

Here is a list of providers with a clean reputation and providing high-end WP VPS hosting plans:

PROS

You get a 100% dedicated CPU to use as you please. No fair usage policy that applies, as you have the right to fully use your resources with no risks of disturbing the neighboring servers.

Recap.

  • All what the mid-range VPSs pros
  • Full CPU resources
  • High availability

CONS

As on anything great, the price usually is the only downfall.

Pricing won’t be outrageously different from a mid-range VPS, but for the resource allocated, it usually around 30 to 50% more expensive.

The CPU count is lower than a regular VPS. For example, $20 can get you either:

  • a 4-vcore/4Gb RAM at Ramnode KVM
  • or a 1 dedicated core/4Gb RAM at Ramnode VDS

Recap.

  • Price
  • Cores count

Great if you want to evolve in an unrestricted environment.

Low-end service providers is still a viable option as an entry point away from shared hosting.

Mid-range providers are for me the standard for regular projects. The performance is there and the price is sweet and affordable.

The high-end hosting platform can be an option for serious projects where the resources matter. It will spare you from any shut-down due to CPU overuse.

Again, bear in mind that there is a technical level that you either need to have or get a skilled worker to regular help you with it. Otherwise, you will run into lots of trouble, and that might make all the great things that a VPS brings to the table spoiled.

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