Vultr is a reliable VPS provider with a stable performance and overall server experience.
I’ve been using their services for a couple of years now to host mostly WordPress site of different sizes.
A couple of details about Vultr
Vultr kick started in 2014 with a data center in Australia. Back then, it was my go to provider for any site deployed based in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore due to the poor coverage of other service providers in that particular region.
I fell in love with their pricing vs. performance and the openness of their platform to cover specific needs that the like of DigitalOcean wouldn’t bother even listen to.
Cloud Compute (VC2)
What I really love in Vultr is how their pricing policy makes using switching from a shared hosting a smart move to get more value for your money.
Each VPS has a defined CPU, RAM and SSD hard drive allocation.
The basic set starts with a 1CPU, 512Mb RAM, and 20Gb SSD ($2.5/m – the cheapest I’ve seen) up to 16CPU, 64Gb RAM, and 400 SSD ($320/m).
Note that the CPU allocated is shared. Meaning that multiple droplets will “share” the CPU load.
The smallest plan, the one for $2.5/m is meant to be used as a sandbox to test things up before deploying at least its closest plan (1CPU, 1Gb RAM, 25Gb SSD). But the thing is, if worked right, it can host one moderate traffic WordPress site with a fair performance.
You will have way better performance compared on hosting your site on Godaddy’s Ultimate or Developer WordPress plans. Respectively 3 times and 5 times more expensive than this tiny VPS instance.
In 2015, Vultr has introduced Dedicated Instances. The resources are not shared in any way with the neighboring VPSs.
It starts at 2CPU, 8Gb RAM, and 120Gb SSD ($60/m), up to 8CPU, 32Gb RAM, 4×120Gb SSDs ($240/m).
Note that Vultr offers an incremental number of 120Gb SSD on each dedicated instance upgrade.
Block storage helps you have an independent and flexible storage instance that you can attach to your VPS instance.
It costs $0.10 per Gb.
The block storage volumes start at 10Gb ($1/m) up to 10Tb ($1000/m).
One of the most reliable VPS backups I’ve seen so far.
Vultr has an automatic backup system that takes regular snapshots of your instance. It costs a 20% over charge of the instance where this feature is enabled.
Vultr’s backups can be set to run daily, weekly, or monthly.
Restoring backups is a straight forward process. The deployment can take a couple of hours, though, depending on the instance size.
Operating systems & Apps
Vultr is very flexible on the Operating System matter. The have a large selection of ready-to-use ones, like:
- and even Windows
You can upload and use your own ISO if you have your own build or use a non-common Linux distribution.
I personally build my servers on top of Arch Linux.
Vultr offers probably the largest one-click apps ever made available by a VPS hosting service:
- LAMP & LEMP
- Ruby on Rails
Vultr has data centers in the following locations:
- New Jersey (US)
- Chicago (US)
- Atlanta (US)
- Miami (US)
- Dallas (US)
- Seattle (US)
- Silicon Valley (US)
- Los Angeles (US)
- London (UK)
- Frankfurt (DE)
- Amsterdam (NL)
- Paris (FR)
- Singapore (SG)
- Tokyo (JP)
- Sydney (AU)
Why use Vultr to host your WordPress site?
Vultr VPSs have a decent performance for the price. But that’s not the main reason why I pick them.
My first reason is that Vultr has a native support for WordPress on their apps. It’s pretty handy to have a hand’s free hosting server hosting one site and for customers needing a degree of control over their hosting.
My second reason is the budget-friendly pricing. You get more RAM per $ compared to VPS providers from the same level, like DigitalOcean.
The third reason is the reasonable backup cost. At 20% surcharge for your instance, you can get a daily snapshot of your instance if necessary.
Another reason why I like Vultr is the extensible storage. On some types of website, with heavy media files for examples, it’s pointless to have a high-performance droplet while all you really need is the additional storage room to host the abnormal size of the media assets.
Having a 1vCPU, 2Gb RAM, 30Gb storage ($10/m) + a 100Gb storage extension ($10/m) is more cost effective than having to pay for a 4vCPU, 8Gb RAM, to get access to the 100Gb storage ($40/m).
Vultr doesn’t have flexibility with scaling your instance. You’ll be forced to upgrade the whole instance if you face a traffic pick or an increase in resources needed for example. This can be a deal breaker for me when hosting sites that might require an elastic environment (DigitalOcean is a better fit for that use case).
I usually use Vultr as a starter hosting for new websites or for moving customers from shared hosting to their first VPS.
I stick with Vultr if the sites hosted have a stable progress with no random traffic picks or resources needs, and follow up with periodic upscales when a set instance is no longer able to perform as it’s expected.
Even then, the cost is pretty low compared to any reliable competition out there.