The Best Free Trials for VPS Hosting Plans.
If your website traffic is starting to outgrow the capabilities of a shared server, or you simply want more control/security over your website(s), a VPS plan is one of the best ways to start off. Unlike a dedicated server where you get a fixed amount of storage and RAM, with a VPS you can actually adjust these factors to your particular needs. This way you don’t overpay for a dedicated server. There are other benefits to VPS, but they are too numerous to get in to here.
The following is a list of the best VPS hosting companies that offer a free trial with their services. We will highlight the benefits of each host, as well as give you any available coupon codes for their VPS plans.
1. Hostgator VPS Hosting
Hostgator’s VPS plans have a slider where you can choose the right level of RAM, CPU, and support for your VPS. While the cheapest VPS plan is only $19.95/month, you only get cPanel (an interface that allows you to easily control your VPS) at Level 3, which at regular price is $49.95. That’s still a good deal for a VPS plan, and it comes with 768MB of RAM and 500GB of bandwidth.
The Fine Print on Hostgator’s Free Trial:
The 45 day money back guarantee only applies to new customers. The guarantee also doesn’t cover domain name registrations, so if you back out of the web hosting plan before the 45 days are up, you will be charged a one-year domain registration fee of $14.95. But you do get to keep that domain name for a year.
2. Bluehost VPS Hosting
Bluehost only started offering VPS plans in the spring of 2013. Bluehost has a great reputation as an accessible, friendly company that’s great to do business with. The new state of the art VPS network they built has been getting rave reviews. Bluehost’s VPS network has been built with cloud technology to ensure more stability across the whole network. It also has an enhanced cPanel with extra features you won’t find elsewhere. The best part of Bluehost’s VPS plans is the RAM: 2 GB in the starter plan is the largest I’ve seen.
The Fine Print on Bluehost’s VPS Free Trial:
The 30 day money back guarantee only applies to new customers. All new Bluehost plans come with a free domain name, but if you choose to cancel your hosting plan, you’ll be charged $14.99 for the domain name.
1. Arvixe VPS Hosting
Arvixe is unique in that the California-based company offers 100% uptime guarantee. Arvixe technicians are also on record saying that their VPS services are better than dedicated, because the VPS network is better able to handle sudden surges in traffic (if, say, one of your posts go viral). They also have 24/7 technical support.
The Fine Print on Arvixe’s Free Trial:
The 30 day free trial is free as long as you don’t go over 100 GB of storage or 100GB of transfer-out bandwidth. While having a website that goes over these limits would be incredibly rare, you should be aware of these limits. The only time you would be in danger is if your website content is media-rich (i.e. lots of streaming videos and hi-res photos) and has huge amounts of traffic.
You can read the full terms and conditions here.
4. GoDaddy VPS Plans:
GoDaddy’s starter plans start at $29.99 per month (you can always our Godaddy vps coupon page to knock 30% off that), which is pricier than most starter plans. However, with that plan you get a whopping 1 Terabyte of bandwidth, which is a huge amount of data you aren’t likely to come near when you are first starting out. The VPS hosting plans go all the way up to $139.99/month, which gives you an 8 terabyte bandwidth limit. Unless you are the next YouTube, you aren’t going to need that much.
The benefits of GoDaddy are the convenience and versatility of their VPS hosting. All these plans are managed, which means that server maintenance and updates are all done by them. No need to worry about that at all. They also have two types of Windows OS to choose from, if that works better for your company. You can also upgrade (or downgrade) your plan without having to re-provision. So if your website takes off and its time to upgrade, there’s no need to worry about website downtime while you migrate to a new server.
GoDaddy’s money-back guarantee is good for 45 days on yearly products, but only 15 days on monthly products. So be aware of that before you order.