Top VPS Web Hosting Reviews: Speed, Reliability, Price Comparison Grid (CNET Awards)

HostGator VPS Hosting or InMotion VPS? Reviews of MyHosting VPS, IX Web Hosting VPS, and EasyCGI VPS hosting services. Comparison grid and coupon promotions.

CNET recently published their VPS web hosting rankings, here's how the top VPS web hosts compared against each other.

Why do you need VPS hosting? If you run a website which gets a lot of traffic, is growing quickly, or if you are running a business website that needs high speed and reliability - VPS hosting is the cheapest option for you. VPS stands for "virtual private server" which means that to you, the VPS server looks and acts like a private, or dedicated server - an entire machine you own to yourself. On the backend, you're getting a partitioned segment of a big cluster of machines - but all you really need to know is that you're getting the benefits of a dedicated server at a much cheaper cost than a full dedicated server.

As the owner of a VPS server, you'll get dedicated root access and complete privacy to the VPS server, as well as guaranteed bandwidth, CPU resources, disk space, memory, etc. For the complete list, see the top 10 web hosts.

Top VPS Web Hosting Providers (Ranked by Price, Speed & Uptime)

  Company Datacenter Panel Domains IPs OS Speed Up time BBB Rating Price Promotions
#1 Toronto, CA Plesk, cPanel 10 1 Linux, Windows A A NA $39 / mo $19 / mo
#2 Austin, TX Virtuozzo, cPanel Unlimited 1 Linux A+ A- A+ $49 / mo $19 / mo
#3 Los Angeles, CA & Washington, DC cPanel Unlimited 2 Linux A- A- A- $59 / mo $39 / mo
#4 Hopkinsville, KY Plesk, cPanel Unlimited 2 Linux, Windows B+ A- A+ $74 / mo $54 / mo
#5 Pearl River, NY Plesk Unlimited 2 Linux B B- NA $49 / mo $39 / mo

MyHosting VPS

MyHosting's VPS hosting service earned top ratings for reliability and uptime at a low price. Their VPS service is a basic, no-frills package offered at $19 per month. You get root access and 10 domains, and Linux / LAMP, Windows, and .NET servers are available.

HostGator VPS

HostGator is considered the best in the business when it comes to customer service and support. You can always get a live tech rep on the phone within minutes and they will provide detailed help with any technical issue / question you have. HostGator's VPS offering is also a no-frills, low-cost solution. HostGator has a huge virtual server architecture which enables them to scale up your account from a small site on up to a major mainstream website on the same VPS account.

InMotion Hosting VPS

Two things separate InMotion's VPS offering from the rest. First, they are the only company with two bi-coastal data centers, one on each coast, and you can choose the one that's closest to you. This makes a dramatic speed difference as you manage your web server, and you can also pick the server closest to where most of your customers are to optimize site response times. Secondly, InMotion includes cPanel software for free - most other providers charge extra. InMotion is a great high end solution for sites that need speed, reliability and prefer cPanel.

IX Web Hosting VPS

IX Web Hosting is known for providing fast, reliable servers to business customers. They are not the cheapest of the bunch, but their data center uses state of the art machines that can host large scale and rich-media web sites with speed. IX guarantees a minimum allocation of RAM, which can make a big difference during peak hours. IX also offers 2 IP addresses included with their base account. Its a solid value for higher end customers.

EasyCGI VPS

EasyCGI offers Linux Debian OS, Quad-core Xeon CPUs, 16GB RAM, and fully redundant RAID storage on their VPS servers. You get one IP address but unlimited domains. EasyCGI only offers Plesk panel software, so if you're looking for cPanel / WHM you should go with MyHosting or HostGator. EasyCGI is a bit more expensive, but their high-end servers are very fast, so yo get what you pay for.

Top-rated VPS Web Hosts Compared

  Company Datacenter Panel Domains IPs OS Speed Up time BBB Rating Price Promotions
#1 Toronto, CA Plesk, cPanel 10 1 Linux, Windows A A NA $39 / mo $19 / mo
#2 Austin, TX Virtuozzo, cPanel Unlimited 1 Linux A+ A- A+ $49 / mo $19 / mo
#3 Los Angeles, CA & Washington, DC cPanel Unlimited 2 Linux A- A- A- $59 / mo $39 / mo
#4 Hopkinsville, KY Plesk, cPanel Unlimited 2 Linux, Windows B+ A- A+ $74 / mo $54 / mo
#5 Pearl River, NY Plesk Unlimited 2 Linux B B- NA $49 / mo $39 / mo

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