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.
Dreamhost is unique in that the California-based company offers 100% uptime guarantee. Dreamhost 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 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.
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 45 day money back guarantee only applies to new customers. The guarantee doesn’t cover domain name registrations.
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 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.