Best VPS hosting providers of 2018

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Standard web hosting packages are cheap and user-friendly, but they’re also slow, inflexible, and don’t have the power or functionality that professional and business users often need.

If you need more than a basic host but can’t afford a dedicated server, Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting could be a smart choice.

Buying a VPS plan means that you get your very own virtual server environment. You have full control over the operating system, the extensions and apps you install, and all their settings. Each physical server will still host multiple VPS customers, but not as many as with shared hosting, and typically each VPS will be allocated a share of key resources – RAM, storage space, CPU cores – for their use alone.

This can be easier to manage than you might think. Many VPS plans include standard tools like cPanel to help monitor and configure your site. Some hosts will manage the service for you, monitoring for problems like a crashed service, and fixing them as soon as they’re detected.

VPS prices and specs vary from a few pounds a month to hundreds, depending on your requirements. There’s a lot of choice out there, but don’t panic – our list of five best VPS providers will point you in the right direction.

Namecheap‘s VPS plan might be affordable but they’re all but “cheap”.

1. Namecheap

Takes all the headache out of the process

Clear and simple plans

Low starting prices

Extras will cost you

Shopping for a VPS host often means staring at some huge product comparison table and trying to figure out which of its many plans works for you.

Namecheap makes life easier by providing only two plans, and making it extremely clear exactly what you’re getting in each case.

Prices start low at only £11.85 ($16.60) per month on the annual plan, but that still gets you 2GB RAM, two CPU cores, 40GB of storage, 1000GB bandwidth and one dedicated IP.

Buying add-ons can improve these baseline specs. If you need more dedicated IPs, for instance, you don’t have to upgrade to a new plan – Namecheap will add extra IPs to your product for only $2 (£1.45) each.

The service isn’t quite as cheap as it sounds. The starter plans aren’t managed, for instance (the host doesn’t look after them for you), and they don’t include a cPanel licence. Adding both of those capabilities will cost you an extra $41 (£29.30) a month.

Still, Namecheap does provide some exceptionally configurable VPS products for users who know what they’re doing. Even if you’re a beginner, checking out the various options on offer here will help you understand the factors you need to think about when choosing a VPS provider.

InMotion is one of the more popular web hosting providers out there and it is no surprise that they’re secured a spot here

2. InMotion Hosting

VPS poetry? InMotion is certainly a strong provider…