Linode is a Philadelphian web hosting service that was founded in 2003. Its name is a combination of "Linux" and "node". Both close things to millions of developers all around the world.
In my Linode review you'll see that, as the name hints, its focus is on providing powerful hosting solutions that cater to the needs of developers. So let's dive into it.
Linode Review - First Impressions
In fact, Linode's commitment to developer-oriented hosting is front and center stage on its website. If you're not tech-savvy, this isn't the service for you!
Linode hosting uses a cloud server architecture. That means you get scalable resources and can instantly add extra power to handle spikes in visitor traffic.
Once I'd signed up, the number of ways I was able to control my server stood out to me. Technical users will be able to manage every important server function through a custom command line interface.
But if you prefer something a little more accessible, an informative Linode Manager interface is also available.
The 'Help' button at the bottom of the dashboard opens a support bot. I found it to be genuinely useful for basic inquiries, but I recommend speaking to a real human via Linode's 24/7 support phone line or through its extremely active community forum for help with complicated problems.
Linode offers three types of cloud hosting which, in turn, each split into five tiers.
Standard Plans start at $5/month for a single vCPU node and scale up to six vCPUs for $80/month.
You can also pay hourly which is ideal if you need a server for computing purposes rather than hosting a website.
Extra grunt is available with a set of Dedicated CPU plans that include up to 32 unique CPU cores. But if you need memory, not processor power, Linode's High Memory plans will be more suitable. They include up to 300GB RAM.
Plans and Pricing in More Detail
Let's look at those Standard Plans in more detail.
|Nanode 1GB||Linode 2GB||Linode 4GB||Linode 8GB||Linode 16GB|
|Price||$5/month $0.075/hour||$10/month $0.15/hour||$20/month $0.3/hour||$40/month $0.6/hour||$80/month $0.12/hour|
|Network Out Speed||1000Mbps||2000Mbps||3000Mbps||4000Mbps||5000Mbps|
|HDD or SSD||SSD||SSD||SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Customer Support||24/7 phone and tickets||24/7 phone and tickets||24/7 phone and tickets||24/7 phone and tickets||24/7 phone and tickets|
With 25GB of SSD storage, the Nanode 1GB package is suitable for small business use. The more powerful enterprise-orientated packages are also accessible to users with a lower budget if paid hourly. For example, it would cost $12/month for 10 hours of intensive processing with the high capacity Linode 16GB plan.
Unfortunately, the 7-day money-back period falls short of the industry standard 30.
During my Linode review, I tested my site on Bitcatcha. The performance was more than adequate in the USA.
However, the data centers in Asia didn't perform that well - the response time was terribly high in Singapore, Bangalore, and Japan. For the best speeds, pick whichever of Linode's nine data centers is closest to you.
Overall, I was impressed with Linode's no-nonsense developer focus. Its cloud hosting management interface should suit advanced users, and its prices should mean that both enterprise and smaller scale consumers can afford the resources they need.
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