2019 December 13th
VPSDime provides, just like the name suggests, various VPS hosting services. It can be a great option if you're planning a big online project or your website has grown out of your current shared hosting plan.
And as the host states, the main goal is to provide low-cost services for people on a budget. At the same time, it tries delivering top-quality as well.
We tested VPSDime whether it can provide reliable performance, speed, and affordable pricing just like it promises.
Let's take a look at our VPSDime review.
What is VPSDime?
VPSDime is one of the younger brands in the web hosting industry providing VPS hosting services. Established in 2013, VPSDime currently operates 5 data centers.
4 of them are located in the United States (Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Piscataway) and 1 in Europe (Maidenhead, UK). And the provider is opening an Amsterdam located server very soon.
The company targets slightly more advanced users – there’s no managed VPS in its offer. So, you need to know how to configure your server on your own, but that doesn’t mean its offer isn’t looking interesting.
VPSDime has 4 different VPS packages that include Linux, Premium, Storage, and Windows VPS plans with various options available, so everyone can find the right option for them.
VPSDime has 6 tiers of Linux VPS with the starting price of $7/month which provides you with 6GB RAM, 30GB of SSD storage space, 2TB traffic, and 4 vCPU's. It is possible to update up to 36GB RAM for $42/month.
To see the prices of different tiers, simply move the slider to the right or left. The biggest surprise and a very significant advantage of the company’s offer is its very straightforward pricing.
Starting with $7/month, the pricing is the same for either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually plans. You'll just need to pay in advance.
Officially, there is no difference in monthly or annual billing, just as there is no legally binding contract. You are free to go after the period for which you have paid has passed.
But, VPSDime encourages you to contact them should you wish to sign up for a quarterly or annual contract leaving some room for negotiation.
As I mentioned above, in this VPSDime review I focus exclusively on their Linux VPS. Just by looking at the plan comparison I start to believe that its technical team follows the same simple guidelines its sales team does.
All plans upgrade your resources with mathematical precision – disk space, bandwidth allowance, and RAM grow by the exact same numbers tier-to-tier.
In the table below, you can compare what data allowances you get with each plan and see what's included in the packages:
|6GB RAM||12GB RAM||18GB RAM||24GB RAM||30GB RAM||36GB RAM|
An allowance of 6GB RAM and 30GB SSD in a plan that costs just seven bucks sounds like a steal. Unfortunately, there is a catch – but you have to look in their FAQ to find it:
The above means that despite the plan being named VPS, the resources are not fully private. With any of the plans mentioned above, you don't get dedicated CPU resources - you share them with other users.
To get your own dedicated CPU, you'll need to purchase a Premium VPS plan which can cost several times more. For example, a 12GB RAM Premium VPS plan costs $60/month, instead of $14/month which you would pay for Linux VPS.
On the bright side, VPSDime doesn’t try to upsell you anything that you could not live without. While I believe that giving you a semi-private VPS and then trying to upsell you a Faster CPU (3.3GHz) package sounds ridiculous, there’s no one forcing you to buy it.
VPSDime does not force you to buy its add-ons, but there are pretty good options like Plesk or cPanel, as well as nightly backups.
Despite sharing your resources with other users, the company offers a very decent 99.9% uptime guarantee which is considered a standard in the industry. According to our uptime calculator, its “allowed” downtime is just 1m 26s a day or less than an hour every month.
Here you can test it yourself - and see just how much it really is.
Naturally, if your site is flooded with traffic at all times, even one minute of downtime can cost you a lot – but if that’s the case, there are better VPS options out there.
VPSDime performance was quite impressive, Bitcatcha graded it with A and showed decent results. You can see, that in the US and Europe, we've got great response times around 100ms.
However, other locations were slower. Bangalore and Singapore showed response times above 200ms, while slower it's still not that bad. If you host for the US or Europe visitors, VPSDime is worth it.
Server performance is definitely not the main reason to sign up for VPSDime. But, it has a few advantages I’m happy to include in my VPSDime review.
Great pricing with no fine print
There’s no fine print, strange long-term contracts or super discounts that turn into an overpriced nightmare once the first term is over.
You pay exactly the price that you see in the VPSDime intuitive pricing tool and the price difference between all tiers is equal, which makes it easy to prepare the budget for upgrades.
A Big Choice of Operating Systems at No Extra Fees
Unlike many of its competitors, VPSDime doesn’t charge you for different operating systems. When you're checking out, you can simply choose the one you are most comfortable working it.
So whether you’re used to working with CentOS, Debian or Ubuntu, you won’t be charged anything for your choice. That is a very fair practice you don’t see too often.
Plenty of Bandwidth
Just like with other resources, VPSDime is very generous with its bandwidth allowance. From 2TB in the basic plan all the way to 12TB in the most advanced one, you get more than enough for a basic, as well as for a more advanced and high-traffic site.
On top of that, its extra bandwidth packages are very affordable – just $4 for an extra TB of data.
Just like all providers, VPSDime has its drawbacks. That includes not exactly private servers, limited support, and different speeds across data centers.
Not fully private
Despite VPSDime calling its offer 'Linux Virtual Private Server', the resources are not allocated exclusively to you. Unless you buy its Premium VPS package (starting at $20.00/mo. for 1 dedicated core and 4GB RAM) or get their CPU Upsell.
But, the latter still doesn’t guarantee you full exclusivity.
You can only contact the support using a ticketing system, there is no 24/7 phone or live chat options. It does claim to have an average response time of 15 minutes tops, but that still not as good as real-time support.
The ticket system is limited to network, hardware or performance issues – so everything that you actually pay for.
Not having any phone or even live chat support options with a VPS is not ideal. But if you need to solve something quickly you can use the knowledgebase available in the client area.
Here you can find a lot of frequently asked questions that will help you set up and maintain your VPS.
Network Speed Difference Between Locations
The last big drawback is the strange difference between network speeds. There is no difference in price, network speed in the UK and Los Angeles differs 10x from that in Dallas & Seattle – 1Gbit speed in the former vs. 10Gbit in the latter.
While it's great if you want to host your website near Dallas or Seatle. But if your audience is in LA or Europe you get reduce speed for the same price, and for me, that looks a bit strange.
VPSDime Review - Summary
VPSDime is a really good VPS hosting provider - it has affordable plans, many features, and stable uptime.
Unfortunately, there are drawbacks. The Linux Virtual Private Servers are not that private. And if you're beginner, you will most likely be struggling without a live chat support option.
VPSDime is great if:
You need a powerful and fast VPS without any price manipulations and that is orientated for more experienced users.
Have you hosted with VPSDime? Share your experiences in the comment section down below!
- Straightforward pricing
- Big choice of OS
- Lots of bandwidth
- Location speed difference
- Limited support