Migrating from a shared hosting to a VPS is often a very important milestone in an online adventure of an average online user. Especially that it usually costs a few times more than a standard shared hosting package. But what if you could get a decent VPS at half the usual starting price and with loads more RAM and bandwidth? Sounds too good to be true? Let’s find out if it really is – in this short VPSDime review.
What is VPSDime and who is it for?
VPSDime is one of the younger brands in the web hosting industry. Established in 2013, it currently operates six data centers – four of them in the United States (Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Piscataway) and two in Europe (Maidenhead, UK, and Amsterdam, NL).
The company targets slightly more advanced users – there’s no managed VPS in their offer so, in order to be able to host a site with them, you need to know how to configure it correctly on your own. But, that doesn’t mean their offer isn’t looking interesting.
Services Offered by VPSDime
The company offers three different VPS packages – Linux, Premium and Storage. There’s also a Windows one but the link to it redirects to a third-party website, so I’ll completely ignore it here.
Each of them is separated into six different tiers which differ in allocated memory, the number of CPU cores, disk space or bandwidth. There are exceptions to this rule – for example, all tiers in the basic Linux VPS offer have the same number of virtual CPUs – four. And that’s exactly the package I’m going to focus on in this VPSDime review.
VPSDime Linux Plans & Pricing
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. All prices in the Linux VPS plan consist of the base price multiplied by the tier number (one to six) and the length of the contract (one, four, six or twelve months).
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, they encourage you to contact them should you wish to sign up for a quarterly or annual contract leaving some room for negotiation.
VPSDime Plans in More Detail
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 their technical team follows the same simple guidelines their 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.
18 GB RAM
36 GB RAM
4 Virtual Cores
How many domains allowed?
HDD or SSD used in servers?
Only if you install one yourself
Free assisted website transfer
Plesk only – between $20.00 – $30.00/mo
Multiple versions of CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora 23 and SuSE 13 64Bit
Full Root Access
Choice of server location
Yes – Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Maidenhead, UK
Free automated back-ups
$5/mo for nightly backups
As you can see, their resource offer is very generous. 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. A very big red flag – what’s the point of calling a plan virtual private server if you share the resources with others?
On the bright side, they don’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.
Despite sharing your resources with other users, the company offers a very decent 99.9% uptime guarantee which I consider a standard for 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.
And what about the server performance? It’s not bad, but you can’t expect it to beat the more expensive competitors – especially if you don’t get an exclusive access to all resources. The testing tool graded our review site C – below the average:
Server performance is definitely not the reason to sign up for their offer. 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 their term is over. You pay exactly the price that you see in their intuitive pricing tool and the price difference between all tiers is equal, which makes it easy to prepare the budget for upgrades.
Big choice of operating systems at no extra fees
Unlike many of its competitors, VPSDime doesn’t charge you for different operating systems – whether you’re used to working with CentOS, Fedora or Ubuntu, you won’t be charged anything for your choice. A very fair practice you don’t see too often.
Plenty of bandwidth
Just like with the other resources, VPSDime is very generous with their 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 popular site.
On top of that, its extra bandwidth packages are very affordable – just $4 for an extra TB of data.
Unfortunately, there are also some very serious disadvantages which for some users can be a deal breaker.
Not fully private
This is a big one. Despite calling their offer Linux Virtual Private Server, the resources are not allocated exclusively to you. Naturally, unless you buy their Premium VPS package (starting at $20.00/mo. for 1 dedicated core and 4GB RAM) or get their CPU Upsell (3.3GHz Faster CPU package for $5.00 + $3.00). But, the latter still doesn’t guarantee you full exclusivity.
The company offers unmanaged VPS services – so while this point cannot really affect the final result of my VPSDime review, it’s worth reminding all users with little or no technical experience that they are left to themselves. The support is limited to network, hardware or performance issues – so everything that you actually pay for. But, you can only contact their support using a ticketing system. So even though they promise an average response time of 15 minutes tops, it’s far from real-time.
Network speed difference between locations
The last big drawback is the strange difference between network speeds. While there is no difference in price, network speed in Maidenhead, UK, and Los Angeles differs 10x from that in Dallas & Seattle – 1Gbit speed in the former vs. 10Gbit in the latter.
While I fully understand that differences happen, this one is so big it looks strange.
VPSDime Review – Summary
in the beginning, I was very happy to finally see an affordable VPS hosting company that has straightforward pricing terms and seems to be very honest. Unfortunately, after digging deeper I have discovered that the reality is not so bright.
The lack of exclusive access to resources, together with its subpar performance mean that it’s only good for those who are really on a budget. But in this case, I think a good shared hosting package could work just as good if not better.
Straightforward pricing with no contract
Big choice of OS at no extra fees
Lots of bandwidth
Not really private
Location network speed difference
Many OS options
10 Gbit speeds
Prices range from $7.00 to $7.00 on following 1 hosting plan offers
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