5 Cheap Windows VPS Options That Pack A Punch
2019 June 13th at 9:20
Finding a cheap Windows VPS can be difficult. The cost isn’t always clear (to be explained later), and the price is almost always higher than a Linux-based VPS.
The reason is that Linux is a free, open-source operating system, while Windows OS requires payment of a licensing fee.
Now, Linux and Windows VPS options each have their own pros and cons, but if your developers use Windows-specific applications such as ASP.net, an SQL server, or PHP, you might not have a choice: Windows is your only option
After having tested many different providers with their own individual perks, I put together this list of 6 best cheap Windows VPS options:
- AccuWeb Hosting (Windows VPS with two CPUs for the price of one)
- InterServer (Windows 10 for no extra charge)
- GTX Gaming (More RAM for a good price (just $6.02 per GB of RAM)
- 1&1 IONOS (Cheap Windows VPS with unlimited bandwidth and large SSD storage)
- Vultr (Affordable Windows VPS with over 15 different server locations)
Price from: $7.99/month
Recommended for: those in need of high processing power.
AccuWeb offers free weekly backups, which is something that other hosts charge extra for. It also includes 2 virtual CPUs whereas all the others on my list offer just one core. Double the cores means more processing power for your VPS.
Furthermore, AccuWeb has 15 server locations. The USA, India, Canada, France, South Africa and so on - AccuWeb offers quality performance in all continents.
Another bonus is that it offers Windows 2008, 2012, and 2016, all without any extra cost.
However, AccuWeb’s cheapest Windows VPS plan is admittedly lacking in some areas. For example, it offers just 40gb of Nimble SAN storage, 1GB of RAM, and 500gb of monthly bandwidth.
And if you stick with the basic deal of $7.99/month, you should be aware that it’s only available at that price if you pay annually. If you opt to pay monthly, pricing starts at $12.72/month.
- Free backups (weekly)
- Plans come with 2 vCPUs
- Choice of Windows 2008, 2012 or 2016
- Limited storage with the cheapest plan
- Lower prices available only with the yearly subscription
Price from: $10.00/month
Recommended for: those wanting full plan customization.
Interserver offers a Windows VPS scaling plan in “slices”. You can purchase as many as 16 slices of a server at just $10 a slice, and one slice will get you one CPU core, 2GB of RAM, 30GB of SSD storage, and 1TB of bandwidth.
While the low amount of storage and the lack of an SSD might not suit everyone, a unique feature of Interserver’s plan is that it provides more configuration options than the other hosts on this list.
For example, Interserver offers multiple platforms (HyperV as well as KVM), multiple location options (New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Equinix NY4), and it is the only host on the list that offers Windows 10 for no extra cost. You also have the options of Windows 2012 and 2016.
Although the $10/month cost per slice is already reasonable, you could drive your monthly price down further by purchasing in bulk. If you pay for the year, you pay $9/month, while if you pay for 36 months all at once, it comes to just $8/month.
- Simple resource scaling with different plans
- Multiple platforms
- Choice of different locations
- Lower prices with longer-term contracts
- Limited storage with the cheapest plan
- No SSD storage available
3. GTX Gaming
Price from: $12.04/month
Recommended for: gaming servers and streaming sites.
The total offering of the basic $12.04/month package is a single-core Windows VPS with 2GB of RAM, and 40GB of disk storage. That’s better value in terms of RAM than most other providers; if you did a ‘price per GB of RAM’ comparison, GTX Gaming would be second only to Interserver.
One downside to GTX Gaming, though, is that it only offers Windows Server 08 unless you pay more. Windows Server 2012 is an extra $6.70 per month, while Windows Server 2016 is an extra $13.40 per month.
GTX Gaming also does not readily reveal their bandwidth limits. A chat with customer support demonstrated that even the support agent didn’t know the bandwidth offered.
After a few minutes, it was revealed that the limit is 500GB of bandwidth, but I was assured that this is increased for free once you reach your limit.
Note that although GTX Gaming has a '.co.uk' website and lists its prices in British pounds, it's actually a global company with worldwide data centers and a US support team.
- Gaming focus means plenty of power included
- Ideal for resource-intensive applications
- Better value for RAM than other providers
- Lower prices with longer-term contracts
- Windows Server 2008 costs more
- Bandwidth limits not advertised clearly
4. 1&1 IONOS
Price from: $15.00/month
Recommended for: its highly reliable uptime.
1&1 IONOS provides the best storage of all hosts on the list with its offering of 50GB in SSD storage; the type that has no moving parts and boots up much faster.
Furthermore, my results show that 1&1 IONOS boasts near-perfect uptime with just 5 minutes of downtime in the last 1,888 hours. 1&1 IONOS is also the only host on the list to offer unlimited bandwidth.
However, the details of other specs such as RAM and CPU are very average for a basic plan, bringing just 1GB RAM and 1 CPU core to the table.
Unlike some of the other hosts, though, 1&1 IONOS offers either Windows 2012 or 2016 for no extra cost, while it also provides three data center locations: United States, Germany, and Spain.
In terms of pricing, the cheapest 1&1 IONOS plan comes out to $15/month.This is with a $5/month yearly plan plus an additional $10/month to use Windows OS instead of Linux.
However, please be aware of 1&1’s price hikes:
The initial lower price is what you’ll be paying per month for the first 12 months, but once that period is over you’ll have to pay the regular price (the rates marked in red).
- Extremely reliable with near-perfect uptime
- A large amount of storage with the cheapest plan
- Choice of global data centers
- Multiple versions of Windows server included
- Limited processing power
- Prices jump after the first year
Price from: $26.00/month
Recommended for: its broad server location options.
The most basic Vultr Windows VPS plan comes in at the most expensive on my list. This, however, gets you 2GB of RAM and a whopping 2TB of bandwidth (the second most amount of bandwidth on the list). It also comes with an SSD and 40GB of storage.
Furthermore, what really sets Vultr apart from the other providers and earns it its spot on this list is the fact that it offers 16 different server locations. This blows all of the other hosts out of the water in terms of location options.
Plus, you can currently get $50 of hosting credit when you first sign up. That means you can effectively trial Vultr's $26/month hosting for two months before actually committing to a plan.
- Generous bandwidth and RAM
- Choice of a large selection of data center locations
- $5 of free credit when you sign u
- Lack of storage for bigger projects
- Might get pricey
Finding The Best Cheap Windows VPS
If you haven’t already, you’ll now need to identify which option best suits your unique needs before you buy Windows VPS. So, here’s how they match up:
- AccuWeb Hosting shines as the only host on the list that offers two cores in their most basic plan for more processing power.
- Interserver is the best choice if you need Windows 10 OS for your Windows VPS.
- 1&1 fits your needs if you want unlimited bandwidth or larger SSD storage.
- GTX Gaming is suited for those that need more RAM than average in their basic plan.
- Vultr is perfect for you if you strongly prefer that your VPS be located in a specific part of the world.
So, what do you think? If you have any suggestions for good cheap Windows VPS hosting options that aren’t included here, please share a comment below!
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