As VPS hosting
is a newly launched service for HostMonster, many people have the doubt about whether the service is reliable and worth purchasing. In this article, therefore, we have analyzed nearly all the aspects of HostMonster VPS hosting, including price, features, uptime, speed, technical support and technology, to figure out the advantages and limitations of the service.
At the time of writing, we have monitored HostMonster VPS uptime and speed for more than half a year.
HostMonster once provided a professional all-in-one shared web hosting package for years, and the company released VPS hosting earlier this year. This new service is fully managed, which means that it requires little or no technical knowledge from users because nearly all the complicated server-side works are done by a dedicated team of engineers.
Price & Discount
HostMonster has 4 upgradable VPS hosting packages named Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate respectively. Although the regular price of the packages is quite low – starting at only $29.99/mo, the company still offers a 50% discount for the first month of any terms for visitors going through the promotional link below, with which the effective price starts at $14.99/mo.
The details of the 4 packages' price are as the following table.
|Discounted Price for 1st Month||$14.99/mo||$29.99/mo||$44.99/mo||$59.99/mo|
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For any subscriptions to whichever package, HostMonster offers a 30-day money back guarantee. This industry-leading guarantee enables users to get a refund if they cancel their accounts within the first 30 days, which makes the VPS hosting service quite risk-free.
VPS Hosting Features
HostMonster VPS hosting is rich-featured, coming with a large amount of guaranteed server resources and some other advanced features and technologies to serve the hosted websites well. The differences of the features included in the 4 packages are listed in the table below.
|Core||Single Core||Dual Core||Triple Core||Quad Core|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB||6 GB||8 GB|
|Disk Storage||30 GB||60 GB||120 GB||240 GB|
|Bandwidth||1 TB||2 TB||3 TB||4 TB|
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The packages also have a lot of features in common, and some of the highlighted ones are as following.
- CentOS 6.4 operating system: All the VPS servers are pre-installed with CentOS 6.4, an enterprise-class Linux operating system featuring great reliability and performance.
- Optimized cPanel control panel: All of the packages utilize specially optimized cPanel to give customers full and easy management on their websites and the server.
- Root access: Subscribers to any packages are entitled to take advantage of the root access to manage CentOS.
- Instant provisioning: The provisioning of HostMonster VPS solutions only takes minutes or even seconds.
- Multi-account management: The VPS hosting customers can manage all of their accounts with just one login.
- Cloud technology: HostMonster utilizes cloud technologies like OpenStack and KVM to keep servers enhanced for future needs.
Uptime & Speed
As HostMonster cares about every detail of customers' needs, the company designs and builds all the VPS servers from the ground for easier optimization and customization. The servers are placed in 3 data centers, all of which feature first-rate security and cooling system, power redundancy, UPS power backup generators, and 24x7 server and network monitoring.
All of the features ensure a high performance for customers' websites hosted on the VPS platform. As we monitored in the past 6 months, HostMonster VPS hosting service has achieved outstanding uptime and speed. The monitoring results are as following.
- Uptime: 99.98% in the past 6 months, and 99.99% in the past 30 days.
- Server response time: 350ms in the past 6 months, and 342ms in the past 30 days.
Every VPS customer is well backed by HostMonster 24x7 technical support powered by hundreds of in-house experts with at least 5 years' experience in solving VPS hosting related issues.
Customers can reach the support team in 3 ways – calling the toll-free phone number 855-204-1149, sending support emails, or starting a live chat, and they are guaranteed to receive a response with 30 seconds after making a support request.
Is HostMonster VPS Hosting Worth Purchasing?
Our answer is YES. Actually, we have personally hosted a website with the Standard plan for over 3 months, and so far we have been deeply impressed by the high performance of our site and the professionalism of the support staff. Most of all, the package is really affordable.