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Price: $399.6 first year ($33.30/mo)

Type of server: Cloud

Location: Asia, Australia, EU, UK, USA

Features: CloudwaysBot, Daily Backups, FREE Trial, Git, HTTP/2, Managed, Memcached, Nginx Web Server, Resource Scaling, SFTP, Site Cloning, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Staging Site, Varnish Cache, Website Migration, WP-CLI

CPU: 1 vCPU

RAM: 1.7 GB

Space: 4 GB

Bandwidth: 20 GB

Payment options: Credit Card

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Top web hosting provider for the cloud

With Cloudways you can get access to the best cloud hosting companies in the world. All with easy to use interfaces and an expert support team ready to assist. Cloudways gives away free trial accounts to anyone that want to try them out. The trial last for 3 days and you don't even need to enter any credit card details to try it out. It is available for all of the different cloud hosting providers they are partners with, but only for starter plans. You can quickly scale the web server after the trial though, to meet your server resource requirements.

Plan features

The CloudwaysBot is a server assistant that will monitor your servers, applications, billing issues, and overall performance. You can set up the alerts and recommendations you want to receive. You also get access to two Cloudways developed WordPress plugins. One for migrating your sites there, and one plugin that is supposedly best in class when it comes to caching WordPress sites.

Daily offsite backups

You can select yourself how often you want to have the automatically backups generated. You can also choose for how long they should be retained. It is also possible to generate backups on demand. $0.033/GB per server will be applied for off-site backup storage.

Lack of payment options

Only accepting credit and debit cards is a drawback to all the Cloudways plans ufortunately.

Cloudways expert live support

Get access to expert cloud tech support 24/7. You can also ask their live sales support any questions you might have before buying.

Hosted with the Goolge Cloud

This cloud web server is hosted in one of the top data centers in the world, part of the Google Cloud. You do get all the benefits of being hosted on the Google Cloud and the ease and functionality and support by being a customer of the Cloudways web hosting company as well.

Scale your server as needed

There are lots of levels for scaling your server to just have the amount of resources you require. Starting at 1.70 GB RAM and 1 virtual CPU core, and going all the way up to 32 virtual CPU cores and 120 GB RAM.

Storage and bandwidth prices

The Google Cloud plans comes with 20 GB of storage and just 2 GB of bandwidth, but you surely can use a lot more than that. It will be billed 0.12$ per GB of storage and $0.14 per GB of bandwidth.

Data center locations

Choose between the following 11 data centers to host your websites and applications: USA - Iowa, USA - South Carolina, USA - North Virginia, USA - Oregon, Europe - London, Europe - Frankfurt, Europe - Belgium, Asia Pacific - Singapore, Asia Pacific - Sydney, Asia Pacific - Taiwan, Asia Pacific - Tokyo

Conclusion

The only reason this plan does not get top ratings of 90%+ is because of the pricing. Similar plans with similar resources per cloud server has lower prices. I don't know if the extra value of being hosted on the Google Cloud is worth the price increase.

Note: The 1 CPU core of this web server is a shared resource.

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Price: $299.9 first year ($24.99/mo)

Renewal price: $359.9/year ($29.99/mo)

Type of server: VPS

Location: USA

Features: cPanel, FREE Domain, Managed, SSD Storage

Optional extras: Show Bluehost SEO Tools Start, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 2 GB

Space: 30 GB

Bandwidth: Unlimited

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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Need to pay for at least 1 year in advance to get this price. $29.99/mo with a month-to-month contract. Get discounted hosting with a 3 year plan: $19.99/mo.

All of the Bluehost web hosting plans include a FREE Domain. Domain Whois Privacy costs an extra $0.99/mo with this plan which is pretty expensive compared with some domain name registars that give away this for free. All their VPS plans comes with SSD storage included in the price. SiteLock Monitoring is another $1.99/mo and can be very useful to have Рat least if you really need your site to always be 100% healthy and to reduce the potential downtime from malware and virus attacks by hackers. The SEO extra feature costs $2.99/mo and is not something I would recommend considering how the product (which consists of SEO guides) can easily be replaced by free info found on reputable site online РMore info here.

Data center location

Servers are located in the USA, in Provo in Utah.

Conclusion

Lots of power at a low prices ranks the Bluehost VPS plans as some of the best value plans you can get. Decent amount of SSD storage, a free domain and also live support are great benefits for choosing this plan.

However, the 30 day money back guarantee could be longer, and they could have accepted more payment options. They also do not allow adult content to be hosted on their servers.

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Price: $431.4 first year ($35.95/mo)

Renewal price: $706.7/year ($58.89/mo)

Type of server: VPS

Location: USA

Features: 1 Gbps, cPanel, Dedicated IP, Managed, SSD Storage, USA Based Support

Optional extras: Show Basic Server Monitoring, C-class IP addresses, cPanel, Daily Backups, DDOS protected IP addresses, IP addresses, Softaculous, SSD Storage, Windshield, WindSpeed.

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 6 GB

Space: 100 GB

Bandwidth: 2 TB

Payment options: Bitcoin, Credit Card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal, Skrill

Guarantees: 60 Day Money Back, 99.999% Uptime

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Same price whether you pay monthly or yearly. Price is currently on sale by 25% to 33% which means you get a decent discount for your first order. You can lock in a long length billing cycle for maximum discount!

All Hostwinds plans with cPanel have auto SSL which give all your websites https for free and automatically. The cost of upgrading to SSD drives depends on which VPS plan you choose. SSD is optional, but we included the cost for that feature in our price. cPanel VPS licence costs $13/mo and that is also included in our listed price to make it easier to compare with the other plans. cPanel is an optional extra. Softaculous is another $2/mo. $2/mo per extra standard IP address. Hostwinds also offer DDos protected IP addresses, as well as C-Class IP addresses. Basic server monitoring is another $5/mo. Cloud backups makes sure your data is safe and accessible and costs only $1/mo and is performed daily. WindSpeed is a one time service offered by Hostwinds which claims to be able to provide information which can be used to significantly speed up a website. Windshield is a security extra which adds a shield to your site.

Data center location

Choose between Seattle and Dallas in the USA to be your server's location.

24/7 USA based support team

I have mostly had great interactions with the Hostwinds technical support team. For technical support requests you need to submit a ticket. They have been amazing to me and always helped out fixing anything I've asked them. Sometimes they have been slow to answer me though and I've had to ask them twice on one occasion where the low tier support simply did not know the answer but luckily a higher tier specialist got my server issue fixed. They do have 24/7 live chat sales support on their website (popup in the bottom right when visiting their website from a desktop computer).

Conclusion

If you need web hosting on a server in the USA then I would strongly suggest to consider a Hostwinds plan. They get good scores from me for having lots of payment options, USA based support team, long money back guarantees and the best uptime guarantees. They also allow adult content to be hosted with them on all of their plans.

I would have liked to see SSD storage as in included feature at no extra cost. The possibility to scale up or down your plan (except disk space, that can't be scaled down) like in the cloud is neat. With a huge selection of 10 different VPS plans you are sure to find a plan that suits your needs.

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Price: $431.4 first year ($35.95/mo)

Type of server: WordPress

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, DDoS Protection, Expert WP Support, FREE Domain Privacy, HTTP/2, Jetpack, Nginx Web Server, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, USA Based Support, WAF, WP-CLI

Optional extras: Show WordPress Migration Service.

Space: 30 GB

Max websites: 2

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Uptime, 30 Day Money Back

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To get the price of $35.95/ mo you need to pre pay for 1 year of hosting. If you want to pay on a month-to-month basis the price will be slightly higher: $39.95/mo.

Plan features

The DreamPress hosting plans has lots of bells and whistles for your WordPress site. They will install WP for you with several plugins and themes that are considered "battle-tested" by DreamHost. They promise to serve your web pages lightning fast with features like SSD storage, Object Caching, HTTP2, PHP 7 and the Jetpack plugin. You also get access to WordPress Expert Support 24/7.

Migrating to DreamPress

The WordPress Migration Service costs $99 and promises to seamlessly move your WordPress installation over to your new hosting without downtime. It costs $99 which I think is a bit expensive considering you are also moving your hosting to this company. It could be good value though if you have lots of content and plugins that would make your site a real hassle to move and might require payed plugins to get the job done anyways.

Domain price

A .com domain is $11.99 for the first year and slightly more after that, which is great considering that the Whois Privacy is free.

Conclusion

They only accept credit and debit cards and that is a slight drawback. The 30 day money back guarantee is OK. The limiting of how many websites you can host is another drawback. Or at least it could be, if you have multiple sites.

The performance features of the DreamPress plans are nice and will help your sites load fast with features like Brotli compression, HTTP/2 and the Nginx web server. Your site will also get HTTPS by default. If you outgrow your DreamPress plan you can upgrade with a simple click of the mouse, unless you are already hosted with the most powerful one.

Dreamhost states that this plan is suitable for websites with around 60.000 monthly visitors. You get the premium version of the Jetpack plugin which has a value of $299/year and you get 5 calls/mo to your own Concierge Phone Support if needed! 1-click install of Woo Commerce is an optional extra. Also, you get a staging site that you can use for testing changes to your WordPress site before making them live.

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