Finding reliable web hosting at affordable prices can be tough. This is especially true if you are forced to share hosting resources with other customers — in other words, shared hosting. While going the route of shared hosting is incredibly common, it's not exactly the most cost effective solution. There are better options to consider.
What is a VPS?
As a Bluehost customer, I typically use their shared hosting plans whenever it comes time to build a new website. If you are on a budget and you're looking to build multiple sites, then I recommend checking out Bluehost's Plus plan. Setting up add-on domains allows you to host more than one website on a single account. Granted, this is still a form shared hosting, so keep that in mind when considering speed and performance.
Getting to the point of this post, I would like to briefly talk about a more advanced way of going about building and hosting websites. Just recently I decided to give Bluehost's VPS plans a serious consideration. VPS, for those not aware, stands for Virtual Private Server. It's essentially a better way of hosting your website(s) and not sharing resources with hundreds (maybe thousands) of other users.
Why is VPS better than Shared Hosting?
When registering a VPS, your account is assigned a unique IP address. This ensures that your website's performance is more dynamic and can take advantage of a variety of resources — including a cloud infrastructure. As the website owner, you also get access to a few tools that are not available to customers using shared hosting. This includes the ability to start, stop and even reboot your server. While you are not technically using a dedicated server, going the VPS route is the closest you'll get.
Below is a breakdown of the different VPS plans that Bluehost currently offers. All plans do offer a money-back guarantee, in case you are not happy with their service. In other words, it's nice knowing that Bluehost allows its customers to test the waters before making any form of commitment.
Upgrading from Shared Hosting? Here's how to save money.
If you are already a Bluehost customer with a Shared Hosting plan, that's not a problem. Bluehost automatically discounts the difference when upgrading your account. I actually ended up saving money in the long run, considering I was fully paid for a year upfront.
The comparison of plans above represents just a small percentage of everything Bluehost's VPS products have to offer. As a VPS customer, you have access to everything you are used to seeing with lower-level plans. Looking to build a WordPress website? Easy. Do you want to set up hosted email accounts? It's all there, and so much more.
Give VPS a try, without the commitment.
Speaking from personal experience, I can recommend giving Bluehost's VPS plans a try. I have noticed a bump in performance and overall speed with David's Things, which is now hosted on a VPS. It's also nice knowing that I have more control over what goes on behind the scenes. And let's not forget the money-back guarantee. If weren't for that, then I would not have given this a shot. But hey, I'm glad I did.
Interested in trying Bluehost? Sign up here and let me know what you think! I'm always available to answer any questions that you may have. Feel free to contact me.