What VPS should you use?
Running a Node Virtual is not for everyone. It requires a level of technical experience which you should make sure you possess before committing to a service. Check the Node Virtual Tutorial and these tutorials for setting up AWS, Digital Ocean, or Vultr servers before deciding.
If you already host a Node Virtual, help everyone out by telling us about your favorite VPS in the comments below! Tell us:
- How much does it cost?
- What are the specifications (RAM, storage, etc)?
- Why do you use it/what do you like/dislike about it?
- Anything else you want to say.
Now, before we get into comparing some of the options, another warning:
We do NOT recommend using Google Cloud for your VPS. You will eventually be banned.
Now, on to the good stuff:
Disclaimer: Incognito does not endorse any of the services found in this post, or in the comments. This is just a discussion around various hosting options. Please be cautious before committing to any service.
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
If a megacorporation is more your style, Amazon Web Services might just be the way to go.
Reliable hosting with consistent uptime and scalable storage, but convoluted pricing and hosting. Can be confusing to navigate and you may require specialist support. AWS is designed for scalable businesses, so it might not be the best solution for an individual. But if you’ve found otherwise, let me know below!
What you get: (A1.xlarge option) ~$47 a month with a one-year term for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, EBS. You pay for how much you use, rather than a fixed monthly price.
Can you upgrade easily?: Not with a contract. Without a contract, yes, but the service will cost more on a month-by-month basis.
Is backup included?: No. You can add backup options in which you pay for what you use.
Digital Ocean is known for their great customer service. Servers are available worldwide. Simple, straightforward pricing and setup.
What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, and 5TB bandwidth, 80GB SSD.
Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. You can upgrade to a better plan at any time.
Is backup included?: No. But you can add it to any plan you get for an additional 20% of the base price
Vultr offers simple and easy-to-use interface with powerful computing and block storage that rivals AWS and is designed to be scalable. Fast network and a clean control panel for ease of use.
What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, 4TB bandwidth, 160GB SSD.
Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. Storage can be added at any time, or you can upgrade to a better plan.
Is backup included?: No. But you can add it to any plan you get for an additional 20% of the base price.
Linode is well known, well-reviewed, and well-priced for its services. However, it is unmanaged hosting, so you have to be prepared to do it yourself. Not the easiest to use, but not difficult if you have the right skillset to maintain a virtual node yourself anyway.
What you get: $40/month for 8GB RAM, 4vCPUs, 5TB bandwidth, 160GB SSD.
Can you upgrade easily?: Yes. Attachable block storage options can be added any time, or you can upgrade to a better plan.
Is backup included?: No. You must purchase it from an external service.
Extremely affordable servers with good customer service, unlimited traffic, and incredibly simple setup, Contabo might take the cake for a basic VPS. It is an unmanaged server, so security and upkeep is up to you. Every additional feature you require comes at an added cost.
What you get: 4.99 EUR ($5.41)/month for 8GB RAM, 4 vCPUs, unlimited bandwidth, 200GB SSD.
Can you upgrade easily?: Yes, you can upgrade to a better plan at any time.
Is backup included?: No, it must be purchased, 500GB for 11.99 EUR
Choosing the right VPS for your preferences, skillset, and location is important, and these are just a few of the many options out there. If you already have a VPS you love, we’d love to know. Comment which one you use, and why!