This is a review of HostUS‘s (affiliate links within this post) unmanaged Virtual Private Servers (VPS) where I have installed the control panel VestaCP.
I have a few VPS’s with HostUS namely because they are international. This blog is hosted on a VPS they provide in England. I have been with them since February 2015. It’s been over a year so I think I’m well informed to provide a review that is of my own opinion.
UPDATE: After almost 2 years of hosting with HostUS I have pulled the plug on 6 servers I had with them. Recently they had terrible slow nodes and very slow response times to support requests (when the nodes were slow). Read more for the in-depth review.
The final goodbye
I have always told praise of HostUS even through their terrible time under DDoS attacks, but a few days ago the node being slow and unresponsive coupled with a slow ticket reply meant I had to move 6 of my servers. First and foremost, I still have one server with them on node LON01-VZ72. So if you’re on that node, it’s got good uptime. For me though, node LON01-VZ86 was a killer.
I had contacted them on a few occasions over the past few weeks regarding the IOWAIT being terribly high which causes the server to become unresponsive. They managed to fix it, offered me a few days refund for bringing it to their attention – it kept me happy. However, on the 14th January I opened a ticket at 13:15 telling them the same thing. Almost 5 hours later and no reply to my ticket I decided to jump ship.
FreeVPS Benchmark Test
First of all, their servers which host the VPS to me are very speedy, and I’ve provided the technical data below using FreeVPS‘s Benchmarking script. To be honest, I know of this tool but really don’t know much of what I’m reading (certain bits I do, others it’s just a numbers game). All I can vouch for here is a super fast WordPress installation. I’ve done many set-ups on the same VPS with installs getting millions of hits a month (with 10+ plugins), and the installation is still performing fast. Props to them, as Google now loves me.
System Info ----------- Processor : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1270 v5 @ 3.60GHz CPU Cores : 4 Frequency : 3600.025 MHz Memory : 6144 MB Swap : 6144 MB Uptime : 17:39, OS : CentOS release 6.7 (Final) Arch : x86_64 (64 Bit) Speedtest (IPv4 only) --------------------- Location Provider Speed CDN Cachefly 66.4MB/s Atlanta, GA, US Coloat 5.98MB/s Dallas, TX, US Softlayer 18.8MB/s Seattle, WA, US Softlayer 15.7MB/s San Jose, CA, US Softlayer 14.5MB/s Washington, DC, US Softlayer 1.26MB/s Tokyo, Japan Linode 8.44MB/s Singapore Softlayer 5.05MB/s Rotterdam, Netherlands id3.net 88.9MB/s Haarlem, Netherlands Leaseweb 95.5MB/s Disk Speed ---------- I/O (1st run) : 134 MB/s I/O (2nd run) : 256 MB/s I/O (3rd run) : 246 MB/s Average I/O : 212 MB/s
I’ve dealt with HostUS support a few times. It’s either me asking more pre-sales questions or I’m just too tired to use my brain, so I ask stupid ones. Anyway, all of which receive a reply within 5-10 minutes (except two tickets that took 1-2 hours), either way I think that’s fantastic. I feel like I’m virtually chatting, rather than waiting on a reply.
VPS around the globe
That’s right, HostUS can provide locations in the following:
- Los Angeles
- Washington DC
- Hong Kong
What more could you want?!
VestaCP VPS control panel
I think a lot of us are loving VestaCP – I know I am. I thought I would let you know that my installation of VestaCP on one of HostUS‘s VPS’s is super fast and very easy. As long as you start with a clean installation then you’re good to go; and it’s as simple as using VestaCP’s advanced install settings function on their homepage to completely customise the server install.
I will say this: make sure you get the customisation right the first time as it’s not as easy as you think to change things in future if you decide to switch it up, unless of course you know what you’re doing. A default of PHP-FPM + NGINX will work for the web server as it already has templates for WordPress so it’ll work right out of the box, and for e-mail I would recommend exim + dovecot + spamassassin. You may notice there’s no Virus scanner here but that’s because it likes to eat memory, and let’s be fair your users should have virus scanners on their computers in this day and age. Don’t forget to add an extra level of spam protection by adding some custom rules to SpamAssassin.
I’m in the process of migrating everything to HostUS because they’re reliable and their servers are fast, which is what Google wants these days. Oh, and of course because they’re international. I suggest you do the same. As of writing this post I have been with them for 15 months, so come on – sign up!