If you’ve been searching for VPS hosts it probably means you are tech-savvy enough to know what and how a VPS can help you. 🙂
With that in mind, I’ll explain our picks for the top Australian VPS hosts right off the bat and avoid the explanation of how a VPS works for the bottom section of this review.
Who Needs a VPN – When to Upgrade
- 1 Best VPS Hosting Australia 2017
- 1.1 1. Siteground Cloud VPS Hosting – MOST Secure and Fastest
- 1.2 2. Hostgator VPS
- 1.3 Benefits of a VPS
- 1.4 Final Thoughts
I consider VPS servers a great “middle point” for any blogger or business website that has grown past the capabilities of shared hosting but isn’t quite ready to spend a few hundred a month for dedicated servers.
With shared hosting (covered in our main review page) you can get a hodgepodge ofdifferent websites on the same server. One site might be for a hair salon and the other might be about how to cut your cat’s hair.
With a VPS server you are getting an allocated part of the overall server resources which ensures both security and speed. With a VPS your server becomes portioned off from the rest of the server ensuring that you it’s safer and faster. It also allows you to run a lot more applications than a regular server would. With VPS systems you can host online applications, java-script based website features or other tools.
The VPS server space is broken down into containers, each one being a separate system. For total isolation, speed and security you’ll need dedicated hosting.
Let me use my apartment analogy to explain:
Shared Hosting – An apartment in the building, you share the space, elevator, laundry and fire escapes.
VPS Hosting – The luxury penthouse at the top. You have your own elevator, entrance/exit and don’t have to surround yourself with all the “common folk”, however, you still living in the building (server).
Dedicated Hosting – A huge expensive on the other side of the street. It has its gate, entrance and address.
Naturally having your own mansion is more expensive. VPS hosting helps people find a good balance between expensive and cheaper hosting.
Take a look at our picture below to get a better idea. (Technically Managed IS VPS)
Our Best Recommended VPS Servers
The first thing you’ll notice about our guide is the absolute lack of Australian VPS servers. That isn’t accidental. Australian servers fail the test when it comes to web hosting.
For the love of fast website browsing experiences don’t listen to the BS that Aussie hosting companies spill, their server are slow and outdated.
They just don’t preform anywhere near as well as their foreign counterparts. Disbelieve me if you will, however, our data is pretty damn clear.
Best VPS Hosting Australia 2017
1. Siteground Cloud VPS Hosting – MOST Secure and Fastest
Now give me a minute, let me explain this one.
While this isn’t a traditional VPS, it’s a hybrid between a CDN (content distribution network) and a VPS. From my testing this is the superior choice for a few reasons. We will explain them below.
If you go back in time and look in the web archives, you’ll see that Siteground did at one point in time have a pure VPS. However, they discovered a more secure and reliable model with the hybrid mix.
This new model was based on a lot of security fears of pure VPS servers, cited on Siteground’s blog here
“A serious security issue in one of the world’s most popular machine emulator and virtualizer QEMU, used by the most popular virtualization systems – KVM, Xen and others has been discovered. The so-called Venom attack allows an user with root access to his/her virtual machine to gain root access to the entire host node under special circumstances. An official patch of for qemu-kvm has already been released and it fixes the vulnerability.”
This wasn’t the only vulnerability, there were many more. The issue was quite simple – when tens of thousands of computers use the same system loopholes become exploited and discovered. It’s simple hacking economics 101.
Siteground wanted to avoid this problem and developed their hybrid model which in my opinion …….. is the most secure hosting in the world.
Other Big Advances Include
- Customized autoscaling of RAM and CPU to stop unnecessary downtime during traffic spikes. (I find a lot of VPS interrupt traffic spikes as DDoS attacks and shutdown)
- Resource Scaling for all Running Programs
- Overall more efficient, safer and saves you money
Few More Reasons Why I Picked Siteground as the Best VPS Host
Linux Based CPUs
Utilizing Linux based servers offers robust security and also state of the art computing power that is faster and more efficient.
With a traditional VPS you get “put into” a plan. If you don’t use all those resources… well too bad you still pay for it. With cloud based you can scale up and down.
If you read my Siteground Review you’ll know that they have world class support that just can’t be beat.
This comes standard with their plans. This is a great way to save yourself a load of trouble and frustration. They manage it for you.
Backing up the files daily is incredibly important incase of hacking or in case you accidentally delete or modify something on your website.
Visitors can access your website from different locations where your web data is cached for a faster browsing experience
2. Hostgator VPS
Hostgator is a great option for small businesses looking for higher traffic support or additional security. They have plans that are customizable to your requirements, meaning you’ll be charged based on how much server resources you use. This is a great way to get secure fast hosting that can scale up as your needs grow.
No need to get locked in right off the bat for some expensive option when you can upgrade your plan as you grow. I always advise keeping costs as minimal as possible and focus that money where it matters – marketing!
Hostgator’s VPS are pretty easy to setup. They offer easy to use guides to setup your hosting or you can get an expert to configure it to your specifications. They servers are Linux based meaning they are considered the most stable setup for web hosting.
HostGator’s Awesome Fully Managed VPS
The gator offers a fully managed VPS solution. No need to worry about downtime, upgrades or system specifics, they will handle everything for you. This is the option that we recommend most people interested in VPS use. At our agency we manage VPS hosting for clients, but if you don’t have someone to do that I’d go with a managed solution.
HostGator System Flexibility
From a more technical standpoint one of the things I love is that Hostgator offers root access. This allows you to customize, install or delete any software or add-ons to your hosting. This allows for custom features to be built into your website. You can’t get this with a theme.
cPanel and MySQL is also integrated into your VPS hosting dashboard. There are also additional features for security, backups, creating new “droplets” for new IPs.
HostGator Systems and Dataservers
The Gator has some pretty advanced systems in place for their VPS servers, with 128GB RAM and 3.8 TB of storage. This helps contribute to their above-average uptime which according to our tests is without issue 98% of the time.
Hostgator is also a name you can trust as they have been one of the most reliable VPS hosts in Australia for a number of years. With very flexible options for hosting and a strong support team they are a great choice for any business looking to expand into VPS hosting.
Benefits of a VPS
We already talked about a few of these before but I think it’s important to cover some of them again. Most websites start with shared hosting which is a very normal and cost-effective way to start. You share a pool of resources with a bunch of other businesses or bloggers. However, there comes a time when you just outgrow that.
Growing traffic means you’ve either invested in SEO, marketing or offline channels. Either way those customers are valuable for you and you’ll want to give them the speed, uptime and security that they deserve.
A VPS has many benefits but mostly it comes down to having peace of mind that your server won’t be breached or that your website won’t suddenly go down while customers are about to make a purchase or looking through your services.
How Long Does It Take to Setup VPS
I mentioned earlier, there are 2 main methods to setup your VPS.
Let’s look at both:
This is what I recommend for anyone who isn’t experienced in setting up a VPS droplet or their own virtual server. It’s a lot earlier and you’ll be able to have someone watch and monitor any issues that might come up. Both of my recommended hosts offer monitored VPS hosting where you don’t have to worry about anything.
The issue with setting up your own is that occasionally you might not do it properly or you’ll set it up in a way that really uses a lot more server resources than need be which will add to a higher end of the month bill.
Self VPS Setup
If you know what you are doing you can consider setting up your own VPS or hiring someone to set it up for you. The only consideration with this is you won’t be able to take care of any issues that come up and occasionally these do happen with VPS servers.
If you need more help setting one up, send me a message via the contact form and I can give you a few recommendations (I won’t do it for you).
Things to Consider with Managed VPS Hosting
Setup can take just a few minutes. You’ll have access to all the configurations and each site has its down control panel. Software can be installed and monitored directly on your VPS. You can also have full control over your security settings even down to control specific access.
Since a VPS is your own server running separate from shared hosts, you can customize your operating system to exact complicated “if.. then..” commands.
If you do choose the self setup route, keep in mind that fixing little issues here and there can add up. Hiring someone for each fix will take your time and money.
You’ll also want to make sure it’s a real VPS host and not just some “cloud” hosting. The term VPS should be used explicitly and if you’re unsure please ask the sales rep.
I’d suggest using a VPS for any website or business that is serious about uptime, privacy and security. Instead of sharing your resources you’ll be getting your own dedicated section of a web server. Most of these run on a state of the art LINUX server making it a lot more efficient and reliable.
If you guys have any questions, just leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.