Best Cheap Dedicated Hosting Companies

Dedicated web hosting should offer dedicated web servers, as well as a sort of ‘VIP’ feel to them.

Dedicated server technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last year alone.  However, dedicated servers aren’t just about awesome servers. Users are wanting more from their web hosts (I don’t blame them).

If you’re spending your hard earned cash on an entire server, you’re going to want special treatment. Unfortunately, there are too many web hosts that don’t provide a good level of customer service.

Best Dedicated Hosting Companies

1. BlueHost (Best Overall Dedicated Hosting)

BlueHost is well known in the hosting industry for offering affordable hosting. The company have been around for a long time and have proven to be very reliable over the years.

 

 

Even BlueHost’s shared web hosting receives positive feedback (it does from me too). They provide high speed and performance results as well as offering a world of features that you can’t get anywhere else. If you’re strapped for cash, but are looking for a dedicated server that packs a punch, BlueHost can certainly fulfill your needs.

 

BlueHost Pricing

BlueHost keep things simple by offering 3 pricing plans for their dedicated servers. There’s 3 tiers to choose from: standard, enhanced, and premium. Prices start from as low as £61.37 per month, which is incredibly cheap for a dedicated server.

 

 

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All of BlueHost’s dedicated server hosting plans include the following features (at no extra cost):

30-day money back guarantee
24/7 customer support
Free SSL certificate
Fast provisioning (24-72 hours)
Raid storage
Root access

 

Before we continue, I want to mention that the prices shown for BlueHost are based on an initial 36-month term. The affordable pricing is only really affordable if you’re happy to commit long-term.

BlueHost allow all of their dedicated server customers to upgrade storage at any point in term. It’s all done through cPanel which makes it incredibly easy to process. Liquid Web’s storage starts at 240GB, whereas BlueHost’s cheapest plan offers 500GB storage space! You’ll also get a whopping 5TB bandwidth, which increases to 10TB and 15TB in their higher tiered pricing plans.

 

BlueHost Features

As you will have seen from the pricing plans that BlueHost offer, they come with some pretty neat features. In terms of technical specs alone, they offer some of the best I’ve seen in the dedicated hosting industry. 500GB storage on their cheapest plan is really good. With SSD storage, more often than not you won’t see more than 240GB (like Liquid Web).

One of the things I really love about BlueHost is that they won’t charge you extra if you get more traffic than you expected. Lots of web hosts actually charge for this and penalise you for it. The flip side to this is that your website will perform a lot slower than normal, but you do save money (swings and roundabouts).

BlueHost’s features may seem standard in the industry, but you have to consider how much you’re paying for them. They’re the same features as you’d get with most dedicated servers, for half the price! The servers are great and have performed well in all my tests.

If you’re not happy with your server, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee, which is very generous for a dedicated server.

 

BlueHost Customer Support

I selected BlueHost’s live chat support at 18:06 PM (GMT) to test their customer service. It said I’d be connected within 5 minutes but I was actually connected in less than 5 seconds which may be an all-time record!

I asked the agent (Andrea) whether their dedicated servers included a free CDN. The agent was quite persistent in obtaining some further information from me, like a domain name and email address. As this was a pre-sales question, I didn’t feel this information was necessary in order for me to proceed.

 

 

The agent finally provided me with the answer to my question, which is exactly what I wanted. BlueHost will get the job done in terms of support, but won’t necessarily go above and beyond the call of duty.

 

 

Although the support was efficient, I wouldn’t class it as outstanding. When you compared it to Liquid Web… well, there just isn’t a comparison really!

 

BlueHost Speed & Performance

I’ve already mentioned that BlueHost are very reliable. This continues to show through the speed and performance tests I performed on my test website. Their dedicated server gave me an uptime of 99.98% which is very respectable. Although it wasn’t the 99.99% uptime that some hosts guarantee, I only had a total of 2 minutes downtime.

 

 

I thought it would be useful to monitor my server’s response time too. After all, if I’m wanting to encourage users to visit my website, I want them to be able to access it quickly. I was very pleased with an average response time of 312ms which equates to less than 0.3 seconds! I highly doubt that anyone is going to be that impatient that they’ll leave my site before then.

 

BlueHost Pros:

Generous storage and bandwidth
Stable uptime and response times
Very affordable

 

BlueHost Cons:

Pricing is based on a 36-month term

2. SiteGround

SiteGround offer some of the best features I’ve seen in the web hosting market. They also produce incredible servers which deliver on speed and performance.

 

SiteGround Web Hosting

 

SiteGround’s premium managed servers come with 3 different pricing plans. They also have 3 data center locations which I’ve noticed is a rare occurrence with dedicated servers. You can choose whether to host your dedicated server in U.S.A., Europe, or Asia.

SiteGround Pricing

SiteGround’s pricing plans are a tad on the expensive side when compared to other dedicated web hosts like BlueHost. However, I’m going to show you why they are worth investing in (believe me, they really are).

SiteGround’s dedicated hosting plans include the following features which are free on all plans:

WHM & cPanel
Private DNS setup
Firewall
5 dedicated IPs
CloudFlare CDN
5 PHP versions

 

There’s lots more where that came from too! You’ll notice that SiteGround offer free features in all of their plans which other web hosts like HostGator charge for. SiteGround is one of those companies that consider their customers on all levels and create services that exceed expectations.

 

 

Their entry server starts from £195 per month (excluding VAT). With this you’ll get 4 CPU cores, 16GB RAM, 480GB SSD, and 10TB bandwidth. That’s all included in their most basic dedicated server plan. This is why SiteGround are incredibly awesome in my opinion. Just look at those specs!

The power server plan adds a little more clock speed, doubles the RAM, and doubles the SSD storage. The price increase is very reasonable when you consider the extra specs you’re getting for your money. Things really ramp up if you’re willing to spend big bucks on the super power server. This is obviously very expensive but is aimed towards large companies and enterprises (not really worth mentioning here to be honest).

 

SiteGround Features

As I mentioned earlier, SiteGround offer features that other web hosts charge you for (SiteGround provide them for free). All of SiteGround’s dedicated hosting plans are fully managed. You won’t have to worry about setting your server up or monitoring it, as SiteGround do this on a 24/7 basis.

SiteGround’s dedicated servers include Softaculous, covering a wealth of 1-click installations like WordPress. They guarantee they’ll keep your WordPress site updated, a staging server for WordPress, SSH and WP-CLI, as well as GIT integration.

 

 

You can also add SiteGround’s performance booster for an additional £35 per month. It’s based on SiteGround’s SuperCacher (which is very awesome), increasing the speed of your WordPress site even more!

It is based on our famous SuperCacher and provides Nginx-based static and special dynamic cache options for your WordPress and Memcached!

 

SiteGround Customer Support

SiteGround’s customer support is second to none. Every time I’ve contacted their support, including for my dedicated server, I’ve been impressed. SiteGround’s support agents have the ability to act and talk to you like a human, which is great. I don’t ever feel like they use standard ‘copy/paste’ material when talking to you.

When I clicked on the support button, I was given the option to login to my support account, or speak to a sales advisor. I chose on this occasion to speak to a sales advisor to see what new customers were faced with.

I was connected to an agent within around 10 seconds which was very impressive. I tried several times during different times of the day to test peak times, and much to my surprise they never failed to pick up a live chat within at least 30 seconds.

The support agent (Toni) was polite, cheerful, and helpful. She knew what she was talking about and went the extra mile to detail information that I hadn’t even asked for (but it was useful).

 

 

She answered all my questions in a timely manner and spent the time to explain things in terms that anyone could understand. I always rate SiteGround’s support insanely high, because they’ve never let me down!

 

SiteGround Speed & Performance

As per standard SiteGround experience, I didn’t expect anything less than great when it came to SiteGround’s performance. I monitored my dedicated server to see what kind of uptime I’d get over a 6 month period.

 

 

My server experienced a small outage in November 2018, but apart from that, I’ve always had a solid uptime. An uptime of >99.99% is absolutely bang on. There’s nothing to complain about in this area. I also monitored SiteGround’s response time which came in at 523ms (around 0.5 seconds). I know if I get a dedicated server with SiteGround I’m going to be happy, and so are my customers!

 

Pros:

Packed full of free features
Fully managed servers with 24/7 support
Amazing personal customer support

 

Cons:

Slightly expensive

3. HostGator (Best for Reliability)

HostGator is my favourite dedicated web host in terms of reliability. Their services never let me down, and their large customer base reflects how great they are. As well as being very reliable, they also display a good balance between features and affordability.

HostGator may not offer the fastest speeds on their dedicated servers, but they do offer a few guarantees. They offer both HDD and SSD options, allowing for greater flexibility to a wider market.

 

HostGator Pricing

HostGator offer 3 dedicated hosting plans from $119 per month. Their most expensive plan is only $149 per month, which (in comparison to other web hosts) is actually fairly decent!

All of HostGator’s dedicated servers come with 24/7/365 support, including their live chat service. They offer cPanel and WHM on all Linux based servers as well as 3 dedicated IPs, full root access, and DDoS protection.

 

 

As you can see, HostGator’s Value Server starts from just $119 per month. It comes with an Intel Xeon CPU with 8GB RAM, 1GB HDD, and unmetered bandwidth. The price is very affordable considering it’s a dedicated server, and the features included are pretty good.

If I had to think of something negative here, I’d like to see the value server offer SSD storage as well as a HDD option (like their other plans). When you look at what BlueHost offer for a cheaper price, if you were just basing your decision on features, BlueHost would win my vote.

However, when you move up to the power server, you get double the RAM (16GB RAM), double the storage space (2TB) and the option to swap to an SSD. If you’re willing to spend just $10 more per month, their top plan boasts a whopping 30GB RAM and 1GB SSD.

 

SiteGround Features

When you look at the base features HostGator offers, I’d conclude that they’re pretty good. You get unlimited bandwidth on all plans (which is actually around 10TB), but that’s plenty in my opinion.

Their RAM is very generous, as is the processor behind each server. Maybe they’re not the absolute best features you could find in the dedicated hosting world, but when you weigh up the price, they’re damn good:

3 Dedicated IPv4 IPs
Full root access
Unlimited databases
RAID-1 configuration
DDoS protection
Fully redundant network
24/7/365 support

 

If you do happen to exceed the bandwidth cap, which is very unlikely, your site won’t go down. It will get a lot slower, but unlike some web hosts, HostGator will ensure your site stays live (thankfully).

Unfortunately HostGator doesn’t offer a free CDN service like BlueHost, nor do they provide automatic backups (like LiquidWeb). However, they do have the option of semi-managed or fully-managed dedicated servers. These options and add-ons are available before you purchase, and the price change reflects this beforehand.

 

HostGator Customer Support

My experience with HostGator’s customer support has always been positive. I decided to put their agents to the test at around 7PM (GMT) when I thought they’d be pretty busy. Connecting to their live chat took a mere 3 seconds which was incredible. The response time of the agent was very fast, and I never felt like I was waiting too long for an answer.

 

 

I was connected to Christa very quickly (as I mentioned). I wanted to test her knowledge around the dedicated server features, so I asked her about the DDoS protection on offer. I felt the start of the answer was a little strange, as they couldn’t tell me much, what what the agent did tell me was more than satisfactory.

I also asked whether they offered a CDN on any of their plans, which unfortunately they don’t. But, this wasn’t about the features, this was about the agent’s knowledge of their products.

HostGator’s customer support exceeded my expecations. They offered quick answers, and ones which explained what I had asked. Although I felt an element of copy/paste answers, at least the wording was clear. A more personal approach would’ve been nice, but if you’re looking for support, HostGator will give it to you.

 

HostGator Speed & Performance

Remember when I told you that HostGator is my favourite host in terms of reliability? This is where they really excel! I tested my dedicated server that I rented from HostGator to monitor it’s uptime.

 

 

HostGator gave me a top score of 100% uptime which is absolutely spot on. I haven’t incurred a single disturbance or downtime during my time with them. Having a website which is reliable is incredibly important to me (and I’m sure will be to you).

Like I have done with other web hosts, I also wanted to test HostGator’s response time. The average response time was 895ms which is a little below the industry standard. I was a little disappointed, but I knew this wasn’t HostGator’s sweet spot. My site still loaded within 1 second which is perfectly acceptable.

 

Pros:

Very reliable web host (100% uptime)
Features versus price is well balanced
24/7/365 support

 

Cons:

Support isn’t very personal

4. A2 Hosting (Best for Load Time)

A2 Hosting isn’t necessarily as well know as some other web hosts, but it doesn’t mean they’re not worth considering. They are well known for their fast loading speeds and good performance.

Aside from being outstanding in the performance area, A2 Hosting doesn’t quite hit the bar when it comes to everything else. For example, cPanel isn’t included in their price plans, which is something you’d actually expect as standard to be included!

 

A2 Hosting Pricing

 

 

For only £77.12 per month for their basic plan, you’re looking at some of the cheapest dedicated hosting available. However, as I mentioned above, you’re going to have to pay extra for the likes of cPanel. A cPanel licence is going to cost you $39.95 (per month), and additional IPs cost $4 per month. One of the biggest surprises I found with A2 Hosting’s pricing was that continuous protection (backups) cost $120 per month!

Looking at the positives, they do offer high spec servers with a wealth of features already included. 8GB RAM, 10TB bandwidth, and 2x 500GB storage can’t really be complained about. Once you move past their basic plan, you’ll get a free SSL certificate included, as well as upgrades to performance, speed, and storage.

 

A2 Hosting Features

A2 Hosting offer a 30-day money back guarantee, which is always nice to see. Their technical specifications are very sufficient for most needs, but when compared to other web hosts, don’t always match up.

However, when you take a look at their speeds and the price you’re paying, most customers would be very happy with what’s on offer. The generous disk space, bandwidth and CPU’s are pretty decent too.

A2 Hosting offer a lot of options when it comes to purchasing a dedicated server. Although a lot of these come at a cost, it makes their servers very customisable. Some of their additional features include:

Memory upgrade
Storage upgrade
Extra IPs
Backups
Operating systems

 

A2 Hosting Customer Support

When I first attempted to contact A2 Hosting’s customer support, it was 2:25PM (GMT).

 

 

I was number 9 in the queue which I wasn’t expecting. Most of my live chat experiences with other hosts have been really impressive (and definitely fast). There was the option to leave a message so they could get back to me, but the whole point of using live chat is getting a quick service, and answers there and then.

I waited over 10 minutes and things hadn’t moved on much. I still hadn’t connected to an agent and had only dropped to number 5 in the queue. By this point I actually gave up, so I couldn’t put their support agents to the test.

 

A2 Hosting Speed & Performance

A2 Hosting are known for their fast speeds. Before putting my dedicated server through the ringer, I monitored it’s uptime to see how that would fair compared to other web hosts.

 

 

An uptime of 99.96% is very respectable, but it’s not anywhere near as good the likes of SiteGround. I was however very impressed with their response time, coming in at an average of 234ms which is astounding. You will definitely not have any worries when it comes to visitors abandoning your website due to slow speeds.

 

Pros:

Affordable pricing plans
Very fast site response times
Lots of features to customise plans

 

Cons:

Live chat was unresponsive
Additional features cost a lot of money

5. Liquid Web (Best Value for Money)

Before I start talking about Liquid Web, I just want to explain to you what I mean by value for money. This doesn’t always necessarily mean the cheapest web host, as it takes other factors into consideration. Some web hosts offer free hosting, but it doesn’t mean it’s value for money.

Sometimes spending a few extra £££’s can mean the difference between an alright web host and a great web host. You have to consider what you’re getting for your money; features, performance, and of course customer service. As well as the web host providing you with a great experience, you want to ensure your website visitors feel the same way.

 

 

Liquid Web are by far from the cheapest dedicated web host, but they do offer a lot! I’d recommend Liquid Web for any type of user; bloggers, small businesses, or even large enterprises. Their customer support is second to none and their features drive a hard bargain. This is why I feel strongly that they are the best value for money dedicated web host.

 

Liquid Web Pricing

Liquid Web offer a large selection of pricing plans across multiple locations:

US Central Servers (Michigan)
US West Servers (Arizona)
EU Netherlands (Amsterdam)

 

Every single one of their dedicated servers guarantees the following features (this is where we consider value for money):

DDoS Protection
CloudFlare CDN
Backups
ServerSecure Advanced Security
cPanel, WHM, and Plesk Onyx
IPMI access
Root access
Dedicated IP address (this is very important)
SSD storage
100% uptime

 

 

Although you’re paying a lot more for Liquid Web’s servers, you get a lot more included. Of course, deciding whether to sign up to Liquid Web really depends on your own needs. If you’ve decided to buy a dedicated server, you probably know what to expect in the first place. You can choose whether you want a self-managed, core managed, or fully managed plan with Liquid Web.

At this point, it’s worth noting that if your website uses more bandwidth than you’ve signed up for, you’ll be charged for this. It might seem harsh, but it’s very common in the web hosting market. Consider how many pages your website has versus the amount of visitors you’re likely to get a month and decide whether each plan offers enough for your needs.

 

Liquid Web Features

Liquid Web’s dedicated servers alone are absolutely top notch. The cheapest EU package has 240GB SSD storage and 5TB Bandwidth which is absolutely insane (insanely good might I add).

However, keep in mind that Liquid Web comes with the best and fastest customer support in the industry and with a package above $1000 you’ll get live access to web architects to solve any of your issues instantly. Obviously, these packages are best for huge enterprises with a ton of traffic and activity on their sites.

They offer a wide range of operating systems, so the choice is pretty much all yours!

 

 

As well as offering DDoS protection and a CDN at no extra cost, Liquid Web has a huge selection of additional services that you can purchase. These can be changed, enhanced, or simply added onto your existing server.

 

 

Liquid Web Customer Support

Now, the part that I’ve been raving about all through this review! I wanted to test Liquid Web’s live chat service, as I’ve heard how good their support service is. When I clicked on the ‘talk to a human’ button I was connected to an agent in less than 10 seconds which was very impressive. I absolutely hate waiting for customer support to respond, but 10 seconds was a record!

I asked the agent (Joe) if he could tell me more about the CDN included in Liquid Web’s dedicated hosting packages. Joe was very friendly, helpful, and most importantly knowledgeable.

 

 

Joe didn’t just point me to an article to read, he bothered spending the time to explain the answer to my question. He explained it in a tone that made it easy to understand, even if you didn’t know what a CDN was useful for. Top marks from me!

 

 

It’s also worth noting that I contacted Liquid Web at around 5:40 PM (GMT) which is when I’d expect their customer service to be busy. Even with the time of day, there were no delays and the responses were very quick.

 

Liquid Web Speed & Performance

I can’t complain about Liquid Web’s speed and performance either. Over the past 3 months I’ve experienced greater than 99.99% uptime (which is expected from a dedicated server). I can’t see this changing much over the next 3 months, and 100% put my faith in Liquid Web in delivery an excellent service.

 

 

My test website which I created for the dedicated server had some good response times too. The peak response time was only around 874ms which is still less than 1 second. On average, I was getting 642ms response times. Though their speed isn’t the best I’ve seen, it’s certainly value for money considering what else they offer.

 

Pros:

Very easy to use
Excellent value for money
Fast and personal customer support
Generous features

 

Cons:

Can be very expensive

6. InMotion (Best for Managed Servers)

InMotion are well known for their fast performance and reliability. Although they may not offer the cheapest dedicated servers, compared to other hosts, they do offer a whopping 6 dedicated pricing plans.

If you’re looking for a host who will look after you and your hardware, InMotion are a great choice. They have something for everyone, offering versatility and affordability.

 

InMotion Pricing

As I’ve already mentioned, InMotion offer 6 dedicated server pricing plans. These range from $105.69 (£85.85) per month to $519.49 (£421.97) per month). Their essential dedicated hosting plan has a MASSIVE 44% off at the moment too. It’s worth grabbing a bargain whilst you can!

 

 

InMotion’s essential plan is cheaper than HostGator’s most affordable plan. At just $105.69 (£85.85) per month, InMotion boast an Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2 processor with 8GB DDR3 RAM. That’s an absolutely AMAZING deal and would be hard to beat.

If you want a lot more storage on their Essential plan, you’ll need to sacrifice speed for space. Their SSD storage only supplies 500 GB disk space, whereas their HDD storage is 1TB.

InMotion’s dedicated servers ALL come with FREE managed hosting for 2 hours. If you choose the CC-500 or above plans, you’ll get 4 free hours. This is a very generous offer considering the prices don’t reflect managed pricing – also it’s something I haven’t come across before so I’m really happy with that.

 

InMotion Features

Features between different web hosts can differ quite a bit. However, when it comes to dedicated servers, you want the absolute BEST of the best. InMotion offer speed, performance, and great features (in my opinion). They’re not the cheapest of the bunch but they’re by far not the most expensive either.

With a net uptime guarantee of 99.999% and FREE SSD, you should feel reassured that InMotion put their customers and their hardware first. Let’s take a look at what else is on offer:

30-day money-back guarantee
1-to-1 Sysadmin Time ($300 value)
cPanel & WHM included
Tier 1 Network
Managed hosting
15 IP Addresses FREE
Remote KVM (FREE for 30 days)

 

InMotion are very good at offering free tasters of their extras. For example, you’ll get free Remote KVM access for 30-days on ALL of their pricing plans. If you want to continue with this, it costs just $25 per month.

cPanel and WHM are included for FREE. However, if you want access to Softaculous for your 1-click installations like WordPress, it will cost you an extra $5 per month. At the moment, I find it hard to shy away from their AWESOME double-RAM promo, especially when this is DDR3.

 

InMotion Customer Support

I’ve never had any issues with InMotion’s customer support. If you check out my InMotion shared hosting review, you’ll see that I’ve had nothing but good experiences. However, when it comes to dedicated servers, you kind of expect a little bit more. Because you’re paying so much more per month (or year), you expect somewhat of a VIP treatment.

Naturally, I wanted to test this theory and see how their customer support fared with my dedicated server.

 

 

The chat was initiated very quickly, and the agent responded within 10 seconds. There was no waiting around whatsoever and their support staff (in this case Albert) were very friendly and helpful. InMotion’s website claims they are dedicated server hosting experts, and I felt this was very much the case.

The USA Dedicated Server Hosting team monitors your server, and is available for custom configurations.

My only concern with InMotion at this point is that they are based in the U.S. They offer multiple U.S.A server locations, as well as live support. They also claim their U.S. team will manage your server. My worry is that being based in the U.K., if my site goes down during the morning when it’s night-time in the U.S., will I experience delays.

 

InMotion Speed & Performance

I always knew InMotion were a reliable web host. What I didn’t realise is that they would come out with 100% uptime in my tests! Let’s take a look (I’m not kidding).

 

 

I was SO pleased to have 100% uptime across a 30 day period. In the last 24 hours, 7 days, and month, I received no downtime whatsoever. InMotion’s dedicated servers are truly worthy of recognition. I also tested my servers response time.

 

 

The average response time was around 464 ms which is great! That’s less than half a second – incredible results all round! I’ve got absolutely no doubts that my server with InMotion will continue to perform well.

 

Pros:

Extremely reliable web host (100% uptime in my tests)
Great response time (less than 0.5 seconds)
Expert support

 

Cons:

Extras are more tasters than freebies

7. iPage

iPage have always been one of my favourite hosts for cheap web hosting. Their shared hosting is only £1.50 per month, which you can read more about in my iPage review. Of course, this led me to investigate what their dedicated server hosting was like.

iPage boast powerful dedicated server solutions. These include managed support, pre-installed scripts, and a FREE domain name for 1 year. I’ve always known iPage to be a reliable and stable host, so let’s take a look at how they compare.

 

iPage Pricing

iPage have always been known as affordable web hosts. However, I don’t know if I can agree that their dedicated pricing plans hold up to this title. They have 3 pricing plans, the lowest starting from £119.99 per month. They offer 1 month, 1 year, and 2 year terms.

 

 

iPage are offering 2 Core CPUs with 4GB RAM and 500GB disk space for £119.99 per month. InMotion were offering DOUBLE the RAM and SSD storage for £34.14 less per month. Whilst the pricing on the face of it doesn’t seem that bad, when you compare the features on offer against other web hosts, it’s not looking great.

One of the saving graces for iPage is how they handle their payment terms. Most web hosting pricing starts from a particular price, suggesting the price increases when options are selected. With iPage, they’re completely open and honest about their pricing.

 

 

If you want to pay for your dedicated hosting monthly, it will cost you £119.99 per month. If you want to pay for it yearly, it will cost you the same equivalent per month. If you’re happy to sign up for 24 months, the equivalent monthly price comes down to £103.99 per month.

 

iPage Features

I briefly mentioned earlier that iPage’s features weren’t on par with other dedicated web hosts (when you compare their pricing). However, that doesn’t mean that iPage doesn’t have a lot to offer. We have to remember too, web hosts are constantly changing their pricing and offering discounts and deals to entice new customers.

With dedicated servers, you’re not sharing your resources with other people. Because of this, your server with iPage should provide optimal speed and performance. Let’s take a look at some of the features they offer on top of this:

Pre-installed scripts (Including PHP5/Perl/Python)
Managed support
Free domain for 1 year
WHM & cPanel
CentOS 6.4
99.95% uptime guarantee

 

Unfortunately iPage’s website doesn’t go into much detail about their dedicated hosting plans. I had to contact their live chat support to find out more information. Most other hosts have a comparison table showing which features are available for each plan.

At this point I’m not feeling 100% confident about iPage’s dedicated hosting. They do provide all the basic features you’d expect on a dedicated server, as well as full access to cPanel and WHM. However, their uptime guarantee is a bit concerning.

When you consider other hosts have an uptime guarantee of 99.99% and iPage only offers 99.95%, that’s 0.04% difference. Whilst that might not seem like a big deal, 0.01% per year equates to around 4 hours. Multiply that by 4 and you can see where we’re going with this.

 

iPage Customer Support

I was sadly quite disapointed with iPage’s customer support this time around. Previously I have had nothing but good things to say about them. However, when it came to finding out more information about their dedicated servers, it felt like drawing blood from a stone.

 

 

When I asked the agent where I could find more information about their dedicated hosting, they simply directed me to their dedicated hosting page. Whilst I hadn’t specifically said that I had already been on that page, I felt like there was no effort put into the message.

 

 

I explained that I hadn’t found much information on the page suggested and wondered if they could go into more detail. I didn’t feel like the agent’s response was very specific, claiming their dedicated servers had “almost all features like WHM”. I didn’t really know how to take this as it didn’t particularly answer my question.

Overall, I came away feeling a little disappointed. I know that iPage are a good hosting company and offer good performance servers. However, on this occasion their customer support really let me know. It felt like they couldn’t be bothered.

 

iPage Speed & Performance

With a 99.95% uptime guarantee, I had hoped my dedicated server with iPage would exceed expectations. Unfortunately on this occasion it didn’t, which again is disappointing as their shared hosting packages are great.

 

 

My uptime results were bang on their guarantee of 99.95%. Whilst I admit this is better than some hosts on the market, I expect dedicated servers to offer a lot more. Considering how much money customers are spending on these servers, I wasn’t feeling particularly confident.

 

 

Their response time didn’t pick things up much either. The average response time I got with my iPage dedicated server was 846ms. Whilst this is BETTER than the recommended 2-3 seconds, my experience with other hosts knocks this out of the water slightly.

 

Pros:

Open and honest pricing
Free backups included
FREE domain name for 1 year

 

Cons:

Support wasn’t very personal
Uptime only 99.95%

8. InterServer.net

InterServer.net may not be as well known as other dedicated web hosts, but they’re certainly cheap! As well as offering cheap dedicated hosting, InterServer.net provide shared, VPS, and cloud hosting, alongside domain names like most other web hosting companies.

If you’re not sure which operating system you want to run, InterServer.net has a wide range of OS’s to choose from. This includes Unix, Linux, and Windows. Upon first look, this web host is a professional dedicated server provider with A LOT of features on offer. They may not have a fancy, all singing-all dancing website, but their hardware speaks for itself.

 

InterServer.net Pricing

InterServer.net have a wide range of dedicated servers. Their CPUs range from 2-CORES to 24-CORES, 1GB RAM to 256GB RAM, as well as rapid deploy servers that are ready in just 15 minutes.

 

 

There’s too many options to cover in this review. InterServer.net know this business, and they are offering something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a large storage dedicated server, cheap dedicated server, or GPU dedicated server, I guarantee you’ll find what you’re looking for.

 

 

Each dedicated server can be customised to work just how you want it to. For example, if you like the look of a particular CPU but want to upgrade the RAM, this is entirely possible. Their helpful drop down lists and pricing total means you always know what you’re spending, and there won’t be any surprises.

 

 

InterServer.net Features

InterServer.net have a whole host of FREE features included with their dedicated servers. Before even purchasing a server with InterServer.net I got the feeling that they were going to be good. Everything on offer so far was at the top of their game and it felt like they knew what they were doing.

Enjoy an environment that is 100% devoted to your business’ application and software. Completely customize your server’s hardware with the vast array of resources that we provide. Performance, power, and flexibility is just a mouse click away.

Let’s take a look at the features that InterServer.net offer with their cheap dedicated hosting plans:

DDoS Protection
ZERO setup fees
24/7 uptime monitoring
4-hour provisioning as standard
Data migration
10TB transfer
Managed support
100MB or 1GB port

 

As I mentioned earlier, you’ll also get a choice of operating system when you install your dedicated server. Alongside this, there’s a choice of control panels at your disposal including cPanel & WHM, Plesk, and DirectAdmin.

InterServer.net own and run their own data centers in two locations. These are operated in Secaucus, New Jersey. Whilst this doesn’t offer much in the way of variety for those outside the U.S., there’s no denying the affordability of their dedicated servers.

 

InterServer.net Customer Support

InterServer.net provide customer support on a 24/7 basis. When I tested their live chat, it was 09:55 AM (GMT). The chat window itself opened up very quickly, however, initiating the chat took a few minutes. There was no indication as to how long it would take, or whether an advisor was on their way. It almost seemed like the system wasn’t working until all the details populated (good job I let it run for a while).

 

 

I left the chat window open and monitored it. 5 minutes later, the above populated all at once. Needless to say I was VERY frustrated. I tried this 3 times and each time the same thing happened. I replicated this test in different internet browsers, all offering the same results.

Strangely, each test had the same live chat agent. Perhaps their system wasn’t working, or it’s just a really shoddy affair! If I manage to get through to their live chat system, I’ll update this review with the results. Unfortunately for now, there’s not much else to say.

 

 

Thankfully there are other methods to contact InterServer.net. Although they may not be ideal, at least the options are there. There’s a telephone number for U.K. customers which is extremely helpful. They also have social media pages including Facebook and Twitter.

 

InterServer.net Speed & Performance

To be honest, for a dedicated server hosting company, I was expecting a little more. InterServer.net offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Of course, I wanted to challenge this and provide you with my ACTUAL test results. I signed up to one of their dedicated server hosting packages and this is what I found.

InterServer’s main Datacenters are located outside of NYC in nearby Secaucus, NJ. Our facilities guarantee a 100% power uptime and 99.9% network uptime guarantee.

 

 

Ouch! My test results were NOT good. In the last 24 hours my site has had 100% uptime which is great. However, over the last 30 days, my results have averaged out at 99.88% uptime. This is well below their uptime guarantee and doesn’t bode well for those wanting reliable and stable performance.

 

 

On the flip side, my site’s response time was cracking. Just over 160ms is GREAT. But is that because no one was actually connecting to my website because it was down so much! Hmm, food for thought!

 

Pros:

Very affordable pricing
Free features are plentiful
FREE DDoS protection

 

Cons:

Live chat didn’t work
Poor uptime of 99.88%

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