InMotion Hosting VPS Review




Oct 1 - 2014


VPS Hosting Review

InMotion Hostingis one of the bigger web hosting companies on the market today and has been in business since 2001.

InMotion Hosting was started back in February of 2001 with a small team that has grown to 70 employees as of 2010 with 55 located in its Virginia Beach office and 15 in its Los Angeles office. Of that number, 39 (or 55%) of InMotion's staff were devoted to customer service and systems.

InMotion Hosting's specializes in high-performance business class hosting offered in a comprehensive range of shared, VPS and dedicated server packages. It is also one of the industry's most awarded web host since its inception in 2001.

VPS Hosting Plans

For websites that have outgrown the benefits of convetional shared hosting solutions but do not yet require the power of a dedicated server, InMotion Hosting offers 3 VPS Hosting plans that come with free solid state drives -VPS-1000S, VPS-2000S & VPS-3000S- with the following specifications :

Packages VPS-1000S VPS-2000S VPS-3000S

Dedicated Memory

4 GB

6 GB

8 GB


2 TB


3 TB


4 TB


Disk Space

Free Solid State Drives

60 GB

130 GB

200 GB

Dedicated IPs




Burstable Memory

Additional temporary RAM for unexpected spikes in web traffic.

1 GB

2 GB

3 GB

Data Backups

Complete account backups every 24-36 hours.

Full cPanel Licence

Popular web hosting control panel

90-Day Guarantee

*1 month plans are only eligible for a 30-day guarantee.

Monthly Term

1 month plan







6 Month Term

Half year plan







12 Month Term

1 year plan







All InMotion Hosting's VPS plans come with itsMax Speed Zonesfeature which allows its customers to choose to have their websites hosted at either one of InMotion's West Coast (Los Angeles, CA) or East Coast (Washington, D.C.) data centers thereby speeding up load times significantly - up to a theoretical 6x.

In addition to its Max Speed Zones, InMotion Hosting has also partnered with some of world's largest ISPs and peering exchanges to create direct data connections resulting in markedly faster connections.

Automatic Renewal of Plans

Like all other web hosts today, InMotion Hosting will renew its customers' plans after the expiry of their initial registered hosting terms as a courtesy. This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one which potential customers may be unaware of.

This discretion is stated in InMotion Hosting'sTerms of Service:

2.  Cancellation Policy

The Initial Term shall begin upon commencement of the Services to Customer. After the Initial Term, this Agreement shall automatically renew. Additionally after the initial term, you acknowledge, agree and authorize company to automatically bill and/or charge on your credit card for successive terms of equal length as the initial term, unless terminated or canceled by either party as provided in this section.

Cancellation / Refund policy

InMotion Hosting's VPS plans are backed by a generous90-day money back guaranteethat offers the following refund schemes :

Plan Term Business Class VPS Dedicated

Monthly Term

1 month plan







6-Month Term

Half year plan







12 Month Term

1 year plan







Standard non-refundable fees are excluded from refunds including domain name registrations and setup fees.

Customers exercising InMotion's free domain name promotion will have $11.95 deducted from their entitled refund per domain name as well as a $5.00 administrative fee. The registered domain name(s) will for the customer to keep.


InMotion Hosting offers a99.9% uptime reliabilitywith its plans. However only its Business Class Pro plan comes with an explicit uptime guarantee as stated in itsservice level agreement:

Business Hosting Pro Plan SLA

After your purchase of a Business Class Pro account, you may contact Customer Support to have your physical uptime checked no more than once within a 30-day period. If your Business Class Pro Server has a physical downtime that is not within the 99.9% uptime you may receive one month of credit on your account. Approval of the credit is at the discretion of InMotion Hosting, dependent upon the results of the check performed by InMotion Hosting Customer Support.... Uptime guarantees only apply to Business Class Pro accounts.

Third-party monitoring sites puts InMotion's average uptime at 99.9%since 2006.

VPS solutions are however less affected by unexpected server downtime that may arise from excessive consumption of shared server resources by other users on the same server (e.g in shared hosting environments).

Downtime which should be minimal may however still be experienced from isolated incidents like unexpected hardware failure or power blackouts that neither can be foreseen nor is under the control of the web hosting company.

Plan Features & Add-Ons

InMotion Hosting's plans come with numerous features and extra add-ons - some which may come with additional monthly charges. Click on the links below to learn more.

Green Hosting

InMotion Hosting is considerably more proactive than its peers when it comes to green or environmentally-friendly hosting. Virtually all web hosts operate large data centers which consume large amounts of energy, a substantial portion which goes into cooling and air-conditioning to moderate the temperature of the data centers so that they function optimally and don't overheat.

It opened up thefirst ever Green Data Centerin Los Angeles that uses Outside Air Cooling Technology, reducing cooling costs by 70% and cutting InMotion's carbon output by 2000 tons annually. This is comparable to the cooling methods that Google uses to moderate the temperatures of its servers.

InMotion Hosting has also partnered withTrees For The Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable agroforestry to provide for the planting of 5,000 trees throughout the developing world.

Special offers

InMotion Hosting periodically offers discounts on its web hosting plans. Do check out ourInMotion Hosting Promotionspage for the latest available promotions.


InMotion Hostingis a good web hosting choice with a complete range of business class hosting plans that cater to businesses that want a reliable online presence with good uptime. As such, speed and performance is emphasized in all of its plans. Suitable for e-commerce websites.

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Business Class Hosting

InMotion Hosting offers a robust range of business class shared hosting plans that cater to ecommerce sites. It also offers a powerful selection of dedicated server plans in its Commercial Class range.


Long Refund Periods

InMotion Hosting offers a 90 day money back guarantee with its shared hosting plans. It also offers a 30 day guarantee with its VPS and even dedicated server plans.


Uptime Refunds

InMotion Hosting will provide one month of credit for its Business Class plans if there is downtime in excess of the 99.9% guaranteed. Its dedicated plans are also covered by a network guarantee that offers a prorated refund for downtime experienced.



More pricey

InMotion Hosting's plans are slightly more costly than its peers as it caters more to high-performance sites.

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