Site5 VPS Hosting Review

By

Cosmo

|

Sep 13 - 2014

Site5

VPS Hosting Review

Site5is a web hosting provider founded in 1998 by Rod Armstrong and Matt Lightner in Sam Ramon, California. It has gone through a number of changes after being acquired by web hosting industry veterans Ben Welch-bolen and Joel Brown in 2007.

It now features one of the most expansive data center locations of any other web host with servers located in22 countriesincluding the United States, Canada, Brazil, London, Australia and Singapore. It is also one of the few remaining large independent web hosts on the market today.


Site5 caters more to designers and developers which is reflected also in its well-designed website. It's also no wonder that it competes with Media Temple as one the web hosts favored by web design sites.


Site5 VPS Plans

If your website has outgrown the benefits of conventional shared hosting solutions, Site5 offers robust VPS hosting plans in 3 configurations -managed VPS,unmanaged VPSandCloud VPS- which have the following features :


Managed VPS

Site5'smanaged VPSplans allows you to focus on your website's content and leave the technical aspects of managing the VPS to Site5. Site5 will handles all server updates, security fixes at the operating system level, monitoring and more.


Most importantly, your VPS environment is monitored 24/7 by Site5's dedicated to provide prompt response to any problems encountered.

Plan Cores Memory Disk Space Bandwidth Price / Mth

VPS2

2

1 GB

50 GB

800 GB

$55

VPS3

2

1.5 GB

75 GB

1 TB

$80

VPS4

4

2 GB

100 GB

1.25 TB

$105

VPS5

4

3 GB

155 GB

1.5 TB

$150

VPS6

4

4 GB

200 GB

3 TB

$170

VPS7

4

6 GB

300 GB

4 TB

$250

VPS8

8

8 GB

400 GB

4.5 TB

$325

VPS9

8

12 GB

600 GB

5 TB

$425

VPS10

8

16 GB

800 GB

6 TB

$560

VPS11

16

20 GB

1000 GB

7 TB

$700

Unmanaged VPS

SIte5'sunmanaged VPSplans have identical specifcations as its managed plans but at a lower price due to the fact that you will have to handle most of the adminstrative aspects of managing your VPS. To facilitate this, Site5 provides you with full root access to yout VPS to enable you to customize it to suit your needs.

Plan Cores Memory Disk Space Bandwidth Price / Mth

UVPS1

2

1 GB

50 GB

800 GB

$25

UVPS2

2

1.5 GB

75 GB

800 GB

$37.50

UVPS3

4

2 GB

100 GB

1.25 TB

$50

UVPS4

4

3 GB

155 GB

1.5 TB

$75

UVPS5

4

4 GB

200 GB

3 TB

$100

UVPS6

4

6 GB

300 GB

4 TB

$150

UVPS7

8

8 GB

400 GB

4.5 TB

$200

UVPS8

8

12 GB

600 GB

5 TB

$300

UVPS9

8

16 GB

800 GB

6 TB

$400

UVPS10

16

20 GB

1000 GB

7 TB

$500

UVPS11

16

24 GB

1200 GB

8 TB

$600

Cloud VPS

Site5's powerfulCloud VPSsolutions add extra layers of redundancy to its managed VPS plans so that your website will experience the absolute minimal downtime.


In a normal managed VPS, any hardware failure or similar problems will require a reboot or manual intervention by a Site5 personnel. The time to rectify the problem may take some time during which your website will be down to your visitors.


If you are on Site5's cloud VPS platform, your VPS environment will be moved to a different cloud server within 1 to 10 minutes. Because of this extra benefit, Site5's Cloud VPS is much more pricey than its equivalent standard managed VPS plans.

Plan Cores Memory Disk Space Bandwidth Price / Mth

CVPS1

2

768 MB

15 GB

600 GB

$60

CVPS2

2

1 GB

20 GB

800 GB

$80

CVPS3

2

1.5 GB

30 GB

1 TB

$115

CVPS4

4

2 GB

40 GB

1.25 TB

$155

CVPS5

4

3 GB

60 GB

1.5 TB

$230

CVPS6

4

4 GB

80 GB

3 TB

$310

CVPS7

4

6 GB

120 GB

4 TB

$465

CVPS8

8

8 GB

160 GB

4.5 TB

$615

CVPS9

8

12 GB

240 GB

5 TB

$925

CVPS10

8

16 GB

320 GB

6 TB

$1230

CVPS11

16

20 GB

400 GB

7 TB

$1490

VPS Features

VPS Features Price

99.9% Uptime Guarantee

Prorated refund for downtime experienced.

15-Day Money Back Guarantee

Full refund for all VPS plans if canceled within 15 days.

$1 for 30 Day Trial

Try Site5's VPS2 plan for just $1 for the 1st month.

100% Dedicated Resources

Each VPS receives 100% dedicated protected servers; at least 8 cores & 24GB RAM.

Site5's "No Worry" Full Management

Site5's managed server solution that handles all aspects of your VPS.

RAID 10 Storage

RAID 10 storage offers the best combination of web hosting performance, availability & redundancy.

Free Migration to Site5

Site5's free website migration service will handle all aspects of moving your site to Site5's servers.

Extra Add-Ons

VPS Add-ons Price / Month

SiteAdmin / MultiAdmin / Softaculous

Site5's easy-to-use custom theme for cPanel.

$10.00

monthly

cPanel / WHM / Softaculous

Standard cPanel & WHM.

$10.00

monthly

Remote Backups

Stores 30 days of snapshots of your VPS to restore the entire VPS or even a certain file.

$125.00

monthly

IP Addresses

Up to 11 additional IP addresses can be purchased.

$3.00

monthly

RVSiteBuilder

Full-featured website builder that helps you builds your site in 7 easy steps.

$5.00

monthly

$1.00 VPS Hosting

Site5 offers a $1.00 VPS plan for its VPS2 plan with the coupon codeONEDOLLARVPS2for the first month so that you can try before committing to a longer term package.


As far as we can tell, Site5 is the only web host in the market that provides a free trial of its VPS plans which is a welcome gesture and one that shows the confidence they have in their offerings.


Automatic Renewal of Plans

Site5 automatically renews its customers' plans upon the expiry of the initial registered hosting terms of their plans. This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one that customers may sometimes be unaware of.


Under Site5'sTerms of Service:



Cancellation / Refund Policy

Site5 plans are backed by a15-day money back guaranteefor its VPS plans and a45-day guaranteefor other standard shared (non VPS) hosting plans. Specifically :

45 Day Guarantee 15 Day Guarantee

Shared Web Hosting

Shared Cloud Web Hosting

Reseller Hosting

Reseller Cloud Hosting

Managed VPS Hosting

Unmanaged VPS Hosting

Cloud VPS Hosting

Its VPS hosting plans however are only offered with a15-day guaranteewhich is a short a period to properly assess the uptime and reliability of Site5s’ servers. However this is somehow mitigated by the fact that Site5 offers its VPS2 plan for its customers to try outfor only $1.00for the first month.


Uptime

Site5 offers a99.9% uptime guaranteewith its managed plans that entitles its customers to a credit refund based on the following schemes depending on the type of plans - standard vs cloud-based :

Uptime Shared, Reseller, Managed VPS Uptime Cloud - Shared, Reseller, Managed VPS

100% - 99%

No credit

100% - 99.99%

No credit

99.9% - 99.5%

5%

99.99% - 99.95%

5%

99.5% - 99%

10%

99.95% - 99.9%

10%

99% - 98%

15%

99.9% - 99.8%

15%

98% - 95%

25%

99.8% - 99.5%

25%

Below 95%

100%

Below 99.5%

100%

Do note that credit refunds are automatically applied to future invoices (e.g. the following month's hosting fee) and cannot be redeemed in cash. Site5's uptime guarantee does not include downtime that is out of Site5's control, including but not limited to: upstream network outages, internet backbone congestion, outages caused by acts of god, and facility power failures.


More impressively, Site5 is the only web host on the market that provides up to dateuptime reportson its servers around the world. These statistics come directly from Site5’s Apache monitoring system so customers are actually seeing the same numbers as the people at Site5.


Lastly, Site5 also providesreal time status reportson all of its servers worldwide. Site5's transparency on its server performance is an admirable effort.


Site5 has maintained an industry-standard 99.9% uptime on all if not most of its servers in the past 2 years.


Plan Features & Add-Ons

Site5 offers a number of value-added services on top on your web hosting plan which we list down below. Check out the links below to learn more.

Green hosting

Site5’sgreen hosting initiativesare limited compared to some of its peers. The purchase and use of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs or alternatively Green Tags) many not be agreed by all web hosts.


Some like GreeGeeks purchase up to three times the amount of RECs to offset the carbon emissions of its data centers while others like iPage which although do not use RECS, use other alternative cooling technology to cool their servers reducing energy consumption by 70%.


Site5 has opted for the latter, reducing the costs of its servers by leveraging on new technologies to lower power consumptions, using natural DC cooling technology and using virtualization software to scale efficiently.


In addition to that, Site5’s employees work remotely so there is no need for office space, equipment and lighting. This means there is also no driving by any of its employees. Because there is no office, Site5 is also virtually paperless with the exception of documents needed by banks and other organizations.


Special offers

Site5 offers periodical discounts on its web hosting plans. For the latest available coupons and offers, please see ourSite5 Promotionspage.


Conclusion

Site5is one of the best web hosting companies available today and has achieved many industry firsts including real-time uptime reports on every of its servers around the world as well as the compensation-backed customer support guarantee.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Good Selection of Plans

Site5 offers a solid range of web hosting solutions including shared cloud hosting at decent prices.

2.

Uptime Refunds

Site5 offers a generous uptime refund scheme if its 99.9% uptime guaranteed is not fulfilled.

3.

Good Customer Service

Site5 provides good customer service. It offers a 6 hour response guarantee which entitles customers to a credit if complaints or queries are not answered within 6 hours.

Cons

1.

No Dedicated Hosting

Site5 does not presently offer dedicated server hosting plans so customers looking for these solutions may have to look for other web hosts.

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