Cheap Managed cPanel VPS at a Glance
|Hawk Host||$17.50||1 GB||1 Core||20 GB||Partially||US & Singapore|
|IO Zoom||$19||1 GB||1 Core||20 GB||Fully||US & EU|
|Tier.Net||$21.49||2 GB||1 Core||30 GB||Partially||US|
|Hostwinds||$26.99||1 GB||1 Core||30 GB||Fully||US & EU|
|AltusHost||€28.95||2 GB||2 Cores||40 GB||Fully||EU|
|MightWeb||$29.56||2 GB||1 Core||30 GB||Fully||US|
|Namecheap||$32.76||2 GB||2 Cores||40 GB||Partially||US|
|InterServer||$39||8 GB||4 Cores||120 GB||Partially||US|
|KnownHost||$41||2 GB||2 Cores||50 GB||Fully||US & EU|
|TurnKey Internet||$49.99||4 GB||4 Cores||40 GB||Fully||US|
*All prices include a cPanel license.
How to Pick the Best VPS
A Virtual Private Server (VPS) is a perfect hosting solution if your website has outgrown cheap shared hosting or requires isolated resources and better security. A VPS is also used to host multiple websites, including by agencies and resellers.
Depending on your needs, you can choose between a self-managed VPS ($5+/month) and a fully or semi-managed VPS ($20-$30+ including cPanel/DirectAdmin). You can also get a cheap VPS with an open-source or custom-made control panel.
To manage a VPS on your own, you typically need technical skills of a developer or even a sysadmin. We therefore recommend either semi-managed or fully managed cPanel VPS hosting for most website owners.
Overall, fully managed cPanel VPS hosting is more expensive than basic or semi-managed one. However, smaller or less established brands can offer full management at lower prices without compromising the quality of their services.
As with all our recommendations, the companies we have picked out do not simply offer the cheapest managed VPS hosting. They also ensure the highest quality of their services and meet all of our rigorous criteria outlined below.
Beyond pricing and the level of management, you also need to consider the virtualization technology. Open source software is usually more cost effective. Two most popular open source virtualization technologies are OpenVZ and KVM.
OpenVZ works at the level of the operating system and is used to create containers or virtual environments. OpenVZ is portable across different architectures and can utilize free resources on the carrier hardware.
KVM works instead at the level of hardware and is used to create virtual machines (VMs). KVM provides a true VM isolation and can support any operating system. KVM is currently used by such leading providers as Google and Vultr.
You will find both KVM and OpenVZ VPS options below. All of them are reasonably priced.
If you are looking for enterprise-grade proprietary virtualization technology at a higher cost ($100+), we recommend nothing less than VMware ESXi. VMware ESXi runs on server hardware with low computational overhead. The pricing is significantly higher, however, even for bare-metal products. A fully managed cloud VPS provider with data centers on both sides of the Atlantic, Rochen easily offers best-value VMware ESXi cloud servers.
Hawk Host switched from OpenVZ to KVM in 2019. It offers unmanaged Cloud VPS hosting with an option to add a cPanel licence. Its cPanel VPS hosting includes partially managed support, which means that Hawk Host is available should you require assistance with your service. It also takes care of the overall infrastructure, including security.
The Basic VPS plan, including cPanel, costs $17.50 a month or $16.66 a month if you prepay for 12 months. The Basic plan includes 1 GB of RAM and 20 GB of disk space.
Founded in 2004, Hawk Host is based in Canada. While its web hosting can be deployed in seven global locations, its VPS hosting is available in New York, Dallas and Singapore.
IO Zoom offers probably the cheapest managed cloud VPS servers. Starting at $19 a month, IO Zoom’s managed cPanel VPS hosting can be further complemented with a proactive management addon. And while IO Zoom includes a free daily backup snapshot for internal use, it also offers paid backup space that allows for restores of individual files. Besides cPanel, IO Zoom also includes cPanel alternatives such as Plesk and DirectAdmin. IO Zoom’s cloud servers include high availability failover, while its Linux VPS plans additionally use RAID-10 storage.
Tier.Net offers both proprietary and open-source control panels with its VPS plans. Its cPanel VPS hosting includes free Simple Management. For an additional $15 a month, Tier.Net offers Ultimate Management which includes best-effort application- and domain-level support as well as 50 GB of backup space. Additionally, you can buy 100+ GB of backup space for $15.95.
Hostwinds uses KVM on its VPS. Besides Linux, the company also offers Windows VPS at a higher price. Hostwinds’ scope of VPS management is broad, ranging from system updates and firewall setup to many issues with cPanel. Hostwinds also offers several popular open-source control panels.
The cheapest managed VPS costs $26.99 a month. This includes cPanel ($15) and backups ($1 base price). 1 GB of backups costs $0.03. The plan comes with 1 CPU Core, 1 GB of RAM and 30 GB of storage. Additionally, Hostwinds provides proactive server monitoring at $2/month.
Founded in 2010, Hostwinds is based in Seattle, WA. Its VPS hosting is available in Seattle, Dallas and Amsterdam. Hostwinds provides 30-day refunds on annual purchases and 48-hour refunds on a monthly billing cycle. Additionally, it offers prorated refunds on renewals.
AltusHost has data center locations across Europe. It offers four control panel options out of the box: cPanel, DirectAdmin, Webuzo and CWP. cPanel VPS pricing starts at €28.95 for one cPanel account. All of its plans include free DDoS protection and disaster recovery backups. At an additional cost of €25, AltusHost offers premium managed support, including proactive VPS monitoring and system updates as well as a monthly security audit. AltusHost also has a paid option for remote backups.
MightWeb uses KVM on its managed VPS. VPS management includes both the initial setup and subsequent server monitoring plus free backups (optionally either as full server backups or as cPanel backups). The Tier 1 plan costs $29.56 a month, which includes a 20% discount with the coupon code FEELTHEPOWER. The plan includes cPanel and 3 IPv4 addresses. It comes with 2 GB of RAM, 1 CPU Core and 30 GB of storage.
Founded in 2015, MightWeb operates from Seattle. Its VPS hosting is available in Chicago. MightWeb additionally includes DDoS mitigation for free with its products. Like its other products, MightWeb’s managed VPS hosting stands out thanks to friendly support and reliable service.
Namecheap switched from Xen to KVM for its VPS hosting in 2018-2019.
The company offers two levels of management as addons, Basic (or semi, $10/month) and Complete (or full, $25/month). The Complete package includes everything in the Basic one plus backups and extra support. It does not, however, allow root access. That means, for example, that you will not be able to install free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. Because the Complete management package is quite pricey and has several restrictions, we generally recommend Namecheap’s Basic VPS management.
Namecheap’s Pulsar VPS plan costs $32.76 a month. This includes Basic management and cPanel. The Pulsar plan comes with 2 CPU Cores, 2 GB of RAM and 40 GB of storage. Addons include RAM, disk space, bandwidth and IP addresses.
Founded in 2000, Namecheap’s office and data center are located in Phoenix. Unlike its web hosting, Namecheap’s VPS hosting is available only in Phoenix.
InterServer offers KVM and Virtuozzo virtualization at the same price. Additionally, it provides proprietary Hyper-V virtualization for its Windows VPS at a higher price.
InterServer’s VPS pricing starts at $6 for each slice/VPS with 1 CPU Core and 2 GB of RAM. However, InterServer includes semi-managed support only if you purchase a minimum of 4 slices and cPanel. The scope of management includes system re-installs, security updates and any issues with software installed by cPanel such as web server.
The cheapest managed VPS costs $39 a month. It is truly good value for a high-resource VPS. The price includes cPanel, 4 CPU Cores, 8 GB of RAM and 120 GB of storage. There are also options for additional IP addresses and more storage.
Founded in 1999, InterServer is one of the most established hosting companies in the US. Based in Secaucus, NJ, InterServer operates data centers in New Jersey and Los Angeles.
KnownHost offers both OpenVZ and KVM VPS hosting. Built on OpenStack and Ceph, its KVM servers are extra reliable but also much more expensive (starting above $50 a month).
KnownHost provides an extensive level of management support, from system upgrades to security configuration. As an addon, it also offers proactive server monitoring for peace of mind.
The Basic VPS plan costs $41 a month. It includes 2 GB of RAM, 50 GB of storage and 2 IP addresses. It comes with cPanel or DirectAdmin and DDoS protection.
Founded in 2006, KnowHost is based in Alabama. Its VPS hosting is available in Seattle, Dallas, Baltimore and Amsterdam.
TurnKey Internet may seem to be the most expensive provider of managed VPS hosting on this list but it is easily the best one, too. 4+ GB of RAM, unmetered bandwidth and, above all, all-inclusive server management that comes with 5 sysadmin hours. All of that costs $49.99 a month. TurnKey Internet also includes free disaster recovery backups and optional R1Soft file-level backups as an addon. Crucially, TurnKey Internet runs its own data center in New York powered by renewable energy.
As you can see, managed cPanel VPS hosting can be both inexpensive and feature-rich. From RAID-10 SSD to a 99.9% uptime guarantee, all the features ensure that your VPS is fast and always available. And of course, all the hosts above also have fantastic friendly 24/7 support in case you run into any technical issues.