Managed Virtualmin VPS at a Glance
Open Source Control Panels
A managed VPS typically includes a proprietary control panel such as cPanel or DirectAdmin. While there are affordable VPS options, a managed cPanel VPS with 1-2 GB of RAM will typically cost around $30 a month.
If you are looking for ways to cut costs, you may consider open-source control panels. A free control panel is a particularly appealing alternative if you need hosting for your individual use rather than for reselling.
There are dozens of popular and highly regarded open-source control panels (most notably Vesta CP and ISPConfig) and freemium ones (CentOS Web Panel). If what matters to you most is ease of use (including graphic user interface) and security, your likely choice is going to be Virtualmin.
Virtualmin is a Webmin module that provides a comprehensive toolbox for website hosting (including DNS, email, databases, etc.). It also includes easily installable applications such as WordPress. While there is a paid pro Virtualmin version ($6/month), it essentially adds a reseller function and tech support. If you choose a managed Virtualmin VPS for personal use, you probably do not need a pro version.
We have focused on those hosts that offer managed Virtualmin VPS – rather than unmanaged VPS. Most of them also support Vesta CP and other control panels. We mention whether a host offers managed Vesta VPS hosting. While the hosts below differ in pricing and the scope of support, their VPS hosting includes all of the following features:
Along with proprietary control panels (such as cPanel & DirectAdmin), Tier.Net provides also Virtualmin VPS hosting. You can also request the installation of other control panels. All Tier.Net VPS plans include Basic Management. If you need full VPS maintenance and backup configuration, you can also buy an Ultimate Management addon for $15 a month.
Hostinger offers a broad range of OS templates that install a variety of open-source (including Virtualmin) and proprietary (cPanel & Webuzo) control panels on your VPS. Another appeal is the pricing: if you prepay for 24-48 months, you get a decent discount on your first payment. However, the scope of VPS support is minimum: Hostinger provisions an unmanaged VPS with best-effort semi-managed support which is limited to giving advice rather than hands-on troubleshooting.
Hostwinds has built a user-friendly cloud platform that lets you deploy a range of templates, including a Virtualmin VPS. Hostwinds offers fully managed VPS hosting starting at $10.99. It also has an option to create inexpensive automatic backups for $1 a month plus $0.03/1 GB. Hostwinds provides 30-day refunds on annual purchases and 48-hour refunds on a monthly billing cycle. Additionally, it offers prorated refunds on renewals.
RoseHosting is one of the more expensive hosting providers. The company, however, specializes in Linux VPS hosting and includes full server management with every plan. While its main product is DirectAdmin VPS hosting, you can open a ticket to have Virtualmin installed and configured. If you prepay for a year and use coupon YEARLY10, you will save 10%.
TurnKey Internet offers both managed and unmanaged servers. You have the freedom to order an unmanaged VPS and add a management plan. You can get a cheap Virtualmin VPS with generous resources (4 RAM, 2 CPU cores and unmetered bandwidth) for $6.99/month and add a Silver Management plan for $29.99 for a total of $36.98.