HostGator Review – Still Plenty of Room for Improvement

Launched back in 2002 as an ambitious one-man project, HostGator is one of the oldest and most popular web hosting providers on the market. The company is also known as being one of the largest domain registrars around and has recently launched a website builder that can go head to head even with the likes of Weebly and Wix. With multiple types of hosting to choose from and low starting prices, HostGator is a great provider for newcomers and veterans alike. But is it the best choice for you? That’s what we’re going to try to find out in this review.

At first glance, HostGator may seem like a near-perfect service but upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that this provider does have a few chinks in its armor. For one, some of its plans are a bit overpriced and performance isn’t always the best. In addition, customer support can be a bit hit or miss for some users and the company fails to mention upfront that some of its most useful tools need to be purchased separately. Despite all of that, however, HostGator is definitely worth checking out so let’s take a closer look at what the provider has to offer.

Navigation and Ease of Use

HostGator combines the functionality of a traditional hosting provider with the accessibility of an all-in-one website builder, making it a very good choice for beginners. In an attempt to compete with platforms like Wix, the company designed its own website builder known as Gator. Although it’s still a work in progress, the builder already comes with a good amount of features and over 200 templates to choose from. The templates aren’t quite as stylish as those offered by other popular site builders like Squarespace but they can certainly get the job done.

It’s hard to recommend Gator for complex websites but you can definitely use it to build simple sites, blogs or even online stores. The builder comes with drag-and-drop functionality and is very easy to customize but doesn’t come with as many options as we would have liked. Still, we do consider Gator to be a solid choice for starter websites, especially since the builder comes with some very nice freebies.

If you’re not into the company’s site builder, you can always pair HostGator with a different platform like WordPress, Joomla or Magento. Regardless of which content management platform you choose, managing your sites from HostGator’s dashboard is a breeze. The company uses a standard cPanel so if you’ve ever used one in the past, you’ll know exactly what to expect here. If you didn’t, all you really need to know about the cPanel is that it allows you to manage email addresses, databases, sub-domains, monitor bandwidth usage, and change your profile settings, among other things, using a single interface.

Instant Everything

HostGator offers an impressive number of 1-click installs for blogs, portals, forums, and more. The company allows you to easily set up guest books, URL redirects, and hit counters on your website with just a click of a button. Moreover, you also get access to a web-based file manager that lets you upload files directly from the control panel.

Creating and managing a new website with HostGator is pretty easy, but what about migrating a site you already own? As it turns out, that’s even easier because the company offers free site migration services with many of its hosting plans. The service only works with WordPress sites and the transfer needs to be initiated within 30 days of signing up. The basic hosting plans only allow you to transfer a single website while the more expensive ones let you migrate two or three.

Plans and Pricing

HostGator can be a very affordable provider, especially if you go for one of its shared hosting plans. These packages start at only $2.75 per month, rivaling even popular cheap options like Bluehost in terms of price. Like most hosting providers, however, HostGator isn’t really upfront about the fact that only users who subscribe to a multi-year plan can take advantage of these low prices. If you plan on paying on a month-by-month basis, expect the prices to be quite a bit higher.

If you go to HostGator’s shared hosting comparison page you’ll notice that the plans come with an absolute truckload of tools and features. We’re not going to talk about most of them since they’re nothing to write home about but we do want to mention a couple. For starters, all plans come with unmetered storage and bandwidth, free SSL certificate, free domain, emails, and basic eCommerce functionality. All packages also benefit from 100$ worth of credits (Adwords and Bing), subdomains, FTP access, instant setup, and 24/7 customer support.

The differences between the $2.75/mo Hatchling plan and the $3.95/mo Baby plan aren’t very significant. The only one that really stands out is the fact that the Baby plan supports an unlimited number of websites while the Hatching plan only supports one. Since the difference in price between the two packages is so small you might as well go for the Baby plan. You never know when you may want to build an additional website.

The third and final shared hosting plan goes by the name of Business and will set you back $5.95 per month. Unsurprisingly, this plan comes with the most amount of features, though there aren’t as many extras as you might expect. The Business plan includes a free dedicated IP and a better SSL certificate, both of which you can also get with the other plans for an extra monthly fee. Aside from that, this plan allows you to use anonymous FTP and private SSL, and that’s about it.

Website Builder

It’s worth pointing out right off the bat that buying one of the other HostGator plans gives you free access to the site builder. However, you can also purchase a standalone plan for Gator, which comes with slightly different tools and features that are more akin to what you would get from Wix, Weebly or Squarespace. Unlike those other builders, however, Gator doesn’t limit the storage and bandwidth you get or the number of pages your site can have, regardless of which plan you choose.

Since Gator tries to simplify things as much as possible, you no longer get access to some of the more advanced features included with the regular plans. However, you still get a free domain name for 1 year, SSL certificate, password protection, and a Site History feature that’s identical to that of Wix, among other things. Unlike most other website builders, Gator doesn’t force you to display branded ads even if you subscribe to the absolute cheapest plan.

Speaking of which, a Starter Gator plan will cost you $3.84 per month, which is cheaper than all other builders mentioned earlier, especially Squarespace. The other plans are a bit difficult to recommend since they don’t really bring anything noteworthy to the table. The $5.99/mo Premium package only adds priority support while the $9.22/mo eCommerce plan unlocks, you guessed it, eCommerce functionality. The problem is that Gator’s eCommerce features are very unimpressive so if you’re looking to open an online store, we recommend Shopify or even just WordPress paired with the WooCommerce plugin.

WordPress Hosting

If you’re looking to build a WordPress website there are plenty of good options out there. The company behind the platform recommends going either with Bluehost, DreamHost or SiteGround as your hosting provider. While many of those are very good options, HostGator’s WordPress hosting plans are not to be overlooked either. The packages are fairly cheap considering we’re talking about managed hosting and are said to perform up to 2.5 times better than the shared plans.

Prices here start at $5.95 per month but the basic package can only support a single website. You can get support for additional websites if you upgrade to one of the higher tiers but at most, you’ll only be able to set up a total of 3 websites even with the more expensive plan, which isn’t great. That said, these plans do include dedicated resources so while they aren’t able to support many websites, the servers should generally be faster and more reliable.

In terms of features, you can expect many of the same ones you would get with other types of hosting, including free site migrations, unmetered storage, SSL certificate, malware removal, and more. The company also throws in a few other freebies like CodeGuard and SiteLock, two tools that need to be purchased separately with some of the other plans.

HostGator’s WordPress hosting plans are fairly mediocre compared to those of other companies. There’s no mention of 1-click installs, free plugins, staging environments or any other WordPress-specific features you might expect. Still, the plans are overall pretty cheap and come with dedicated resources so they can provide some decent values.

VPS

Similar to the WordPress plans, HostGator’s VPS packages are not very easy to recommend to most users. This time around, it’s not because of the lack of interesting features but rather because of the price. HostGator’s cheapest VPS package goes for $29.95 per month and gives you 2 GB of RAM, 2 CPU cores, 120 GB of disk space, and 1.5 GB of bandwidth to work with. By comparison, Dreamhost and Bluehost offer fairly similar VPS plans for just $20 and $19 per month, respectively. Meanwhile, DigitalOcean, a company that specializes in VPS and cloud hosting, offers plans that start at only $5 per month.

Granted, HostGator does tend to offer more storage space than its competitors, however, the company doesn’t use SSD storage, which is pretty unusual in this day and age. Upgrading to the $39.95/mo or $49.95/mo plans won’t give you access to additional features or tools but you will get extra resources. Strangely enough, though, none of the plans come with unmetered bandwidth, a feature that Dreamhost and other rivals include even with their cheapest plans.

Dedicated Servers

Dedicated servers are always expensive regardless of which provider you choose but HostGator, once again, seems to charge a bit more than the market average. Prices here start at $119 per month for a machine that comes with 8 GB of RAM, a quad-core CPU, and 1 TB of storage. In this case, HostGator does include unmetered bandwidth and if you upgrade to the $139/mo or $149 per month plans you also benefit from SSD storage, so at least the company does its best to provide good value for the money.

HostGator offers both managed and semi-managed dedicated servers. The difference between the two types is that customers who opt for a managed plan can expect more support from HostGator with things like site migrations, data backups, server optimization, server monitoring, and more. In addition, managed customers have access to cPanel or Plesk while semi-managed users have full root access and a choice between several operating systems, including CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, and Windows. As far as the price difference is concerned, managed plans are $10 more expensive regardless of which of the dedicated plans or billing cycles you choose.

Key Tools and Features

HostGator does its best to convince potential customers that its plans come with a wide range of features but the truth is that you’re not actually getting more than the standard stuff. But while there’s not much to write home about, at least the company does a decent job at including features and tools we would consider essential. Well, for the most part. Let’s take a closer look at what HostGator has to offer in terms of key tools and features.

Domain Registration

Most hosting providers offer free domains with their plans and HostGator is no exception. You can get a free domain for 1 year by signing up for any HostGator shared, WordPress or cloud hosting plan. The only caveat is that you’ll need to subscribe to a yearly (or higher) plan in order to be eligible for a free domain. Once that first year is up, you’ll need to pay the standard annual fee if you want to keep using the domain.

Renewing a HostGator domain or registering a new one will set you back $12.95 per year. At first glance, that may seem like a steal, however, there is a catch. HostGator doesn’t include domain privacy so you’ll need to purchase that separately for an additional $14.95 per year. That brings the total up to $27.90, which is no longer that cheap when compared to other registrars. For example, iPage charges $21 for a new domain while GoDaddy only charges about $18, both with privacy included.

Databases

HostGator supports MySQL databases and allows you to create and manage an unlimited number of them with any of its shared hosting plans. If you go for one of the WordPress packages, you also benefit from automated daily database backups and restores. There’s technically no limit to how many databases can be backed up using the system, however, the total size is limited to 1 GB with the starter plan. If you upgrade to one of the more expensive packages, the size limit increases to 2 GB and 3 GB, respectively.

Backup and Restore

HostGator includes a free tool that allows users to manually back up their entire accounts at any time from the cPanel. The backups can be downloaded locally and stored on third-party platforms or restored to the HostGator servers with ease. In addition, the company also uses an automated system powered by CodeGuard that backs up your files and databases on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this tool isn’t free for everybody.

If you’re buying a shared hosting plan, you’ll be able to purchase CodeGuard separately during check out for an additional $2 per month. That doesn’t sound too expensive, however, CodeGuard can only be billed annually so you’ll actually need to fork out around $24 upfront if you want to add it to your package. Luckily, you can get CodeGuard for free if you sign up for a WordPress hosting plan.

It’s worth noting that CodeGuard comes in three different variants – Basic, Professional, and Premium. The version you get for free with WordPress plans or for $2/mo with shared plans is the Basic one. If you want to take advantage of the features offered by the higher tiers you’ll need to upgrade the tool or purchase CodeGuard Professional or Premium directly from HostGator.

Domain Emails

HostGator is pretty generous when it comes to emails. All users are able to create an unlimited number of @domain emails and use web-based mail clients like Squirrel, Horde or Round Cube. You also get useful features like mail forwarding, spam assassin, IMAP support, the ability to create mailing lists or autoresponders and more.

If you’re looking to add a fully-featured professional mailbox to your account, you can purchase a Microsoft Office 365 license from HostGator for $5 per month. Unlike CodeGuard, Office 365 can be billed monthly. HostGator can also be integrated with G Suite and you can buy a license for it for $6 per month.

eCommerce

HostGator isn’t a particularly good choice for eCommerce but it can get the job done. All plans come with free ZenCart and osCommerce shopping carts along with the ability to sell and ship products, process payments, and manage inventory. If you buy a website builder plan you’ll get access to a couple more features like coupons and a shipping & tax calculator. Since you won’t get a lot of eCommerce features with any of HostGator’s plans, we recommend going with something like Shopify if you want to build a serious online store.

SEO

HostGator seems to know the value of search engine optimization because the company offers a free SEO consultation review for all customers. The provider will even assign a representative to help you with things like keyword research, content creation, page optimization, and more. In addition, the company also sells custom-built SEO tools for $2.95 per month. This optional tool is billed annually so you’ll need to pay around $35 upfront to add it to your account. Users who opt for the Business shared hosting plan get these SEO tools for free.

Additional Supported Technologies

HostGator supports all the web hosting technologies you would expect, including several scripting languages like Python, Ruby on Rails, and PHP 5. The company also enables users to use SSH and anonymous FTP along with dedicated IPs in exchange for a monthly fee, though certain plans do come with free dedicated IPs. A few other technologies worth mentioning include CGI and Fast CGI, Cron, Image Magick, GD 2, and Perl.

Location Coverage

HostGator doesn’t have great location coverage, primarily because the company focuses on US customers. At the moment, the company only has two data centers – one in Utah and the other one in Texas. Users can’t choose which data center houses their server so you’re most likely going to be assigned one at random. If you don’t live in the US or are targeting non-US users, we recommend activating Cloudflare if you sign up with HostGator because it will route your content through close to two dozen additional data centers around the world, thus improving your site’s performance.

Performance and Reliability

While you can easily look at the price and features offered by a hosting provider before you sign up with it, finding information related to the performance of its servers is a bit more challenging. That’s because the performance can vary greatly from user to user depending on a number of factors, such as the hosting plan you’re using, the amount of content on your website, how many plugins or add-ons you have installed, and more. With that in mind, we did some tests on a fairly standard WordPress website hosted on a shared plan to give you a general idea of what the average user can expect from HostGator in terms of performance and reliability.

Page Loading Speed

Nobody likes a slow website and I’m not just talking about users. Search engines like Google often rank slow sites lower than fast ones, and with good reason. A webmaster who cares about SEO should always pick a hosting provider that has a good track record in the speed department. Does HostGator fit that bill? Not quite I’m afraid.

The page loading speeds we experienced with our site hovered around the 910ms on average, which isn’t great. Generally speaking, anything under 1 second is still considered good but many users expect sites to load a bit faster in this day and age. It’s worth noting that the last time we looked at HostGator we got average speeds of over 1.3 seconds, so the situation has been improving, at least in our case. Based on some of the results shared by other users, however, HostGator’s speeds seem to be getting worse lately.

While some of those results may seem discouraging it’s worth noting that we only tested the company’s shared hosting. According to HostGator, sites hosted on a WordPress plan load up to 2.5X faster thanks to the integrated cloud technology and, of course, you’ll definitely see even better performance if you’re using a VPS or dedicated server. As far as the shared plans are concerned, though, the speeds are not particularly great.

Server Response Times

While the loading speeds of individual pages or websites aren’t always great, we were surprised to find that HostGator’s server response times aren’t actually all that bad. We ran some tests using a tool called Bitcatcha and found that the response times in the US are generally only around 30-40 ms. As expected, though, the response times dropped significantly when tested from other regions.

The tool we used tests server response times from various countries around the world. Based on the tests, we learned that you’ll need to wait around 400 ms for a server response if you’re located in Europe or Australia and around 700 ms if you’re located in Japan. Interestingly enough, HostGator servers take longer to respond in Europe and Australia when compared to rivals like SiteGround but the results are actually pretty good by the time you reach Japan. 700 ms may not seem like a great result but SiteGround’s servers, for example, took over 2 seconds to respond when pinged from Japan.

Uptime

Having a fast website is nice but often it’s even more important to have a website that can be accessed at any time. In other words, a website with good uptime. Ideally, you would want your website to be up 24/7, 365/year but that’s very unlikely to happen because every provider experiences outages on occasion. That’s why most providers only guarantee an uptime of 99.9% or lower.

HostGator is definitely in this category as the company boldly claims on its homepage that all hosting plans come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee. But does that claim actually hold up? From our experience, we can confirm that it does indeed hold up. The overall uptime of our site was 99.98% at the end of our testing period so the results were very good.

But what happens if HostGator won’t be able to fulfill its promise in the future? Well, the company’s guarantee isn’t just an empty promise as the company is prepared to compensate users with a month of free hosting if their uptime is lower than 99.9% over an extended period of time. But it’s worth keeping in mind that according to the company’s policy, scheduled maintenance and things that fall outside of the company’s control do not count as downtime.

Customer Support

HostGator is known for having very good customer support, at least for the most part. Some agents are better than others at providing assistance but that can be said about any company. Here, at least you can contact support via a variety of channels, including phone, ticket, and live chat. There’s a toll-free number you can reach them at and each HostGator account is said to be fully guaranteed by CEO Adam Farrar, meaning you can request that your ticket be assigned to him if support agents can’t fix your problem. We didn’t run into such a problem so we can’t say for sure if this claim is actually true.

If you have a problem that’s not urgent and want to try fixing it yourself, you can always try looking for a solution in the help center. There you can find hundreds of articles and video tutorials on everything from working with cPanel and creating emails to DNS, domains, design tools, databases, and more. All the articles are sorted by category and there’s a search bar to help you find what you’re looking for faster.

F.A.Q.

Does HostGator Offer Any Additional Types of Hosting?

Yes, there are a couple of types of hosting that we didn’t mention in our review, including cloud hosting and reseller hosting. Cloud hosting starts at $4.95 per month and is similar to WordPress hosting while reseller hosting starts at $19.95 per month and is aimed at users who want to start a small hosting company of their own.

Does HostGator Offer Free SSL Certificates with All Plans?

All users who sign up for one of the shared, cloud, or WordPress hosting plans get a free SSL certificate. Free certificates are also included with website builder plans but they are not available with VPS and dedicated packages. Even though HostGator offers free certificates with most plans, the company also sells Positive SSL certificates as an optional service that costs $3.33 per month (billed annually).

Does HostGator Offer Free Domain Names with Any of Its Plans?

Yes, but only with shared, cloud, and WordPress hosting packages. If you want to sign up for any other type of hosting plan you’re going to have to purchase a new domain separately or transfer an already existing one.

Is HostGator a Good Option for eCommerce?

No, not really. While you can set up an online store with HostGator, the eCommerce features offered by the company are pretty unimpressive. You’re much better off going with Shopify, Weebly or pairing WordPress with a plugin like WooCommerce.

What is HostGator’s Refund Policy?

HostGator offers a 45-day money-back guarantee for all shared, reseller and VPS hosting plans. The company doesn’t offer refunds for dedicated servers, cloud hosting plans or domain registrations.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’re rapidly approaching the end of this review let’s try to answer the question posed near the beginning. Is HostGator the best choice for you? If you’re looking for a user-friendly hosting provider with affordable prices for shared hosting, good uptimes, and helpful customer support, then the answer is yes. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for stellar page loading speeds, good eCommerce functionality and lots of innovative features, you won’t find any of those here I’m afraid. In short, it depends.

Personally, we like some of what HostGator has to offer but we think there’s still a lot of room for improvement. The shared hosting packages are easy to recommend for beginners while the WordPress plans are a good fit for most people interested in working with the CMS, though there are definitely better options out there. We have mixed feelings about HostGator, however, we can see that the company has been trying to improve its products in recent times and even launch new ones like the site builder. For now, we can only give a lukewarm recommendation but that may very well change in the near future if the company keeps improving.

SiteGround Review – It Gets a Lot of Things Right and Only a Few Wrong

I think it’s pretty safe to say that SiteGround is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to hosting. While the company is perhaps best known for its very appealing shared hosting packages, it also offers cloud hosting, reseller hosting, and even specialized plans for enterprises and eCommerce enthusiasts. In addition, SiteGround is widely known as being one of the best providers of WordPress hosting on the market, with the company behind the popular CMS even recommending it as one of its top choices.

A recommendation from WordPress would be enough to boost the popularity of any hosting provider but SiteGround could easily be a top choice even without it. Unlike other providers, SiteGround offers plenty of great features even with its cheapest plans. The company’s hosting plans are slightly more expensive compared to other providers because of this but there’s no denying that you get great value in exchange for your money.

Now that you know a little bit about what to expect from this provider, let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer because there’s more to SiteGround than meets the eye.

Navigation and Ease of Use

Is SiteGround a good option for you if you’re a newcomer who doesn’t have any previous experience with hosting providers? The short answer is yes, even though there are simpler platforms out there. While many novices prefer to go with a platform like Wix when building their first website, opting for SiteGround will give you a lot more flexibility and, of course, you’ll have more types of hosting to choose from.

Getting started with SiteGround is fairly straightforward. Pick a hosting plan that’s suitable to your future website, register a new domain or connect an existing one, and fill a form that asks for some personal information and payment details. Once that’s over with, your SiteGround account will become active within a few seconds and you can jump straight into the dashboard.

The dashboard has a bit of unnecessary clutter here and there but it doesn’t look too bad for the most part. All the important tools and services like the site setup wizard and profile management are clearly visible and there’s also a cPanel that allows you to manage your websites with ease.

SiteGround offers a number of 1-click installers for popular applications like WordPress, Magento, Joomla, and more. There’s quite a heavy emphasis on WordPress here so expect to find a few more tools designed specifically for working with the CMS. If you’re not a big fan of WordPress, it’s worth noting that SiteGround accounts can also be integrated with Weebly. Choosing Weebly over WordPress has some advantages but may end up costing you more in the long run.

The SiteGround user area also features a collection of tools designed for advanced users. Among other things, you can use the dashboard to create emails and databases, manage DNS zones, park domains, upload files, and more. In addition to all of that, the dashboard also lets you manage your domains and gives you a quick way of accessing the webmail portal.

Plans and Pricing

As it’s often the case with companies like this, SiteGround’s biggest sellers are its shared hosting plans. The entry point of $3.95 per month seems pretty reasonable considering what you get in return. Sure, you can find cheaper hosting at Bluehost and a couple of other providers but you’ll be hard-pressed to find another company that packs in as many useful features as SiteGround. This can be clearly observed in our Bluehost vs. SiteGround comparison, which will show you that price isn’t all that matters.

The starter plan comes with a free SSL certificate, free email accounts, automatic daily backups, unlimited databases, and a Cloudflare CDN account. And that’s only listing the highlights. You also get access to a free site builder of your choice – WordPress or Weebly – along with unmetered traffic, anti-hack protection, and even basic eCommerce functionality. Having said all that, the cheapest plan can only support a single website and comes with just 10 GB of storage, so there are some drawbacks as well.

You can get rid of the first drawback by upgrading to the $5.95 per month plan, which also doubles the available storage. In addition, with this plan, you can also add sub-users to your account and benefit from a free site transfer. A few other noteworthy features include on-demand backups, WordPress staging environment, and SuperCacher, an optimization solution developed by SiteGround that can boost website performance.

SiteGround only has three shared hosting plans to choose from, the most expensive of which will set you back $11.95 per month. That’s quite a bit more expensive when compared to the previous tier and, unfortunately, this plan doesn’t come with unlimited storage either. Instead, you have 30 GB at your disposal, which isn’t an awful lot when considering the price. Aside from that, there are a couple of interesting features here such as white label site management and one-click Git Repo creation. Users who opt for this plan also get the maximum amount of server resources available.

WordPress Hosting

Given that SiteGround is officially endorsed by WordPress, it should come as no surprise that the provider has some very attractive packages designed to work hand-in-hand with the content management platform. The best part is that the prices of these plans are identical to the shared hosting packages. In other words, if you’re planning to build a WordPress website this is definitely the best place to start.

Most of the features included here are the same ones you get with the shared hosting plans so I’m not going to list them again. Instead, let’s talk about the special ones. First off, users get access to a 1-click automated installer and the WordPress Starter tool. This tool works more or less similar to Wix’s artificial design intelligence in the sense that it creates a new website for you based on your specifications.

WordPress Starter lets you choose between a variety of features and professional designs, all of which are installed automatically on your new website. A lot of people think that creating a WordPress website is a bit of a hassle but nothing can be further from the truth if you’re using this tool.

In addition to that, you can also expect automatic updates not just for your instance of WordPress but also any plugins you may have installed. SiteGround even partially takes care of the security by assigning custom firewall rules to patch common exploits and vulnerabilities. The WordPress hosting plans come with a couple of useful plugins created by the SiteGround developers. One of these plugins lets you migrate a WordPress site regardless of which hosting plan you’re using (unlike the standard shared plans) while the other is an all-in-one site optimizer.

Cloud Hosting

SiteGround’s cloud hosting packages are quite expensive compared to the market average. With an entry point of $80 per month, it’s no wonder the company didn’t make our list of cheap cloud hosting providers. But while the company does charge quite a bit for its packages, it also gives you more than enough resources to work with. For $80/mo you get 4 GB of RAM, 2 CPU cores, 40 GB of SSD storage, and 5 TB of data transfer.

Those resources should be enough for most average users but if you want to take it one step further, there are three additional plans to choose from. On the higher end of things, you can pay $240 per month for 8 CPU cores, 10 GB of RAM, 120 GB of SSD storage, and 5 TB of data transfer. And because this is cloud hosting, you get exclusive access to all of these resources and won’t have to share them with other users.

If you’re running multiple big websites and need even more resources, you can ignore the standard plans in favor of a custom one. SiteGround allows you to pick the exact amount of resources you want, up to 32 CPU cores, 128 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of SSD space. A maxed-out custom plan will cost you over two grand a month but you’re unlikely to have to worry about server resources ever again.

In order to justify the above-average prices, SiteGround threw in a couple of useful features like auto-scaling and the ability to create standalone sub-accounts under your main cloud account. You can also manually add extra resources on the fly and the service is fully managed, which means you can rely on SiteGround to ensure that everything runs smoothly as butter.

Key Tools and Features

SiteGround offers quite a few tools and features but in this section, we’re going to focus on the most important ones to keep in mind before you decide to sign up with the company. Some of them have already been briefly mentioned in the previous section but we’re going to take a closer look at them here while also listing some additional ones that we haven’t covered before.

Domain Registration

Before you can start building your website you’ll need to register a domain for it. While rival companies like Bluehost, DreamHost, and InMotion all offer free domain names for the first year, SiteGround doesn’t. SiteGround only charges $15.95 for domain registrations, which is a bit cheaper when compared to other providers, however, there are two caveats here.

First off, you can’t purchase a domain separately so you’ll also have to grab a hosting plan while you’re at it. The other problem is that SiteGround doesn’t include free domain privacy like many of its competitors. Instead, you’ll need to pay an additional $12 per year to get it. Since domain privacy is always a must, you’ll need to pay at least $30 (including hosting) when registering a new domain with SiteGround.

Databases

SiteGround allows users to create and manage an unlimited number of MySQL and PostgreSQL databases regardless of which hosting plan they choose. But while the number of databases you can have is unlimited, their size isn’t. If you’re using the starter plan you can’t have databases larger than 500 MB and table size of 250 MB. Meanwhile, database queries can’t take up more than 10% off your server’s resources. These values will increase should you upgrade to a more expensive plan.

Backup and Restore

SiteGround provides automatic daily backups and allows you to restore not just the website itself but also emails, databases, and individual files. Automatic backups are free for all users but SiteGround only holds onto them for up to 30 days so restoring an older version of your website with this system is not an option. Luckily, there’s an additional system that lets you create manual backups on demand. Up to 5 on-demand backups can be created at a time and the service is free for GrowBig and GoGeek users. StartUp users can also take advantage of it but they need to pay for each on-demand backup.

Advanced users can take advantage of the SSH and SFTP access to create manual backups of their site via an FTP client like FileZilla. This method can be time-consuming depending on the size of your website but it allows you to have full control over your files and store them wherever you want, be it locally or on a third-party platform.

Domain Emails

All SiteGround users benefit from an unlimited number of free domain emails. You can access and manage your mailbox on the go using either RoundCube or Horde, two of the most popular web-based mail clients around. Similar to the database situation, there are some limitations to these free mailboxes depending on your hosting plan. For instance, the basic plan mailbox can hold up to 2 GB worth of emails while the GoGeek mailbox has a size of 6 GB.

eCommerce

While we think a specialized platform like Shopify would be more suitable for eCommerce, you can definitely build a good online store with SiteGround as well. The provider offers three specialized hosting plans for eCommerce, all of which are very similar to the aforementioned WordPress hosting plans in terms of features. The only major difference is that these plans come with a simple installer that allows you to set up a fully-functioning storefront in just a few minutes. The resulting online store runs on WordPress and includes the popular WooCommerce plugin along with a professional theme.

That said, you don’t have to stick to WordPress in order to build an online store with SiteGround. The company offers a free shopping cart install with all hosting plans. The shopping cart works well with a wide variety of platforms, including Magento, PrestaShop, osCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for a cheap and very easy to use platform for eCommerce, we recommend checking out Weebly.

SEO

Unfortunately, SiteGround doesn’t offer any SEO tools of its own, which puts it at a disadvantage when compared to companies that do offer them, such as iPage or HostGator for example. If you’re not very familiar with search engine optimization you may want to try Wix as the platform has a great SEO Wiz that does most of the work for you. If, on the other hand, you do know what you’re doing, you can use SiteGround to build a WordPress site and then install the Yoast plugin on top. Doing so will give you access to some of the best and most helpful SEO tools out there.

Additional Supported Technologies

SiteGround is a great choice for tech-savvy users thanks to the large number of technologies it supports. We already mentioned a few of them earlier in this review but those were just the cherry on top. Among other things, SiteGround supports HTTP/2, .htaccess, Mod_rewrite, and multiple versions of PHP (the default one is 7.1). In addition, you can also use a wide variety of PHP encoders, libraries, and image galleries.

Location Coverage

SiteGround’s location coverage is not very impressive compared to some of the other big providers out there. Especially those that deal primarily in cloud hosting like Vultr or Cloudways. SiteGround has servers on three continents but there are only five data centers to choose from. Two of them are located in the US, two in Europe and one is in Singapore.

The data centers themselves are state-of-the-art and feature high levels of redundancy to offset any potential issues. SiteGround works closely with Google to ensure that its network is always up to par with modern standards. The two companies also have a partnership that allows SiteGround to run green-friendly data centers by matching 100% of the energy consumed with renewable energy.

Performance and Reliability

If you’re worried about the price, there are plenty of platforms that let you build a site for free or for very little money. Wix and Weebly are two good examples. If you’re worried about the performance, however, it’s a good idea not to be stingy and sign up with a provider that has a good track record. Can SiteGround be considered a reliable provider? The short answer is yes but let’s take a closer look at some of the stats.

Speed

Not only does a fast website ensure a good user experience but it also helps improve your SEO. Slow sites have been routinely shown to have fewer page views and lower conversion rates when compared to their faster competitors. If you’re running a small blog this might not matter too much, but it’s definitely important for businesses since losing potential customers means losing money.

We tested a WordPress website hosted on SiteGround to see what sort of speeds we’d get and we were not disappointed by the results. On average, the page loading speed hovered at around 645 ms, which is very good. Not the faster website we’ve ever had, mind you, but very good regardless.

We did notice that the site slowed down during peak traffic hours but that’s not very surprising given that we were using a shared hosting plan. With this type of hosting, you’re sharing server resources with other users so it’s always better to go for a plan that gives you dedicated resources if you can afford it.

Server Response Times

Testing individual pages can give you a good idea of a site’s overall speed but it’s not always the most accurate testing method. That’s because some pages may inadvertently load slower than others depending on how much content there is on the page. For instance, a page with lots of high-resolution images will always load slower than a simple page with no images found on the same site. That’s why we decided to also test the response times of the server itself in order to get an even better idea of how SiteGround performs.

During our testing, we were able to get response times as low as 40 ms for US servers (where the site is located). We used a tool that measures response times from different locations and found that things slow down to around 300 ms when measured from Europe. Meanwhile, users from Japan would have to wait 2 seconds or more in order to get a response, which isn’t great.

These results are pretty good and show why it’s important to pick a server location that’s as close as possible to that of your target audience. As mentioned before, SiteGround doesn’t have many locations to choose from so that can be a bit of a problem for some people. However, if you’re targeting users from the US or Europe there’s generally nothing to worry about because SiteGround performs great in these regions.

Uptime

Unlike many other providers, SiteGround doesn’t make a big deal about the uptime of its servers or brag about it in big bold letters on its home page. Does that mean the uptimes aren’t very good? No, quite the contrary. During our testing, we haven’t noticed any significant outages and it seems downtime isn’t an issue at SiteGround, in general, based on all the other reviews we’ve read online. No company has 100% uptime all-year-round but SiteGround comes as close as you can get.

While the company doesn’t mention anything about the uptime on the home page, you can find some information about it by reading the SiteGround Terms of Service. Since most people don’t bother with that, we’ll give you a quick summary of what it says.

SiteGround guarantees network uptime of 99.9% on an annual base. If your actual uptime falls below the promised value by even less than 1% you are entitled to a month of free hosting. You also get an additional month of free hosting for every 1% of uptime lost below 99%. That’s quite generous but there is a caveat here. Scheduled maintenance and downtime caused by sources outside of SiteGround’s control (such as DDoS attacks) will not be counted when calculating your total uptime.

Customer Support

A lot of people don’t need to contact customer support all that often but if you do happen to need assistance, you’re in good hands here. In fact, SiteGround’s customer support can easily be considered one of the company’s main selling points. The provider offers 24/7 support via tickets, live chat and phone, with a toll-free number available in certain regions.

You can expect a fast reply regardless of which channel you choose. We were particularly impressed by the speed at which agents reply to tickets since this channel is usually the slowest. That’s not really the case here as tickets are answered in 10 minutes or faster. Meanwhile, live chat and phone responses are pretty much instant most of the time. The only problem with SiteGround’s customer support is that you need to jump through several hoops in order to use the live chat. Aside from that, though, the support is very solid.

In addition to the aforementioned channels, SiteGround also has an extensive knowledge base with hundreds of useful articles. All articles are sorted by category and sub-category and there’s also a search bar, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding what you’re looking for. It’s usually better to try getting in touch with an agent if you’re a newcomer but if you’re already an experienced webmaster, you can definitely fix a lot of problems yourself by simply consulting the knowledge base.

F.A.Q.

Does SiteGround Offer VPS Hosting?

SiteGround offers cloud hosting plans, which come with dedicated resources just like VPS packages, but are not quite the same thing. Buying a VPS plan will give you dedicated access to a single machine whereas with cloud hosting you get access to resources that are spread amongst a number of different machines. Cloud hosting is often considered a better option but VPS is a lot cheaper.

Does SiteGround Offer Dedicated Servers?

SiteGround did use to offer dedicated servers until fairly recently but the company eventually switched entirely to cloud hosting (in addition to shared hosting). A dedicated hosting plan is essentially a more powerful version of a VPS. It’s also a lot more expensive. Price-wise, SiteGround’s cloud hosting plans are somewhere between a VPS and a dedicated server. If you’re looking for a company that offers VPS and dedicated packages, as well as cloud hosting, we recommend checking out DreamHost.

Is SiteGround a Good Choice For Beginners?

Absolutely. Not only does the company offer a cPanel but there’s also a separate panel with very useful site tools designed by the folks over at SiteGround themselves. Having said that, we do recommend going for a WordPress package if this is your first time building a site because it will make things a lot easier.

Is it Better to Use Weebly or WordPress to Build a Site Hosted on SiteGround?

WordPress is definitely the better option in most cases because SiteGround offers special packages that work great with the CMS. Weebly might be easier to work with but SiteGround only includes the free version of the builder, which comes with a lot of limitations. You can pay for a premium Weebly plan but in that case you’re better off skipping SiteGround and signing up with Weebly directly since the builder comes with free hosting.

What is SiteGround’s Refund Policy?

According to SiteGround’s refund policy, the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all shared hosting plans and a 15-day money-back guarantee for cloud hosting packages. The policy does not cover domain registrations or renewals.

Final Thoughts

SiteGround is a very solid choice for all types of users, though it’s particularly good for hosting WordPress websites. The company’s prices are a bit higher than the market average but you definitely get your money’s worth here. Even the cheapest packages come with tools and features that other providers force you to buy separately. Then again, most providers offer free domains with their hosting plans while SiteGround doesn’t, so there are clearly some drawbacks as well.

While there’s not quite as much variety as we would have liked when it comes to the types of hosting on offer, SiteGround does cover its bases by offering both shared and cloud hosting. There are specialized packages for WordPress and online stores but those, too, are ultimately shared hosting plans with extra features. Still, we do appreciate that the company is trying to make things easier for users who are looking for a quick way of setting up a WordPress site or eCommerce platform.

As far as the performance is concerned, our experience has been very positive and this seems to be the case for most people based on our research. The same can also be said about the customer support, though if we were to nitpick, we would recommend improving the live chat system just a little bit. Aside from that, though, we don’t have any major complaints and we wholeheartedly recommend checking out SiteGround because this is overall one of the best hosting providers on the market right now.

Weebly Review – A Well-Rounded Website Builder With Plenty to Offer

Even in 2020 a lot of people still think that building a website is no simple feat. While it’s true that the process can require a lot of time and effort in some cases, for the most part, now pretty much anyone can create a new website with relative ease. That’s because these days you don’t have to build the whole thing from scratch any more thanks to platforms like WordPress, Wix or Squarespace. Any of those platforms can be a fine choice for your future website, but in this article, we’re going to take a look at a builder you may have overlooked until now – Weebly.

Weebly is in a bit of an awkward spot right now because of its competitors. Generally speaking, there are four main options to consider when you’re building a new website and choosing between them is very easy if you know exactly what you’re trying to build. Namely, you want WordPress for functionality, Squarespace for looks, Shopify for eCommerce, and Wix for ease of use. So when should you use Weebly then? Well, Weebly is a great choice if you’re looking for a jack-of-all-trades builder that can do a little bit of everything.

Now, Weebly isn’t the only platform that can accommodate any type of website, but it is one of the best. And in this article, we’re going to help you find out if Weebly is the right choice for your future website or if you should consider other options instead. In order to give you a good idea of what Weebly is all about, we’re going to take a closer look at important aspects such as price, features, tools, and customer support and see what sort of conclusions we can draw after weighing all the pros and cons of this builder. But before we delve into the technical stuff, let’s start with a quick overview.

Overview

Weebly is well over a decade old at this point, having launched back in 2007. The platform struggled to find a niche at the beginning but managed to gradually attract a pretty solid user base in the years to come. As of 2020, Weebly powers more than 50 million websites, a very respectable figure even compared to juggernauts like Wix. Weebly was acquired by payment processor Square in 2018, a move that proved beneficial for both companies. Unsurprisingly, Weebly started focusing more and more on eCommerce following the acquisition in an effort to expand its business and attract new users.

The platform is intuitive and very accessible, allowing even inexperienced users to create professional-looking websites with relative ease. While you don’t need to be a coder to build a site with Weebly, knowing your way around scripting languages like CSS and HTML does allow you to customize pages to a much higher degree. One of the advantages of Weebly is that the platform has a built-in coding editor, which is much easier to work with compared to builders like Wix where you to have to switch to the “Dev Mode” in order to inject code.

Weebly tends to focus on functionality rather than looks so the UI can feel a bit outdated at times. On the bright side, the platform comes with some very helpful built-in features, like the aforementioned coding editor. On top of that, you have a very wide selection of apps at your disposal and a decent amount of themes to choose from.

Navigation and Ease of Use

Weebly does a pretty good job of guiding you through the process of building a new website. Upon visiting Weebly’s homepage you are immediately greeted with a big blue button that reads “Create Your Website.” All you need to do is click it, sign up for a new account and you’re off to the races. Weebly can be used for free so you don’t need to worry about giving out credit card details or any other sensitive information during the registration process. In fact, you don’t need to give out any information because you can simply sign in with Google or Facebook if you want to.

Once that’s out of the way, you will be redirected to your dashboard where you can start building your new website. There are a few useful articles embedded in the dashboard that can help you get started, along with a link to Weebly’s “Inspiration Center,” which contains even more useful information about working with the builder. You can spend a bit of time reading the documentation but I suggest jumping straight into the building process because you’ll easily be able to figure out how everything works with a bit of practice.

The site editor layout is pretty simplistic. You’ve got all available elements and apps located on the left and you can switch pages, themes, and access various settings by using the top menu. There’s a toggle button that can be used to show or hide some of the elements. Aside from that, though, there aren’t any other hidden buttons or menus so you have a good overview of all the available tools right off the bat.

Not the Best Layout but Decent Enough

It is slightly annoying that the various elements can’t be sorted by category and that there’s no search function to help you find certain things faster. Then again, Weebly doesn’t feature nearly as many elements as some of the other popular editors out there. At least, not in its base form. You can add a bunch of apps to unlock elements that aren’t available at first, such as mosaic galleries, tables or text animations.

On one hand, it’s nice that Weebly makes certain elements optional instead of overwhelming you with hundreds of them from the get-go. On the other hand, it would have been better to just implement a sorting system and search function instead. That way, you can have as many elements as you want and still be able to find anything you need quickly. As it stands, you need to scroll through a list every time you want to add new elements to your page. And the more apps you have installed, the more you’ll need to keep scrolling because the Apps are located beneath the Individual Elements in the list and there doesn’t seem to be a way to re-arrange the various icons. While this system doesn’t make the building process more difficult per se, it does make it more inefficient and time-consuming than it has to be.

If you can overlook that little hassle, the rest of the building process is actually pretty fun. Weebly features drag-and-drop functionality so you can grab any element you want and simply drop it on the page. This is a structured builder so you are a bit limited in regards to where you can place elements. All the sections that can accommodate the elements you want to add are highlighted, which is a nice touch. Another nice feature worth noting is the fact that all the changes you make to the desktop version automatically translate to the mobile one, so you don’t have to edit the two versions separately.

Themes

Weebly offers around 50 themes, which is a fairly modest selection compared to other site builders. Themes are split into a handful of different categories such as Business, Portfolio, Event or Blog. Some themes come with elements and apps that are relevant to their respective category. For example, one theme may have a mosaic gallery while a different one may feature a team card. Interestingly enough, none of the themes seem to be specifically designed for online stores, despite’s Weebly recent focus on eCommerce. That said, you can add a shopping cart and other eCommerce-specific features to any of the available themes.

Even though Weebly’s selection of themes is pretty limited, you can unlock more themes by downloading them from third-party sources like Webfire Themes and then importing them to your account. If you’re familiar with WordPress you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. Most of the themes you’ll find on third-party sites cost around $40-50 but you can find a few free ones as well. Regardless of whether you’re buying them from third-party sources or not, all the themes used by Weebly are mobile-responsive and easy to customize.

One of the most useful features offered by Weebly is the ability to switch themes on the fly without losing any of your content. This is a major advantage over rivals like Wix because it lets you completely change the look of your website as often as you want.

Best For

Similar to most other site builders, Weebly can technically be used to create any type of website. Realistically speaking, though, the builder will struggle with certain types more than others. That’s why we think you should only use Weebly for the following types of websites:

Blogs

Weebly is a very good option for bloggers and includes several themes that are specifically designed for this very purpose. You can expect to find all the basic features, including tags, categories, post scheduling, and social media integration, as well as add comments sections to your pages. Weebly is also very SEO-friendly, which is always a big advantage for blogs. The only drawback is that you can’t set up a blog with multiple contributors. So overall, Weebly is a great choice for people looking to start their first blog, even among other big competitors, as seen in our GoDaddy comparison.

Small Business

A large portion of Weebly’s user base is comprised of small business owners so if you’re running a small coffee shop or restaurant, this could be the perfect builder for you. One of the main reasons is because Weebly is great for creating simple websites in a short amount of time. It also helps that you can afford to build a Weebly website even if you’re running on a shoestring budget. You don’t need to hire a professional designer since you can do it all by yourself. The builder is more than capable of displaying contact information, addresses, or maps and you can also add a contact form to your site.

Portfolios

Squarespace is usually a better choice when it comes to portfolios but Weebly can also do a decent job at it. You can easily create websites meant to showcase images, and adding galleries, about me or contact pages is a piece of cake. Weebly templates aren’t as flashy as those offered by other builders but you don’t always have to opt for style over substance. Besides, you can create a Weebly portfolio without spending any money, which is always a big plus.

Online Stores

Although we tend to recommend Shopify as the best builder for eCommerce, there’s no denying that Weebly has become a very appealing option for online stores as of late. Setting up an online store with Weebly is relatively cheap and gets you quite a few useful features. Weebly doesn’t charge commissions from Business and Business Pro users and allows them to sell an unlimited number of physical or digital products and services. In addition, the builder offers tons of useful features like automatic tax calculator, inventory management, item badges, shipping labels, abandoned cart recovery, coupons, discounts, and many more.

Plans and Pricing

Weebly is one of the cheapest builders on the market, possibly second only to Wix when it comes to raw bang for the buck. You can use the platform for free if you don’t mind the restrictions and upgrade later or go directly for a paid plan in order to unlock a bunch of extra tools and features.

Free Plan

Opting for the free plan is a good idea if you want to build a small website or blog. You can use the free plan for as long as you want but you only get 500 MB of storage to work with and you won’t be able to connect a custom domain to your site. You will be assigned a Weebly-branded domain and you’ll also have to display non-removable ads on your site. Quite a few limitations but it’s not all bad. Free plan users benefit from customer support, an SSL certificate, and access to the community forums. In addition, they can also take advantage of SEO tools, contact forms, and a couple of other features.

Premium Plans

If you’re looking to build a serious site it’s essential that you go for one of the premium plans. Prices start at only $5 per month, however, the basic package is a bit difficult to recommend because it doesn’t offer anything special aside from the ability to connect a custom domain name to your site. Otherwise, the basic plan is identical to the free one. The cheapest package would be a lot easier to recommend if it also removed the ads but as it stands, we suggest either sticking with the free plan or upgrading directly to the Pro tier.

The Pro tier will set you back $12 per month but removes all branded ads and includes a free domain name for 1 year. This plan also unlocks basic eCommerce functionality so the value is already pretty good. Weebly sweetens the deal further by also adding a few additional features along with phone support, which isn’t available with the previous tiers. Pro is Weebly’s best value tier in our opinion and it’s not really worth upgrading further unless you plan to build an online store. If eCommerce is what you’re after, you have two options to choose from.

Upgrading to the Business plan will cost you $25 per month and grants you a veritable slew of eCommerce and marketing tools. Starting with this plan, you can use badges to let your customers know when certain items are on sale, running low or sold out. The plan also unlocks most of the other essential eCommerce features like inventory management, item reviews, and gift cards. In addition, Pro gives you access to advanced statistics regarding sales trends and allows you to use pop-up notifications on your website.

Going one step further and upgrading to the $38/mo Business Plan grants a couple more perks but this package doesn’t offer as much value for the price compared to the previous one. For the extra $13/mo needed to upgrade you only get two extra features in the form of abandoned cart recovery and a real-time shipping calculator. The plan also lets you launch email marketing campaigns but that’s about it. Granted, the extra features can come in handy in certain situations but we think most users would be just fine sticking with the regular Business package and using some free eCommerce apps to add more functionality to their stores.

Additional Tools and Features

We already discussed some of the standout tools and features offered by Weebly but there are a few more that we think are worth mentioning. Some of these are more useful than others but all of them are important in their own right and add extra value to an already well-rounded site builder.

Domain Registration

You already know that most of Weebly’s plans include a free domain name for 1 year but what if you wanted to purchase a domain separately? You can register a new domain or renew an existing one for $19.95 per year. This is a bit more expensive compared to other builders, however, domains registered with Weebly include domain privacy by default. Some builders (like Wix) give you the option of buying domains without privacy for cheaper but you should generally avoid doing that as privacy is very important.

Social Tools

Weebly integrates with over a dozen social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. You can also add RSS feeds, RSVP forms, surveys and newsletters to your site. The builder also allows you to embed YouTube videos and display likes, shares or follower counts. The built-in social tools are pretty solid from the get-go but you can add even more by visiting the app center. There, you can find apps for social media marketing, comments, testimonials, social sharing, Instagram feeds, and more.

Backup and Restore

Many builders don’t give users a reliable way of backing up and restoring their website and that’s partially the case with Weebly as well. Now, Weebly does allow you to back up your site and download its contents as a .zip file, which can be stored locally or on a third-party platform. So far so good. However, there’s no proper way of restoring that .zip back onto Weebly after you’ve downloaded it. You can unpack the archive and upload the content manually afterward but things like template layouts will be lost. This system certainly isn’t the best we’ve ever seen but it’s at least somewhat useful so we have to give Weebly some credit for implementing it.

SEO Tools

If you want to learn about search engine optimization but don’t know where to start, we recommend checking out Weebly’s Ultimate SEO Guide because it’s one of the most detailed ones out there. If you don’t feel like reading massive amounts of documentation you can, of course, skip that and experiment with the built-in SEO tools instead. You have all the basic ones you might expect, such as URL editing, meta title editing, the ability to add descriptions, tags, alt text to images, and more. Weebly also integrates with Google analytics and offers an in-depth website statistics dashboard to help you keep track of your audience.

App Marketplace

Weebly has a very solid app marketplace with over 350 add-ons to choose from. Apps can be easily added to any site with the click of a button and, as mentioned before, appear separately than other elements in the site editor. The marketplace could have featured more categories for the various apps but there is a search function so finding the add-on you need isn’t too difficult. Many of the apps found in the marketplace can be used for free, however, the selection of premium apps is a lot more impressive. Most premium apps will only cost you a couple of bucks per month but some of them can get a lot more expensive, with prices surpassing $50 per month in many cases.

Members Area

This is a very useful feature that allows webmasters to restrict access to certain pages. Or rather, to allow only a select group of people to view said pages. You can set up private pages while constructing your site and then use the dashboard to give certain members exclusive access to them. If you don’t want to bother with individual members, you can create groups instead and set specific permissions to each of them.

Performance and Reliability

All-purpose site builders are usually not as fast as specialized platforms, but Weebly is actually doing pretty good in the speed department. We found that websites build using Weebly load in around 560 ms on average, which is a pretty solid result and slightly faster than its main rivals. In our Wix vs. Weebly comparison, we mentioned how Wix’s loading speeds are above 600 ms on average. And based on the data we collected for our Squarespace review, it seems that 600+ ms is usually the norm for site builders.

As far as the uptime is concerned, you can expect a Weebly website to maintain an average uptime of around 99.97%. Once again, this is slightly above average when compared to other site builders. For instance, both Wix and Squarespace had an average uptime of 99.95% during our testing. Even though there is always room for improvement, Weebly is definitely not a bad pick if you’re looking for a builder that offers good performance and reliability.

Customer Support

Weebly is very easy to work with so you probably won’t need to contact support very often. If you do happen to need a helping hand, though, the company’s agents are at your disposal. Weebly offers customer support via three channels – phone, tickets, and live chat. Out of the three, only the ticket system is available 24/7. You can reach out to agents via live chat and phone from 6 AM to 6 PM PST. Phone support is reserved for users who opt for the Pro plan or better while the other two channels are available to everyone, including free plan users.

In addition to the direct channels, Weebly also offers a comprehensive Support Center where you can find plenty of useful articles and guides about working with the platform. To top it all off, Weebly has a blog where it posts informative articles fairly regularly along with community forums, which can be accessed by all users regardless of which plan they use. There’s also an on-page support system that you can access while using the site editor but it’s a bit basic compared to what builders like Wix are offering.

F.A.Q.

Can I Upgrade my Free Weebly Account to a Premium One?

Yes, users can upgrade their free plans at any time in order to gain access to the extra tools and features provided by the premium packages. Not just that, but you can also upgrade from a cheaper premium plan to a more expensive one. In that case, you’ll only need to pay the difference, not the full amount.

Does Weebly Offer Free Professional Emails?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Weebly does offer email addresses via G Suite but not for free, though you can take advantage of the trial to test out the service for up to 15 days. After that, you’ll need to pay $49 per year (per user) in order to keep using the mailbox.

Does Weebly Have a Mobile Editor?

The platform does indeed offer an app that you can use to edit and manage your website on the go. The app allows you to add content to your site, share articles, check statistics, manage comments, and more. While you can use the app to create a website from scratch, doing so from a mobile device can be a somewhat challenging process. Still, the option is there.

Can I Use Weebly in Conjunction with a Hosting Provider?

Yes, Bluehost, HostGator, and a few other providers offer integration with Weebly. Using the website builder this way comes with a few perks, including unlimited resources, email accounts, database access, and more, all of which are included with most plans offered by these companies. On the flip side, you won’t be able to contact Weebly’s support agents and you may have to wait longer for updates.

Does Weebly Have Multiple Data Centers Around the World?

No, not at this time. The company hosts all its websites in a single location, which can be found in San Francisco, California. That’s where the company’s main headquarters is located as well.

What is Weebly’s Refund Policy?

Weebly offers a 30-day money-back guarantee with all paid plans. The only caveat to this is that only users who subscribe to a yearly plan are eligible for the refund. This is something to keep in mind when trying to decide between yearly and month-to-month payments.

Final Thoughts

Weebly is a well-rounded builder that allows users to create websites quickly and painlessly. Even if you’re a complete novice when it comes to site building, you shouldn’t have any issues figuring out how to make good use of this platform. Weebly is a pretty option for veteran webmasters as well thanks to its built-in coding editor. However, Weebly is not as flexible as other platforms so if you want to create a very complex website, you’re better off going with something like WordPress instead.

Weebly ranked at number 1 in our best Wix alternatives list and is number 2 on our list of best alternatives to Squarespace. Needless to say, we really enjoy using the builder and we wholeheartedly recommend it to most users. Weebly does have certain drawbacks that make it a less appealing option in certain cases. Some of the most obvious cons include the limited selection of templates, slightly outdated user interface, and the lack of free emails, among other things. Despite that, however, we think most users will be satisfied with that Weebly has to offer. Besides, the builder can be used for free so you’re not risking anything by giving it a shot.

Wix vs. Weebly

If you’re trying to find the best builder for your next website, you probably already know that there are only a handful of reliable options out there. Most of the famous builders on the market were designed with a specific audience in mind, so choosing between them is easy if you already know what type of website you want to build. If you want to create an online store, for example, your best bet is Shopify, while Squarespace would be the perfect choice to display your work portfolio. Meanwhile, WordPress should generally be the number one pick for tech-savvy users.

If you’re looking for an all-purpose website builder, on the other hand, we recommend going with either Wix or Weebly. These two builders are very similar in many ways, so it can be somewhat difficult to pick between them. At first glance, Wix seems like the safer choice, but because we don’t take things at face value around here, we decided to do some testing in order to find out if that is indeed the case. In this article, we’re going to share our findings and help you decide between the two. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into our Wix vs. Weebly comparison.

Overview

Wix

Wix was founded in 2006 to create a platform that would allow anybody to build a professional-looking website regardless of their experience level. The idea quickly caught on, and it only took three years for the platform to be adopted by over 1 million users. That figure jumped to 50 million by 2014 and continued to grow steadily ever since. The company employed numerous marketing strategies over the years in an attempt to attract new users, including some very successful SuperBowl ads and an infamous commercial starring Karlie Kloss. As of 2020, Wix has over 160 million users and is estimated to power around 100 million websites.

Even though Wix’s marketing campaigns helped increase its popularity over the years, the main reason why people continue to flock to the website builder is because of its ease of use. Wix offers a very appealing all-in-one package that includes not just a site builder but also web hosting, a custom domain, access to various apps, and more. The site editor uses a very intuitive drag-and-drop system combined with a WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) interface that allows users to see changes in real-time without the need to preview or update their site.

Wix can be used to build pretty much any type of website but is particularly suitable for small businesses, simple online stores, and personal projects like blogs or work portfolios. In our Wix review, we discovered that the platform also has a lot to offer to novice developers and coders thanks to its built-in “Dev Mode.” Meanwhile, users who want to build a new website without any hassles can take advantage of the Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence), a very innovative system that can do most of the work for you.

Weebly

Weebly launched one year after Wix and fought an uphill battle in order to catch up to its main rival. Despite being late to the party, however, many people found Weebly’s builder to be more appealing, and the platform managed to acquire a very respectable user base over the years. According to the company, Weebly now powers over 50 million websites around the world. Following Weebly’s acquisition by Square in 2018, the company started focusing on expanding its eCommerce potential, a move that helped the builder differentiate itself from long-time competitors like Wix.

Weebly’s mission statement reads very similar to that of Wix. Namely, the company’s goal is to empower users and provide them with all the tools needed to create and manage a website with ease. The builder is generally considered a bit more difficult to use than Wix, but it’s still more accessible than an open-source platform like WordPress. Weebly uses the same drag-and-drop functionality you can get from most builders nowadays, along with the WYSIWYG system mentioned earlier.

One of the criticisms you’ll often hear about Weebly is that the platform feels a bit outdated by today’s standards. Indeed, many of the UI elements look like they haven’t been updated in nearly a decade, and the editor can seem too rigid at times. Having said that, Weebly has certain built-in features that you can’t find at Wix, and its eCommerce tools are much stronger. In addition, Weebly has a very impressive marketplace with plenty of useful apps that can make up for some of the builder’s shortcomings.

Navigation and Ease of Use

Wix and Weebly are both renowned for their ease of use, and getting started with either platform takes less than two minutes. Wix has a more modern look and is generally considered to be a bit more user-friendly than its competitor. Weebly, on the other hand, has a more structured editor that may be more appealing for certain users even though the interface can be an eyesore at times.

Wix

The site editor is by far one of Wix’s main selling points. Unlike many other builders out there, Wix uses a free-form (often referred to as Pixel Perfect) builder that gives users complete freedom to customize everything as they see fit. When you combine this with the drag-and-drop functionality, it results in a system that allows you to move elements absolutely anywhere you want on a page. This system is beneficial for fine-tuning and playing around with small elements that would typically be difficult to work with when using a regular block-based editor like Weebly.

Another essential aspect that many users will surely appreciate is the editor’s non-obtrusive nature. You’ve got the options for adding various elements to the left of the UI, the settings and tools at the top, and customization options to the right. The menus occupy a tiny portion of the screen and don’t shift your attention away from the center of the page, where the editing itself takes place. The interface is incredibly responsive, so you can expect the process of adding, removing, or customizing various elements to occur pretty much instantly.

Compared to Weebly, Wix’s editor seems more comfortable to manage. You don’t get bombarded by tons of options as soon as you open the editor, and there’s no need to scroll down in order to find additional menus or buttons because everything is clearly visible at a glance. The only thing that makes Wix more difficult to work with compared to other builders is the fact that you’ll need to edit the desktop and mobile versions of your site separately. The changes you make while working on one version won’t automatically translate to the other. This can be seen as a drawback by some users, but, on the other hand, it does allow you more freedom to optimize your site for different types of devices.

Weebly

Weebly uses a more traditional section-based editor similar to the ones you’ll find at Squarespace or WordPress. This type of editor doesn’t give you quite as much freedom as the one used by Wix, but it does have its benefits. A lot of first-time users prefer this system because it gives you a clear structure and shows you exactly where each piece of the puzzle is supposed to fit. That said, experienced webmasters will likely find this system somewhat limiting as it makes it harder to create a unique looking website.

Weebly’s editor layout is similar to the one used by Wix, but there are a couple of interesting differences, the most important being that there are far fewer elements and customization options. You can still find all the available elements on the left-hand side of the screen, but many of them will be hidden at first. That wouldn’t be a massive problem since Wix also forces you to click specific icons in order to see more elements. However, Wix sorts its elements by category and keeps them hidden from view until you click one of the icons. Weebly doesn’t use a sorting system and decided to stack all items on top of each other instead, which is a far less elegant solution.

While seeing all available elements with just one click can be helpful, it’s often a bit of a hassle because you have to scroll down every time you want to add certain elements. You do get used to this system after a while, but it feels very inefficient compared to the one used by Wix, especially since there’s no separate menu for the apps either. Weebly can feel very sluggish at times compared to Wix, so having to scroll a bunch to find what you’re looking for only makes things even more frustrating. On the bright side, you don’t have to worry about customizing your site multiple times for various devices because all the changes you make on the desktop will be reflected on mobile.

Navigation and Ease of Use – Even though the section-based editor can be seen as an advantage in certain situations, Weebly tends to feel clunky and unresponsive a lot of the time. Wix is a lot faster and uses a sorting system that makes it easier to find various options and elements.

Templates and Design Flexibility

There is a pretty big difference between Wix and Weebly when it comes to the number of templates on offer. Wix offers over 500 templates to choose from while Weebly only has around 50. In terms of quality, you can’t really go wrong with either of them, and both builders allow you to play with the code of each template. This isn’t necessarily relevant for users who aren’t very tech-savvy, but developers will surely enjoy this useful feature.

Wix

Having more than 500 templates at your disposal can seem a bit overwhelming if you’re not sure what sort of website you want to build. If you already have a plan, however, things get much more straightforward because Wix sorts all its templates into categories and sub-categories. There are at least a handful of templates for every industry or niche you can think of. Some of the templates have been around for a while and look a bit outdated, but most of them are very modern and stylish. All 500+ templates offered by Wix are technically available for free. However, you won’t be able to use some of them unless you sign up for an eCommerce plan.

If you don’t like any of the designs or simply want to build a website from scratch, you can use a blank template instead. Blank templates come in multiple variants, most of which feature some sort of basic elements to help you get started, such as a gallery, portfolio, or header. Blank templates give seasoned designers the opportunity to create something unique, while the aforementioned “Dev Mode” can be used to add functionality that’s not available with the pre-configured templates. The drawback is that users need to switch between the “Dev Mode” and the regular mode in order to inject code. Weebly, on the other hand, lets you do this without switching.

Another drawback of Wix is that the builder doesn’t let you change templates once your site is live. This can cause quite a few problems for people who like to change the design of their website often, we’ve gone into details about these problems in our Bluehost vs. Wix article. Combine this with the fact that coding is not built directly into the editor and that changes made on the desktop version don’t translate to the mobile version, and it quickly becomes apparent that making significant changes to a Wix website can cause some headaches.

Weebly

Weebly is more similar to Squarespace than Wix when it comes to its selection of templates. The company only uses templates created by professional designers, so the quality is there, but there’s not that much variety, especially when compared to Wix. Then again, less is more in some situations because many people tend to feel overwhelmed when presented with too much choice. Weebly also sorts its templates by category, but because the selection is so limited, there are only a handful of categories to choose from.

Weebly themselves don’t offer any premium templates. However, you can still purchase them from third-party sources like Webfire Themes. Most of the premium templates cost around $40, but there are also a few that you can download for free. So why does Weebly support third-party templates while Wix doesn’t? Well, it all boils down to the fact that Weebly has a feature that allows users to upload custom templates to the builder, similar to how WordPress works. Wix doesn’t have such a feature; however, you can buy professional pre-built sites from places like Wix Pro Themes. Sites like that cost around $150, which isn’t exactly a small investment for the average user.

Unlike Wix, Weebly allows you to change the template of a live site and lets you inject code directly into a template without having to switch to a different editing mode. Another advantage is that you don’t have to worry about customizing your website for different devices. The changes you make to the desktop version will automatically translate to the mobile version. This makes things easier to manage, but there’s also a drawback to the system – you can’t directly customize the mobile version of the theme.

Templates and Design Flexibility – Wix is a very flexible builder that gives you a choice between starting from scratch and going with a pre-configured template. Weebly doesn’t give you the option of starting from the ground up, and its selection of templates is a lot more limited compared to that of Wix. We have to give this one to Wix because of its impressive variety of designs. However, it’s a really close call because not being able to switch templates on live sites can be a real hassle.

Plans and Pricing

It’s finally time to get to the good stuff. Ease of use and customization are clearly paramount, but at the end of the day, a large percentage of users look at the price before taking anything else into consideration. In essence, you can’t go wrong with either of these builders since Wix and Weebly are both very affordable. Having said that, one of our competitors does offer a slightly better bang for the buck than the other.

The Free Plans

Before we delve into the premium packages, it’s worth noting that you can use either of these builders for an unlimited time without spending a penny. Sounds too good to be true? Well, there is, of course, a catch to all of this. The two companies do indeed offer free plans, but they come with a number of restrictions that make them unsuitable for building serious websites, though they are a decent option for small blogs. The free plans (in both cases) force you to display branded ads and prevent you from connecting a custom domain. They also come with minimal amounts of storage and bandwidth, so don’t expect much scalability with a free plan.

The Paid Plans

Wix offers a total of seven premium plans, the cheapest of which will only set you back $4.50 per month. The basic plan is almost identical to the free one in terms of its limitations but does allow you to connect a custom domain if you happen to have one, that is. All plans starting with the second one (Combo) remove Wix-branded ads and come with a free domain for one year. Wix’s final three packages all feature eCommerce functionality and include a few other perks like Google Analytics integration, $75 worth of ad vouchers, and a couple of premium apps.

Weebly’s basic premium plan goes for $5 per month, so just a bit more expensive compared to its rival. The company offers three additional premium plans, with prices ranging between $12 and $38 per month. All three plans include a shopping cart, so it’s possible to create an online store with Weebly for as little as $12 per month. Meanwhile, Wix requires you to pay at least $17 per month in order to unlock eCommerce functionality. Another important difference to note is that Weebly offers unlimited storage with all premium plans aside from the cheapest one. Wix doesn’t offer unlimited storage with any of its packages.

Wix includes surprisingly few interesting features with its plans and offers little incentive for upgrading past the $12.50/mo Unlimited tier. The only reason to go beyond that is so you can unlock eCommerce functionality. Aside from that and a couple of other features, Unlimited is almost identical to the more expensive plans. We see a very similar situation in the case of Weebly as well, with the $12 per month plan being by far the most appealing for the average user. In this case, however, you do get access to a lot more eCommerce features by upgrading to one of the other plans. If you’re not really interested in building an online store, however, it’s probably best to just stick to the Pro plan.

Plans and Pricing – Another very close call, but this round goes to Weebly. The builder has fewer plans to choose from, but the fact that most of them come with unlimited storage and a shopping cart is a big advantage, in our opinion. Weebly also offers more eCommerce features, and its best value ($12/mo Pro) plan is just a little bit cheaper than Wix’s equivalent ($12.50/mo Unlimited) package.

Additional Features and Tools

Domain Registration

You can get a free domain name for one year with any premium Wix package except for the basic one. If you already own a custom domain, you can easily connect it to any of the plans, including the cheapest one. Alternatively, you can purchase a domain separately from Wix for only $9.99 per year and connect that one to the basic plan. Domain privacy is not included by default, but you can add it during the checkout process for an additional $8.99 per year.

Weebly uses an identical system where the cheapest premium plan can be connected to an already owned or newly registered domain, while the other packages include one for free. Renewing a domain or purchasing a new one will set you back $19.95 per year. All domains offered by Weebly automatically come with domain privacy, so you won’t have to purchase that separately in this case. Weebly charges more than Wix for domain registrations but not by much – $19.95 vs. $18.98 (with privacy).

Backup and Restore

Both Wix and Weebly offer backup systems that are far inferior compared to the ones you get with traditional hosting providers like Bluehost or SiteGround. Wix includes a Site History feature that lets you restore your website to a previous version whenever you want. While this is a great feature to have, it only creates a limited amount of restore points, so if you save often, you won’t be able to switch back an old version of your site because it will eventually be overwritten by a newer one.

Wix also lets you create duplicates of your site, which seems to be a more useful feature as there’s seemingly no limit to how many versions you can save. That said, the fact that you can’t use any of these features to back up your site externally is a major drawback.

Unlike Wix, Weebly does allow users to store backups of their sites externally. Backups are sent to your mailbox as .zip files that you can download locally and then upload to a different platform. The problem here is that the builder doesn’t have a restore feature to go with it. You can still manually upload your content back to your Weebly site, but there’s no practical way of directly restoring things like layouts.

In addition to this system, Weebly also has a neat feature that you can use to undo changes made to your site quickly. However, this only works as long as you don’t publish your site. Once the site is live, or if you exit the editor, you won’t be able to undo the changes anymore.

eCommerce

As previously mentioned, Weebly started focusing more and more on eCommerce ever since Square acquired it back in 2018. The builder isn’t nearly as powerful as a specialized platform like Shopify, but it does offer a lot more features and tools than direct competitors like Wix. The platform allows you to sell both digital and physical goods, as well as a wide variety of services.

You also have access to features like inventory management, abandoned cart recovery, shipping calculator, automatic tax calculator, gift cards, coupons, shipping labels, and more. Weebly charges a 3% fee on every transaction, but this only affects Pro plan users. Those who upgrade to the Business or Business Pro packages benefit from 0% commission on all sales, along with many other benefits.

While Wix can also be used to build online stores, the eCommerce features on offer aren’t quite as impressive as some of its alternatives. But you do have the basics like a secure checkout, inventory tracking, order management, coupons, discount codes, and the ability to sell both digital and physical goods. Wix doesn’t take a cut of your transactions either and allows multiple payment options, including PayPal. Aside from that, though, there’s nothing to write home about here. Wix is fully capable of providing great eCommerce support, but it relies on apps to do it much more than Weebly.

Marketing

Wix Shoutout is a free tool that allows users to take their email marketing strategies to the next level. The tool offers a hassle-free way of creating marketing campaigns and includes quality-of-life features like scheduling, click rate tracking, customizable templates, and more. Weebly has a very similar tool known as Promote, which is also specifically designed for email marketing. The tool can be integrated directly into a Weebly website and, among other things, allows you to quickly build a list of emails by importing contacts from services like Yahoo, Gmail or MailChimp.

App Marketplace

Whether you’re looking to increase your social media presence, improve the SEO of your content, or add unique functionality to your site, apps are generally the way to go. Both Wix and Weebly offer plenty of quality apps, but Weebly features quite a bit more diversity. Namely, Weebly’s marketplace has around 350 apps, while Wix only offers around 200 of them. You’ll be able to choose between free and premium apps regardless of which builder you pick.

Even though Weebly offers more apps, Wix has a much better sorting system. You can use the system to look for apps in specific categories like Analytics, Business Tools, or Social or find them directly by using the search function. Weebly’s marketplace comes with a search bar as well, but the sorting system is far less helpful. This can make browsing the app center a bit time-consuming on occasion, but it’s by no means a deal-breaker. Overall, both Wix and Weebly have excellent app markets, so you can’t really go wrong with either of them.

SEO

Weebly has a couple of strange limitations (especially when it comes to headings) that make it less than ideal for SEO. However, the builder does come with a few useful built-in SEO tools and Weebly’s comprehensive Ultimate SEO Guide certainly has its uses. If you’re willing to install a couple of apps that can fix some of its innate issues, Weebly can be a decent option for those worried about SEO. Alternatively, you could simply go for Wix instead because the builder comes with more SEO tools and an SEO Wiz that acts as a step-by-step guide for optimizing your site. The best part is that the Wiz is built directly into the editor, so there’s no need to go looking for guides someplace else. If you do need some additional help, however, you can find plenty of useful articles related to SEO in the knowledge base.

Refund Policies

The fact that both builders offer free plans makes it less likely that users will ask for a refund because they already know what to expect when upgrading to a paid plan. Despite this, the two companies still offer money-back guarantees regardless. Wix allows you to ask for a refund within 14 days of making a purchase, while Weebly is a bit more generous and gives you 30 days to do the same.

Additional Features and Tools – To summarize a little bit, Weebly has a slightly better backup & restore system, superior eCommerce functionality, a more extensive selection of apps, and more generous refund policy. Meanwhile, Wix offers cheaper domain registrations, slightly better marketing tools, and absolutely takes the cake when it comes to SEO tools. All in all, Weebly wins this round but just by a hair. The builder has a lot more to offer for eCommerce aficionados, but aside from that, Weebly and Wix are very evenly matched in most of the other departments.

Performance and Reliability

The page loading speeds you get with either Wix or Weebly can vary a lot depending on the type of plan you’re using. For example, sites hosted on free and basic plans will generally be slower because these plans come with limited resources. As far as sites hosted on the other plans are concerned, they tend to be relatively fast. On average, Weebly sites tend to load in about 560 ms, while Wix sites have an average speed of a little over 600 ms. Weebly is usually faster, but the difference is tiny in the grand scheme of things.

The average uptimes tell a similar story. Weebly sites have an average uptime of 99.97%, while Wix’s average sits at around 99.95%. In practical terms, this means that Wix users have to deal with more downtime than Weebly users, but once again, the difference is very small. Regardless of which of these two builders you choose, you won’t have to worry too much about the overall performance of your site.

Performance and Reliability – Weebly sites have marginally better speeds and uptimes than those built on Wix. However, the differences are so small that we wouldn’t advise picking one over the other based on these stats alone.

Customer Support

Inadequate customer support can be a deal-breaker for many users, but there’s no need to worry about that here because Wix and Weebly excel in this department. That said, the two companies don’t offer the exact same support options. Wix works via email and phone but doesn’t have a live chat option. Weebly also has email and phone along with live chat. However, you’ll need to subscribe at least to the Pro plan in order to benefit from phone support at Weebly, which isn’t the case with Wix. Both companies also offer priority support to users who sign up for one of their more expensive plans like Business Plus (Weebly) or Business VIP (Wix).

If you’re looking for self-help options, you can’t go wrong with either of these two because Wix and Weebly have some of the best help centers out there. The help centers are neatly organized and easy to navigate, which makes finding the answer to any question you may have a breeze. Having said that, Wix has an ace up its sleeve in the form of an on-page support system that assists you while you’re editing. This system is handy and makes it so that you’ll pretty much never have to click away from the editor to look for answers.

Customer Support – Even though Weebly features a live chat option, we have to give this one to Wix because its on-page support system is very innovative and incredibly helpful. One could argue that Wix created this system because its platform is more complex, but that doesn’t take away from its ingenuity.

Wix vs. Weebly: Our Pick

Wix and Weebly have been racing neck and neck at every corner, but in the end, there can be only one winner and our personal recommendation goes to Wix. The builder has a well-earned reputation for being extremely user-friendly and very accessible to everybody. We were impressed by the fact that even though Wix is more complex than Weebly, the builder feels very welcoming to newcomers and does a very good job of holding your hand throughout the process of creating and editing your first website.

We definitely don’t want to take away any credit from Weebly here because the platform does have a lot to offer. Thanks to its wide range of eCommerce features, Weebly is a better choice for building online stores, while its app marketplace is one of the best we’ve ever seen. It’s also easy to see how some users may prefer Weebly’s structured editor, especially those transitioning from WordPress, Squarespace, or other platforms that use a similar system. Ultimately, though, the platform feels outdated in certain areas and needs to be modernized if it wants to catch up with Wix.

Overall – You can’t go wrong with either of these two builders, but if you’re looking for the most modern, flexible and easiest to use, we wholeheartedly recommend checking out Wix. The platform has hundreds of templates to choose from and comes with many innovative features that make it ideal for newcomers and veterans alike. Some of the highlights include the Wix ADI, Wix SEO Wiz, “Dev Mode,” on-page support system, and Pixel Perfect editor, to name just a few examples.

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Minecraft Bedrock Edition

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The amount of resources you get with the Bedrock plans is a lot more limited when compared to the Java ones, which isn’t too surprising given the huge price difference. With the basic package, you only get 256 MB of RAM and support for up to 10 players. That’s not a whole lot but given that it only costs $1.5 per month, it’s definitely not a bad deal for those who want to rent their first Minecraft server. At most, you can get up to 3 GB of RAM and support for unlimited players with the most expensive plan. That’s definitely a good offer and very easy to recommend.

Additional Features and Tools

MCProHosting offers a wide variety of interesting features, some of which are quite easy to miss because they’re pretty situational. For example, the company offers military discounts so if you’re a member of the army you can rent a Minecraft server for cheaper than usual. Meanwhile, if you’re a Minecraft content creator or streamer you can take advantage of MCProHosting’s referral program to make a bit of money on the side. Another nice feature is instant cancellation, which lets you cancel the service at any time without having to get in touch with a support agent first.

In terms of traditional features, there are no big surprises in this department as MCProHosting does a good job of covering all its bases. All users benefit from instant setup, DDoS protection, a free MySQL database, free subdomain, and free automatic off-site backups. The company keeps all backups found on its servers for up to 1 year. Once that period expires, the backups will be deleted. While a dedicated IP will cost you $3 per month, you can get an IP with a port for free by signing up for any of the Java edition packages.

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Comparing MCProHosting Features

All that aside, I found the server management packs to be one of the most interesting features offered by MCProHosting. Even though they are a bit expensive, adding one of these packs to your hosting plan would make life a lot easier for you, especially if you’re a newcomer. Veterans shouldn’t have any problems installing modpacks and plugins by themselves but if you’re new to this, you’ll need a bit of help until you wrap your head around how this works. I wouldn’t necessarily call server management packs a must-buy but they’re definitely a nice addition to the company’s already impressive list of features and tools.

Performance and Reliability

When it comes to performance, MCProHosting doesn’t get on the same level as some of the top competitors, like Shockbyte or Scalacube. You can expect servers to run smoothly most of the time but you might experience some lag on occasion. Then again, the same can be said about most game hosting companies so I don’t feel like the minor technical issues are a deal-breaker. Many of the problems are related to the fact that the company doesn’t offer 1-click installs for modpacks so you’ll need to take care of that yourself unless you buy a server management pack of course. If you don’t know your way around installing mods and plugins or if you try to install too many at once, you’ll probably run into some issues.

In addition to adding more support for mod and plugin installs, it wouldn’t hurt if MCProHosting would also upgrade its hardware a bit. The company uses Intel’s E5-2600 series of processors, which are by now means bad, however, in recent times many of its competitors have switched to the superior AMD Ryzen CPUs so it feels like MCProHosting is falling a bit behind here. The servers are pretty solid even with the current hardware but there’s certainly room for improvement.

Excellent Uptime

One thing you won’t have to worry about if you sign up with MCProHosting is the uptime. The company’s servers are known for being highly reliable, with crashes or disconnects being very rare. MCProHosting offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee, and unlike other companies, has an SLA (service level agreement) that essentially forces it to stick to that promise to the best of its abilities. If the company isn’t able to fulfill its uptime guarantee, affected users can request client service credits as compensation.

These credits entitle users anywhere between 7 and 28 days of free service depending on the amount of downtime they experienced. If the server uptime falls below 95% during the course of a single month, you’ll essentially receive almost an entirely free month of hosting as compensation. Naturally, nobody wants to experience downtime, but in case it does happen, it’s nice to know that you’ll receive some sort of compensation in return.

Location Coverage

The location coverage is one of the areas where MCProHosting truly shines. While most Minecraft hosting providers give you 4 or maybe 5 locations to choose from, here you get to pick between a total of 19. The proximity of your server has a direct impact on the amount of latency you will experience. That’s why you always want to go with the absolute closest server whenever possible.

MCProHosting Location Coverage
Servers Location Coverage

The only exception to this rule is if you want to host a server for players located in an entirely different region. In that case, it might be better to rent a server found in the same region as your players to ensure a smooth experience for them, even though that might hurt your own.

Out of the 19 available locations 11 of them are found in the US, spread pretty evenly between the east and the west coast. Another 4 server hubs can be found across Europe in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. The remaining 4 datacenters can be found in Brazil, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australia. Although the distribution isn’t exactly even around the world, MCProHosting’s location coverage remains one of the best out there.

Customer Support

Finding a Minecraft hosting provider with a good customer support team is, unfortunately, pretty rare. Most companies that host game servers are pretty small and don’t employ a lot of staff. As a result, you’ll often have to wait a long time to get a reply from the support team. For the most part, that won’t be the case at MCProHosting. The company’s support agents are generally very fast and very friendly when interacting with clients in need of assistance. Not just that but they also know their stuff so you can expect any problem you may have to be resolved quickly.

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Knowledgebase Page

Support agents can be contacted 24/7 via the ticket system and you can also reach out to them via live chat in case of an urgent problem. The live chat isn’t available 24/7 but you can get in touch with a support agent anytime between 9 AM to 1 AM EST from Monday through Sunday. Users can also gain access to premium support by purchasing one of the server management packs or one of the high-tier hosting plans. Users that have access to premium support can contact agents to help them with everything from uploading worlds to transferring files via FTP. As long as the request is reasonable, the agents will try their best to help with whatever you need.

If you run into a problem that seems relatively easy to fix, you can try looking for a solution in the knowledge base instead of contacting support. The knowledgebase contains around 200 articles and guides, many of which are very useful. If you’re not that much into reading, you can also find a lot of the articles in video format on MCProHosting’s YouTube channel.

F.A.Q.

What Happens if I Forget to Pay for My Server?

There’s no need to worry right away if you forget to pay for your hosting because MCProHosting grants users a 5-day grace period before switching off their service. The service will remain suspended for an additional 9 days after that point if the user fails to make the payment. Once those 9 days have elapsed, all files will automatically be deleted. However, MCProHosting keeps backups of all servers for up to a year so if you ever decide to reactive your subscription during that period, you should be able to recover your files.

Can I Upgrade or Downgrade My Hosting Plan?

Upgrading or downgrading a package is indeed possible and can be done at any time. Moreover, the process can be initiated manually by the user from the Billing Area so there’s no need to contact customer support.

Can I Upload Custom Maps to My Server?

Users can upload any number of maps they wish via WebFTP or a local FTP client like FileZilla. If you need help with the process, make sure to check out the knowledgebase for a step-by-step guide on how to do it using both types of FTP clients.

Can I Change The Location of My Server?

Changing the location of your server is possible but you won’t be able to do it manually. Instead, you’ll need to submit a ticket to customer support and request a transfer. Make sure you really want the transfer before submitting the ticket because changing the server location will also change your IP address.

What’s MCProHosting’s Refund Policy?

MCProHosting offers a 7-day money-back guarantee. However, services purchased using a promotional code are not eligible for refunds while dedicated servers are subject to a 30% restocking fee, so no full refunds in that case.

Final Thoughts

MCProHosting isn’t without its flaws but in this case, the pros outweigh the cons by a pretty significant margin. The main drawback here for most people would have to be the price. While the Bedrock edition plans are quite cheap, the Java edition ones can get pretty expensive, particularly if you also want to add a server management pack. Aside from that, you may occasionally encounter a bit of lag or some technical issues but these occurrences tend to be few and far between.

As far as the positives are concerned, there are quite a few worth mentioning. First off, MCProHosting justifies its high Java prices by including many useful features and a good amount of resources with every package. You can also get great premium support and unlimited everything if you’re willing to invest enough into the service. Another big advantage is the location coverage, which is truly one of the best on the market right now.

Luminati Review – Probably the Most Reliable Proxy Network

If you’re looking to engage in web scraping, SEO research or simply want to remain anonymous while browsing the internet, it helps to have access to a good proxy service. These types of services are a dime a dozen nowadays but there is one that stands out from the crowd in a big way thanks to its ethical business practices and the impressive size of its network. That service is, of course, Luminati. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Luminati is the most popular provider of proxy services in the world right now, but is there actually a good reason for that? Well, that’s exactly what we wanted to find out.

We figured that the best way of evaluating the quality of the company’s services is to test them ourselves, so that’s exactly what we did. To that end, we recently took a close look at what Luminati has to offer and we’re now prepared to share our findings with you. You may already be familiar with some of the stuff we’re going to talk about in this article but stick around until the end because some of the things we learned about Luminati might surprise you. Plus, we have some great exclusive discounts lined up for you so keep reading.

Navigation and Ease of Use

The first thing you’ll probably notice about Luminati is how well put together its website is. Some people might not be interested in that aspect but I think first impressions are important and it helps to have a site that looks good while still being intuitive and easy to navigate. I especially appreciate that Luminati has an entire section dedicated to use cases that explains how and when its various services can come in handy. This is very useful because a lot of people who look into these services don’t know much about them so instead of going to Wikipedia to find information about proxies, you can simply use Luminati’s website instead.

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Luminati Homepage

Website aside, the service itself is very user-friendly so you shouldn’t have any problems learning it works, even if you don’t have any previous experience with proxies. A big reason for that is the Luminati Proxy Manager, an advanced open-source piece of software that comes with a lot of useful features. The manager comes with a built-in data collection tool, the ability to create rules for automated rotation of IPs, limit requests, and filter specific URLs in order to reduce traffic. You also gain access to real-time metrics and the ability to increase the cost-effectiveness of your proxies by using waterfall routing.

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Luminati Chrome Extension in the Dashboard

Another nice that will make your life easier is Luminati’s Chrome browser extension. The extension can be used to target specific geo-locations and edit your settings on the fly. In some ways, the extension works like a more streamlined version of the proxy manager. Although a bit more limited in its capabilities, the extension can be installed on multiple machines, which is great for situations when you want to distribute the workload or make it more difficult for potential snoopers to track your location. Another nice feature is the addition of an incognito mode that can be used to avoid data collection by malicious entities.

Plans and Pricing

Although best known for its residential proxy network, Luminati offers a handful of other services, including dedicated, mobile, and datacenter proxies. Regardless of which type of package you choose, there’s no denying the fact that Luminati charges a premium for its services. Thanks to its very impressive network and ethical business practices, Luminati earned a good reputation in the industry, which allowed it to work with many Fortune 500 companies over the years. Seeing as how its services are primarily aimed at big businesses, it’s not really surprising to see that Luminati charges a bit more than your average provider. That said, you definitely get what you’re paying for here and there are a couple of services that are cheaper than you might expect.

If you’re looking to purchase a package of residential proxies, the absolute minimum commitment is $500 per month. In return, you get access to Luminati’s huge network of residential IPs and 40 GB of traffic usage to work with. All in all, you’re looking at a price of $12.50 per GB of usage. You can get a better deal that will only have you paying between $3 and $10 per GB with some of the other packages, but the minimum monthly commitment will be higher, so that’s more money upfront. If you’re looking for the best deal on residential proxies, you can use our coupon code to benefit from 50% off during your first month. Simply use the code and make a deposit of $250 to receive another $250 on the house.

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Pricing Page for Residential Proxies

In addition to regular (rotating) residential proxies, Luminati also offers static residential proxies, otherwise known as dedicated proxies. These types of proxies feature a ‘pay as you go’ system with no monthly commitment that’s perfect for small-scale projects and users who are looking for a cheaper alternative. This option doesn’t come with any bandwidth limitations and allows you to choose between two types of proxies – shared and exclusive. The exclusive ones are a bit more expensive but the good news is that you won’t have to share them with other users when targeting a specific domain. That said, shared proxy plans have their own advantages because you can choose to pay either per IP or per GB of usage when buying one.

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While the ‘pay as you go’ plan is great for a lot of people, there are situations when you may want to go with a monthly commitment package instead. These plans are ideal for large-scale projects that require a lot of IPs and bandwidth. The basic package includes 1000 IP addresses and has a better price per IP and GB when compared to the ‘pay as you go’ plan. Price-wise, it will cost you $500 per month, just like the regular rotating proxies. The 50% discount I mentioned earlier can be applied here as well so if you use our coupon code and make a deposit of $250, you can expect to get another $250 free for your first month.

Datacenter and Mobile Proxies Also on the Table

If you don’t need residential proxies, you’ll be happy to know that Luminati also offers datacenter and mobile proxies. In the case of datacenter proxies, you can once again take advantage of the ‘pay as you go’ system. Similar to the static residential proxies, you have two options when buying shared datacenter proxies – pay per IP (with unlimited bandwidth) or per GB of usage. Exclusive IPs are available here as well and you can use them to gain exclusive access to any domain you want to target.

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Pricing Page for Datacenter Proxies

If you would rather go with a monthly commitment package instead, the basic plan will set comes with 900 IPs and will set you back $500 per month, so the price per IP is a bit higher here. However, you’re still getting a better price per IP and GB when compared to the ‘pay as you go’ plan. If you’re looking to purchase IPs in bulk, datacenter proxies are probably your best bet because the other plans include anywhere between 2,000 and a whopping 100,000 address. Regardless of which package you’re eyeing, you can get a $5 bonus on your first purchase by using our coupon code.

Additional Features and Tools

We already talked about some of the interesting features offered by Luminati, such as the proxy manager and Chrome extension, but there are a few more that are worth covering. For example, the company offers a very useful automated unblocking software that can be used to great effect for price comparison and web data extraction. Just as its name suggests, the tool is used to bypass block requests that can sometimes occur when trying to access a website via a proxy network. The great thing about this tool is that it only requires you to send a single unblock request to the target website and Luminati’s team of proxy experts will take care of the rest for you.

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Some of the Features Luminati Offers

Given that there are multiple services to choose from, you can expect each one to come with its own unique set of features, in addition to the features that are common throughout all networks. This includes unlimited bandwidth and limitless IP rotation (when applicable), access to unlimited geo locations with all plans, the ability to send unlimited concurrent requests, and more. Luminati also has a handy affiliate link tester that allows users to track the path of affiliate links from anywhere in the world.

In terms of features that are more specific to each type of network, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that datacenter proxies come with a cooling period for each IP, which is a guaranteed amount the time the IP in question was not used to target the website you want to access. Meanwhile, with rotating residential and mobile packages, users can choose whether they want to work with shared or exclusive IPs. The static residential network has this feature as well while also offering users the ability to use IPs that are entirely exclusive or just exclusive for certain domains.

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Luminati’s Offering and the Perks That Come With It

Overall, I found Luminati to not be lacking in the features department. If you’re not new to proxy networks, you probably noticed that some of the features I covered are not exclusive to Luminati. However, there are a few that are quite unique to the company. I found the automated unblocking software to be particularly useful and, of course, it never hurts to be able to use unlimited concurrent sessions or to access as many geo-locations as you want.

Performance and Reliability

Luminati is widely known for having the fastest network of proxies currently on the market, but is this really the case? After all, every company out there claims that it is the best at what it does. Well, when it comes to Luminati that might indeed be the case, at least as far as its residential network is concerned. On average, you can expect ping response times on the residential network to be around 76 ms. That’s quite impressive given that residential proxies generally tend to be pretty slow, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case here at all. In fact, 76 ms is surprisingly close to the speeds you can expect from datacenter proxies, which are considered to be the fastest types of proxies.

As far as the uptime is concerned, we have not encountered any situation where the network was not working so Luminati’s 99.99% uptime guarantee seems accurate based on our assessment. In terms of success rate, you may run into some mixed results depending on your use case and the websites you’re targeting. For example, if you’re planning to scrap data you can expect your success rate to be around 95% or more on most websites. However, the rate will drop to a little over 80% if you’re targeting Google or YouTube while Instagram sits at around 90%.

Interestingly enough, even though Luminati doesn’t offer dedicated sneaker proxies, the network performs remarkably well on certain shoe sites like Nike. That said, coping sneakers is a bit of a gray area so it might be best to avoid engaging in that practice while using Luminati due to the company’s strong stance on ethical business practices. You can, however, confidently use the network for data scraping, as well as ad verification, website testing, SEO research, and more.

Network and Location Coverage

In addition to being fast, Luminati’s residential network is also extremely large. In fact, it’s often touted as the biggest network in the world, and with good reason. The residential network alone consists of well over 35 million rotating IP addresses. On top of that, Luminati also has over 7.5 million mobile IPs, 400K datacenter IPs, and 35K dedicated residential IPs.

The company offers truly global coverage as you can get IPs in pretty much every country and major city across the globe. Many of the IPs can be found in key markets like the US, UK, Canada, India, Germany, France, and Australia, though there’s no shortage of addresses in smaller countries as well. In total, residential and mobile networks cover 195 countries. While still impressive, the datacenter network only includes about 85 countries while the dedicated residential network only covers 25 countries.

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Location Coverage for Luminati’s Proxies

So where does Luminati get all its IPs? In the case of datacenter and dedicated residential IPs, the answer is pretty obvious as these addresses come either from datacenters or internet service providers. As far as the other networks are concerned, the IPs come from the Luminati SDK. The software was designed to act as an alternative for users who are tired of having to deal with video advertisement while their playing games and using apps. In order to avoid those annoyances, users can simply opt-in to the Luminati network in exchange for an ad-free experience.

Only certain apps integrate with the Luminati SDK but that number is constantly growing as Luminati pays application vendors a monthly fee for each user that opts-in. This is a win-win situation for everybody, including the users because Luminati uses their devices as proxy nodes only when they have enough battery power and a stable internet connection, preferably via Wi-Fi.

Customer Support

Luminati has an incredible amount of customer support channels you can reach them at. While most companies settle for one or two channels, Luminati has four or five, along with a number of social media pages. The main channels are the phone, email, and live chat but you can also reach out to a representative via Skype, WhatsApp, and WebQQ. The company’s contact page features multiple phone numbers and email addresses you can use depending on the exact nature of your problem or inquiry.

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F.A.Q. Section of Luminati’s Website

As far as self-help options are concerned, there’s an entire section of Luminati’s website dedicated to useful resources, including webinars, case studies, testimonials, and of course, and F.A.Q. section. Among other things, you can also find a learning hub and a blog on the official website. In addition, the company also has a YouTube channel where it frequently posts videos related to its services. There aren’t as many tutorials as I expected on the channel but you can definitely find a few useful videos nevertheless.

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Luminati’s Learning Hub

All in all, there is clearly no shortage of options for users in need of technical assistance or information about Luminati and its network. The support agents themselves are always friendly and happy to help, however, I recommend not contacting them via email. As far as I can tell, email support is not a priority at Luminati so it may take a while for them to reply if you send them a message. Instead, try reaching them directly via phone or live chat if you need help with an urgent problem.

KYC Necessary for Every User

Since we’re talking about customer support, I do need to mention that Luminati uses a system that some might find annoying. However, this system is essential for keeping the network clean. The system in question requires every registered user to fill out a KYC (Know Your Customer) form before using the network. The form needs to be filled out with a lot of personal information and must be accompanied by a photo of a valid government-issued ID.

Although it’s a bit of a hassle, this system discourages users from engaging in illegal activities while using the network. If you plan on using any of the coupon codes I mentioned earlier, make sure to first fill out the KYC form and then get in touch with Luminati because each individual account must be approved manually by a company representative.

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Is There a Way of Knowing How Many IPs are Available per Country?

Luminati readily displays the number of IPs available in every country on its official website. If you want to look up this information simply go to the ‘Locations’ section of the website and select the country you’re interested in.

What’s the Difference Between Residential and Datacenter Proxies?

Residential proxies are IP addresses of real end-users that are very hard to track due to their rotating nature. Meanwhile, datacenter proxies are sequential IPs that come from datacenters owned by various organizations, as opposed to residential IPs which are owned by internet service providers or mobile carries and are assigned to regular consumers.

What’s the Difference Between Shared and Exclusive IPs?

Just as their name suggests, shared IPs can be used by multiple customers. Exclusive IPs, on the other hand, are only assigned to a single user. Exclusive IPs are more reliable but they also tend to cost a bit more depending on which of the four networks you’re using.

Can I Refresh My IPs?

Residential and mobile proxies will refresh your IPs at regular intervals so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. If you’re using datacenter proxies, however, you will need to refresh your IPs manually and there’s a cost associated with doing so, which varies depending on whether you’re using dedicated or shared IPs.

What is Luminati’s Refund Policy?

At the time of this writing, Luminati does not offer any sort of refund. However, the company does offer a 7-day free trial for the residential proxy network that allows users to test the service before signing up.

Final Thoughts

Luminati is without a doubt one of the most reliable providers of proxy services out there. The company doesn’t disappoint in any department as it offers excellent performance, lots of useful features, and a very impressive network that spans across the entire globe. There’s not a whole lot to complain about the customer support either.

Although the email support could be a bit faster, there are plenty of other channels to choose from along with a good variety of self-help resources. Personally, I never felt the need to contact support because the service is solid and easy to use but if you do need to get in touch with an agent, make sure to do it over the phone or live chat.

Top 10 Best Rotating Proxies Providers of 2019

Using a proxy service to mask your IP is a great idea when you want to scrap data, verify ads or simply hide your online identity while browsing the internet. While dedicated proxies tend to be better in terms of performance, rotating proxies are a much better choice if you want to prevent others from tracking your real location, or your data. That’s because rotating proxy services can assign you a new IP every few minutes, which makes it very difficult for third-party entities to discover your real identity.

Rotating proxies tend to be available in two variants – mobile and residential. Both types work in a similar way and use IPs that come from real users, however, the source of these addresses differs. We won’t go into the technical details right now but suffice it to say that either of them can be used to fulfill the same purpose. Provided, of course, the IP addresses come from a reliable provider of rotating proxies, which are sometimes also referred to as backconnect proxies.

The Best Rotating Proxy Services

A quick Google search for rotating proxies will reveal dozens upon dozens of results, so finding a good provider can be a bit of a hassle if you’re not already familiar with these types of companies. But don’t worry because we already took it upon ourselves to test the most popular rotating proxy services on the market so you won’t have to. In order to make things even easier for you, we put together a comprehensive list based on our findings.

Here’s a quick summary of our top backconnect rotating proxies picks:

  • Luminati – The absolute best provider of rotating proxies on the market right now. Tons of great features, easy to use, and has the largest network.
  • Oxylabs – A pretty good alternative to Luminati with a smaller network but some interesting optional tools and services.
  • Smartproxy – Perfect for newcomers thanks to its low prices and many ease-of-use features.
  • Geosurf – Much smaller network compared to the other premium providers but its prices are a bit more accessible.
  • Storm Proxies – Limited network but very fast, cheap, and offers three methods of rotating IPs.
  • NetNut – Relies on DiviNetworks instead of a regular P2P network and offers a 7-day free trial.
  • Microleaves – Large network and plenty of packages to choose from, some of which are surprisingly cheap.
  • Proxyrack – A cheaper alternative to Luminati that comes with a few drawbacks but can still get the job done.
  • Blazing Proxies – Very fast and cheap proxies but the network is extremely limited.
  • RotatingProxies – A decent option if you’re looking primarily for US-based proxies.

1. Luminati

Luminati is by far the largest and most popular provider of rotating proxies right. The company has well over 40 million backconnect proxies at its disposal, split between its residential (35 million) and mobile (7 million) networks. In addition, Luminati also offers a steadily growing network of datacenter proxies to boot. In other words, you can find every type of proxy here and the service is extremely easy to use thanks to the intuitive Luminati Proxy Manager and Chrome browser extension.

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Luminati Homepage

Luminati is considered a premium proxy provider so expect the prices to be fairly high, though not unreasonable considering what you get in return. If you’re looking for residential rotating proxies, you can get a basic package for $500 a month, which includes 40 GB of traffic usage. Other providers force you to pay per IP but paying for traffic is a much better option in this case because it gives you access to Luminati’s entire network that spans close to 200 countries. If you feel like the entry price is outside your budget, don’t hesitate to use our coupon code to get 50% off your first month. Simply deposit $250 for a package of rotating residential proxies and you’ll receive the remaining $250 for free after you get in touch with someone at Luminati.

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If you’re looking for mobile rotating proxies, on the other hand, the price is identical but expect to get less traffic in return. That’s likely because mobile proxies are harder to come by, though that may change in the near future as their popularity increases. The mobile proxies Starter plan also comes with a minimum monthly commitment of $500 and includes 17 GB of traffic usage. If you decide to purchase the Starter package make sure to use our coupon code to get a $100 bonus for your first month. In addition, registered companies can also take advantage of a free 7-day trial on both mobile and residential rotating proxies.

The Most Ethical Proxy Provider

Luminati has a reputation for having some of the best ethical business practices in the industry. The company goes as far as to assign compliance offices to individually vet every new user. This process is meant to prevent users from abusing the network while also giving Luminati representatives a chance to familiarize themselves with new clients. The process itself isn’t complicated as it only involves having a brief conversation with a representative via Skype or another communication channel and sending in a valid form of identification. Pretty standard stuff.

If you plan on using the coupon codes mentioned earlier, make sure to get in touch with a representative and tell them we sent you. Speaking of coupon codes, we also have one for the static residential network that will grant you 50% off during your first month. Meanwhile, you can use one of our other coupon codes to get a $5 bonus when you first purchase a package of datacenter proxies.

2. Oxylabs

Oxylabs is another well-known provider that boasts an impressive worldwide network of rotating residential proxies. The network includes well over 30 million IP addresses and although a large portion of them are located in the US and Europe, you can easily find proxies for pretty much every country in the world. Oxylabs also has a fairly large network of datacenter proxies and offers a handful of other services, including static residential proxies, premium Socks5 proxies, and more.

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Oxylabs promises that its backconnect proxies can achieve a success rate of up to 90% and that IP bans are nearly inexistent here. Additionally, the company guarantees that customers won’t have to deal with captchas and that you will be able to benefit from unlimited concurrent sessions regardless of which package you pick. All plans also come with session control, city-level targeting, and access to an intuitive all-in-one residential proxy dashboard that allows clients to create sub-users, see detailed proxy usage statistics, whitelist IPs, and more.

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A basic package of rotating residential proxies comes with a minimum monthly commitment of $600 and includes 50 GB of traffic. Similar to Luminati, Oxylabs gives you access to its entire network of proxies. The company’s prices are fairly high, however, the advantage of using Oxylabs is that its network includes both residential and mobile rotating IPs. If you’re part of a big company that’s looking to purchase IPs in bulk, you’ll be happy to know that Oxylabs offers special prices on corporate packages.

Web Scraper and Real-Time Crawler

Although Oxylabs can be used for a variety of purposes, the service truly shines when it comes to web scraping. Most people who engage in data extraction tend to use their own tools, which can sometimes be difficult to set up and configure. With that in mind, Oxylabs has developed its own web scraper that can be purchased separately. The company’s data extraction solution doesn’t require you to know how to code or manage proxies. All you need to do is enter the URL of the site you want to scrape and the tool will take care of everything for you.

Another useful tool offered by Oxylabs is a real-time crawler. The crawler can be used to capture data from any search engine and is just as easy to use as the web scraper. Furthermore, the tool is highly customizable and Oxylabs claims that it has a 100% success rate. Using this tool will only cost you $0.30 for every 1.000 pages crawled, however, the product comes with a $150 per month commitment so it’s not really suitable for small projects.

3. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is a great option for beginners thanks to its relatively low prices and ease-of-use features. While its network isn’t quite as big as some of the other entries on this list, the company maintains a very respectable pool of over 10 million rotating proxies. Smartproxy is one of the only major players on the market that offers backconnect proxies specifically designed for coping sneakers. Naturally, the proxies have many other uses like affiliate testing, travel fare aggregation, data extraction, and more.

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Smartproxy Homepage

Smartproxy guarantees an uptime of 99.99% and average response times of around 3.1 seconds for its rotating proxies. The company stresses the fact that its proxies don’t share a subnetwork, which makes them immune to blanket bans. Similar to the companies we’ve covered previously, Smartproxy uses a pricing model based on bandwidth usage so there are no limits to how many sessions you can run at the same time or how many countries you can target.

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Plans for All Budgets

If you’re looking for a provider with a relatively cheap entry point, Smartproxy might be right up your alley. The company charges $75 per month for its basic package, which comes with 5 GB of traffic included. There are three other plans to choose from with prices ranging between $200 and $600 per month. While not the cheapest option on our list, it’s clear than Smartproxy is trying to cater to a larger audience instead of focusing primarily on big businesses like some of its competitors.

However, if $75/mo is a bit outside your price range, we recommend using our coupon code to get 15% off your first package of residential proxies. The coupon can also be used to get a discount on datacenter proxies but keep in mind that you can only take advantage of the offer once per account, so you’ll need to choose between one or the other. Regardless of which type of plan you choose, signing up with Smartproxy is virtually risk-free for a limited time because the company offers a 3-day money-back guarantee.

4. GeoSurf

GeoSurf is a premium provider of rotating residential proxies that offer a pool of over 2 million IPs spread across 130 countries. While the network may be a bit smaller compared to other companies on this list, GeoSurf is just as reliable and its proxies can be used for everything from ad verification and sales intelligence to Instagram and sneaker sites. The company also has a good amount of proxies in countries that other services struggle with, such as China and Iran.

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GeoSurf Homepage

GeoSurf has a user-friendly dashboard that displays detailed statistics about your account and an API that’s easy to use even by those who are not particularly tech-savvy. On the other hand, if you are a developer you’ll certainly enjoy the advanced features, speed, and security offered by the API. The service supports both IP whitelisting and username/password authentication along with unrestricted access to its entire pool of IPs. Similarly, you will also be able to use an unlimited number of connections and threads.

GeoSurf’s entry point sits at $450 per month, which is a bit cheaper than some of its competitors but still fairly pricey all things considered. In return, you get 38 GB of traffic usage and the ability to add more traffic to your plan for a fixed fee of $12/mo per additional GB. Alternatively, you could go for the $900/mo or $2,000/mo packages to get more traffic right off the bat or you can contact GeoSurf to get an estimate for the special enterprise-grade plan.

Additional Products

In addition to backconnect proxies, the company also offers a couple of other products and a few applications. GeoSurf has both mobile and desktop VPNs along with Firefox and Chrome browser extensions that you can use to become part of the P2P network. The company even has its own proxy toolbar that comes with some pretty interesting features. Among other things, it allows you to set the IP rotation time, emulate various mobile devices, clear cookies, and cache from your browser with one click, and quickly switch between residential and static IPs.

5. Storm Proxies

Storm Proxies is one of the smallest companies on our list and also one of the cheapest. The company’s low prices can likely be attributed to the fact that its network consists of only around 70.000 rotating IPs. However, you can expect very good performance from this company, two types of rotating proxies to choose from, and a number of interesting features you can rarely find somewhere else. On the other hand, all the proxies are located in Europe and the US so this isn’t the best option if you’re looking for a provider with an extensive worldwide network.

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Storm Proxies Homepage

One of the most unique things you may notice about Storm Proxies is that the company offers both residential and dedicated rotating IPs. Generally speaking, data center IPs are static and aren’t really a good fit for activities that require rotating proxies. However, that’s not the case here as these reverse backconnect rotating proxies work just like the regular ones and have been optimized for all the common use cases you might expect, including data extraction, brand protection, web crawling, and more.

At Storm Proxies, you can also find traditional rotating residential proxies, though the IP pool is somewhat smaller and only includes around 40.000 addresses. Still, these proxies are highly anonymous and you get unlimited bandwidth because, unlike some of the other providers on this list, Storm Proxies charges per IP and connections. One drawback worth noting that you only get 1 access IP with these proxies so you won’t be able to use the service from multiple devices. In the case of data center rotating proxies, you get between 1 and 3 access IPs depending on which plan you choose.

Nearly Unbeatable Prices

The cheapest package of reverse backconnect (data center) proxies will only set you back $39 per month. You are limited to a maximum of 40 threads with the starter plan but you can unlock more by upgrading to one of the higher tiers. These proxies come with three types of rotating IPs – fresh IP with every new HTTP request, 3-minute proxies, and 15-minute proxies. Although data center proxies are limited in certain ways, the fact that you can choose the frequency of the rotations makes them very flexible.

As far as the residential rotating proxies are concerned, these will set you back $50 per month for the basic package. A bit more expensive but still a lot cheaper compared to other providers. You don’t have to worry about the threads here because they are not limited, however, you’ll only have a certain amount of ports at your disposal. Namely, you get 5 ports with the entry plan, 10 with the next tier, and so on. The proxy rotation time here is 5 minutes and can’t be changed.

6. NetNut

NetNut is a reputable provider that puts a lot of emphasis on performance and ease of use. The company hasn’t been around for as long as many of its competitors but don’t let its age fool you because the people behind NetNut definitely know what they’re doing. Instead of trying their hand at various types of services like other companies, NetNut specializes exclusively in residential proxies and has a fairly unique network backing up the whole operation.

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Instead of using P2P (peer-to-peer) networks like so many other proxy providers, NetNut relies on DiviNetworks, a company that works closely with hundreds of internet service provers around the world. This puts NetNut in the rather unique position of being able to use proxies that come directly from ISPs. In addition to making the proxies more reliable, they also seem to perform better at certain tasks. According to the company, you can achieve a failure rate of less than 1% with its proxies, provided you also have the right architecture on your side.

NetNut’s prices are more or less standard, with a starter package of rotating IPs coming in at $300 per month. The entry plan comes with 20 GB of bandwidth so the price per GB is higher compared to companies like Luminati even though the entry point is lower. That said, you can get much lower prices per GB by going with one of the other packages, particularly the last one. If you need more than 1 TB of bandwidth per month, you’ll need to get in touch with the company and ask for an estimate.

Static and Rotating IPs in the Same Package

One of the most interesting features offered by NetNut is the ability to switch between static and rotating IPs almost on the fly. Static IPs are much more likely to get blocked than rotating ones so keep that in mind if you plan to use this feature. Another thing that makes NetNut special is the fact that the company offers a free trial, which is not very common among proxy providers these days. The trial allows you to check out the service for free for up to 7 days so don’t hesitate to check it out.

7. Microleaves

Microleaves is a company that strikes a good balance between price and performance. The provider has a very impressive network composed of over 26 million residential backconnect proxies. You can also find other services here like cheap dedicated and shared HTTP proxies, however, these services only include IPs based in the US. If you want access to a worldwide network with proxies in every country, you’ll definitely want to check out the residential network.

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Microleaves Homepage

Microleaves’ proxies are compatible with any type of software that supports the HTTP/s or Socks 4/5 protocols. That means you can use them for everything ranging from search engines and social media to ticketing and sneaker sites. The proxies are even compatible with certain games, such as Pokemon Go for example. Backconnect proxies are easy to manage thanks to the advanced control panel and the IPs come from various sources, including DSL, digital cable, broadband, and more.

Over a Dozen Packages to Choose From

You’ll need to pay $125 per month for a starter package of rotating proxies or choose from among more than a dozen other plans. Microleaves doesn’t charge per bandwidth so the difference between all these plans is the number of proxy ports you get in return. With the starter package, you only get access to 10 but you can get as many as 10,000 if you can afford it so there’s clearly a plan for everyone here.

If you want to use your proxies for very specific purposes like sneaker coping, you may want to look into the special backconnect proxies packages. These plans are more expensive (starting at $250/mo) but the proxies can literally be used for anything. Regardless of which type you choose, the proxies are highly anonymous, rotate every 5 minutes, and allow you to geo-target cities as well as countries.

8. Proxyrack

If you’re looking for a company that does many things similar to Luminati but charges less for its services you may want to give Proxyrack a shot. The provider’s network isn’t nearly as large, however, you do get access to around 2 million IP addresses in 140 geo-locations, which is pretty good. Just like Luminati, Proxyrack primarily targets businesses and has strict compliance rules in place to prevent users from abusing its IPs.

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Proxyrack Homepage

Proxyrack supports HTTP, HTTPs, and Socks protocols as well as the username/password and IP whitelisting methods of authentication. The company doesn’t include any public proxies with its packages so you can expect all the IPs to be private. Proxyrack is powered by a P2P network that requires residential peers to opt-in and allow their IP address to be used as a proxy. In other words, all the IP addresses come from actual users. However, that only applies if you pick a residential plan because the company also offers datacenter proxies.

Rotating IPs and Sticky Sessions

When you access the Proxyrack dashboard one of the first things you’ll likely notice is that there are two types of proxy ports available. The first type will allow you to get a random new IP every time you initiate a new connection and is a great option for users who want their IPs to rotate constantly. In addition, you can also go with a sticky IP, which lets you hang onto the same address for longer periods of time. You can set the interval yourself but keep in mind that it should fall somewhere between 3 and 30 minutes.

As far as the pricing is concerned, Proxyrack offers some very appealing plans. You can get a package of residential rotating proxies for only $80 per month or go for the $120/mo plan if you need high-performance USA-only proxies. The company doesn’t charge per bandwidth, so you can use as much of it as you want, however, you will only have a limited amount of threads at your disposal. Alternatively, if you subscribe to the premium service you can choose to pay per GB of usage instead.

9. Blazing Proxies

Blazing Proxies is a service offered by BlazingSEO, a company that started out as a one-man project but gradually expanded into a popular and reliable proxy provider. BlazingSEO has one of the smallest networks on this list but what the company lacks in size, it more than makes up for in speed. Just as its name indicates, you can expect to find blazing fast rotating proxies here and, as an added bonus, the prices are extremely low.

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Blazing Proxies Homepage

Blazing Proxies offers instant delivery and works with multiple subnets to prevent blanket bans. You can expect support for all three protocols – HTTP, HTTPS and Socks – and the proxies are guaranteed to work for sensitive tasks, such as sneaker coping. IP whitelisting and username/password authentication are both available and the bandwidth speeds go up to 1 GB/s. Most of the backconnect proxies come from the US but you can also find IP addresses from a few other countries like Germany, Japan, India, Canada, and the UK.

Unlimited Everything

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, most proxy providers impose limits on either the bandwidth or the number of threads you can use. That’s not realty the case here as Blazing Proxies offers unlimited access to everything. The downside is that the network only includes around 8,000 proxies, which is a much smaller pool compared to other companies on this list. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend Blazing Proxies for large projects that require a lot of IPs.

However, if you’re a developer looking to do some fast data scraping the service might be worth your time. The cheapest package of rotating proxies will only set you back $11 per month and you can get discounts of up to 20% off by subscribing for several months in advance. The starter plan only includes 5 proxies but you can add more at a rate of a little over $2 per proxy. The company also offers a 2-day trial so you can test the service risk-free before you need to invest anything.

10. RotatingProxies

Yes, there is a company out there with a name as obvious as RotatingProxies. Despite the name, however, RotatingProxies also offers dedicated proxies, ticketing proxies, and a few other products and services. The company primarily targets American users so you can expect the vast majority of the proxies to be located in the US. However, you can also get backconnect proxies from other Tier 1 countries like Germany, France, Canada or the UK upon request.

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RotatingProxies Homepage

Although RotatingProxies is a fairly small company, it does offer a good amount of useful features. For example, you get unmetered bandwidth with all plans and you can expect the pool of IPs to be refreshed at least once per day in order to weed out the bad proxies and maintain the quality of the network. The IPs are set to rotate every 5 minutes at scheduled times and can be used for web scraping, social media research, ad verification, ticketing, sneaker sites, and more. One drawback is that RotatingProxies doesn’t support Socks protocols so you’ll have to work exclusively with HTTP and HTTPS.

Reasonable Prices

While RotatingProxies allows you to use as much bandwidth as you want, you will only get a limited amount of proxies with each package. The starter plan comes with 10 proxies and will cost you $39 per month, or $3.9/mo per proxy. Not a bad price but you can get that ratio to as low as $1.93 per proxy if you’re willing to spend big and get the $969/mo package, which comes with 500 rotating proxies. In addition to the standard prices, the company also sells bulk proxies in packages that include anywhere from 1,000 to a whopping 10,000 proxies.

How Do Rotating Proxies Work?

Whenever you connect to the internet without a proxy or any other specialized service (like a VPN for example), there’s nothing stopping the website you’re accessing from collecting your personal data. Of course, not all websites are interested in your data but there’s a growing number of companies and entities that most certainly do want to collect it and use it for their own purposes. This personal data can be anything from your real name and credit card details to your geolocation and IP address.

A proxy service simply reroutes your connection through an external server and assigns you a new IP in the process. Unless the website you’re targeting uses very specialized tools, it won’t be able to see your real IP or track your location as long as you are using a proxy. That said, using a single proxy doesn’t guarantee that you will remain anonymous for long, particularly when trying to access websites that have good security measures in place. That’s where rotating proxies come in.

Just as their name indicates, these types of proxies rotate between all available IPs found throughout the network and assign you a new one at regular intervals. Depending on the service, you can get a new IP every few minutes or every time you initiate a new session. Generally speaking, the IPs you get with every rotation are completely random, however, certain services can be configured to only assign IP addresses from specific countries, or even cities in some cases.

The Proper Way to do It

The best services offer a combination of both methods or allow you to configure how often you want your IP to rotate. It also helps to have a very large pool of IPs in order to make sure that you’ll never get the same address twice even if you rotate constantly. Among other things, we decided to put Luminati and some of the other big companies at the top of our list because their extensive networks provide users with a huge advantage.

Residential Rotating Proxies vs Datacenter Rotating Proxies

For the most part, rotating proxies tend to come from residential sources but that’s not always the case. In fact, we mentioned a few companies that offer datacenter rotating proxies earlier in our list. So what’s the difference? Well, the name actually says it all. Residential proxies are IP addresses used by real users, which are assigned to them by internet service providers or mobile carriers. Meanwhile, datacenter proxies come from data centers, which are usually owned by big companies.

Datacenter rotating proxies are considered less secure because they generally share the same subnetwork. That makes them very susceptive to blanket bans, much more so than residential proxies. The advantage is that datacenters use hardware that’s a lot more advanced than what you would find on your regular consumer-grade computer, so you can expect excellent performance from these proxies. And because there’s a higher risk associated with them, they also tend to be cheaper.

Completely Protected

Residential rotating proxies, on the other hand, are pretty much the opposite. Thanks to the fact that you’ve got a large pool of IPs from all over the world at your disposal, the chance of them being blacklisted en masse by websites is significantly lower. Even if one of your proxies does get banned, the rotation system ensures that you get a fresh new one in no time. Depending on which service you’re working with, the residential proxies you get can be a lot slower when compared to datacenter proxies and they will almost always be a bit more expensive.

F.A.Q.

What is Proxy Scraping?

Web scraping is a technique used to extract large amounts of data from websites. This sort of data is highly sought-after by big companies that want to improve their products or get an advantage over the competition. Proxy scraping is pretty much the same thing only instead of using your own computer when extracting the data, you use proxy servers. As you might imagine, a lot of companies aren’t happy with people extracting important data from their websites, so using proxies to do it is always a good idea.

What is a Proxy Pool?

A proxy pool represents the total amount of proxies found in a particular network. For example, Luminati is known to have a total proxy pool of over 40 million IP addresses. Meanwhile, its residential proxy pool consists of about 35 million IPs.

What Are Backconnect Proxies?

Backconnect proxies fulfill the same purpose as regular proxies but work in a slightly different way. With a regular proxy, your connection gets rerouted through a very limited amount of servers (often just one) before reaching the target website. If the proxy you’re using happens to get banned, you’ll need to start over and establish a new connection using a different proxy. Backconnect proxies, on the other hand, reroute your connection through a series of IPs, which are part of a much larger network. In this case, if your proxy gets banned or blacklisted, the backconnect proxy service will automatically assign you a new one. Backconnect proxy services also rotate IPs on a regular basis to lower the chances of them getting banned, which is why they’re also often referred to as rotating proxies.

What is a Residential Proxy?

A residential proxy is a proxy server that uses IPs assigned by internet service providers or mobile carriers. In other words, it’s the same type of IP address used by regular consumers like you and me. As opposed to dedicated proxies, which are usually found in datacenters owned by big companies.

Final Thoughts

Rotating proxies constitute a very effective method of protecting your real identity while browsing the internet. But while many people use them simply for the sake of anonymity, rotating proxies have a wide variety of other use cases. Some of the most common ones include web scraping, travel fare aggregation, ad verification, SEO and social media research, price comparison, and many more. These proxies can also be used on ticketing and sneaker sites in some situations, however, you may want to go with a more specialized service that offers dedicated proxies if those are your preferred use cases.

Best Free Minecraft Server Hosting Services of 2020

Released back in November 2011, Minecraft is almost 8-years-old at this point and still as popular as ever. The game sold over 176 million copies as of 2019, which makes it the best-selling title of all time. Thanks to its blocky graphics and simple yet engaging gameplay, Minecraft holds up remarkably well to this day and will likely continue to age like a fine wine for the foreseeable future. If you still haven’t had a chance to play this highly-acclaimed sandbox game, you’ve been missing out, but don’t worry because it’s not too late to give it a shot.

The Best Place to Host Your Minecraft Server

Although fun as a single-player experience, Minecraft truly shines when played with friends. Now, you could always try a public server but if you want to avoid potential hackers and griefers, I would recommend going with a private server instead. That way, you will be able to enjoy the game without having to worry about other players spoiling your experience. But should you go with a premium service or a free Minecraft server hosting provider?

There are definitely pros and cons to both options and we’re going to discuss them in detail a bit later in this article. Before we do that, however, let’s take a look at some of the most popular companies that offer Minecraft hosting services. In order to better exemplify why one option might be better for you than the other, we’re first going to cover a well-known paid option before moving on to some of the free services.

Shockbyte

Shockbyte is a veteran Minecraft hosting provider that was established just a couple of years after the release of the game. The company offers servers for a few other popular online games like Ark: Survival Evolved and Rust but Minecraft is definitely its bread and butter. Shockbyte puts most of its competitors to shame when it comes to features, performance, and customer support. Even more impressively, however, is the fact that the company’s excellent services are available at incredibly cheap prices.

Features

One of the main reasons why you would want to go with a paid option instead of a free one is so that you can take advantage of all the premium features they offer. In the case of Shockbyte, you can expect full FTP access, DDoS protection, a free MySQL database, unlimited storage and bandwidth, snapshot support, and more. In addition, Shockbyte also includes instant setup, support for all the most popular Minecraft mod packs, task scheduling, Java version switcher, and a very intuitive Multicraft control panel, among other things.

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Shockbyte Homepage

Minecraft servers offered by most other hosting providers come with a limited number of slots, however, that’s not the case here. All the packages available at Shockbyte can support an unlimited number of players, which is a very nice feature to have indeed. What’s more, all servers come with a 100% uptime guarantee and a free subdomain. There are four server locations to choose from so make sure to pick the one that’s closest to you in order to avoid latency issues.

Specs and Price

Shockbyte is one of the cheapest Minecraft server hosting providers out there. For only $2.50 per month, you can buy a server that comes with 1 GB of RAM and can easily support more than 20 players. Again, all packages come with unlimited slots but it’s good to go for a plan with extra resources if you want to bring more than the recommended number of players to your server. Luckily, Shockbyte has excellent scalability and offers about a dozen or so plans to choose from.

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Each subsequent plan comes with an additional GB of RAM and is $2.50 more expensive than the previous one. For example, the $5 package comes with 2 GB of RAM, the $.7.50 package comes with 3 GB of RAM and so on. That makes it very easy to figure out how much you’ll need to pay for the specific amount of resources you need. To make things even easier, just remember that you pay $2.50 for every GB of RAM and each GB can support around 20 players without any issues.

Support

Shockbyte has a very professional and knowledgeable customer support team that can assist you 24/7. The company’s support agents can be contacted via live chat or a ticket system. You can also try learning how to fix possible server problems yourself by consulting the extensive knowledge base and FAQ sections found on the official website. A nice thing about Shockbyte is that the company has a very active YouTube channel where it posts helpful guides and tutorials all the time, so don’t hesitate to check it out.

Shockbyte Breakdown

PROS
  • Premium features included with every package
  • Unlimited slots with all plans
  • Free subdomain
  • Intuitive control panel
  • Very affordable
CONS
  • Aimed mostly at users from the US or EU
  • 24-hour money-back guarantee

Discounts

Shockbyte’s prices are already very affordable but you can get an even better deal on your Minecraft server by using one of two methods. The first is by using our coupon code: MAMBOSERVER, this will grant you a 25% discount on your first purchase. The second is by taking advantage of the 50% discount offered by Shockbyte themselves. You will need to subscribe to the company’s newsletter and then confirm your email in order to receive the discount.

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It’s worth noting that this is a limited-time offer so make sure to use our coupon code if the 50% off deal is no longer available by the time you’re reading this. The coupon can only be applied once but works on any purchase so it’s a good idea to go for one of the long-term plans, such as quarterly or yearly if you want to make the most out of the discount.

Top 3 Free Minecraft Server Hosting Services

1. Server.pro

Server.pro is one of the most well-known providers of Minecraft hosting, both free and paid. Although the company does incentivize players to purchase its premium services, you can stick to the free plan for as long as you want. As you might imagine, the free plan does come with a number of limitations, however, it is a good place to start for those who want to play Minecraft on a private server with a small group of friends. Make sure you also check out our Server.pro review if you want to learn all about the company and the services they provide.

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Homepage of Server.pro Website

Features

The free plan includes 5 GB of SSD storage, standard DDoS protection, full FTP access, and a one-click plugin installer. Interestingly enough, the free servers feature the exact same specs as the premium ones so performance should not be an issue here. Server.pro supports both the Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft, along with a handful of popular variants like CraftBukkit, Spigot, PocketMine, BlueLight, Tessaract, and more. There are a few additional variants available but those are reserved for the paid plans. As far as the coverage is concerned, free plan users can only pick between two locations – France and Canada.

Specs and Price

Server.pro’s free plan comes with a dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Many other free services only offer 512 MB of RAM so 1 gig of memory is actually pretty good. However, the free version can only support up to 10 players and will not allow you to install more than 10 plugins. By comparison, the paid plans come with an unlimited number of slots and support for unlimited plugins. In case you decide to upgrade further down the road, the paid packages start at $5 per month and will grant you 2 GB of RAM to work with along with a number of advanced features.

Support

The company only provides two support channels – email and ticket. You can’t reach support agents via phone or live chat, which is a bit of a bummer. However, the company does have an FAQ section on its official website and plenty of video guides on its YouTube channel.

Server.pro Breakdown

PROS
  • DDoS protection
  • Good performance
  • Decent amount of memory
CONS
  • Only two server locations
  • No instant setup
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2. Aternos

Aternos is a company that exists for the sole purpose of providing free Minecraft server hosting services for everybody. Most companies that offer free servers also have a paid option but that’s not the case here. In fact, you couldn’t pay for anything even if you wanted to. This has made Aternos a very popular choice to the point where it currently hosts over 400.000 players every day, according to the company.

Aternos Homepage
Aternos Homepage

Features

The number of features available here is pretty impressive considering that Aternos is a 100% free service. The company offers a fully adjustable control panel, DDoS protection, an automatic server backup system, support for custom worlds, and more. You can also expect to be able to add a wide variety of mods and plugins to your server. It’s interesting to note that Aternos collaborated with many partners in order to establish this free service, including Glowstone, Spiget, Songoda, and CSC Bonn.

Specs

In this section, we usually go over the server specs but in this case, there’s not much information to go on. Aternos uses a very simplistic website and doesn’t disclose any important details regarding the specs. What we do know is that the company uses dual-core processors to power its machines and that the recommended number of players is between 8 and 20. Based on that info, it’s safe to assume that you would have 512 MB to 1 GB of memory to work with here, which is pretty standard for free Minecraft servers.

Support

Despite working with a very small team, Aternos has a very solid customer support system. You can contact agents via ticket or email, as well as various social media channels and messaging apps. A few of the additional options include Discord, Twitter, Telegram, and Teamspeak. Aternos also has its own forums and a very helpful knowledge base on its official website.

Aternos Breakdown

PROS
  • 100% free
  • DDoS protection
  • Automatic backups
  • Great support
CONS
  • No info regarding the specs
  • No info regarding location coverage
  • Support agents can sometimes take a while to reply
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3. OMGServ

OMGServ is another very solid option for anyone who is looking for a free Minecraft server hosting service. Similar to Server.pro, OMGServ is primarily a paid service that also happens to offer a free version. That said, the free plan is pretty solid and comes with a decent number of basic features that will allow you to run your own Minecraft server without any issues.

OMGServ Homepage
OMGServ Homepage

Features

Most of the advanced features offered by OMGServ are reserved for the paid plans. If you’re going with the free version, you’ll be missing out on things like scheduled backups, MySQL databases, mods, and even technical support. Quite a few restrictions indeed. However, you can expect DDoS protection, FTP access, a simple to use control panel, and the ability to create unlimited worlds, among other things. OMGServ also includes access to a live console and offers 1-click installs for over 160 versions of Minecraft, including quite a few Snapshot variants. There are only two server locations to choose from – North America and France.

Specs and Price

The free plan only gives you 512 MB of RAM to work with, which is a bit low. Then again, OMGServ only allows up to 4 players on its free servers so the memory shouldn’t be a major concern. Although the number of slots is very restrictive, you can at least expect to have an unlimited amount of SSD storage at your disposal. If you decide to switch to one of the paid plans at some point, you can upgrade to the starter package for just $1.67 per month or go for the premium plan, which will set you back $4.17 per month.

Support

OMGServ has a pretty reliable support team but, unfortunately, the company doesn’t offer technical assistance to those who use the free plan. You could check out the forums but most threads seem to be in French so you’re out of luck if you’re an English speaker. Instead, I would recommend visiting the FAQ and Tutorials section on the official website for help.

OMGServ Breakdown

PROS
  • Unlimited SSD storage
  • DDoS protection
  • 1-click installs
CONS
  • Only supports 4 players
  • Only two server locations
  • Low memory
  • No technical support

Paid vs. Free

It’s pretty easy to see that there are clear advantages and disadvantages to both paid and free Minecraft server hosting services. Before you decide to sign up with any of the providers we’ve covered today it’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each option. In this section, we’re going to talk a bit about paid vs free hosting services just so you have a better idea of what to expect.

When it comes to paid services, there’s only one real disadvantage you need to worry about and that’s, of course, the financial investment. Subscribing to one of these services comes with a price tag, which you can generally pay either once per month or several months in the advance. Luckily, certain hosting providers like Shockbyte will only charge you a couple of bucks per month for a basic package, so the financial investment you will need to make is quite small. What’s more, you can apply coupon codes or purchase a long-term plan in order to get an even better deal on your hosting package.

One thing that’s important to mention is that you may come across companies that offer multiple types of paid hosting. Companies like OMGServ, for example, will offer very cheap starter packages along with premium plans that cost quite a bit more. In addition to including more resources, premium plans also come with a lot more features, some of which I would consider absolutely essential. If you’re going with Shockbyte, there’s no need to worry about that because the company doesn’t hide any features behind a paywall. However, some providers do engage in that practice so make sure to carefully look into the package you’re planning to buy in order to make sure that it includes all the features you need.

The Downside of Free Services

Free services are always more appealing than paid ones, and it’s easy to see why. After all, if you can get something without paying, why not do it? Well, there are quite a few reasons why you may not want to choose a free service, some of which you’ve probably guessed already. The companies we decided to include on our list are some of the most popular and robust providers of free Minecraft server hosting on the market right now. Despite that, however, they don’t offer many key features and services to their users. Not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.

Offering free hosting isn’t really viable unless you can get some sort of benefit in return. That’s why these types of companies force ads on their users in order to recoup the money they invest in their servers. Developing and maintaining advanced systems and features isn’t free either, which is why companies either don’t bother with them at all or only offer them to users who can pay for them.

In short, if you’re going with a free service you can expect to see plenty of ads as well as miss out on a pretty large number of important features. A few cons of free services we’ve already mentioned earlier include a low amount of resources, support for only a handful of players, and no instant setup, to name just a few. More often than not, there’s no technical support either for free users or if there is, paying customers will always have priority over everyone else.

The Best Choice for You

Now that you know more about the differences between paid and free Minecraft server hosting services, there’s one big question you may be asking yourself – which is the best choice for me? That depends on a number of factors, including, of course, your budget and willingness to pay for such a service. If you can’t afford to spend money on a Minecraft server or simply don’t want to, the choice is pretty simple. A free server can get the job done pretty well if all you want to do is play with a few buddies and aren’t bothered by the lack of features or poor technical support.

If, on the other hand, you’re a serious Minecraft player who wants to play the game for a living, it’s pretty much mandatory to go with a paid option. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways of earning money by playing video games but if you want to build a community around your server and attract a following, you better make sure that everything runs smooth as butter. Minecraft content is still successful on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms but no one wants to watch someone play on a server that runs poorly or is littered with ads. And certainly, no one wants to join such a server.

But even if you don’t plan on earning a living by playing Minecraft, spending a couple of bucks each month for a stable private server is still a worthwhile investment. Not only will you benefit from more resources and advanced features but you can also expect to have an easier time setting up your server with a paid service. And if you can’t manage it on your own, you can always ask for assistance from customer support agents, who are naturally always willing to give a helping hand to paying customers.

F.A.Q.

We’ve also taken our time to answer some of the most common questions when it comes to free Minecraft server hosting.

How Many People Can Play on a Free Server?

The exact number depends on the service but free servers generally support anywhere between 4 and 10 players. You can definitely bring some friends along if you’re playing on a free server, but just make sure that you don’t bring too many.

How Can Companies Afford to Offer Free Hosting Services?

There’s always a catch with free services. In the case of Minecraft servers, companies will almost always display advertisements in an effort to generate some revenue. It’s also not uncommon for companies to offer subpar free services only to later incentivize players to switch to a paid package.

Is Performance an Issue on Free Servers?

Not always but it definitely can be. Since companies only include a very limited amount of resources with their free services, you can expect performance issues to arise every now and again, especially when there are more than a couple of people playing at the same time. It’s also worth noting that free services don’t have good location coverage, which can cause major latency problems for players located in certain states or countries.

Is it Worth Going for a Paid Service Instead?

If you can afford it, yes, it’s always better to go with a paid service. Doing so will give you access to a more stable server and plenty of features and tools to work with. And since paid services are very cheap nowadays, you don’t have to break the bank in order to buy a Minecraft hosting plan.

Final Thoughts

It’s truly remarkable how Minecraft continues to be so popular almost 8 years after its release. And thanks to the fact that the game is constantly receiving new updates and improvements, we can expect the blocky sandbox to be around for many more years to come. Whether you’re a casual gamer or someone who wants to make a living by playing video games, Minecraft is definitely still a great title to pick up, especially since it’s so cheap.

Top 5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hosting Providers in 2019

The original Counter-Strike came out almost two decades ago and changed the face of online gaming forever. I think it’s pretty safe to say that CS as a whole is one of the most influential FPS series of all time and helped shape eSports as we know it today. The most recent installment, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, continues that proud legacy even now, almost two decades since the series’ humble beginnings as a mod for Half-Life.

CS: GO is more popular than ever in 2019, thanks in no small part to Valve’s decision to make it a free-to-play game late last year. The move resulted in a flood of new players eager to put their shooting skills to the test. However, it also caused a few problems.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a very difficult game by its very nature and has become more competitive than ever after going free-to-play. The change in the business model also opened the gates to a new wave of trolls and hackers who feel right at home in CS: GO’s already fairly toxic community. Because of these reasons, CS: GO has become pretty brutal for new players who are just now trying to learn the game and see what the fuss is all about.

The good news is that you can easily avoid all the headaches I just described by simply hosting or renting your own CS: GO server. This will allow you to enjoy the game alongside friendly people and avoid the toxic ones in the process. If you decide to make the server public and allow anybody in, you can also just kick the people who are causing trouble. In other words, you would have full control over what’s happening on your server.

Renting a CS:GO Server vs. Hosting Your Own

Having your own CS: GO server clearly comes with a lot of benefits, especially if you’re new to the game. But is it better to host the server on your computer or rent one from a game hosting provider? That’s a very important question to consider because there are pros and cons to both options.

On one hand, hosting the server on your PC is free but requires you to allocate resources to it and spend the time needed to set it up. Meanwhile, renting a server will cost you a bit of money but you can just sit back and let your hosting provider take care of all the hard work.

If you’ve never hosted a game server before, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive might not be the best place to start. The setup process is fairly complicated for people who aren’t very tech-savvy so you’ll probably need to look up some good tutorials if you want to learn how to pull it off. As far as the resource allocation is concerned, CS: GO isn’t an extremely demanding title but you’ll still need to set aside a decent amount of memory in order to ensure smooth gameplay for everybody on the server.

Mandatory Reliable Internet Connection

Another potential problem with hosting your own server is the internet connection. Since this is an online game, you’ll need a connection that’s not only fast but also reliable. If the host loses connectivity, all other players will get kicked out of the game.

If you’re looking to avoid issues like that, I recommend simply renting a server instead. CS: GO servers are pretty cheap these days and there are plenty of reliable companies out there that can offer a great bang for your buck.

 A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

There’s certainly no shortage of hosting providers that specialize in video games these days. You only need to do a quick Google search to find dozens of different companies that would be more than happy to host your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive server. Before you decide to sign up with any of these companies, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for.

If the price is your main concern there’s no need to worry because there are plenty of providers that charge very little for their services. However, it’s always risky to go with the cheapest possible option. Many of the top-rated providers are usually a bit expensive but that’s only because they offer quality services. Although the price is definitely an important factor to consider, I would recommend focusing more on the features.

Important Features to Look For

So what sort of features should you be looking for? Well, if you’re planning on playing with mods you’ll want to look for a provider that offers good mod support, ideally with one-click installs and Steam Workshop integration. DDoS protection and free debranding are two other features you should keep an eye on, though most providers include them by default nowadays. In some cases, you’ll find that certain providers offer special features like free voice servers or generous discounts for paying in advance. Always keep an eye out for these types of special features.

The size and location of your server are just as important as everything else. If you don’t want to make your server public and don’t have a lot of friends to play with, it makes little sense to rent a high-capacity server. As far as the location is concerned, you’ll want to rent a server that’s as close to you as possible so you won’t have to worry about high latency.

Top 5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Server Providers

If you don’t feel like spending a whole day browsing through the websites of various companies trying to find one that’s just perfect for you, I suggest checking out some of my recommendations down below. I handpicked five highly-rated companies that will do a great job at hosting your CS: GO server.

I put together a ranked list but I suggest carefully reading my notes about all of these companies instead of automatically going with my first or second pick. All the providers I covered below have something interesting to offer so take some time to learn about them before you make a decision.

1. PingPerfect

PingPerfect is an experienced company that has been providing game servers since 2012. There are plenty of nice features to look forward to here and the prices are pretty standard so you really can’t go wrong with these guys.

Features

Some of the standout features of PingPerfect include free web hosting, game switching, and a mobile control panel. The company has a solid server backup system but you’ll need to take care of backups manually. PingPerfect also includes full FTP access, a TCAdmin control panel, free debranding, DDoS protection, and decent mod support. Money-back guarantee is available but only for 24 hours, which is not a whole lot. The location coverage is very good, as PingPerfect has data centers on almost every continent. The company also offers extreme performance servers for an extra fee.

Pricing

Prices at PingPerfect range anywhere between $5.10 per month for 10-slot servers and $32.64 per month for 64-slot servers. The company has a pretty good server customization system that allows you to tweak a number of options, including the CPU priority, storage type, tickrate, and more. For the most part, all these options are fairly priced, however, I found the $19.23 Platinum customer support options to be a bit too expensive for my taste. PingPerfect has a flexible payment system and accepts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly payments. The company doesn’t do a great job at communication this, but you can benefit from discounts of up to 15% by paying in advance.

Support

PingPerfect offers 24/7 customer support and uses pretty much all the channels you can think of. This includes email, tickets, live chat, and phone. The company also has its own forums and you can even reach them via phone.

Pros:

  • Free web hosting
  • Customizable servers
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great support
  • Great location coverage

Cons:

  • No automatic backups
  • Paid priority support

2. Low.ms

Low.ms has only been around for about three years or so but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most popular game hosting providers out there. That’s not all that surprising, though, considering that the company offers very good services and reasonable prices.

Features

Low.ms invests heavily in hardware so you won’t have to worry about performance with these guys. You also get most of the essential features, including DDoS protection, free debranding, location switching, TCAdmin control panel, and full FTP access. Automatic game updates and server backups are included as well, along with good mod support complete with Steam Workshop integration and 1-click installs. There’s also a nice feature called game switching that lets you switch your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive server with that of another game hosted by Low.ms. As far as the location coverage is concerned, you have 11 data centers to choose from spread across four continents.

Pricing

Prices at Low.ms start at $4.90 per month for a 10-slot server and reach up to $31.36 for a 64-slot server. The company also offers 128 tickrate servers with prices ranging between $7.30 and $46.72 per month. These servers don’t come with free debranding but it only costs $1.83 per month to remove the branding so that’s not too bad. Low.ms offers a few server customization options but I found them to be a bit expensive for the most part. Another potential drawback for some people is that Low.ms only works with monthly payments.

Support

Low.ms offers 24/7 customer support via tickets or email. There is no live chat at the time of this writing but the company says there will be at some point in the future. In the meanwhile, you can also reach them via Discord or get some quick help by checking out the knowledge base on the official website.

Pros:

  • Game switching
  • Good location coverage
  • Good prices
  • Good performance

Cons:

  • Expensive server customization
  • Only accepts monthly payments

3. Streamline Servers

Streamline has plenty of experience under its belt and has a generally good reputation among gamers. Its services aren’t the cheapest out there but you do get what you pay for, especially since the company tends to include nice freebies with all of its packages.

Features

Streamline offers free DDoS protection and debranding along with full FTP access and a TCAdmin control panel. The mod support is really good so you can expect advanced features like 1-click installs and a mod manager GUI. Daily automatic backups are available but you’ll need to unlock access to them by paying an extra $3.75 per month. On the bright side, you do get free game server migration, a free FastDL server, and even a free month of Tebex, which is a payment system specifically designed with gaming communities in mind. Streamline has very good location coverage, with 22 data centers to choose from across almost a dozen countries.

Pricing

Renting a CS: GO server from Streamline will set you back anywhere between $7.50 per month (10 slots) and $48 per month (64 slots). The prices are a bit above average, however, Streamline offers reasonably priced server customization that allows you to tweak things like the tickrate, CPU speed, and CPU priority. Streamline works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly billing cycles. Paying in advance will net you some nice discounts that can reach up to 20% off for yearly purchases.

Support

Streamline offers 24/7 customer support but only via its ticket system. You can also try reaching out to support agents via live chat but you won’t always find one available. If all else fails, I would recommend checking out the knowledge base on the official website because you can find a lot of useful tutorials there.

Pros:

  • Free game server migration
  • Great location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Customizable servers

Cons:

  • Paid automatic backups
  • Prices slightly above average

4. GameServers

GameServers is a name you’ll probably recognize right away because this hosting provider has been around for a very long time. The company is very reliable and offers great services, though its prices are a bit on the expensive side.

Features

GameServers’ packages come with free debranding, location switching, DDoS protection, and mod support. You can access the server with the help of a custom control panel or via FTP if you want to play around with the game files. The company includes server migration services free of charge and a 5-day money-back guarantee but doesn’t offer automatic game updates or server backups so you’ll need to take care of those things manually. As far as the location coverage is concerned, you’re very likely to find a server that’s relatively close to you as GameServers has data centers in over a dozen countries ranging from the US and Canada to Japan and Australia.

Pricing

Prices for private servers start at $9.55 per month for 12 slots and can reach up to $25.55 per month for 32 slots. The company also offers public servers with prices ranging between $11.95 and $31.95 per month depending on how many slots you want. For a few extra bucks per month, you can add a voice server of your choice (Mumble, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak) to your package for 50% off the regular price. GameServers works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly billing cycles. You can benefit from some pretty nice discounts of up to a maximum of 15% off for paying in advance.

Support

GameServers offers 24/7 customer support via email or through its ticket system. Strangely enough, the company doesn’t have a knowledge base or an FAQ section on its official website so you’ll need to rely entirely on the primary support channels if you need help with your server.

Pros:

  • Great location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Free server migration
  • 50% off voice servers
  • Offers both private and public servers

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • No automatic backups

5. Host Havoc

Host Havoc is a very reliable provider that gets consistently great reviews from gamers. Although the company doesn’t necessarily do anything special, its services are very solid and the prices are always fair.

Features

All Counter-Strike: Global Offensive packages come with free DDoS protection, debranding, full FTP access, and a TCAdmin control panel. The mod support is pretty good and includes one-click installs. The company doesn’t offer automatic server backups but you do get automatic game updates and restarts. Host Havoc also offers free server migration, which is a very nice feature to have if you’re switching from a different provider. The location coverage is pretty decent, with nine data centers to choose from scattered around the US, Europe, and Australia.

Pricing

Host Havoc offers affordable servers that start at $10 per month for 20 slots and can reach up to $50 per month for 100 slots. The minimum number of slots you can rent is a bit high but it’s hard to argue with the price per slot, which comes in at just $0.5. If you have a bit of money to spare, you can increase your CPU priority for just $4 per month. Host Havoc only accepts monthly and quarterly payments for CS: GO servers so there’s not a lot of flexibility compared to other providers. However, you do get 5% off if you go with the quarterly plan.

Support

Host Havoc offers 24/7 customer support and can be contacted via email, live chat or a ticket system. If you’re just looking for some information, you can also hit up the FAQ section or the knowledge base on the official website to find tutorials and other helpful articles.

Pros:

  • Free server migration
  • Good prices
  • Good support

Cons:

  • No automatic backups
  • High minimum slots

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking about jumping into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time I would strongly recommend first playing on a private server. CS: GO can be a very fun game but only if you play it with the right people. Otherwise, you might be in for a bad time because the CS: GO community can be pretty toxic at times.

Although you can avoid that by hosting your own server, I suggest renting one in order to avoid any headaches. As you see from my list, you can get away with renting a server for just a few bucks a month and you can expect a wide variety of benefits in return. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive itself is free so there are no additional investments to worry about.

So which provider should you go for? That, of course, depends entirely on your specific needs. Price-wise, you can expect to pay anywhere between $0.50 and $1 per slot regardless of which company you go with, which is pretty reasonable. Therefore, the features and location coverage should be the deciding factors for most people. Make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for because chances are at least one of the five providers I covered in this article can offer a hosting package that’s right up your alley.

Top 10 Free Proxy Servers of 2019

Online privacy is becoming an increasingly bigger concern for internet users and it’s easy to see why. Most major companies go out of their way to collect personal data so they can serve users personalized ads or sell it to third-parties. On top of that, there are plenty of entities and individuals that use the data for all sorts of malicious purposes ranging from ransomware and phishing to credit card fraud and everything in between. The bottom line is that users are at risk while browsing the internet unless they use special tools and services to protect their data.

Some of the best tools you can use to enhance your online security are free proxy servers. These act as a middleman between you and the internet and allow you to browse anonymously. When using a proxy server, your real IP is hidden and you are assigned a different address that acts as a temporary substitute. There are plenty of proxy services out there that you can get for free while others have paid, often subscription-based, variants that come with certain benefits. We’re going to cover both types in this article to give a varied sample group to choose from.

The Best Free Proxy Servers

Below you can find a quick summary of the providers we handpicked for you along with the main reasons they were chosen to be featured on this list. If you’re looking for a more detailed analysis of these companies, keep reading for our full breakdown of each provider.

  • Hide.me – A reliable company that takes the privacy of its users seriously.
  • HideMyAss – Very popular and user-friendly provider of free proxy servers.
  • Hidester – Good free proxy servers that get even better if you decide to go premium.
  • ProxySite – Straightforward service that gives you a lot of server locations to choose from.
  • 4everproxy – Completely free with multiple websites in case the main one goes down.
  • KProxy – Minimalistic website that makes things easy for inexperienced users.
  • MegaProxy – Veteran free service provider that also offers very cheap paid proxy servers.
  • VPN Book – Offers to free open-source VPN clients in addition to free proxy servers.
  • Tor – A very popular service that can easily act as a replacement for your current browser.
  • Whoer- Free version comes with many limitations but can still get the job done pretty well.

1. Hide.me

Hide.me takes the privacy of its users very seriously as evidenced by the fact that the company doesn’t store any data that could be traced back to you, such as browsing history logs. You don’t have to register on the site or enter any sort of information before using the service, so anonymity is the name of the game here. Another nice thing about Hide.me is that the service automatically blocks ads and pop-ups on the website so you’re accessing. The company doesn’t have any ads on its own website either so you can expect a completely ad-free experience here.

Hide.me Homepage
Hide.me Homepage

The free proxy service allows you to choose between three different servers – US, Germany, and Netherlands – and includes all the useful options you might expect, such as the ability to encrypt URLs, remove scripts, disallow cookies, and more. The service can be accessed either directly via the official website or through a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox extension. Hide.me has quite a few systems in place to prevent IP leaks, including firewalls and a special feature known as Kill Switch, which is meant to keep your data safe in case your connection drops unexpectedly.

Free VPN Solution

Similar to other companies on this list, Hide.me offers a few other tools and services in addition to free proxy servers. One of these tools is a VPN service that you can use for free if you don’t mind registering an account. You can download the VPN without registering but you would only be able to use it for free for a limited time. If you’re looking for a more advanced solution, Hide.me offers a premium VPN service priced at $5.41/mo that comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unsurprisingly, the premium version has a lot more to offer than the free one, including access to 1400 servers, unlimited data transfer, 10 simultaneous connections, and more.

2. HideMyAss

HideMyAss (HMA) is arguably the most well-known provider of free proxy servers on the market, thanks in no small part to its memorable name. An interesting thing about HMA is that has an IP detection tool built into its website. Whenever you visit the home page, the site will immediately show you your public IP address, location, and even your service provider. Don’t worry, though, because only you can see that information. The purpose of this tool is to show you how easy it is for websites to learn and potentially disclose this type of information.

HideMyAss Homepage
HMA Homepage

HMA has a very user-friendly interface and its free proxy service is very straightforward. Simply open the tool, type in the URL you want to visit and pick a server. There are six locations to choose from and you can choose to encrypt the URL, disable cookies or remove the scripts of the website you’re visiting. Unlike many other providers, HMA actually explains what these options do and why they’re useful. Their purpose may seem obvious to you and me but inexperienced users might not be familiar with those terms so it’s nice to see them explained. The only real problem with HideMyAss is that it stores your IP address for an undisclosed period of time, which isn’t exactly ideal.

A Truckload of Features

Since a free proxy server will only get you so far, HMA also offers a VPN service that packs a lot of great features. A few of the highlights include split-tunneling, IP shuffle, leak protection, DDoS protection, smart Kill Switch, automatic connection rules, fully encrypted servers, and more. There are also a lot more locations to choose from and the connections are lightning-fast. The premium service costs $11.99 per month, which is a bit pricey but definitely worth the investment if you need to use a VPN often. Or, you could go for the free trial, however, this will only last for 7 days and you’ll need to register an account in order to benefit from it.

3. Hidester

Hidester is a very popular provider of services related to online privacy. While primarily known for its VPN service, Hidester also offers proxy servers that are not only secure but also extremely simple to use. One of the main reasons users pick Hidester instead of other similar services is because you don’t need to install anything here. You also don’t need to create an account or provide any type of information in order to use the service, which saves up a lot of time.

Hidester Homepage
Hidester Homepage

You can use Hidester from any browser and it works equally well on both desktop and mobile devices. If you plan on using the service often, you can install a Chrome extension so you don’t have to visit the company’s website every time you want to hide your IP. Regardless of where you plan on accessing Hidester from, you can pick between two types of servers – US and Europe – and play around with a few useful options before starting your browsing sessions. For example, you can encrypt the URL you want to visit, block cookies or remove scripts and objects from the target site.

A Huge List of Proxies to Choose From

Although the free proxy servers are very solid, you can get a lot more value from the premium version of the service. If you go premium, you can choose between more than 1600 proxies from a wide variety of countries around the globe. The service gives you access not just to public proxies but also SOCKS 4/5, SSL, HTTP, and Google proxies. You also get three levels of anonymity to work with along with a few other useful features. Hidester only supports semi-annual subscription plans for its paid service but you can get full access for just $24.90 for the 6-month period. In addition, the company also offers a very powerful VPN service, a password generator and a couple of other tools that will help you enhance your online security.

4. ProxySite

A pretty self-explanatory service that does exactly what it says. Most of these services are very easy to use but ProxySite takes things to the next level by adding the URL bar on the front page. You don’t need to click anywhere else on the website thanks to this convenient feature. ProxySite is very generous with the number of servers you can choose from, giving you access to more than two dozen locations across the US and EU. A sour point for some users might be that ProxySite has a lot of ads on its website, but since you’re planning to use a proxy server, you’re probably not above using an ad blocker as well.

ProxySite Homepage
ProxySite Homepage

Since I’ve already mentioned convenience earlier, there is another nice feature available on the site that will make things easier and faster. Just above the URL bar you can find a series of buttons that will take you straight to proxy versions of popular websites such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more. That’s great for situations when you don’t want to type in or copy a URL because you can simply visit the target website first and then proceed from there. ProxySite also has a Settings section where you can see and delete all the cookies stored by your computer while visiting websites via the service.

Decent Premium Offering

If you want to take your online security to the next level, ProxySite recommends using its premium VPN services. The service also includes a premium web proxy so this is one of those 2-in-1 type deals. The premium service costs $9.99 per month and comes with most of the features you would expect, such as access to dedicated servers, end-to-end encryption, geo-targeting, and full compatibility with restricted websites, among other things. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot that stands out here, particularly given the fairly high monthly subscription. The premium service is a bit hit-or-miss but the free offering is definitely very solid.

5. 4everproxy

While other companies on this list try to stay diversified by offering multiple tools and services, 4everproxy is more single-minded in its approach. The provider works exclusively with proxy servers and doesn’t charge anything for its service. You will see more than a couple of ads on the company’s website because of it but that’s a small price to pay for anonymous browsing without any restrictions. Not offering a premium version may seem counter-productive, however, the company has been around since 2008 so the business model it uses seems to be working out just fine.

4EverProxy Homepage
4EverProxy Homepage

4everproxy is pretty unique in that it allows users to choose not only the location of the server but also the IP they want to use to connect to the targeted website. This gives you a lot of flexibility, especially given that you can choose between nine server locations and over a dozen IP locations. Another nice feature of 4everproxy is the ability to change both your server and IP location on the fly, which is a must for certain activities such as ad verification, for example. Aside from that, you’ve got many of the customization options you would expect, including the ability to remove scripts and page titles, allow or disallow cookies, page encryption, and more.

A Solid Backup Plan

As mentioned, 4everproxy itself doesn’t offer any other service or even a premium version. However, the same people who own 4everproxy run a wide variety of other websites you might be interested in. Most of these websites are a bit more specialized than 4everproxy and were designed to work specifically with YouTube, Chrome, or torrent sites like The Pirate Bay. Many of these additional websites were put in place as a backup plan, so just in case 4everproxy gets taken down at some point in the future, know that there are plenty of replacements you can use.

6. KProxy

KProxy is another popular proxy service that will allow you to browse anonymously for free. The website has a minimalistic design with very little clutter or unnecessary elements. If you don’t like the website, don’t worry because you can just install the KProxy Chrome or Firefox browser extensions instead. Another option would be to install the KProxy browser. The browser is exactly what you would expect and makes using the proxy servers a breeze, however, it does feature ads so maybe stick with the extensions or the regular websites if you’re not into that kind of thing.

KProxy Homepage
KProxy Homepage

A nice feature of Kproxy is that it allows you to switch between HTTP and HTTPS with a simple switch of a button. Although you can access most sites with either of the two protocols nowadays, there are some instances when the URL will not work unless you’re using a certain version, so having this option is really helpful. KProxy allows you to choose between 10 different public servers, which is quite a bit more compared to other providers. The bad news is that the company doesn’t say where these servers are located so you wouldn’t be able to make it seem like you’re browsing from a specific country or region.

Ad-Free Experience, For a Price

Despite all the advantages offered by KProxy, the service does contain some ads and makes you wait for 30 minutes after using the service for longer periods of time. If you want to get rid of those annoyances you’ll need to go with the premium version, which costs $10 per month. If you’re thinking long-term, I recommend opting for the semi-annual plan as that would only set you back $30 for the entire 6-month period. In return, you can expect an ad-free experience, unlimited downloads, access to premium servers, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and a few other benefits to boot.

7. MegaProxy

MegaProxy has been around for a pretty long time so you may find its site to be a bit dated compared to some of the other services on our list. If you don’t mind the minimalistic interface, however, there’s actually a lot to like about the service. For one, the URL bar is conveniently placed on the front page so you can quickly type the URL you want to visit and click the “Surf” button to begin your anonymous browsing session.

MegaProxy Homepage
MegaProxy Homepage

Once you’ve accessed the website, you can find a menu bar at the top of the screen that gives you a number of options you can use to customize your browsing experience. Among other things, you can shield OS and browser agents, hide HTTP referrer information, block internet cookies, remove ads from webpages, and limit animated images. On the flip side, MegaProxy doesn’t let you pick between different server locations and the free version of the service comes with a lot of other limitations. Still, MegaProxy is known for being fast and secure so this remains a good choice in spite of the limitations.

Dirt-Cheap Premium Service

MegaProxy’s premium proxy service is one of the cheapest ones out there. The company only charges $9.95 for a 90-day subscription and offers even better prices for educational and non-profit organizations looking to purchase licenses in bulk. Going for the premium proxy servers will remove the many limitations found in the free version. For example, free users can’t download files larger than 200 kilobytes, visit more than 60 pages over a five-hour period, encrypt more than 20 cookies at a time, and more. Needless to say, the premium service is a lot more advanced. The only problem with it is that MegaProxy doesn’t support monthly billing cycles, so you would have to commit to a 90-day plan right off the bat.

8. VPN Book

In spite of what its name might suggest, this is more than just another VPN service. Upon visiting the homepage, you may notice that the company also offers a free web proxy. The proxy service is pretty similar to the other ones we’ve covered so far and just as easy to use. The thing that stood to me is that once you visit the target website, you don’t have to worry about anything obscuring your viewing experience, such as ads or the top toolbar used by so many other proxy services. In other words, the website you visit via proxy will look pretty much exactly like the original, which isn’t the case with all proxies.

VPNBook Homepage
VPNBook Homepage

There are ads on the VPN Book website itself but that’s not a big problem since you probably won’t spend a lot of time browsing around there. As far as the servers are concerned, you get four regions to choose from – US, UK, Canada, and France. Alternatively, you can just pick random and the service will automatically select a server for you. VPN Book’s proxy service features solid 256-bit SSL encryption and doesn’t require you to register an account or download anything. The main drawback is that the service doesn’t feature any advanced options so you won’t be able to block cookies and scripts like you can with some of the other entries on this list.

Open-Source VPN

If you’re looking for a more robust tool to mask your online identity, you may want to take a look at what VPN Book has to offer in this department. The company offers access to two open-source VPN tools (OpenVPN and PPTP VPN) entirely for free and without having to register an account. However, similar to a lot of other open-source software, these tools are not as stable as commercial VPN clients and they’re a bit more difficult to set up. VPN Book does have a guide on its website that will help you with the setup process but it’s still difficult to recommend the tools to anyone who isn’t tech-savvy.

9. Tor

Tor is different compared to all the other entries on our list but we still wanted to talk about it because it works on a similar principle as web proxy servers. Namely, its purpose is to hide your real IP address and allow you to browse the internet anonymously. Unlike the other service on this list, though, Tor is a full-fledged web browser and a pretty robust one at that. The Tor Project is a non-profit organization so you can expect everything to be completely free, though the company does accept donations from users who wish to support the initiative.

Tor Homepage
Tor Homepage

Because Tor is a browser you will need to download and install the software on your computer. This is an extra step you don’t have to take when using other proxy servers so that’s a bit of a drawback. If you do decide to install it, you can expect Tor to work just like any other browser you’ve used in the past. The browser uses a multi-layered encryption system and automatically blocks cookies and deletes browsing history once you close it so the security features are pretty solid. The disadvantage is that Tor tends to be a lot slower than other proxy services because it reroutes your connection through multiple servers around the world.

A Viable Replacement for Your Current Browser

Tor was designed to resemble traditional browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, complete with many of the features and options users have come to expect. For example, you have the ability to bookmark websites, change the language or font, open as many tabs as you want, set permissions, choose how the browser interacts with other applications, and so much more. In addition, you can also set a new online identity on the fly or change the Tor circuit for a specific site, including the one you’re currently visiting.

10. Whoer

Whoer is probably best known for its VPN service, however, the company also offers web proxy servers that you can use for free. The service is fast and overall pretty solid but you need to jump through a couple of hoops in order to use it. Unlike most other companies on this list, you can’t access the proxy service directly when visiting Whoer’s website. Instead, you are required to install an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Yandex, depending on which browser you use.

Whoer Homepage
Whoer Homepage

The extension gets the job done pretty well but, unfortunately, there’s only one server location to choose from and not a lot of useful options to improve your browsing experience. Whoer does offer a lot more locations and quite a few extra features but only to paid users. There’s no premium version of the web proxy service per se, so you would need to subscribe to the VPN service in order to take advantage of the advanced features. The VPN costs $9.90 per month but you can get discounts of up to 60% by signing up for a yearly plan.

Additional Tools

Even if you don’t plan on using the proxy servers or the VPN, I still recommend visiting Whoer’s website because the company has a few other helpful tools to offer. Namely, you can check the speed of your internet connection, find out important details about a certain domain or IP address by using the Whois tool or check the response time of a website by using the ping test checker. The ping tester is particularly useful as it shows you results from over a dozen countries around the world.

How Proxy Servers Protect Your Identity

I touched on this a bit at the beginning of the article but let’s take a more in-depth look at how a proxy protects your identity and why you should consider using one. When you’re accessing a website without using a privacy tool, the site’s owner or anybody with administrator privileges can see your IP address, location, and internet service provider bright as day. Needless to say, that’s a problem because you can never know what people who collect this information plan to do it with it.

A proxy simply reroutes your connection through one or multiple servers, which can be located in different parts of the world. The proxy service assigns you a different IP address, thus making it seem like you’re just another ordinary user. This is very important to note because suspicious IPs can be blacklisted or blocked from accessing websites. If you’re using a good proxy service, that’s unlikely to happen. In short, a proxy server protects your personal information and allows you to browse the internet anonymously.

Use Cases for Proxy Services

Accessing Geo-locked Content: This is arguably the main reason why people use proxy servers. I’m sure you’ve already come across an article or video at one point that you can’t access because “the content is not available in your country”. Under normal circumstances, there’s not much you can do to access that content. However, a good proxy service will allow you to reroute your connection via a server found in a different country where the content isn’t blocked.

Bypass Government Blocks: This is similar to the previous use case but works the other way around. Some governments impose strict laws regarding what parts of the internet you can access like in the case of the infamous Great Firewall of China. People who live under strict governments often don’t even have access to popular websites we take for granted, such as Facebook, Reddit or YouTube. Although bypassing government blocks can be risky depending on where you live, it can be easily done by using a proxy server.

Control Internet Usage of Employees and Children: If you’re a business owner, you’re probably not a big fan of employees slacking on the job because they’re too busy browsing Facebook or YouTube from their workstations. A good solution to this problem is to set up and configure a proxy server on the company network that blocks access to specific websites. Similarly, parents can use proxies to prevent their children from accessing websites that feature mature or graphic content.

Privacy and Anonymity: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Whether you’re worried about hackers trying to snoop in on you to steal your data or you’re the one snooping on an ex’s Instagram pics, there are plenty of situations when being able to hide your online identity comes in handy.

Features to Keep an Eye on Before Using Free Proxy Services

A Good Variety of Servers to Choose From:  A lot of people won’t get much value from a proxy service that gives them access to just one or two server locations. Most providers greatly limit the number of locations available to free users but some do give you a good number of options to work with.

Server Information: If the service you’re checking out doesn’t reveal any information about its servers you may want to consider a different option. At the very least, you should know the country or region the servers are located in. If you can also get some info regarding the speed and uptime of the servers, even better.

Privacy Options: It’s good to go with a service that provides a few extra options you can use to tighten your privacy. Some of the most common options you’ll find are URL encryption, script blocking and the ability to disable cookies. You may not always need to use these options but having access to them regardless is definitely an advantage.

Data Retention: Some proxy providers store your IP address or browsing history in order to improve their own services. These companies usually don’t intend to use the data for any malicious purposes but if you’re worried about that sort of thing, you may want to go with a provider that automatically clears all logs once you’re done using its service.

F.A.Q.

What’s the Difference Between a Proxy Server and a VPN?

There are a few differences between the two but the main one you should keep in mind is that proxy servers only encrypt data coming from your browser. Meanwhile, VPNs encrypt all traffic coming from your computer and any applications you might be using while the service is running.

Do I Need to Download Anything in Order to Use a Proxy Server?

Unlike VPNs, proxy services usually don’t require you to download and install anything. These services often have optional browser plugins that you do have to install but it’s up to you whether you want to use them or not.

Do I Have to Register an Account?

For the most part, no. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule but, for the most part, companies that offer free proxy servers won’t ask you to register an account. If you want to upgrade to the paid version, however, you will need to create one.

Are Free Proxy Servers Safe?

If you’re using a reputable service, you won’t need to worry about your privacy being compromised while using a free proxy. That said, proxies do have their limits so there is a possibility that you might get caught if you intend to use them for something illegal.

Final Thoughts

Free proxy servers provide users with a fast and efficient way of masking their online identity while browsing the internet. In spite of their simplicity, these services work remarkably well and can be used for a wide range of purposes, from viewing geo-blocked content to thwarting potential cybercriminals and so much more. Proxies are not quite as safe as VPNs but they don’t require you to download anything or register an account and, of course, they tend to be free.

Having said that, there are limits to what the free version of these services can do. If you need to use proxies often, it’s definitely not a bad idea to upgrade to the paid version, especially since these services are pretty cheap. In case you need a more well-rounded privacy solution, a good VPN is the way to go. Good VPNs are rarely free, however, you do get great value in return for your money. It’s not a coincidence that most of the companies we covered in this article offer both web proxies and VPNs so make sure to choose the solution that’s best suited for your particular needs.

GGServers Review – A Decent Hosting Option for Beginners

GGservers is a well-known hosting provider that was established back in 2013. A Canadian-based company, GGServers specializes exclusively on Minecraft servers for the time being. However, that is expected to change in the near future as the provider is currently building the infrastructure and systems needed to support Ark: Survival Evolved, Rust, Garry’s Mod, and a wide variety of other popular games. According to the company’s mission statement, the end goal of GGServers is to provide high-quality game servers at an affordable price and make the process of setting up a server as easy as possible for all users.

So how close is the company to reaching this goal? That’s just one of the many questions we’re going to attempt to answer in this article. Opinions regarding GGServers can be pretty mixed depending on where you look, which makes it hard for interested users to decide whether or not to purchase a hosting package from this company. We want to make that choice a bit easier by providing you with an in-depth review that covers everything from specs and price to performance and customer support.

Before We Begin: A Better Alternative

Now, before we jump straight into the review we want to mention that our hands-on experience with GGServers has been overall positive. However, while conducting our research we found that there are a few other providers out there that are quite a bit better than GGServers at game hosting. If by the end of this review you decide that GGServers is not for you, we strongly recommend looking into Shockbyte instead.

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Shockbyte is another very popular provider that offers better prices and includes more features with its packages. They currently have a huge 25% discount on all their plans with other offers being released quite often, so try to keep an eye out on them.

GGServers Review: Ease of Use

GGServers is a straightforward service that can be considered beginner-friendly. The way the service works is pretty much exactly as you would expect – you visit the website, you select the game, and then you select the package you want to purchase. You may notice that it’s possible to choose between many games, however, most of them are actually labeled as “coming soon”, with Minecraft being the only supported title as of this writing.

GGServers Homepage
Homepage of GGServer’s Website

The setup process itself is fairly intuitive and you can expect to be able to access your Minecraft server very quickly after making the purchase as GGServers offers instant activations. If you’re looking for specialized servers, you’ll be happy to know that you can find 1-click installs for many of the most popular Minecraft mod packs and plugins. A few notable examples include Spigot, PaperMC, CraftBukkit, Pixelmon, Void’s Wrath, and BungeeCord. You can also expect support for both Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft.

Custom Control Panel for Managing Servers

When it comes to managing your server, you will be using a customized version of the popular Multicraft control panel. The panel will allow you to not only manage the server but also add or remove players, view chat and server logs, create new worlds, and more. You also have access to a remote console that you can use to check on everything that’s happening on your server without having to actually be in the game.

GGServers Multicraft
Custom Version of Multicraft

Overall, I found GGServers to be very user-friendly and easy to work with. If you’re new to Minecraft server hosting, you don’t need to worry about most of the technical stuff because GGServers does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. At the same time, there is a good amount of advanced options that experienced users can work with.

Plans and Pricing

GGServers isn’t the cheapest option out there but its prices are certainly not unreasonable. When compared to some of the other popular game hosting providers on the market, such as the aforementioned Shockbyte, the service is only a little above average in terms of pricing. Namely, plans start at $3 per month and can reach up to $36 per month for a Standard package. If you want to take things to the next level, you can also go for one of the Premium packages, each of which costs double the amount you would pay for its Standard counterpart, so anywhere between $6 and $72 per month.

GGServers Minecraft Hosting Plans
Some of the Minecraft Hosting Plans

There are quite a few differences between the Standard and Premium packages, some of which I’m going to describe in more detail later on in this article. Suffice it to say that Premium users get a number of benefits in exchange for paying extra. For instance, Standard servers run on less powerful machines and come with fewer features than the Premium ones.

Discounts for Longer-Term Subscriptions

GGServers works with a variety of billing cycles, including monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually. If you decide to pay for several months in advance you will be able to benefit from discounts, which get better and better the more you are willing to pay upfront. For example, the quarterly plan shaves 5% of the price while the annual plan will grant you 15% off.

Additional Features

GGServers doesn’t offer a lot of notable features but it does have all the basic ones you might expect. You get full FTP access and DDoS protection with all plans along with a free subdomain and several server locations to choose from. If you go with one of the Premium packages, you can also expect MySQL database access and unlimited player slots.

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Available Features for Minecraft Servers

You can still benefit from these two features even if you purchase a Standard plan and there are two ways of acquiring them. The first is to simply outright purchase them, as GGServers offers unlimited slots and MySQL database access via add-ons that cost $2 a piece. Alternatively, you can get them for free just like Premium members by subscribing to the service for at least three months in advance. If you need these features, it’s cheaper to go with the quarterly subscription as the basic plan would only cost you $8.55 for a 3-month period. Meanwhile, the same package with the add-ons would cost you $7/mo for the first month and $5 for each subsequent one if you stick with the monthly billing cycle.

Extra Features for Extra Costs

GGServers does a pretty good job of letting potential customers know what they’re getting for their money, however, there are a few interesting features that aren’t actually advertised on the home page. Instead, you’ll learn about them during the checkout process. For example, you can add a dedicated IP to your server for $3 and unlock a few extra add-ons, such as a free month of Buycraft Premium or 45 days of Enjin Premium. For an extra fee, you can have GGServers’ technical team install various plugins and mod packs to your server. Namely, those that don’t already have 1-click installs. These additional services also include technical support in case you ever need it but are somewhat expensive, ranging in price from $5 to $15.

Specs and Slots

The cheapest Standard plan ($3/mo) comes with 1 GB of RAM and support for up to 12 players. GGServers’ pricing system is very straightforward so all you need to remember is that each GB of RAM supports 12 slots and costs $3/mo. Hence, if you want to have 24 players on your server, for example, you’re going to need 2 GB of RAM, which will cost you $6 per month. Pretty simple.

Price of Hosting PlanAvailable RAMNumber of Slots
$3 per month1024 MB12 Player Slots
$6 per month2048 MB24 Player Slots
$9 per month3072 MB36 Player Slots
$12 per month4096 MB48 Player Slots
$15 per month5120 MB60 Player Slots
$18 per month6144 MB72 Player Slots
$24 per month8192 MB96 Player Slots
$36 per month12288 MB144 Player Slots

You can also buy an add-on for a one-time fee of $2 if you want to unlock unlimited slots for your server. Alternatively, you could just go with a Premium plan instead and have unlimited slots without having to pay anything extra. As far as the storage is concerned, you get an unlimited amount of it with any package, regardless of whether you’re a Standard or Premium user.

Premium vs. Standard Servers

The specs of the servers themselves differ depending on the type of plan you choose. Standard servers come equipped with an Intel i7-6700k CPU, DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, and Soft RAID 1 SSD storage. As you might expect, Premium servers have slightly better specs, though the difference is honestly not too significant. A Premium plan will give you access to a server that features an overclocked Intel i7-7000K processor, DDR4 2400 MHz memory, and NVMe SSD storage.

Both types of servers come with very solid specs, however, you should notice a bit of a speed difference if you go with the Premium version as the NVMe drives are quite a bit faster than the Soft RAID 1 counterparts.

Performance

GGServers is very proud of the performance of its servers and is very upfront about what potential customers can expect in terms of speed and uptime. You can find detailed information regarding the performance by visiting the “Server Status” section of the company’s website. If you enjoy looking at statistics, you’re going to get a kick out of this page because it tells you everything you might want to know about each individual server, including its status, location, uptime, response time, and more.

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Based on this data, it would appear that GGServers has an overall uptime of 99.9895%, which is very impressive. It’s also interesting to note that some of the Premium servers have been running 24/7 without any interruptions (100% uptime) for the past several weeks or even months in certain cases. On the rare occasion when a server does malfunction, the downtime seems to last anywhere between 3 and 80 minutes. Waiting for more than an hour for your server to be back online is a bit much, however, this doesn’t happen very often.

Higher Response Times for Premium Servers

As far as the response times are concerned, these will differ based on your location. The closer you are to a server, the better the response time. On average, the response times we got range between 40 and 150 ms. I did find it a bit strange that the Premium servers actually have higher response times than the Standard ones. Given that Premium servers are quite a bit more expensive, I expected them to have lower response times but apparently that’s not the case.

There’s no doubt that GGServers does a pretty decent job when it comes to speed and uptime. That said, there are even better options out there for those who value performance. Based on the data we’ve collected, you can expect to run into some hiccups every now and then with GGServers. If you’re looking for a more reliable alternative that can keep your server running smooth as butter 24/7 we recommend checking out Shockbyte instead.

Location Coverage

The location coverage at GGServers is fairly decent as the company’s network spans across four different continents. The provider has a total of 9 global locations to choose from, 3 of which are found in North America – 2 in the US (Oregon and Virginia) and one in Canada (Montreal). There are also four locations in Europe – London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Roubaix (France), and Helsinki (Finland) – one in Singapore, and one in Sydney (Australia).

GGServers Location Coverage
Servers Locations

When you purchase a Minecraft hosting plan you are able to choose the location of your server, however, there is a little caveat. If you go for a Standard plan, you can only pick between two locations – Montreal and Roubaix. If you want to choose between all the available locations, you’re going to have to purchase a Premium package. Although the location coverage is pretty solid, I found this system to be unfair and a bit strange. There are no Standard locations in the US so the company is shooting itself in the foot here by being so restrictive to American users.

Customer Support

Users have a good amount of channels at their disposal for reaching out to GGServers’ customer support team. The company offers 24/7 ticket and live chat support along with a Discord channel. In addition, you can also ask for assistance on the discussion forums or hit up the knowledge base found on the official website for useful articles and tutorials. The only important thing missing here is phone support, however, that’s not very unusual for video game hosting companies.

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Customer Support Page

GGServers has many positive reviews on TrustPilot but many users on other websites and forums seem to have mixed feelings towards the company. I mentioned the mixed reviews earlier but I want to touch upon it again in this section as they are, for the most part, related to the company’s customer support team. The general consensus is that GGServers’ support team is a bit hit or miss and it’s actually pretty easy to see why that might be the case.

Heavily Understaffed

According to GGServers themselves, they have deployed over 500.000 game servers and successfully served more than 400.000 clients since their inception. Pretty good figures, however, there’s a problem with them. The company also mentions that it only has a little over 20 staff members on its team. As you might expect, such a small team would find it difficult to provide proper support for so many clients. So although the staff might be knowledgeable and helpful, you may have to wait quite a while before one of the agents is able to help you in case of a problem.

Support Doesn’t Come for Free

A lot of users are also pretty upset about the fact that GGServers charges for services that other providers offer for free. For example, you’ll need to pay the company $10 if you need help configuring BungeeCord and $15 if you need them to help you install plugins or set up permissions on your server. Even more baffling is the fact that you have to pay for these services even if you purchase a Premium hosting package.

F.A.Q.

Does GGServers Allow Me to Upgrade or Downgrade my Server?

The company does allow that and even makes it easy for users to upgrade/downgrade their servers. In order to do so, you will need to access the client area and pay the difference in case you want to upgrade. If you’re downgrading, you won’t be able to get the price difference back, so make sure to wait until the start of the next billing cycle if possible.

Can I Change to a Different Type of Server?

Users are able to switch from one type of server to another at any time. If you want to change your server from Spigot to Pixelmon, for example, simply go to the control panel and make the switch whenever you want.

Can I Add Subusers to My Server?

GGServers allows customers to add subusers to their accounts via the control panel. You can also set permissions to your subusers, however, if you don’t know how to do it yourself, you’ll need to pay GGServers $15 to help you out.

Is it Possible to Upload a Custom World?

You can indeed upload a previously created world to your server. All you need to do is upload the files to the server and the new world should automatically show up in the control panel.

Does GGServers Have a Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes, but the refund policy is less than impressive. You can only request a full refund from GGServers within the first 24 hours of making a purchase. Once the 24 hours are up, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get your money back.

Final Thoughts

There’s a very good reason why GGServers is one of the most popular providers of Minecraft servers on the market right now. The company shines in the performance department and its prices are overall pretty reasonable. There’s also not too much to complain about when it comes to the features as the company manages to cover most of the basic ones.

Having said all that, it’s a bit hard to recommend the company’s Premium plans given their high price tags, especially since you’re not getting much extra in terms of performance. If you decide to go with a Standard package, on the other hand, you would be missing out on a couple of important features like MySQL database access and unlimited slots. You can buy these things separately, however, I feel like they should be included in the base package.

The Big Downside

This brings us to one of GGServers’ main drawbacks – the need to pay extra for many features and services. While adding unlimited slots to your package will only cost you a couple of bucks, asking for help with installing certain plugins or configuring certain tools will set you back up to $15. That’s a bit too much for a service that many other providers offer for free. This ties into the overall subpar customer support, which is another big con in my book.

ScalaCube Review – A Solid Provider for Minecraft Server Hosting

New multiplayer games are coming out pretty much on a weekly basis nowadays so it’s easy to see why a lot of gamers don’t spend much time playing older titles anymore. Well, Minecraft is a bit of an exception. In spite of the fact that the game is turning 8-years-old this month, Minecraft’s player base remains strong to this day and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. If you’re planning to return to the sandbox title or maybe experience it for the first time, don’t worry because you’ll have plenty of people to play it with.

As with any online game, however, Minecraft’s community can get a bit toxic at times so if you’re a new player it might be better to stay away from established servers and create one of your own instead. Naturally, the first step is to find a good hosting provider and that’s where we come in. In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at ScalaCube, a fairly popular hosting provider that specializes in Minecraft servers. The company does host servers for other games like Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved but Minecraft is definitely what ScalaCube is best known for.

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Homepage of ScalaCube Website

In order to give you an idea of what this provider is all about, we’re going to delve deep into what ScalaCube has to offer in terms of hosting plans, pricing, features, customer support, and more. By the end of this review, you will learn everything there is to learn about ScalaCube and why we included them in our best Minecraft hosting list. You’ll then be able to decide for yourself whether the company is worth signing up with or not. Of course, we will also give you our own thoughts on the company, just in case you’re still on the fence. But let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into our ScalaCuble review, shall we?

Navigation and Ease of Use

One of the first things users notice about a company is how well its website is put together. Make it too simple and users might find it uninteresting, make it too flashy and users might find it complicated. Luckily, ScalaCube strikes a good balance between the two as the company’s website looks good while still being easy to navigate. Upon accessing the website, the first thing you’ll notice is that Minecraft is the star of the show, with Rust and Ark taking a back seat.

Once you click on the game you’re interested in, you’ll be presented with all relevant information right away, such as the price, server locations, and features. This may seem obvious but a lot of companies hide certain bits of important information until the user is already in the middle of the checkout process. ScalaCube inspires confidence by being so upfront about everything.

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Scalacube’s Minecraft Hosting Page

Custom Control Panel for All Servers

Once you purchase your server, you will be able to manage everything via a custom control panel. At first glance, the panel may seem a bit confusing, especially if you’re new to hosting. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that there are actually tooltips and explanations for all the options found in the control panel. ScalaCube also offers users access to their own websites and forums for free. If you don’t have any experience with website building don’t worry because the site is pre-configured, so all you have to do is take care of the content.

Instant Setup With Only One Click

If you like experimenting and trying out new things, you’ll be happy to know that ScalaCube has one-click installs and instant setup for many types of Minecraft servers. In addition to Standard and Pocket Edition, you will also find installers for Spigot, PaperMC, BungeeCord, Void’s Wrath, and more. If you don’t know your way around these types of servers, I recommend checking out ScalaCube’s video tutorials on how to install Minecraft plugins and mods because they’re very good at explaining everything you need to know about the setup process.

Plans and Pricing

ScalaCube offers 9 different hosting plans for Minecraft, ranging in price from $2.5 to $96 per month, so there’s something for all pockets here. The entry price of $2.5/mo is pretty standard among providers of Minecraft hosting, however, there is a little caveat to note. All users receive 50% off their first month so once the discount is up, you’re actually going to pay $5 per month for the basic package. One of the reasons why ScalaCube is a bit more expensive than other providers is because the company only offers VPS (Virtual Private Server) Minecraft packages so you can expect to have the server all to yourself.

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Hosting Plans for Minecraft Servers

The provider doesn’t have any premium plans or anything like that so expect to have access to all available features regardless of which package you choose. Also worth noting is that there’s no price difference between the PC and Mobile (Pocket Edition) versions of the game. Although each package comes with a lot of features, there are a few optional things you can pay for. For example, you can get a custom domain for your server’s website for $25 per year or a dedicated IP for a one-time fee of $10. For another 10 bucks, you can also add automated backups to your server.

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Unbeatable Prices for Rust Servers

If you’re shopping for Rust servers, prepare to pay between $4 and $20 per month for your hosting. Rust hosting is very cheap at ScalaCube compared to other providers and there is a truckload of plans to choose from. As far as Ark: Survival Evolved is concerned, prices here range between $7.5 and $24 per month. Once again, a very good deal. That said, the 50% discount I mentioned before applies to Rust and Ark servers as well. After the first month, expect to pay a price that’s similar to what other hosting providers are charging for these games.

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Hosting Plans for Rust Servers

A little detail that might be seen as either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it, is that ScalaCube only works with monthly billing cycles. I think people who don’t want to invest too much money right off the bat will appreciate this because you can sign up for a month and then easily cancel your subscription if the service is not for you. On the other hand, some people might want to pay a big chunk of money up front and not have to worry about their hosting for a while. Personally, I don’t mind ScalaCube’s system but I do think that having more billing cycles would be nice.

Additional Features and Tools

ScalaCube offers some very interesting features that I think a lot of people will really appreciate. First off, you have unlimited slots with every plan, which is always a very useful feature to have. Just in case you’re not familiar with the terminology, what this means is that ScalaCube doesn’t impose a limit on how many people can play on your server at any one time. However, each type of plan comes with a set amount of resources so you do have to keep in mind that the server will start slowing down if you bring in too many players. Especially if you also have a bunch of mods and plugins installed on your server.

Get Your Own Customizable Launcher

You also get the ability to set up multiple servers via the same account. Your servers do share the resources that come with your hosting package, though, so you’ll want to go with one of the more expensive plans if you want to create more than one server. Another nice feature that really stood out to me is the ability to create your own Minecraft launcher through the control panel. The launcher is fully customizable so you can have it automatically open up a specific server type or list of mods. Moreover, you can even have other players join your servers via your custom launcher.

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List of Features Available for Minecraft Servers

A few other features worth noting include DDoS protection, full SSH and FTP access, MySQL database, support for custom JARs, and a free subdomain. If you don’t feel like paying for a dedicated IP (without port), know that you can get one with a port for free. Aside from that, you get the usual slew of features you might expect, such as support for Bukkit, Snapshot, and Twitch, along with 13 mini-games, including SkyWars, BuildBattle, PaintBall, HungerGames, and more.

Extra Set of Features for Rust and Ark

Rust and Ark servers come with their own sets of features, many of which are also available with the Minecraft plans so I won’t mention them again. Probably the most important thing to note about the Rust servers is that they come with Oxide support, so you can mod the game to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, Ark servers feature support for both official and Steam Workshop mods. Ark plans also give users the ability to set up custom launch parameters and play on any of the DLC maps, including Extinction, Ragnarok, Scorched Earth, and Aberration.

Specs and Slots

The entry Minecraft package ($2.5) will give you 768 MB of RAM and 10 GB of SSD storage to work with. The server runs on a machine that comes with a 3.4 GHz CPU and supports a recommended number of 10 players. As mentioned, there’s technically no limit to how many players you can invite but it’s highly advised you pay close attention to ScalaCube’s recommendations if you want to ensure a smooth gameplay experience for everybody.

Price of Hosting PlanAvailable RAMNumber of Slots
$2.5 per month768 MB10 Players
$5.0 per month1.5 GB20 Players
$10 per month3 GB40 Players
$13 per month4.5 GB70 Players
$18 per month6 GB100 Players
$24 per month8 GB150 Players
$36 per month12 GB225 Players
$48 per month16 GB300 Players
$96 per month32 GB600 Players

At $0.50 per slot (after the first month), ScalaCube may seem a bit expensive compared to other hosts but the price is well worth it, especially if you plan on purchasing one of the higher-tier plans. Unlike other providers, ScalaCube doesn’t just increase the amount of RAM and storage, it also gives high-end users more CPU power. For example, the most expensive package includes 32 GB of RAM, 320 GB of SSD storage, and an octa-core @ 3.4 GHz CPU. This plan can easily accommodate up to 600 players or even more depending on the size of the world and the number of mods installed.

A Different System for Rust and Ark

In the case of Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved, things work a little bit differently from what I can tell. Regardless of whether you want to buy the cheapest or the most expensive package, you will get the same amount of resources. Namely, 32 GB of RAM, 320 GB of SSD storage, and an octa-core @ 3.4 GHz CPU. Instead of paying for resources as you would with Minecraft, here you will need to pay for a specific number of slots. You can choose anywhere between 10 and 120 slots for your Ark server and between 50 and 250 for your Rust server.

Performance and Reliability

ScalaCube is known for having very fast and reliable servers, which is one of the reasons why their prices are a bit above the market average. Although here you need to pay more than you would at other providers, you can expect to run into very few performance issues. I was surprised to find that ScalaCube doesn’t make any guarantees when it comes to the uptime of its servers, which is a common practice in the industry. Despite that, I have not encountered any downtime during my time testing the service. Judging by what other users are saying on forums and social media, downtime seems to be a very rare occurrence at ScalaCube.

Excellent Performance

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really surprised to learn that ScalaCube excels in the performance department given that the company only uses high-end hardware to power its servers. The fact that SSD storage is included with every package regardless of price helps keep things running smoothly even on servers with lots of players. When it comes to Rust and Ark servers you definitely don’t have to worry about performance because, as mentioned, the hardware is always solid regardless of which package you purchase. In the case of Minecraft, the situation might be a bit different depending on a couple of factors.

Unlimited Slots on All Servers

Some users might want to take advantage of the fact that ScalaCube offers unlimited slots for Minecraft packages to invite more than the recommended number of players to their server. You shouldn’t run into any issues if, let’s say, you invite 12 people to a server that has a recommended number of 10 slots. However, if you push it, you will see your server slowing down to a crawl sooner or later. In other words, you can control to a certain extent how well your Minecraft server performs, so make sure to always follow ScalaCube’s recommendations.

Location Coverage

This ties in somewhat to performance but I wanted to talk about it in a separate section to emphasis just how important it is. Location coverage is a key factor that not everybody considers before signing up with a hosting company. If you’re located far away from the server you’re renting, you’re going to run into latency issues. It’s as simple as that. The same goes for anyone else who wants to join your server. Before you buy a hosting package, make sure to keep that in mind because you’ll want to choose a server that’s located as close to you as possible.

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ScalaCube has pretty good location coverage compared to a lot of other hosting companies that deal with in-game servers. The company is based in Estonia (north-eastern Europe) so it should come as no surprise that it has very good coverage across Europe and the United Kingdom. In addition, ScalaCube also has Minecraft servers across North America, Asia, and Australia.

If you’re looking for more detailed information regarding the servers, it’s worth noting that the NA ones are found in Montreal while the EU ones are located in France. Meanwhile, ScalaCube chose Sydney as the location for the Australian servers and Singapore for the Asian ones. The company doesn’t mention anything specific about the UK servers but it’s a bit less relevant in that case since this region is significantly smaller than all the others. You probably won’t have to worry about latency in the UK regardless of where the servers are located.

Reduced Coverage for Rust and Ark

Unfortunately for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved fans, ScalaCube’s location coverage for these games is a bit less impressive. If you’re looking to buy a hosting package for Rust or Ark, you may be disappointed to find out that the company’s servers only cover North America, Europe, and the UK. Naturally, there’s nothing preventing you from renting a server if you’re located in a different part of the world, however, the performance may not be as good as you might expect.

Customer Support

Before deciding to check out ScalaCube I looked up a few user reviews just to see what people were saying about the company. To my surprise, a lot of users were giving high praises to the customer support, which can be hit or miss a lot of the time when you’re dealing with hosting companies. Based on my experience, the praises weren’t exaggerated as ScalaCube does indeed have a good customer support team. Even more important than that, though, the support agents are quick to respond and very friendly.

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Creating a Support Ticket

You can contact ScalaCube’s customer support 24/7 via email and live chat, though there’s a little caveat to note. The company stresses the fact that it only processes ticket requests sent directly from the control panel. On one hand, this system is not very good for business because it only allows registered users to contact support. On the other hand, I think the reason ScalaCube’s agents are so quick to reply to tickets has everything to do with the fact that they only have to work with clients, which frees up a lot of time.

Easy to Use Support Section

If you’re looking for self-help resources, you can find a number of useful articles and tutorials in the Support section of the official website. Many of the guides are available both in written and video format so you can always pick the option that’s most helpful for your situation. And if you ever feel like you still need help, you can also check out our Minecraft server setup guide.

F.A.Q.

Can I Upload a Custom Minecraft World?

ScalaCube does allow users to upload their own custom Minecraft worlds and even has a tutorial on how to do so, just in case you’re not familiar with how it works. The process is a bit technical and involves working with an FTP client but you shouldn’t have any problems with it if you follow the tutorial.

Can I Cancel My ScalaCube Subscription?

The advantage of working exclusively with monthly billing cycles is that you can cancel your subscription at any time without losing a ton of money. You can cancel your subscription manually via the control panel so you don’t even have to contact customer support to do it.

Does ScalaCube Support Foreign Currencies?

ScalaCube is one of the few games hosting companies that support close to a dozen currencies, including EUR, GBP, AUD, and RUB. Make sure to select the currency before buying a hosting plan to see how much it costs your country’s currency.

What’s ScalaCube’s Refund Policy?

At the time of this writing, ScalaCube offers no money-back guarantees.

Final Thoughts

ScalaCube is a company that often flies under the radar because it’s not quite as well-known as other game hosting providers. At least, as far as western audiences are concerned. However, I recommend giving these guys a shot despite that because you won’t be disappointed by what they have to offer. The quality of their services is top-notch and they offer a few interesting features that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Plus, the customer support is very fast, which is always very important, particularly if you’re new to hosting.

Server.pro Review – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you’re looking for a provider that can host your website you probably won’t have any issues finding one because these types of companies are a dime a dozen these days. If you’re looking for a company that can host your game server, on the other hand, your choices are a bit more limited. Although there are a decent amount of game hosts out there, most of them are either unreliable or too expensive for what they offer. However, after doing a bit of research we came across a provider that might be worth your time and money. That provider goes by the name of Server.pro.

Server.pro is a Swedish hosting company that specializes in affordable and feature-rich Minecraft servers. The company supports both the standard and Bedrock editions of the game while also offering servers for another popular sandbox title, Terraria. In order to give you an idea of what Server.pro is all about we tested its services ourselves and put together an in-depth review that highlights the pros and cons of working with this company. We’re going to give you our honest opinion about the company further down below, but first, let’s go over some of the basics.

Navigation and Ease of Use

The first thing you’ll likely notice upon accessing Server.pro’s website is just how simple everything looks. This could be considered either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Personally, I don’t mind the design but I wish the company would expand things a little bit because as it stands, there’s very little information available on the site.

That said, if you don’t like clicking through tons of pages to find the info you’re looking for you’ll be happy to learn that almost everything you need to know about Server.pro can be found on the homepage. There are a couple of other pages in addition to that but there’s very little of interest on them. The ‘About’ page, in particular, is very underwhelming as it doesn’t say anything interesting aside from a short mission statement and the company’s address.

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Homepage of Server.pro Website

Keeping in line with the simplistic design of the website, the service itself is also very easy to use. You can sign up with Facebook if you don’t want to create a new account from scratch and then you simply need to select a hosting plan and the location of your server. In terms of configuration, you only have a few options to worry about. After selecting the game you’re interested in, you’ll need to pick the game type and version followed by the server hostname and address.

Complete Control Through a User-Friendly Interface

Once you create your new server, you’ll be able to manage everything using a fairly standard multi-admin control panel. True to its name, the control panel allows multiple administrators to manage the same server. Since we’re talking about ease of use, I also have to mention that Server.pro provides one-click installers for a variety of Spigot and Bukkit plugins. In addition, the company also offers a range of auto installable modpacks. If you’re going with Terraria or the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, your choice of plugins and modpacks will be a lot more limited, though.

Plans and Pricing

First impressions of Server.pro aren’t fantastic but it’s easy to look past some of the company’s shortcomings after you take a look at the prices. Unlike most of its competitors, Server.pro offers users the opportunity of using its services for free. That’s right, you can have your own Minecraft server without spending a penny, albeit there are some drawbacks. The free plan can be used indefinitely but you would be missing out on most features and you would have to put up with some annoying ads in the process.

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Minecraft Hosting Plans Offered by Server.pro

If you don’t mind spending a bit of money on your hosting, you have two paid tiers to choose from. Namely, you can choose the Premium tier which includes two packages priced at $5 and $10 per month. Alternatively, you can go Pro and pick between two other plans, which cost $20 and $40 per month, respectively. So what’s the difference between the free and paid plans? Well, aside from getting more resources to work with, you will also benefit from a number of advanced features by going with either of the paid plans. The Pro plans include significantly more resources than the Premium ones, along with a couple of exclusive features.

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Regardless of whether you choose Terraria or either version of Minecraft, you can expect to pay the same amount for your hosting. The base features will be identical in every case but the game-specific features will differ depending on which title you pick. A lot of game hosting companies make their pricing schemes too complicated so seeing this very straightforward payment system is definitely a breath of fresh air.

Specs and Slots

If you decide to stick to the free plan, you will get access to 1 GB of memory, SSD storage, and a dual-core CPU. Pretty basic stuff but not bad considering that you’re not paying anything for these resources. The storage is NVMe while the CPU is an Intel Xenon E3 @ 2.4 GHz. Interestingly enough, the Premium tier gives you access to servers that feature an identical CPU, though the memory is bumped up to 2 or 4 GB depending on the plan. Meanwhile, the Pro servers are considerably more advanced as they come with Intel i7 overclocked CPUs @ 4.7 Ghz and NVMe @ Ultra SSD storage. The memory is also a lot better – 6 GB with the $20/mo plan and 12 GB with the $40/mo one.

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Minecraft Servers Features

One drawback of Server.pro is that the company doesn’t offer unlimited storage with any of its packages. Instead, you can expect 5 GB of storage with the free plan, 20 GB with the Premium one and either 40 or 80 GB with the Pro tier, depending on which of the two packages you choose. Compared to other game hosting companies, the specs offered with the paid plans are nothing to write home about. The amount of memory is not too bad but the storage is quite underwhelming.

Unlimited Capacity for Paid Servers

On the bright side, Server.pro does include unlimited slots with its plans, which somewhat makes up for the unimpressive specs. Naturally, this only applies to the paid plans. If you’re going for the free option, don’t expect to be able to create a large community around your server because you’ll only have room for up to 10 players. The good news is that the free plan runs on servers that could support around 20 players if there were no restrictions, so at least you won’t have to worry too much about the performance.

Additional Features and Tools

As I’m sure you already noticed by now, Server.pro uses a very traditional tiered system for pretty much everything. That’s certainly also the case when it comes to the features. I’ve mentioned this before but you would be missing out on most features by going with the free plan. In fact, all free users get is basic DDoS protection and file access via FTP or Server.pro’s custom-built file manager. You can install plugins with the free plan but you can only have a maximum of 10 at any one time. That’s not a lot to go on but I wasn’t exactly surprised by the lack of features in the free plan either.

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In-Game Features for Minecraft Servers

Moving on to the Premium tier, you can expect instant setup, daily backups, the aforementioned multi-admin control panel, and an ad-free experience. Some of the extra features differ depending on whether you go with the standard or Bedrock edition of Minecraft. For example, Bedrock users can upload custom PHAR files while Bedrock users gain mudpack support and the ability to upload custom JAR files. There is no limit on how many plugins you can install regardless of which version you use. The same goes for Terraria players.

A Bigger Package for Paying Users

Unsurprisingly, Pro users get a few extra goodies with their packages. For starters, the DDoS protection is upgraded to the advanced version and Server.pro also throws in a dedicated IP along with a MySQL server complete with root access. There are no extra version-specific features to mention, however, the company does include firewall protection for Pro users, regardless of whether they’re using the Bedrock or standard edition of the game.

No Extras for Terraria Users

Unfortunately, there are no special features available for those who purchase a Terraria hosting plan. I find this discrepancy a bit odd given that, as mentioned, the cost of a Terraria plan is identical to that of a Minecraft plan. Basically, if want to rent a Terraria server you’re going to pay the same amount without getting anything special in return, which hardly seems fair if you ask me.

Location Coverage

Given that Server.pro is not as high-profile as many of its competitors, some might assume that the company wouldn’t have a lot of data centers. After all, smaller companies usually only support a couple of server locations. Surprisingly, that’s not really the case here. Server.pro has a total of nine locations to choose from and is able to support most of the big markets. There are three locations in North America, four across Europe, one in Singapore, and one in Australia. Although not the best location coverage I’ve ever seen, it’s still better than what many other providers have to offer.

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Available Locations for Minecraft Servers

Having said all that, there is a little bit of a catch here. Users who go with the free or Premium plans can only pick between two locations – Canada and France. Needless to say, picking these plans considerably limits your choices and because server location directly affects latency, you may run into some issues if you don’t live in or close to these countries. Having to be a Pro member to select other locations is definitely a bit of a bummer, particularly if you’re a new user who doesn’t want to speed too much on hosting right off the bat. Granted, you can try out the other plans for a month and then upgrade to Pro afterward if you run into any problems, but that’s not really a great solution.

Performance and Reliability

Given the low prices (for the Premium plans at least), I figured there must be an area where Server.pro isn’t doing particularly well because when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that is indeed the case. While the company has problems in a couple of departments, I found the performance to be the main drawback here. The low amount of memory will probably be the first red flag for a lot of people but the thing I found most concerning is actually the uptime. In the table below we’ve compared Server.pro to Shockbyte which is one of the most popular Minecraft hosting providers.

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Starting Price$5$2.5
ProcessorIntel Xeon E5-2630v3 - 2.4 GHz / 3.2 GHzIntel Xeon E5-1650v4 @ 4.00GHz CPU
StorageNVMe SSDNVMe SSD in RAID 1
UptimeNo Guarantee100%
Anti DDoSStandard (L3/L4)Standard (L3/L4)
File AccessFTPFTP
Instant SetupYesYes
Daily BackupsYesYes
MySQLNoYes
Mod PacksYesYes
Custom JARYesYes
ScalableNoYes

Bad In-Game Experience

Unlike most of its competitors, Server.pro doesn’t make any guarantees in regards to the uptime of its servers. If you decide to test out the service for yourself, you’re likely to find out why that is. Lag is not uncommon at Server.pro while random server disconnects seem to happen a bit more than with other hosting companies. The lag can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as overcrowded servers or bad internet connectivity on the part of the user. When it comes to the disconnects, however, this is a problem that’s plaguing a lot of users and seems to be related to the company’s subpar infrastructure. The disconnects don’t happen exceedingly often, mind you, but they do occur often enough to ruin the experience in some cases and this is the reason why we choose not to include Server.pro in our best Minecraft server hosting list.

Compensating With Speed

That said, while the servers may not be the most reliable, they are pretty fast. We got response times as low as 12 ms during our testing on nearby servers and 100 to 200 ms on servers located on other continents. These results are actually quite good as most people will only begin to notice the latency once the response time surpasses 200 ms. Of course, the speed will vary from person to person so, if you can, always rent a server that’s close to you because that really makes a big difference.

Customer Support

The customer support is another area where Server.pro could do better. The company is faster to respond that some of the other providers we’ve tested over the years, so there’s that. However, the only way to get in touch with an agent is via email. If you visit the company’s support page you’ll notice that there’s no phone support of live chat available. The only other way of getting in touch with a company representative is via Twitter, which isn’t exactly ideal if you ask me.

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Server.pro’s Contact Page

As far as self-help options are concerned, the selection is once again pretty limited. The knowledgebase section is very lackluster as it doesn’t contain any sort of articles or tutorials. On the bright side, Server.pro does have a very active YouTube channel where it posts helpful guides at least a couple of times per week. While that doesn’t make up for the lack of proper support channels, at least the videos are well put together and can genuinely come in handy if you run into issues with your server or simply need help installing certain plugins or mods.

F.A.Q.

Can I Play on Server.pro With a Cracked Version of Minecraft?

Although we don’t encourage piracy, this type of question comes up a lot so it’s worth going over. According to Server.pro themselves, you can indeed use their service even if you have a cracked version of the game. The company notes that you will need to turn off online mode in order to connect, though.

Where Exactly Are the Servers Located?

I mentioned a couple of times how important it is to be close to the server you’re renting but I forgot to talk about the exact location of some of the servers, so let’s do it here. In North America, you have Canada along with two US locations in Oregon and Virginia. Meanwhile, the European servers can be found in France, Germany, Poland, and the UK. Finally, the last two are found in Australia and Singapore.

Does Server.pro Support Yearly Billing Cycles?

Although most hosting companies work with multiple billing cycles, Server.pro only supports monthly payments, for the time being at least.

Will My Game Worlds Be Deleted After My Subscription Expires?

The short answer is yes, however, that won’t happen immediately. Server.pro will keep everything intact for up to a year, just in case you decide to come back at some point and pick up where you left off. That only applies to the paid plans, though. If your free server becomes inactive, expect Server.pro to delete all your data after one month.

What’s Server.pro’s Refund Policy?

If you become dissatisfied with the company’s services for any reason, you can request a full refund within 72 hours of making the purchase.

Final Thoughts

Server.pro can be a fairly decent provider if you’re willing to look past some of its flaws. The first thing that immediately stands out here is the free plan. In spite of the obligatory ads and other limitations, I would still recommend this plan because it’s overall pretty good. As far as the other packages are concerned, you can get pretty good value from them because they’re definitely not lacking in the features department. However, I’m not a fan of locking most server locations behind a paywall so the Pro tier is a bit of a hard sell for me.

Shockbyte Review – Quality Minecraft Hosting at an Unbeatable Price

Shockbyte is one of the most popular providers of game servers on the market right now. The company started off in Australia back in 2013 and gradually made a name for itself over the years thanks to its quality services. Initially, Shockbyte focused exclusively on offering Minecraft hosting and that remains a big part of its business to this day. However, over time the company branched out into other areas and is currently also providing servers for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved, with Arma 3 and Hytale labeled as “coming soon”. Shockbyte’s goal as a business is pretty straightforward – provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible price.

Have the folks over at Shockbyte already reached their goal in 2019 or are they not quite there yet? We were very curious to find out so we took it upon ourselves to look into the current state of the company’s services and see what they have to offer to users. If you’re not sure whether you should sign up with Shockbyte or not you came to the right place because this review will give you an in-depth look at the provider and help you make an informed decision. With that in mind, let’s just jump straight into it, shall we?

Plans and Pricing

Shockbyte has some of the cheapest prices out there when it comes to Minecraft servers hosting. A basic package will only cost you $2.5 per month and there are about a dozen other plans to choose from. The pricing system is very straightforward, with each package costing $2.5 more than the previous one. At most, you can expect to pay $40 per month for your server hosting, though most players would do just fine with one of the cheapest options. If the price is your primary concern, it’s worth noting that you can get an even better offer on your hosting by using our coupon code, which grants you a 25% discount on your first month of hosting.

Shockbyte Minecraft Hosting Plans
Minecraft Hosting Plans

A great thing about Shockbyte is that it doesn’t separate its hosting plans into standard and premium-like other providers do. Instead, you will receive access to all the available features regardless of which package you choose. The only noticeable difference between the various plans is that the more expensive ones include more resources than the cheaper variants. This system applies not just to Minecraft but also to Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved servers.

Different Prices for Other Games

The prices for these other games are a bit higher but that’s not surprising given that Ark and Rust are a lot more resource-intensive than Minecraft. Prices for Rust servers start at $10 per month and can reach up to $25 per month. Meanwhile, the prices for Ark: Survival Evolved servers range between $15 and $50 per month depending on which package you choose. All Rust plan comes with support for Oxide while the Ark: Survival Evolved ones feature auto mod installs.

In addition to monthly billing cycles, Shockbyte also supports quarterly, semi-annual, and yearly payments. Unfortunately, there is no discount for paying in advance for your hosting so you’re stuck with the full price. That is, of course, unless you decide to use the coupon code I mentioned earlier, which will give you 25% off your first month not just for Minecraft servers but also for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved.

Ease of Use

I don’t know about you but I’m very apprehensive about signing up with a company that makes things too complicated for its users. Luckily, that’s not really an issue in the case of Shockbyte. The company is very user-friendly and its services are easy to understand. It helps a lot that the provider’s website is well put together and simple to navigate. The first thing you’ll notice when accessing the website is that Minecraft is heavily advertised, however, if you’re interested in renting a server for a different title, you can simply use the dropdown menu labeled “game server” in order to see all the available options.

Once you complete a purchase, you can expect your new server to be up and running pretty much instantly. Shockbyte works with Multicraft CP, a popular control panel that allows users to easily manage all aspects of their Minecraft servers with just a few clicks. If you’re new to server hosting, learning your way around Multicraft may take you a couple of days but once you get the hang of it, you’ll absolutely love what it has to offer. I know I do. The control panels for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved servers are a bit different but they are based on Multicraft so you shouldn’t have any problems learning how to navigate them.

Installs Made Extremely Easy

Since we’re talking about ease of use, it’s also worth noting that Shockbyte offers 1-click installs for a wide variety of server types and mod installs. If you have a very specific plugin or mod that doesn’t have a 1-click install, you can find tutorials on Shockbyte’s website that will teach you how to install it as a custom JAR. Another thing I liked about the company is that it allows you to upgrade or downgrade your server at any time whenever you want. Shockbyte uses an automated system for this so you can do it from the control panel without having to contact customer support, which saves you a lot of valuable time.

Additional Features and Tools

Shockbyte offers a large variety of features and tools with all its hosting packages. The features differ a bit depending on whether you’re looking at Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival Evolved packages. Among other things, hosting plans come with support for plugins and mods that are specific to each of the three games. For example, Minecraft servers come with support for BungeeCord while Rust servers come with support for Oxide. And, of course, both the Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft are supported.

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Given that Minecraft is Shockbyte’s main focus, it should come as no surprise that the company went all out with the features for the blocky sandbox adventure game. Purchasing any of the available Minecraft packages will grant you full FTP access, a free subdomain, a free MySQL database, automatic backups, and unlimited bandwidth. The servers are also MCPC & MCPE compatible, come with a Java version switcher, custom JAR support, task scheduling, DDoS protection, and more. The features included with the Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved packages are fairly similar, with a few additions that are specific to these games, such as server console and custom maps support.

Freebies Included with All Hosting Plans

In addition to all of that, you can also expect some other nice freebies by buying a Minecraft hosting plan. First off, you get a free 45-day trial to Enjin, a popular platform that comes with a site builder, forums, mobile apps and more, all designed to help you advertise and grow your Minecraft community. Then, you also get a 30-day trial to Buycraft, a webstore solution for Minecraft that can be used to monetize your server. Finally, every hosting plan includes a 30-day trial to Minetrends Lite, a special analytics tool that gives you detailed insights and statistics regarding your Minecraft server and its player base.

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A couple of other features worth noting are free server migration and free dedicated IP.  At the time of this writing, these are only included with Ark: Survival Evolved packages. You can get a dedicated IP for your Minecraft server, however, it would cost you an extra $5 per month in addition to the regular hosting price. There is no server migration for Minecraft plans but there is a server management service that costs $15 per month. Definitely a bit pricey but likely worth it for users who are not very tech-savvy. Subscribing to this service means that you won’t have to deal with configuring mod packs, plugins or custom JARs because Shockbyte’s tech team would take care of everything for you.

Specs and Slots

The cheapest Minecraft package supports a recommended number of 20 slots and will give you 1 GB of RAM to work with. For every $2.5 you pay, you will get 1 GB of RAM and the recommended number of slots will increase by 20. So, for example, the $7.50/mo package comes with 3 GB of RAM and 60 slots, the $10/mo one comes with 4 GB of RAM and 80 slots, and so on. I mentioned the “recommended” number of slots because technically all plans support an unlimited number of players.

Unlimited Slots for All Servers

Shockbyte recommends a certain number of slots for each package based on how many resources it contains, but you can actually bring as many people as you want to your server, albeit the performance will begin to drop if you don’t pay attention to the recommendations. In addition to unlimited slots, you also get unlimited SSD storage with all plans. $2.5/mo for unlimited slots and storage is an absolute steal and don’t forget that you can shave 25% off that already cheap price by using our exclusive coupon code.

Rust Servers

The entry point for Rust server hosting is $10 and includes support for up to 40 player slots. With the other two tiers, you get 60 and 125 slots, respectively. You can’t get unlimited slots here but the price per slot only sits at $0.4, which is pretty good. If you’re looking to build a particularly large community around your server, I suggest going for Shockbyte’s customizable Rust plan. This plan will let you pick anywhere between 125 and a whopping 300 slots for your server. The only drawback is that the price per slot here is $0.5, so a bit more expensive than the regular packages.

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Ark Survival Servers

As far as Ark Survival Evolved is concerned, the entry package comes with 30 slots while the most expensive one can support up to 125. Both Ark and Rust packages come with a special feature that allows you to ramp up the CPU priority from normal to high or real-time in order to improve performance. Doing so will set you back an extra $4 to $10 per month depending on how much you want to ramp it up. This, coupled with the fact that the price per slot for Ark packages sits at $2, means that you might end up paying quite a bit if you’re looking to build a large community around your server. Shockbyte’s prices for Ark servers are overall above average compared to other providers so make sure to use our coupon code to get 25% off your first month if you don’t want to invest too much right off the bat.

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Performance and Reliability

Performance-wise, Shockbyte is pretty solid but your mileage with the service might vary depending on a couple of factors, the first of which is your proximity to its servers. The further you are from the server, the more lag you are likely to experience and unfortunately, Shockbyte only has a handful of server locations to choose from. Most users in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific shouldn’t run into any issues but if you’re located somewhere else, a bit of lag is to be expected.

Another thing that will likely impact the performance of your server is the number of people playing at any one time. This seems pretty obvious but it’s worth mentioning anyway because Shockbyte offers unlimited slots with all Minecraft packages. Thanks to this feature, it may seem smart to buy a cheap plan and invite as many people as you can to your server because there is no limit. However, that would be a mistake. Realistically, each GB of RAM you have at your disposal will only support about 20 players. Going over that limit will slow things down for everyone so make sure to take that into account before purchasing a server if you want to avoid any potential issues.

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Impressive Uptime Guarantee

Shockbyte offers a 100% uptime guarantee so you can expect your server to run 24/7 without any interruptions. Well, for the most part. The company is known for frequently upgrading its hardware and that means the servers will occasionally need to be restarted. When that happens, the maintenance period usually only lasts between 15 minutes to an hour, though the downtime can be a bit longer on occasion. Shockbyte does a pretty good job of letting users know about scheduled maintenance so they can prepare beforehand for server restarts.

Location Coverage

I would consider Shockbyte’s coverage to be fairly average. The company has four locations to choose from, which isn’t great but isn’t too bad either. The available servers are located in North America, Europe, Singapore, and Australia. It would have been nice to have multiple locations to choose from in these regions but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Shockbyte allows you to choose the location of your server regardless of whether you’re buying a Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival package. Make sure to choose carefully, however, because some locations are more expensive than others.

If you pick NA or EU, there are no extra costs but if you go with one of the Asia Pacific locations you’re going to have to pay an additional $5 per month for your hosting. I found it particularly strange that Shockbyte charges more for servers in Australia given than this is an Australian company but there you have it. If you do have to go with one of the more expensive locations, make sure to use our coupon code to get 25% off your first month on any package.

Customer Support

If you read other Shockbyte reviews before coming here you may have noticed that one of the main things users take issues with its customer support. The overall consensus is that Shockbyte’s support team is solid but sometimes takes a long time to reply. That’s a fairly accurate assessment of the situation and there’s a good reason for that. Shockbyte serves a large number of clients each month but has a relatively small team, so its support agents are spread thin. The good news is that once you do get in contact with a support agent, you can usually expect your problem to be resolved swiftly and professionally.

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Shockbyte can primarily be contacted via live chat and ticket (if you’re already a client). The company is also fairly active on Discord and all the usual social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. If you can’t get ahold of a support agent through the usual channels your best bet is to hit them up on Discord because the company has a sizeable community of users that might be able to help you fix any problem you may have.

A Vast Knowledgebase Available

If you’d rather try to fix things yourself rather than ask for assistance, don’t forget to check out the knowledgebase found on the official website because you can find a lot of helpful tutorials and guides there. The vast majority of them are about Minecraft, though. I would also suggest visiting the Shockbyte YouTube channel because the company frequently uploads videos that you may find more useful than the articles found on the website.

F.A.Q.

Does Shockbyte Really Offer Unlimited Storage?

The short answer yes but only as long as you comply with the company’s fair use policy. You can’t use the company’s servers to store things that are not related to its services, such as music or movies for example.

Where Exactly are Shockbyte’s Servers Located?

The NA one can be found in Montreal, Canada while the EU and Australia ones are located in Gravelines, France and Sydney, respectively.

Can Users Change the Location of Their Servers?

Changing the location of your server is possible but there is no way of making the change yourself. Instead, you’ll need to contact Shockbyte’s customer support team and ask an agent to make the transfer for you.

Can Users Change the Number of Slots?

You can upgrade or downgrade to a plan that comes with a different amount of player slots whenever you like. Although the slots for Minecraft servers are unlimited, it is recommended to upgrade to one of the higher tier plans if you want to invite a large number of people to your server.

What is Shockbyte’s Refund Policy?

The company only offers a 24-hour money-back guarantee so make sure to contact support fast if you change your mind about the plan you purchased.

Final Thoughts

Shockbyte is overall a very solid hosting provider that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to rent servers for Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival Evolved. The prices are some of the best out there and the company offers a truly impressive array of features with all of its packages. The service is also very user-friendly, which makes it a great choice even for those who don’t have any previous experience with hosting their own servers.

Top 10 Sneaker Proxies Providers of 2019

Back in the day, limited-edition sneakers manufactured by big-name brands like Nike or Adidas used to only be available in select stores. That meant that relatively few people had access to them and the stores that kept them in stock were often overrun by customers eager to get their hands on the hot new shoes. That may have been good for business but it also caused a lot of chaos, which is why in recent years more and more companies have opted to sell them online instead.

This opened up new business opportunities for entrepreneurs with the means to buy the sneakers online in bulk in order to resell them later for a profit. But when lots of people have the same idea you usually get to a point where it becomes nearly impossible to buy large amounts of a product because of all the competition. That’s where sneaker bots and sneaker proxies come in. These two tools are an absolute must if you want to automate the process of purchasing sneakers.

The Best Sneaker Proxy Services

Websites that sell sneakers tend to IP ban users that engage in suspicious activity, such as trying to buy large amounts of a product in a short amount of time. While bots can automate the process in order to ensure that you can purchase what you want ahead of the competition, proxies are essential for preventing you from getting banned. So before you even attempt to buy all those hot new shoes you wanted, it’s a good idea to start looking into some good sneaker proxy services. As it happens, we’ve already looked into the matter and prepared a comprehensive list of companies that offer reliable proxy services at reasonable prices.

Below you can find a quick summary of all the providers on our list along with a few bits of important information to keep in mind. Keep reading to check out the detailed list further down.

  • Smartproxy – A very reliable service with a large worldwide network of residential proxies.
  • MyPrivateProxy – Decently priced dedicated sneaker proxy packages with lots of features.
  • Storm Proxies – Rotating residential proxies and packages designed to target specific sneaker sites.
  • Luminati – The largest network of residential proxies in the world. Very reliable but quite expensive.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – Datacenter proxies with a high rate of success but pretty expensive.
  • GeoSurf – A good alternative to Luminati with fantastic location coverage.
  • IPLease – Fast dedicated sneaker proxies at remarkably low prices.
  • Mexela – A simple and straightforward service that specializes almost exclusively in sneaker proxies.
  • IcedOutProxies – A fairly small operation that offers residential sneaker proxies at incredibly low prices.
  • BuyProxies – Very few standout features but its proxies are reliable and fairly priced.

1. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is among only a handful of providers that specifically mention you can use their proxies to target shoe sites. The company has a network of over 10 million IPs at its disposal, consisting of both residential and datacenter addresses. Although the datacenter packages are very solid, you’ll want to use the residential proxies on sneaker sites. Smartproxy’s residential proxies work with all major sneaker bots, including Supreme Bot, Nike Slayer, AIO Bots, EasyCop Bot, and Another Nike Bot, among many others.

The company offers very good prices on sneaker proxies, which makes it a great option for those who plan to resell the shoes they purchase using the service. You can expect to see even better profits by using our special coupon code that will give you a 15% discount on your first purchase of any package of sneaker proxies.

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Smartproxy allows users to geo-target close to 200 locations around the world and offers two forms of IP sessions – rotating and sticky. With the rotating version, you get a new IP on every request while the sticky type lets you keep the same IP for a longer period of time. All proxy plans come with unlimited threads and connections, which is very helpful because you can attempt multiple sneaker purchases with the same package. Smartproxy’s residential proxies don’t share a sub-network so it’s extremely unlikely that anyone can mass ban the company’s IPs.

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Start Small and Easily Scale Up Over Time

There are three residential proxy packages to choose from, the cheapest of which costs $75 per month and comes with 5 GB of traffic included. You can easily scale up from there and go for the $200/mo plan or even one of the more expensive packages. You won’t get advanced features with the higher tiers or anything like that, but you will get a lot more traffic to work with and a much better price per GB the more you are willing to invest upfront in the service. So if you’re ready to start, you can click here in order to take advantage of the 15% discount. If you happen to change your mind afterward, don’t worry because Smartproxy offers a 3-day money-back guarantee to all customers.

2. MyPrivateProxy

MyPrivateProxy or simply MPP Group is a veteran provider with many years of experience under its belt. The company is very reliable and has a sizeable network that spans across most of Europe and the United States. MPP Group offers a variety of different services, including private proxies and shared proxies, however, you’ll mainly want to keep an eye on its dedicated proxy plans. That’s because the company has a number of packages specifically designed for sneaker sites.

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MPP Sneaker Proxies Page

The nice thing about MPP Group’s sneaker proxies is that they can be configured to target a specific website. Some of the currently available options include Adidas, Nike, Eastbay, Footlocker, Yeezysupply, and many more. The company also gives you access to multiple locations and subnets to choose from. Customers can also expect unlimited bandwidth, highly anonymous IPs, up to 100 threads per proxy, a fully automated control panel, and fresh new IP replacements once per month on request.

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10% More Proxies for a Limited Time

As far as the prices are concerned, you can get a basic package of sneaker proxies for $65 per month. The entry plan includes 22 proxies, so you’re looking at a price per proxy of $2.95. The cheapest package normally only comes with 20 proxies but MPP Group is running a promotion at the moment that grants customers 10% more proxies for a limited time. This applies to all the other sneaker proxy plans, including the high tier $520/mo package, which now comes with 250 proxies (usually just 225).

3. Storm Proxies

Stormproxies is one of the best players in the game when it comes to backconnect rotating proxies. This makes them an ideal choice for a number of activities, including copping sneaker sites. Although you can use Stormproxy’s standard rotating residential proxies for this purpose, the company recommends going for one of the packages that were specifically designed for sneaker sites. These plans are more expensive but they are guaranteed to work with shoe sites like Yeezy, Nike, Adidas, Supreme, Eastbay, Footlocker, and many others.

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Stormproxies Sneaker Proxies Page

The company offers unlimited bandwidth with all packages and access to a pool of over 40.000 residential IPs. The proxies rotate every 5 minutes and you can choose between US or EU based IP addresses. All packages are limited to 1 access IP so you can only use the service from a single computer. Aside from that, you can expect instant delivery, highly anonymous IPs, and a very fast network optimized for performance and multi-threaded tools.

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Unimpressive Refund Policy but Otherwise Solid Prices

The cheapest package of residential sneaker proxies will set you back $160 per month and includes access to 20 ports. There’s a less expensive package with 10 ports that goes for just $90/mo but that plan is not available at the time of this writing. Check back later, though. On the more expensive side of things, you can get packages with 200 or even 500 ports for $900 and $1600 per month, respectively. Stormproxy only offers a 2-hour money-back guarantee with its special sneaker proxies.

4. Luminati

Luminati has the largest network of residential proxies available on the market right now. You have over 35 million rotating IPs from around the world to work with. Unlike most of its competitors, Luminati has an actual extensive worldwide network, with locations spanning from the US and UK to Japan and Australia and everywhere in between. The company is also known for its excellent uptime, low ban rates, and great customer support team.

Luminati is not the cheapest option but the company does offer access to one of the most trustworthy networks of residential proxies on the market. If you’re put off by the high entry price, it’s worth noting that you can $250 free at Luminati once per account by using our special coupon code. That’s basically 50% off the $500 Starter package of residential proxies. Simply sign up to the service and deposit $250 or more in order to receive an additional $250 on the house. If you’re a registered company, you can also take advantage of Luminati’s 7-day free trial.

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Although Luminati doesn’t list sneaker copping under the use cases section of its website, the massive 35+ million pool of IPs is perfect for this exact purpose. Luminati uses a P2P network so you can be certain that these are real household IPs that are not part of the same subnet, which makes them very difficult to track. The company offers both shared and private IPs. Private IPs are great for exclusively targeting specific domains, however, it’s probably better to go with the shared version in this case because the private ones don’t rotate.

Pretty Expensive but You do Get What You Pay For

Luminati is quite a bit more expensive than most of the other companies on this list but that’s only because its primary customers tend to be big businesses. The starter package comes with 40 GB of traffic included and has a monthly commitment of $500. That translates to $12.50 per GB, which is actually pretty reasonable, however, the minimum monthly commitment makes Luminati a premium option. Definitely well worth it if you can afford it, though. If that’s a bit too pricey for you, it’s still possible to get a taste of what the company has to offer because Luminati is currently offering a very generous 7-day free trial for residential proxy packages.

5. SSLPrivateProxy

Just as its name suggests, this company is all about providing private proxies for a variety of activities. Here you can find proxies for Instagram, LinkedIn, ticketing sites, PokemonGo, classified ads, and of course, sneaker sites. SSLPrivateProxy has around 40 server locations, most of which are found in the United States. The prices are a bit higher than average, however, you can expect great performance from these guys and their proxies are guaranteed to work pretty much everywhere.

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SSLPrivateProxy offers exclusive, highly anonymous proxies, IP and username/password authentication, monthly randomization, and support for both HTTP and HTTPS connections. It’s worth noting that these are data center proxies so the risk of becoming blacklisted is a bit higher than with residential IPs. However, the company offers virgin proxies with its packages, which means the IPs were never used before. Hence, the proxies shouldn’t raise any suspicious unless the user abuses them. SSLPrivateProxy offers a generous 7-day money-back guarantee.

High Entry Point Meant for Bulk Purchases

There are only two packages to choose from here and they’re both fairly expensive. The cheapest one comes in at $650 per month and includes 250 private proxies. Meanwhile, the more expensive one comes with 500 proxies and costs $1.250 per month. You’re getting a slightly better price per proxy with the more expensive package, as well as the ability to pick multiple cities and subnets. Both packages will allow you to target specific sneaker sites like Nike, Adidas, Footlocker, EastBay, and many others.

6. GeoSurf

GeoSurf is another very reliable provider that some of you may already know about. The company has been around for a number of years and managed to amass a pretty impressive network of residential proxies during all this time. GeoSurf’s network is composed of over 2.5 million IP addresses spread across over 2.000 locations around the world. The location coverage here is truly fantastic. Unlike most other providers that only cover the US and maybe Europe, GeoSurf has coverage over pretty much every continent, including Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

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GeoSurf Sneaker Proxies Page

GeoSurf seems to be a big fan of using residential proxies for copping sneakers as the company has several articles and tutorials on its website about this very topic. The provider even put together a comprehensive release calendar meant to help users stay up to date with all the latest sneaker releases. GeoSurf’s proxies are known to work with all the popular sneaker bots, such as AIO, NikeSlayer, SupremeBot, NikeShoeBot, RCO, and more. You can pick between standard rotating proxies and sticky sessions while also being able to benefit from unlimited connections, threads, and countries.

A Bit Cheaper Than the Competition

Similar to Luminati, GeoSurf charges per GB of traffic and its packages are pretty expensive, though this is a premium service and a very good one at that. The entry package will set you back $450 per month and comes with 38 GB of traffic included. That translates to around $12 per GB, so a bit cheaper than the competition. Having said that, GeoSurf doesn’t seem to offer a free trial right now and there’s no money-back guarantee.

7. IPLease

IPLease is another solid provider that offers a wide range of services. The company mainly focuses on private proxies but you can also find shared plans at very affordable prices. That said, IPLease’s bread and butter are its dedicated proxy packages for restricted websites like Craigslist or AutoTrader. Among other things, here you’ll be able to find ticketing proxies, gaming proxies, social media proxies, shopping proxies, and classified ads proxies. And of, course, IPLease also offers some very good proxies packages for sneaker websites.

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One of the standout features of IPLease is that the company offers virgin proxies, which is always nice to see. This makes the service great for copping particularly sensitive sneaker sites. The proxies are compatible with AIO bot and have been confirmed to work on sites like Supreme, Footlocker, Nike, YeezySupply, Adidas, and more. These are dedicated proxies so you don’t have to worry about sharing them with other users and you can choose whether you want to access one or multiple subnets.

Very Good Prices for Virgin IPs

IPLease has very good prices for sneaker proxies. The cheapest package costs $12.75 per month and includes 5 proxies. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, it’s worth keeping in mind that these are dedicated proxies with virgin IPs. You can get a better price per IP by purchasing one of the more expensive packages and you can benefit from even more discounts by subscribing for several months in advance.

8. Mexela

Mexela is a very straightforward company that focuses on a handful of proxy packages. Although there isn’t a whole lot of variety here, you can find packages specifically designed to work with sneaker sites, which is always a plus in our book. Mexela is a bit secretive, which can be considered either a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. The company doesn’t disclose the exact location of its servers but mentions that it can provide coverage for both Europe and the US along with multiple subnets in these regions.

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Mexela Sneaker Proxies Page

Mexela’s sneaker proxies are known to work with bots like AIO and popular shoe sites like Adidas, Supreme, and more. You can expect unlimited bandwidth, HTTPS support, highly anonymous IPs, and fresh new proxies once per month upon request. In addition to sneaker proxies, you can also get regular shared and private proxy packages here. You will only need to share the proxies with two other users if you go with the first version and the prices are much cheaper. However, we recommend going with the specialized plans if you can afford it in order to maximize your chances of success.

Limited Amount of Options

There are only two sneaker proxy packages to choose from here. The cheapest one costs $150 per month and comes with 50 dedicated proxies while the more expensive one goes for $300/mo and includes 100 proxies. In short, you’re looking at a price of $3 per proxy. Mexela’s prices aren’t too bad but they’re not the cheapest option we’ve seen either. Also worth mentioning is that Mexela offers a 24-hour money-back guarantee. Not the best refund policy out there but still better than nothing.

9. IcedOutProxies

IcedOut may not be the most well-known company on this list but its proxies are very solid nevertheless. The company has a network of over 100.000 IPs and works almost exclusively with data center proxies. However, IcedOut also has a few residential packages designed specifically for sneaker sites. The company seems to periodically rotate its proxies based on popular new releases. For example, its current packages target Supreme US while a couple of months back they targeted Yeezy UK.

IcedOutProxies Sneaker Proxies
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As you can imagine, this system has some limitations but the good news is that the proxies are guaranteed to work on the targeted sites and likely to work on all the other ones. You can expect speeds of up to 1GB/s along with HTTP support and IP authentication. The company is still fairly new and there are quite a few features that are not yet available. But while IcedOutProxies doesn’t impress in terms of features, it certainly shines in the price department.

Residential Proxies Rarely Get Cheaper Than This

The company has a very cheap entry point and some of the best prices for residential sneaker proxies we’ve seen so far. The basic package only costs $10 per month and comes with 10 proxies. In other words, you’re only paying $1 per proxy, which is an excellent bargain. If you’re looking for bulk purchase, you can go for the 100 or 300-proxy packages instead. You can save 10% off your purchase with the higher tier packages.

10. BuyProxies

A very straightforward company with a very straightforward name. Buy Proxies is a bit of a niche provider that primarily focuses on sneaker sites and ticketing proxies. You can also find dedicated and shared proxy plans here, however, the sneaker packages are by far the most reliable. The company has its own servers so you don’t have to worry about resold proxies here. There’s not a whole lot of info regarding Buy Proxies’ network, but we do know the company has good coverage over the United States and parts of Europe.

BuyProxies Sneaker Proxies
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As far as the features are concerned, you can expect all the common ones to be available. Specifically, unlimited bandwidth, API access, HTTP/HTTPS support, IP and username/password authentication, and multiple cities/subnets to choose from. Buy Proxies also offers fresh new proxies during every new monthly billing cycle and includes a 24-hour money-back-guarantee. There aren’t really any standout features here but Buy Proxies covers all the bases so there’s not much to complain about either, except maybe for the underwhelming refund policy.

Guaranteed to Work with All Major Sneaker Sites

There are three sneaker proxy packages to choose from here, with prices comparable to some of the other companies on this list. The cheapest plan costs $150 per month and includes 50 dedicated shoe proxies. The other two plans come with 100 and 200 proxies, respectively. Regardless of which package you choose, the price per proxy will remain the same at $3. Buy Proxies guarantees that its proxies will work on popular sneaker sites like Supreme, Nike, Adidas, Finishline, and more.

What Are Sneaker Proxies?

Sneaker websites are some of the most restrictive sites around and won’t hesitate to swiftly block your IP if they notice any suspicious activity. Naturally, you can shop for shoes using your PC without getting into trouble. If you’re trying to buy them in bulk, however, you’ll quickly realize that most big-brand sneaker websites don’t like that one bit. One of the main reasons why limited edition shoes are so expensive is because manufacturers produce them in small batches.

If someone is trying to buy a sizeable portion of the limited supply it tends to raise a few red flags. Particularly since those types of sneakers are usually expensive, which means that regular customers don’t usually buy more than one or two pairs. As mentioned before, sneaker proxies can allow you to circumvent that by hiding your IP, thus allowing you to mask the identity of your actual address. Proxy services give you multiple IPs to work with so even if some of them do get banned, you still have others that you can use.

Why You Should Use Sneaker Proxies Instead of Dedicated Proxies

Given that sneaker proxies tend to be fairly expensive, a lot of people might be inclined to use dedicated proxies instead. Although you can get away with using general dedicated proxies on some sites, you can expect a much higher degree of success with dedicated sneaker proxies. These packages usually come with virgin IPs, which means that the proxies are clean and were never used before on sneaker websites, or any websites at all in some cases.

It’s important to remember than sneaker manufacturers have a lot at stake here. Most people who make bulk purchases plan to resell the shoes for profit, which is bad for business if you’re the company that made the shoes. That’s why these companies actively target suspicious activity and don’t mind banning even entire subnets if it means stopping resellers. If you’re someone who wants to get their hands on those hot limited edition sneakers at all costs, you’ll need to be equally determined in order to maximize your chances of success. That means using the best sneaker bots and the best sneaker proxy services.

Residential Proxies vs Datacenter Proxies for Copping Sneakers

As you may have noticed already, our list primarily covered providers that offer residential proxy services. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, residential proxies are considered better for targeting proxy sites. That’s because these types of proxies use IP addresses of actual users and that makes them less suspicious than datacenter proxies.

In addition, residential proxy services usually rotate IPs so even if one of them does get banned, you can try your luck with a different one. The drawback of residential proxies is that you’re dipping into a pool of IPs that contains both clean and already blacklisted addresses. Some companies do a good job of removing the bad IPs from the pool, but not all of them. You can find a list of the top residential proxy services on our website along with indications on how to properly use them.

Cheaper and Faster but not as Effective

Datacenter proxies, on the other hand, have their own pros and cons. On one hand, these proxies are a lot faster and usually cheaper so you’re potentially looking at a higher return on your investment. On the other hand, datacenter proxies are much easier to block. Also, you’re working with a bunch of IPs that are part of only one or a couple of subnets and, as mentioned, sneaker sites have no problems blocking entire subnets. In other words, you risk losing all your IPs in one fell swoop.

That said, you can still successfully use datacenter proxies on some sneaker sites as long as you have virgin IPs to work with, though you’ll still need to be careful not to abuse them. SSLPrivateProxy and a handful of other companies have been offering excellent datacenter sneaker proxies for many years so this is definitely a viable option, assuming you’re getting your proxies from a reliable provider. We have a top of the best datacenter proxies which can definitely help you find the right provider for you if you choose to go with this type of proxies.

Features to Keep An Eye on When Buying Sneaker Proxies

Location Targeting: Having the option to target specific locations is extremely helpful. Services that let you target certain cities in addition to countries or states are therefore extremely valuable. To make the best use of this feature, do a bit of research to find out where the sneaker site’s servers are located. If your proxy service can target the same city, you’ll be in a better position to get the sneakers you want.

Protocol Support: Most proxy services support HTTP and HTTPS protocols, however, a select few also include support for SOCKS. You’ll want to make sure that the proxies you plan to buy match the protocols supported by your sneaker bot.

Multiple Subnets: Some proxy services allow you to choose between multiple subnets, which again, is a very useful feature. Remember that sneaker websites can ban entire subnets so it helps to have options if you’re faced with a worst-case scenario. Naturally, this only applies to datacenter proxies. If you’re going for residential sneaker proxies, there’s no need to worry about this.

Unlimited Connections: This is another pretty obvious one but make sure the proxy service you aim to buy supports unlimited connections if possible. This feature is mainly associated with residential proxies where you have a massive pool of IPs to work with and you want to be able to have access to the entire network. If you’re going for a dedicated service where you pay per IP as opposed to GB of traffic, this feature will likely not be available. That said, dedicated proxies outshine the later ones in terms of performance and that allows you to get away with a limited number of connections.

Free Monthly IP Randomization: This is a nice quality of life feature but I wouldn’t call it mandatory. If everything goes smoothly, you shouldn’t need to change your IPs all that often. However, this feature is welcome if one of your IPs does get blocked, in which case you can ask for a free replacement. This is another feature you’ll need to keep an eye on if you want to buy dedicated proxies. Residential proxies tend to rotate every few minutes so there’s no need for monthly randomization on top of that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Buy Limited Edition Sneakers Without a Proxy?

Yes, but it can be very difficult to do so depending on the shoes you’re trying to purchase. Nowadays, a lot of people use sneaker bots in conjunction with proxies in order to beat the competition. It’s not impossible, of course, but you would have to be pretty fast to beat an automated tool, especially when it comes to buying extremely rare and sought after sneakers. If we’re talking about bulk purchases, however, proxies are pretty much mandatory.

How to Use Sneaker Proxies?

There are a few simple things to keep in mind when using sneaker proxies. First, having a large number of proxies to work with will increase your chances of success. Secondly, speed is essential. The faster you can get in and complete your purchase, the lower the chances that the sneaker site you’re targeting will be able to detect any suspicious activity. Finally, get a good sneaker bot and make sure to add all your proxies to it before you attempt the purchase.

What’s a Sneaker Bot?

Sneaker bots work like any other type of bots in the sense that they allow you to automate a specific process and perform it much faster than a human. A good sneaker bot should be able to access a website, add products to the cart, and proceed to checkout in less than a second. Needless to say, that’s much faster compared to a manual purchase. But in order for the bot to do its job properly, it needs to mask your real location using very fast proxies. So again, speed is essential.

What’s the Best Sneaker Bot?

Unfortunately, this question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Sneaker bots are designed to target specific websites and come equipped with specialized tools and features that allow them to fulfill their purpose. In other words, you won’t be able to find a bot that works equally well on all sneaker websites. That’s why you should purchase a bot designed specifically for the website you’re trying to target and make sure that your proxies are compatible with that bot.

What’s Sneaker Copping?

Sneaker copping (sometimes known as sneaker cooking) is the process of purchasing shoes from apparel websites using specialized tools. Namely, you’re going to need a sneaker bot and sneaker proxies in order to successfully cop sneakers. The proxies are meant to protect your online identity and real location while the bot is used to automate the purchasing process.

Final Thoughts

Everybody wants the latest hot shoes but very few people are able to get their hands on them. After reading this article you should have a better idea of why that is. A large portion of limited edition sneakers are purchased using specialized tools like proxies and sneaker bots, which give those who use them a decisive advantage over regular customers. Given that so many people are using these tools nowadays, you’ll need to use them too if you hope to compete.

Top 10 Datacenter Proxies Providers of 2019

If you’re familiar with web data extraction or website performance testing you already know how important it is to have a good proxy service while conducting these types of activities. However, you don’t actually have to work in the online space in order to use a proxy service. A lot of people use proxies to hide their identity while browsing the internet or to watch videos that are normally blocked in their country. Those are just a few obvious examples but there are plenty of other uses for proxies.

Proxies act as a gateway between the user and the internet. While browsing with a proxy service active, your location and IP address are hidden from prying eyes. In most cases, you can make it seem like you are accessing the internet from a different country located on the other side of the world if you wanted.

The Best Datacenter Proxy Services

It goes without saying that a tool like this can be very useful, however, not all proxy services were created equally and some are clearly better than others. With that in mind, we took the time to put together a list of reliable data center services that you can count on in 2019. This should make it easier to choose the ideal provider for your specific needs. A quick summary of our picks can be found below but make sure to keep reading for more detailed information on all these companies.

The following is our top of the best 10 datacenter proxies providers along with a review of each of them:

  • Luminati – Arguably the best and most popular provider of datacenter proxies currently on the market.
  • Smartproxy – Excellent shared datacenter proxies that support both IP rotation and sticky sessions.
  • Oxylabs – The largest network of dedicated datacenter proxies. Particularly good for web scraping.
  • Stormproxies – A very reliable US-based service that offers three methods of rotating IPs and a low entry point for dedicated proxies.
  • MyPrivateProxy – MPP Group is a veteran provider that offers great prices for bulk purchases.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – Versatile provider with 7+ years of experience and many specialized services.
  • Proxy-n-VPN – Small pool of IPs but otherwise solid and works exclusively with datacenter proxies.
  • High Proxies – Good for scraping, SEO, and social media. Low entry point.
  • Squid Proxies – Fast servers and great coverage but only sells shared proxies in bulk.
  • Blazing Proxies – Small network but offers good performance and very cheap prices.

1. Luminati

Luminati is an absolute juggernaut when it comes to pretty much any type of proxy service. The company has a very impressive network consisting of more than 40 million proxies at its disposal, about 500.000 of which are located in state-of-the-art data centers. Luminati has more than 1500 subnets at its disposal and offers proxy locations in 85 countries around the world. The provider has an excellent reputation thanks to its ethical business practices, which has allowed it to gain favor with a lot of Fortune 500 enterprises over the years. If you’re not sure which proxy provider to pick, Luminati is always a safe bet.

The company charges a pretty penny for its services but you won’t be disappointed by what it offers, especially since you can use our special coupon code to get a $5 bonus when purchasing your first package of datacenter proxies.

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Luminati offers both shared and dedicated IPs with unlimited bandwidth and an infinite amount of concurrent requests. The company also offers a ‘cooling period’, which is a guaranteed amount of time a certain IP address has not been used to access a specific site. Managing all your IPs is extremely easy here as Luminati offers not just a proxy manager interface but also a Google Chrome extension. In addition to great performance and ease of use, Luminati also takes pride in its very professional and knowledgeable customer support team, which is one of the best in the business.

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As far as the price is concerned, Luminati is not a cheap option. The company’s services are mainly targeted at big businesses so you can expect some pretty high prices here. However, that only applies to its standard packages, the cheapest of which includes 900 IPs and comes with a $500 per month commitment. Luckily, Luminati also has a ‘pay as you go’ system for datacenter proxies that will only set you back $0.10 per IP or $0.60 per GB of data and has no monthly commitment. Needless to say, that’s quite a bargain. If you’re still not sure about Luminati, though, you can always check out the company’s free trial and test out its services for yourself.

2. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is another reliable provider that offers both datacenter and residential proxies, as well as a number of other, more specialized services, such as Instagram proxies, sneaker proxies, and Craiglist proxies, among others. The company has been around for a long time and owns one of the largest networks around, which consists of well over 10 million proxies. Similar to Luminati, most of those IPs are reserved for residential proxy services, with only around 40.000 of those address being located in data centers. That number may not seem that impressive compared to its residential proxies, but 40K addresses definitely give you plenty to work with.

Smartproxy has some of the best prices out there for datacenter proxy packages, however, some people might still find the entry point to be a bit too high for their taste. If you’re one of those people, don’t worry because you can use our exclusive coupon code to shave 15% off your first purchase of datacenter proxies.

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Smartproxy has servers all over Europe and the United States and works exclusively with shared datacenter proxies. The company offers both rotating datacenter IPs and sticky sessions, which allow you to hold onto your address for up to 30 minutes. Smartproxy supports HTTP and HTTPS connections guarantee 99.99% uptime and include unlimited threads with all packages. The company also mentions that it has over 100 subnets and that its service is compatible with all the popular scripts and bots.

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Get Access to Smartproxy’s Entire Network for a Fixed Monthly Fee

Unlike many other companies that offer datacenter proxies, Smartproxy charges per traffic usage, as opposed to charging per IP. This means that you can access the company’s entire network for a fixed monthly fee. The entry package costs $50 per month and includes up to 100 GB of traffic, so that’s $0.5 per GB. The basic plan only supports 1 sub-user but you can support between 3 and 10 by going with one of the other packages. It’s also worth noting that you can buy additional traffic at a rate of $1 per GB with the basic plan or between $0.80 and $0.40 per GB with the other packages. Smartproxy offers a 3-day money-back guarantee to all customers.

3. Oxylabs

Oxylabs has one of the largest networks of dedicated proxies on the market right now, exceeding even that of Luminati. The company has over 2 million dedicated proxies in its pool, as well as another 32 million residential ones. Oxylabs has more than 80 data centers and offers proxies in 100+ locations around the globe in countries like the US, UK, India, Russia, Germany, and more. The location coverage here is really good and the company’s proxies are well known for their excellent speed and performance.

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The company offers dedicated datacenter proxies with unlimited bandwidth and an unlimited number of concurrent sessions. You can also expect a 99% uptime guarantee, a quick and easy setup process, username/password authentication, and a very slick user interface. Oxylabs claims that its proxies are particularly good for web scraping, with the company going as far as to help users find clean proxies for the sites they want to scrape. A few other common use cases for the company’s proxies include brand protection, market research, ad verification, and travel fare aggregation.

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Very Generous Free Trial to Test Out the Service

Similar to most other companies in this space, Oxylabs charges per IP. The prices here are a bit above average but that is to be expected from a premium provider. The cheapest package will set you back $180 per month and includes 100 IP addresses, so that’s $1.8 per IP. You can get a better deal per IP with some of the other plans (as low as $1.20/IP), however, all the other packages are a lot more expensive. Companies that are looking to purchase significantly large amounts of IPs (25K+) can contact Oxylabs directly for a price estimate. A downside for some users is that Oxylabs’ non-US IPs are a lot more expensive than its US ones. On the bright side, the company offers a 7-day free trial, which is very generous compared to most of its competitors.

4. Stormproxies

Stormproxies is one of the youngest providers on our list and initially made a name for itself by offering solid backconnect rotating proxies. Nowadays, the company offers a pretty wide range of services, including dedicated proxies for Instagram, Facebook, ticketing sites, and more. Here you can find both residential and datacenter IPs. The IP pool for datacenter proxies consists of over 70.000 addresses located mainly in the US and Europe. Stormproxies offers both shared (rotating) and dedicated datacenter proxies.

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The shared proxies are quite popular as they come with three methods of rotating IPs – rotate at every HTTP request, rotate every 3 minutes, and rotate every 15 minutes. This gives users a lot of options to work with and makes the proxies suitable for a wide variety of online activities. Meanwhile, the dedicated proxies are highly anonymous and optimized for maximum performance. These proxies are meant for general use and are not recommended for very specific activities. As mentioned, Stormproxies has other packages for things like accessing sneakers or ticketing sites.

Very Low Entry Point for Datacenter Proxies

A basic package of shared datacenter proxies will set you back $39 per month and will give you access to the entire network, so no pay per IP system here. However, this package along with the other shared plans comes with other limitations. For instance, the basic package only supports up to 40 simultaneous connections and the service can only be used on a single device. If you’re looking for dedicated proxies, the cheapest plan here goes for $10 per month and includes 5 private proxies, so that’s about $2 per proxy. The plans are limited at 100 threads and only cover US locations.

5. MyPrivateProxy

My Private Proxy or MPP Group is a well-known provider that has been around for many years. The company’s services are very reliable and include both shared and private proxies. In addition, the provider also offers dedicated proxies for sneaker sites, ticketing sites, and PokemonGo. MPP Group has a pretty impressive network of over 230.000 datacenter proxies, with dozens of subnets to choose from. A large portion of the data centers are located inside major cities across the US, however, the network also extends into various parts of Europe.

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MPP Group includes similar features with both its shared and private proxy packages. Some of the highlights include instant activation, IP and username/password authentication, up to 100 simultaneous connections, highly anonymous IPs, a fully automated control panel, and more. The company also offers a 99% uptime guarantee, unlimited bandwidth, non-sequential IPs, and free monthly replacements (for private proxies) of IPs that no longer work as intended. Customers also benefit from a 3-day money-back guarantee.

Massive Discounts for Bulk Purchases

As far as the pricing is concerned, MPP Group’s services are pretty affordable all things considered. Shared proxies plans start at $50 per month and include 50 proxies, so that’s $1 per proxy. You can get the price down to as little as $0.62 per proxy by going for one of the higher tier packages. The more expensive plans will also give you access to more locations and subnets. As far as the private proxies are concerned, prices here start at $2.49/mo per proxy. That’s a bit expensive, however, you can buy a single proxy here, which will be a major selling point for some people. If you’re looking for a bulk purchase, you’ll be able to get that price down to as little as $1.13 per IP with the high tier packages.

6. SSLPrivateProxy

SSL Private Proxy is another veteran provider that offers a wide variety of proxy and VPN related services. The company has been around for more than 7 years at this point and offers not just private and shared proxies but also specialized packages for things like sneaker sites, video games, social media platforms like Instagram or Snapchat, and more. SSL Private Proxy has a network consisting of over 120.000 dedicated IPs, with data centers located in 40 cities across North America and Europe.

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SSL Private Proxy supports both HTTP and HTTPS connections, offers highly anonymous proxies, and a monthly randomization feature. Other highlights include IP whitelisting and username/password authentication, non-sequential IPs, unlimited bandwidth and an advanced control panel. You can access multiple cities and subnets regardless of whether you choose a shared or private datacenter proxies package. In addition to the regular advantages you get from private proxies, here they are also optimized for SEO, search engine scraping, YouTube, and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Get a Great Deal by Paying for Multiple Months in Advance

The prices at SSL Private Proxy are pretty competitive, with basic shared hosting packages going for $11.10 per month. The entry plan includes 10 proxies, so that’s $1.1/mo per proxy. Meanwhile, private proxies are a bit more expensive and start at $15 per month for the basic package, which comes with 5 proxies. Similar to most of its competitors, SSL Private Proxy will give you a better price per proxy if you buy one of the more expensive packages. In addition, the company also offers pretty substantial discounts if you pay for several months in advance. In other words, you can look forward to some really good prices if you decide to stick with this provider for the long haul.

7. Proxy-n-VPN

Proxy-n-VPN is a very solid provider that works exclusively with datacenter proxies. The company puts a lot of emphasis on privacy and security so you can expect a high degree of anonymity with these proxies. The company’s network consists of around 10.000 dedicated IP addresses, so the pool is a bit smaller compared to other companies. However, the IPs are stored in state-of-the-art data centers and the company owns 100% of its inventory so you can look forward to good performance and reliability. Proxy-n-VPN offers both shared and private datacenter proxies.

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Some of the features you can expect here include unlimited bandwidth, non-sequential IPs, 99.99% uptime guarantee, and speeds of up to 1GB/s. All the proxies are highly anonymous and you can easily manage everything by using the intuitive control panel. The company has good location coverage, with servers placed all across North America and parts of Europe. If you’re unsatisfied with the service for any reason, you can take advantage of the 3-day money-back guarantee refund policy offered by the company.

You Can Purchase Anywhere Between 1 and 1000 Proxies

Proxy-n-VPN’s prices are on par with many of the other companies on this list. Namely, a starter package of shared datacenter proxies costs $11 per month and includes 10 proxies. That’s a little over $1 per proxy but you can get a much better deal by opting for one of the larger packages that come with 500 or 1000 proxies. Meanwhile, a private datacenter proxy will set you back $2.35 per month if you go with the basic plan. Similar to MPP Group, Proxy-n-VPN gives users the option of buying a single proxy but you can expect significant discounts for bulk purchase, especially if you order one of the large packages.

8. High Proxies

High Proxies offers reliable services at competitive prices and operates across most of the United States and Europe, among other regions. The company has a network of around 25.000 IPs spread across a few dozen different locations. High Proxies has a number of useful services, including shared and private proxies, VPNs, and special dedicated proxy packages for social media and ticketing sites. High Proxies is considered a premium provider but its prices are actually similar to many of the other companies on this list.

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The service isn’t really recommended for sneaker sites but you can use the proxies for pretty much everything else. SEO, scraping, and social media are some of the most common use cases here. All proxy packages come with unlimited bandwidth, monthly randomization, IP whitelisting, and a 99% uptime guarantee. Most plans also allow users to choose between multiple cities and subnets. The only exception to this is the basic private proxy plan.

The Cheapest Price for Single-Proxy Packages

Like many of the companies on this list, High Proxies allows users to purchase single private proxies, which explains the limitations I mentioned earlier. A private proxy costs $2.30 here but you can also buy them in bulk and take advantage of some pretty nice discounts in the process. As far as the shared proxies are concerned, the price starts at $10.90 per month for the cheapest package that comes with 10 proxies. Once again, you can get a better price per package by going with one of the more expensive tiers.

9. Squid Proxies

Squid Proxies is a great option for users who are looking for fast servers and good worldwide coverage. The company’s proxies are known for their good performance and you can find both shared and dedicated proxy packages here. Squid Proxies has been around for many years and was able to put together a very solid network during all this time. In addition to offering great coverage across Europe and North America, the company also has servers in Asia, Australia, India, and the Middle East.

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The provider offers highly anonymous proxies and supports HTTP and HTTPS connections. Users can expect a very straightforward and fast setup process with very little configuration needed. The company only uses non-sequential IPs and has plenty of subnets to choose from across the US. Another nice thing about Squid Proxies is that you can get free new proxies once per month upon request. If you’re not satisfied with the proxies or with the service, in general, you can contact the company and get a refund within 3 days.

Fairly High Entry Point for Shared Packages

The prices at Squid Proxies at pretty standard and start at $1/mo per proxy for a shared package. The bad news is that the cheapest package comes with 100 proxies, which is good for bulk buyers but not so great for everyone else. If you’re looking to purchase a smaller quantity, you can go for a dedicated proxy package instead. Dedicated proxies cost $2.40 a piece but you can buy them in packages of 10, so that’s an investment of just $24.

10. Blazing Proxies

Founded by Blazing SEO back in 2015, Blazing Proxies is a company that offers a pretty wide variety of services. In addition to proxies, here you can also find VPNs, captcha solving services, and even dedicated servers. The company’s network is fairly small but this is offset by the fact that Blazing Proxies offers top-notch performance. Here you can find both shared and private proxies, along with virgin IPs that come in blocks of 256 for those in need of clean addresses for sensitive tasks like search engine scraping or bulk account registration.

Blazing Proxies Datacenter Proxies
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Blazing Proxies has nine locations and hundreds of subnets to choose from. The service supports HTTP, HTTPs, and SOCKS connections include unlimited bandwidth and threads, runs at speeds of up to 1 GB/s, and includes automatic proxy replacements once per month. You can also expect other common features like instant deliver and IP and username/password authentication. Blazing Proxies offers a 2-day free trial so you can test out the service for yourself for a limited time without spending a penny.

Nearly Unbeatable Prices for Shared Proxies

If you do decide to sign up for the service, you’ll be happy to know that the prices are Blazing Proxies are quite reasonable. A basic package of shared proxies costs $2.50 per month and includes 5 proxies. That’s just $0.50 per proxy but you can get them even cheaper by subscribing for multiple months in advance. Meanwhile, the cheapest dedicated proxy package will set you back $6 per month and also includes 5 proxies. Blazing Proxies has a very flexible system that allows you to choose the specific amount of proxies you want to purchase, as opposed to offering traditional packages. The minimum amount is 5 proxies and there doesn’t seem to be an upper limit.

Datacenter vs Residential vs Mobile Proxies

Proxies can be split into three categories based on where the IP addresses are coming from. A data center proxy service uses IPs that are generated and stored in data centers belonging to big companies like Digital Ocean or AWS (Amazon Web Services). However, many of the major data center proxy providers actually own their own data centers and don’t rely on third-party companies. These types of IPs are often (but now always) static, sequential, and are also used for other types of services like VPNs, dedicated servers, cloud servers, and more.

Unlike datacenter proxies, residential and mobile proxies are usually not static (rotating) and are not stored in a single central location. Rather, these services use pools of addresses assigned to real users by their internet service providers or mobile carriers. Residential and mobile proxy services often use P2P networks that consist of IP addresses given voluntarily by users, generally in exchange for free access to certain services.

Pros and Cons of Datacenter Proxies

Pros:

Speed and Performance: These types of proxies are often part of huge data centers that power countless websites and businesses. This, combined with their static nature, gives datacenter proxies a clear edge over other types of proxy servers when it comes to speed and performance.

Availability: Datacenter proxies are plentiful and are always extremely easy to find. There are countless companies out there that sell them so all you need to do is find the one that works best for your particular needs.

Price: Datacenter proxies are also the cheapest of the bunch. Unlike residential and mobile proxies where you pay for GB of traffic usage, datacenter proxy providers generally allow users to pay per IP. This makes datacenter proxies both affordable and convenient as it’s not uncommon to find companies that only charge $1 (or less) per IP and a lot of the time there’s no lower limit on how many you can buy.

Cons:

Easier to Detect That Other Proxies: The static nature of datacenter proxies allows them to shine when it comes to performance but it also makes them easier to detect. Some websites will be able to figure out very quickly if you’re using a datacenter IP, which makes these services unsuitable for certain activities. It’s worth mentioning that most websites won’t really take any action against those who use datacenter IPs, but in some cases, they will.

Easier to Blacklist: Datacenter proxies raise red flags for certain types of websites, especially ticketing and sneaker sites. Many of these websites go out of their way to blacklist proxies and datacenter IPs are usually their first target because they are the easiest to track. You can circumvent this to some degree by signing up with a provider that works with multiple data centers. However, a lot of these companies admit that their proxies will likely not work on ticketing and sneaker sites regardless. So if you’re into shopping, our suggestion is to look into sneaker proxies instead of datacenter ones.

Types of Datacenter Proxies

While other types of proxies sometimes come in three variants, datacenter proxies are only available in two – dedicated and shared. Purchasing a dedicated proxy will guarantee that you will be the only person able to use it for the duration of your subscription. This isn’t the case with shared proxies. True to their name, these proxies are shared between multiple users.

Shared proxies are usually assigned to 3-5 people but there are companies that allow many more users to share the same proxy. This makes shared proxies less reliable than dedicated ones, however, the advantage is that they tend to be a lot cheaper as a result.

Datacenter Proxies Use Cases:

Web Scraping: Datacenter proxies aren’t ideal for web scraping but they can be used with some degree of success for this purpose if you know what you’re doing. The secret is to avoid biting off more than you can chew. If you’re trying to scrape large amounts of data from big websites like Amazon or LinkedIn you probably won’t get very far because major companies have systems in place to prevent that and, once again, datacenter proxies are the easiest to detect. If you stick to smaller websites, however, you should have no problems scraping data.

Creating Multiple Accounts: There are a lot of platforms out there that won’t allow you to create more than one account from the same IP address. Some people use VPNs to circumvent this but doing so is often not worth it because virtual private networks can be fairly expensive. Residential proxies are another viable option, however, they can be unreliable for this particular purpose because of their rotating nature. I recommend instead using datacenter proxies on these sites because they’re cheap and it will seem like you’re logging in from the same location every time, which won’t raise suspicions.

Website Performance Testing: Datacenter proxies can provide you with an excellent way of testing the performance of your website from different locations around the world. Just because your site works smoothly for you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a person halfway around the globe will have the same experience, so it’s always important to test things out. While you’re at it, you can also test any ads you may have on your website using a datacenter proxy.

Accessing Geo-Restricted Content: Platforms like YouTube and Netflix generally don’t care about what type of IP you are using, so you shouldn’t have any problems accessing the geo-restricted content on these types of websites. In fact, datacenter proxies are ideal in this case because you can stream the content without having to worry about any performance issues.

Where to Find the Best Datacenter Proxies?

It can be quite difficult for new users to find good datacenter proxies because of the sheer number of companies that offer these types of services. As its often the case with these things, some companies are a lot better than others, so it always pays to do a bit of research before you decide to sign up with a provider of datacenter proxies.

But where do you find the best? A quick Google search will put you on the right track but you have to be careful because you’re likely to find a lot of companies in the search results that don’t actually offer datacenter proxies. Don’t worry, though, because we already did all the heavy lifting for you. We checked out and tested some of the most popular datacenter proxy services around and have ranked them all neatly in the list above. All you have to do is pick the one that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Use Datacenter Proxies?

Generally speaking, you can use proxies on most types of applications that support HTTP/HTTPS connections. Some companies also offer support for the SOCKS protocol, which gives you a few additional options to work with.

Can I Use Datacenter Proxies on Sneaker Websites?

It is recommended not to use general-purpose datacenter proxies for this activity. Datacenter proxies are meant for other purposes like viewing geo-blocked content or website performance testing, among other things. However, some providers do offer dedicated datacenter proxy packages that are suitable for sneaker sites, so keep an eye out for those.

What’s the Difference Between Datacenter Proxies and Residential Proxies?

In short, datacenter proxies use IP addresses that are stored in data centers while residential proxies use addresses that belong to regular consumers. Residential IPs are assigned by internet service providers while datacenter IPs are created in data centers by the companies that own the servers.

What’s the Difference Between Shared and Private Proxies?

Buying a private proxy will ensure that you are the only person with access to it for the duration of your subscription. In the case of shared proxies, the provider gives multiple users access to the same proxy. This makes private proxies a safer, albeit more expensive, option for users who value their privacy.

Can I Test Proxy Service Before I Commit to a Purchase?

These days it’s becoming rarer and rarer to find companies that allow users to test their proxies for free because they can be easily abused. However, some of the big providers like Luminati and Oxylabs still offer free trials, though these only tend to last for a few days.

Final Thoughts

Datacenter proxies are great for those who value performance and affordability over all else. These types of proxies are a bit more limited in some ways compared to residential and mobile proxies, however, they can still be used for a lot of online activities. If you use datacenter proxies for their intended purpose, you’ll find that these services have plenty to offer. But even if you’re not interested in things like web scraping or performance testing, datacenter proxies can provide you with a simple and cheap way of protecting your identity while browsing the internet.

Although there’s no shortage of datacenter proxy services nowadays, we urge you to be cautious about which company you sign up with. Only a relatively small percentage of providers can actually be considered trustworthy. The 10 companies we covered in this article were handpicked precisely so you won’t have to worry about their legitimacy as they are all well-known names in the industry. Although we decided to go with a ranked list, all the providers we listed offer fantastic services.

 

Top 10 Dedicated Proxies Providers of 2019

It’s no secret that many people behave differently on the internet than they would in real life because they think nobody can learn their identity. You can say and do whatever you want as long as no one knows who you are, right? Well, at first glance it may seem like we’re all anonymous on the internet but that’s not really the case. Unless you’re using some type of application that can hide your IP, there are a lot of people out there who could easily track your location if they really wanted to.

Most casual internet users will probably not go through the trouble of tracking your IP but there are certain individuals and organizations who might. Your data is more important than you think even if you’re just an average Joe and there are a lot of people who would love to get their hands on it. Luckily, there are ways to prevent that. You can efficiently hide your IP, and consequently your identity, by using a proxy service.

The Best Dedicated Proxy Services

In addition to strengthening your online security, proxies can also be used for a wide variety of other purposes. A few examples include web scraping, accessing geo-locked content, SEO research, web marketing, bulk account creation, and many more. Although some of these services are available for free, I strongly suggest looking into the premium options because they’re a lot more reliable.

These are our top 10 choices when it comes to dedicated proxy providers:

  • Luminati – There’s a very good reason why Luminati is hands down the most popular provider of dedicated proxies around.
  • MyPrivateProxy – MPP Group has been providing reliable proxy services for nearly a decade.
  • Storm Proxies – Lots of features to work with, including three different methods of IP rotation.
  • High Proxies – A versatile provider that offers great prices for bulk purchases.
  • Squid Proxies – A bit more expensive than some of its direct competitors but you can still expect great value for your money.
  • Proxy-n-VPN – This is a very good option if you’re looking for reliable datacenter dedicated proxies.
  • InstantProxies – A cheap and straightforward service that will give you access to your proxies instantly after signing up.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – The company offers great discounts to customers who subscribe to the service for several months in advance.
  • Microleaves – Very popular provider that offers quality services but charges a bit too much for them.
  • YourPrivateProxy – Another decent option if you’re looking to purchase dedicated proxies in bulk.

1. Luminati

Luminati is the biggest provider of proxy services around. The company has a pool of well over 40 million IPs if you include all the different types of proxies it has at its disposal. Luminati offers both rotating and static residential proxies, along with a couple of other services like mobile proxies and datacenter proxies. You can expect a lot of great features such as load balancing and an advanced proxy manager by signing up with Luminati. However, you can also expect to pay quite a bit for the company’s premium services.

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Regardless of whether you want to go with residential, datacenter or mobile proxies, Luminati gives you the option of choose between shared and private (or exclusive) IPs. The former gives you access to the company’s entire network and allows you to rotate between different countries, cities, and internet service providers. Meanwhile, private IPs can be used to exclusively target a specific domain or group of websites. The static residential package, in particular, is a great choice for dedicated proxies enthusiasts because it offers IPs that come directly from internet service providers, which makes them nearly impossible to get blocked or blacklisted.

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Although Luminati has plenty to offer, its prices are definitely not for everyone. There’s a minimum monthly commitment of $500 for residential and mobile proxies. That translates to $12.50/GB and $30/GB for residential and mobile proxies, respectively. Static residential proxies also feature a pay as you go system, however, choosing it may end up costing you a bit more depending on your monthly usage because this option will set you back $20/GB. If you’re not sure if this is something you want to invest in, you can test it out for yourself first as Luminati offers a free 7-day trial.

2. MyPrivateProxy

MyPrivateProxy, otherwise known as MPP Group, is a very popular provider that specializes in fast and relatively cheap proxy services. The company has been around for nearly a decade at this point and offers access to a pool of over 140,000 dedicated IPs. MyPrivateProxy primarily operates across the United States but also has a good number of proxies spread across Europe and other parts of North America. Although the company also sells shared proxies, private IPs are definitely its bread and butter.

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An interesting feature of MPP Group is that they offer both general-purpose private proxies as well as packages designed for specific types of websites. Its sneaker proxies, in particular, are often touted as being the best on the market right now. In addition, you can also find PokemonGo proxies and Ticketing proxies. Customers are allowed to authenticate up to 10 different IP addresses per private proxy and can request new proxies free of charge once per billing cycle.

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Budget Entry Prices for Private Proxies

You can get a private proxy from MPP Group for as little as $2.49 per month, though you won’t have multiple locations and subnets to work with if you go for the basic package. Those features, along with additional proxies, are available with any of the other packages, which can range in price between as little as $11.75/mo to as much as $2.500/mo. As far as the sneaker proxies are concerned, the basic package will cost you $65 per month and includes 22 proxies. Meanwhile, the ticketing proxies will set you back $390 per month for the basic package.

3. Storm Proxies

Established back in 2016 by a group of SEO enthusiasts, Storm Proxies is one of the youngest providers of dedicated proxy services on this list. Don’t let its age fool you, though, because this is a very reliable provider that offers a number of interesting features. As of right now, Storm Proxies has a network of over 70,000 IP addresses spread across Europe and the United States. Unlike other providers, Storm Proxies has its own server network, so the company owns 100% of its IP addresses.

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If you’re looking for rotating dedicated proxies, you’re going to love Storm Proxies. Regardless of which package you purchase, you will gain access to three types of proxies – new IP with every HTTP request, new IP every 3 minutes, and new IP every 15 minutes. Rotating proxies come with unlimited bandwidth and are optimized for SEO tools, web scraping, traffic bots, ad verification, market research, and bulk accounts registration. In addition to rotating dedicated proxies, the company also offers generally dedicated proxies, which are highly anonymous and optimized for maximum speed and performance.

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Cheap and Easy to Acquire

The pricing system differs depending on which type of service you’re looking to buy. For generally dedicated proxies, you pay for a certain number of proxies. For rotating proxies, you pay for a certain number of simultaneous connections (or threads). The basic package for generally dedicated proxies comes with 5 private proxies and will only set you back $10 per month. At most, you can expect to pay $400 per month for a package containing 400 proxies. Meanwhile, $39 per month will net you the basic rotating proxies package, which comes with 40 simultaneous connections. At most, you can get 150 threads for $97 per month.

4. High Proxies

High Proxies is another great option for anybody who is looking for a premium service provider. The company has servers in key locations around the world and is constantly looking to improve the speed and performance of its services. Speaking of which, there are quite a few services to choose from here. In addition to private proxies, the company also has shared proxies, data center proxies, social media proxies, and even VPNs.

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High Proxies has a pretty expansive network that contains more than 25,000 IP addresses, all of which are highly anonymous. The provider supports IP whitelisting, includes unlimited bandwidth with all packages, and guarantees 99% uptime. If you’re looking for sneaker proxies, you’re out of luck with this one because the service doesn’t play well with those types of websites. If you’re looking for social media or ticketing proxies, on the other hand, High Proxies is an excellent choice.

Bulk Orders are not a Problem

Prices here are comparable to those of Storm Proxies. Namely, you can get a basic package that contains a single proxy for just $2.30 a month, however, this plan doesn’t come with multiple subnets and locations. You would need to purchase one of the other packages for that, the cheapest of which costs $11.50 per month. If you’re interested in a bulk purchase you won’t be disappointed because High Proxies lets you purchase up to 1000 private proxies in one go. As far as social media and ticketing proxies are concerned, prices here start at $3.20/mo and $325/mo, respectively.

5. Squid Proxies

Squid Proxies is a veteran provider that offers solid proxies at reasonable prices. The cost is a bit higher compared to some of the other companies on this list but Squid Proxies is considered a premium provider so you do get what you pay for. The company has a very impressive network that includes numerous locations not just across Europe and the US, but also parts of Asia, Australia, and India. An interesting thing to note about Squid Proxies is that the company is prepared to fully refund customers for proxies that fail to work as advertised for any reason.

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Dedicated proxies benefit from high speeds of up to 1 GB/s and unlimited bandwidth. Customers can expect to have access to multiple subnets from various cities around the world along with non-sequential IPs. The service is extremely simple to set up as it requires no advanced configuration – simply specify the IP address and port in your browser and you’re good to go. Squid Proxies offers fresh new proxies free of charge during every billing cycle for customers who request them.

Only Proxy Packages Available for Purchase

As far as the pricing is concerned, you can get your hands on a basic package of private proxies for $24 per month. The basic package includes 10 proxies and access to multiple subnets and locations. There are 8 additional packages to choose from, each of which comes with a lot more proxies than the last, as well as access to more cities and subnets. Naturally, these packages are quite a bit more expensive. Overall, the price per proxy is comparable to some of the other companies on this list, however, there’s a little drawback in the fact that it’s not possible to purchase a single proxy.

6. Proxy-n-VPN

Just as its name suggests, this company offers both proxy and VPN services. The private proxies here come from data centers, so they’re not residential IP addresses. However, the data centers that host these IPs are owned by Proxy-n-VPN itself so there’s no need to worry about their reliability. The company has 30 data centers in major US cities along with a handful of others that are scattered across Europe, Canada, and Israel.

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Proxy-n-VPN offers all the essential features you would expect from a major provider. This includes unlimited bandwidth, highly anonymous proxies, non-sequential IPs, a 99.99% uptime guarantee, a dedicated control panel, and 24/7 customer support. The company also has a 3-day money-back guarantee refund policy, which is always nice to see. In addition to private proxies, Proxy-n-VPN also offers ticketing proxies, social media proxies, shopping proxies, and even gaming proxies. In short, this is a one-stop-shop for all your proxy-related needs.

Competitive Prices for All Services

Proxy-n-VPN offers private proxies at competitive prices that start at $2.35/mo for a basic package that includes a single proxy. Alternatively, you can purchase proxies in bulk if you don’t mind spending more. You can get anywhere between 5 proxies to 1000 proxies for anywhere $11.50 and $1,390 per month, depending on the package. Meanwhile, social media proxies have fairly similar prices, which start at $2.80 per month and ticketing proxies will set you back $270 per month for the cheapest package, which comes with 100 proxies.

7. InstantProxies

InstantProxies is a simple and straightforward service that has been around for many years. The name isn’t just for show because the setup process is actually almost instantaneous. Simply complete a purchase and you will receive a notification email less than a minute afterward. Click the link in the email and you’ll be automatically logged into the service and ready to use your newly acquired proxies. A nice feature offered by the company is the ability to test your proxies before buying them without having to create an account.

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At first glance, InstantProxies may not seem too remarkable but that simplicity is actually one of its main selling points. There are no fancy features here but the company covers its bases by offering fast speeds, unlimited bandwidth, good subnet variety, 99% uptime guarantee, and an advanced control panel. The company’s proxies work exclusively through IP authentication and the maximum number of connections is limited to 10, so there are some downsides. However, those disadvantages are offset by the very low prices.

Extremely Cheap Proxies but Fewer Locations and Subnets

InstantProxies charges just $10 per month for the basic package, which comes with 10 proxies, 2 cities, and multiple subnets to choose from. That translates to only $1 per proxy. The pricing for the rest of the packages is equally straightforward – the $25 plan includes 25 IPs, the $50 plan includes 50 IPs, and so on. At most, you can get a $500 package that comes with 500 IPs. Naturally, the more expensive packages also include a lot more locations and subnets.

8. SSLPrivateProxy

SSL Private Proxy is another reliable service that offers a very good bang for your buck. The company boasts a strong network of over 120,000 IPs and mainly operates across the US, though there are a few locations spread across Europe as well. SSL Private Proxy has an excellent selection of services, which include not just dedicated proxies but also shared proxies, Instagram proxies, gaming proxies, ticketing proxies, VPNs and more. That’s the sort of variety more companies should strive for.

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All proxies are hosted on fast dedicated servers with high-end specs so performance will not be an issue here. The company promises 99.99% uptime and two types of IP authentication systems – IP whitelisting and username/password. Customers can also expect unlimited bandwidth, non-sequential IPs, monthly randomization, and an advanced control panel. An interesting thing to note about SSL Private Proxy is that a good portion of its data centers run on wind power and the company is currently looking for additional ways to support clean energy.

Great Discounts for Long Term Subscriptions

As far as the pricing is concerned, SSL Private Proxy is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors but its packages are overall fairly affordable. A basic plan that includes 5 proxies will only set you back $15 per month while a package that comes with 10 proxies goes for $29 per month. On average, that’s $3 per proxy, which isn’t too bad. In addition, you can benefit from some very nice discounts that can range anywhere between 20 and 50% by subscribing to the service for several months in advance.

9. Microleaves

Microleaves is already a household name among proxy users at this point as the company has been operating since 2012. The provider has amassed a very impressive P2P network over the years that can rival even that of other big names like Luminati. Unlike Luminati, however, Microleaves offers a smaller selection of services. Namely, backconnect residential proxies, dedicated HTTP proxies, and shared HTTP proxies. Microleaves is one of best in the business when it comes to top residential proxies, however, the company only started offering dedicated proxies in 2017 so it doesn’t have that many private IPs to work with just yet.

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According to the company, its dedicated network features tens of thousands of IP addresses and all its proxies are located within the United States. The proxies are very reliable and have the highest level of anonymity (elite) possible. So although the IP pool isn’t particularly impressive, all proxies are very solid and trustworthy. The main features you would expect from a provider of this caliber are all here, including unlimited bandwidth, 99.99% uptime guarantee, non-sequential IPs, multiple subnets, advanced control panel, and username/password authentication.

Greater Prices for Better Services

The prices aren’t too shabby either, but Microleaves is definitely a bit more expensive compared to other providers. The cheapest package costs $25 per month and only includes 5 dedicated proxies, so that’s $5 per proxy. From there, you can scale up to 10 proxies or go for one of the higher tiers, the most expensive of which comes with 500 dedicated proxies and will set you back $2,500 per month. Also worth noting is that Microleaves offers a 3-day money-back guarantee.

10. YourPrivateProxy

YourPrivateProxy, otherwise known as simply YPP, is a premium provider that specializes primarily in private proxies, just as its name indicates. The company has a network that spans 30 different locations across the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. YPP offers a lot of great features and its services are considered solid, however, you’ll need to pay quite a bit more compared to other providers in order to use them. The prices aren’t too crazy, but they’re definitely above average.

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YPP supports HTTP/S and SOCKS5 connections, both IP and username/password authentication, and allows up to 20 threads per proxy. The proxies are very reliable so you shouldn’t have any issues with them under normal circumstances, but on the off chance that something does go wrong, YPP offers free replacements on every new billing cycle. Aside from that, you’ve got the usual features like unlimited bandwidth, advanced control panel, multiple cities and subnets to choose from, fast set up time, and 24/7 customer support.

High Entry Price for Single Proxies

The cheapest package here costs $6.97 per month and only includes 1 proxy. Quite expensive, however, you can benefit from increasingly better prices with the other packages. For instance, the $29.97 per month package comes with 10 proxies. That’s roughly $3 per proxy, which is fairly affordable and comparable to many of the other entries on this list. In addition, the company also offers a 24-hour free trial and a 3-day money-back guarantee on all plans so there’s no harm and testing out the service.

What Are Proxies and How Do They Work?

Whenever you access a website, you establish a direct connection with that site’s remote server, which is why there’s nothing to prevent the administrator (or anybody with the right privileges) to view and track your IP. You can think of your IP as your physical home address, but for your computer. Under normal circumstances, pretty much anyone with a bit of know-how can easily track this address back to its original location. However, you can just as easily stop that from happening by using a proxy server.

A proxy is essentially just a remote server that acts as a middleman between your computer and any website you’re trying to access. Proxy services are able to reroute any web request you make from an application (usually a web browser) through an additional server that can be located anywhere in the world. The farther away from your real location, the better. Because your request goes through an additional server, you will be assigned a different IP address in the process.

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By the time your request reaches the website you want to visit, it will appear as if the request was initiated from a different location. Unless you repeatedly engage in suspicious activities, there’s usually no real reason for anyone to block or blacklist your proxy. As far as everyone else is concerned, you’re a completely legit user and your real online identity will remain hidden. Needless to say, this can be incredibly useful. But before you go ahead and subscribe to a proxy service, it’s worth talking a bit about the different types of proxies you can come across.

What Are Dedicated Proxies?

There are a few different types of proxies you should be aware of. First, we can split proxies into three categories based on their anonymity levels – Public, Shared, and Dedicated. Public proxies are often free and can there’s no limit on how many people can use them. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to experience huge lag with public proxies or come across blacklisted IPs. Meanwhile, shared proxies are paid and, just as their name suggests, are servers that are shared by multiple users. Shared proxies are faster than public ones but are still not entirely reliable.

Dedicated proxies, otherwise known as private proxies, are definitely the most foolproof of the three. These proxies are only assigned to one user at a time so you wouldn’t have to share the server with anyone else. That’s a big advantage and translates to a lag-free experience and a high level of reliability. With a shared or public proxy, you have no control over what other people choose to do with the service. If somebody in the shared pool manages to get an IP blacklisted, everyone else will suffer the consequences. That’s not something you have to worry about with a dedicated proxy.

Significant Price Difference

The main (and pretty much only) drawback of dedicated proxy services is that they are more expensive than the shared ones. Prices differ from one provider to the next but the cost difference between dedicated and shared proxies is generally pretty significant across the board. That said, you do get what you pay for here. If you’re worried about anonymity and want to go about your business in peace without having to worry about other users, dedicated proxies are the way to go.

A Few Things to Note About Proxy Locations

Proxies can be divided into three different categories based on their location. You have Residential proxies, Mobile proxies, and Datacenter proxies. Residential proxies are highly sought-after because they use IP addresses that are assigned to actual households. This is the same type of IP you get from your internet service provider. Residential proxies don’t tend to raise a lot of suspicions because anybody who is trying to track your IP will see you as just another regular user.

Mobile proxies are pretty similar in the sense that they allow you to remain indistinguishable from any other user browsing the internet. However, in this case, it will appear as if you’re accessing websites from a mobile device. The advantage of mobile proxies is that they’re always changing, which makes it less likely that your real location will get pinned down by someone who is trying to track you. Certain residential proxies rotate as well, but mobile proxies tend to do it more frequently.

The Cheapest Proxies, Excluding the Shared Ones

Finally, we have datacenter proxies, which are pretty self-explanatory. Just as their name suggests, these types of proxies are housed in a data center somewhere. Datacenter IPs are static and this makes them less than ideal for certain activities. Namely, these proxies are not recommended for creating accounts on websites that only allow one account per IP. Pretty much anything related to social media is off the table if you’re using a data center IP, however, these proxies can be used successfully on sneaker sites. It’s also worth noting that data center proxies are usually the cheapest of the three types.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between dedicated proxies and shared proxies?

The main difference between the two is that dedicated proxies can only be used by a single person while shared proxies can be used by multiple people. The amount of users tends to differ from company to company but it’s usually at least 3-5 people per shared proxy. However, you can expect a lot more from cheap services.

Can I choose the location of my proxies?

This all depends on the service. For example, a company like Microleaves currently only has dedicated proxies based in Buffalo, New York so you won’t be able to choose different locations in that case. However, most of the other companies on our list do have multiple data centers and in those cases, yes, it is usually possible to choose the location.

Can I test a proxy before purchasing?

A handful of providers still offer trial memberships, which tend to last anywhere between 1 and 3 days. Unfortunately, in the past, a lot of users took advantage of these types of trials in order to abuse proxies. As a result, a good portion of companies no longer wish to offer free trials at the moment.

Is it possible to get a proxy replacement?

Most companies guarantee that they will replace your proxies free of charge if needed. However, providers tend to only replace proxies on every new billing cycle and they’re pretty stingy with the amount – usually only 1 proxy replacement per month.

Can I use private proxies for mailing?

A lot of companies block port 25 and don’t allow SMTP based email but pretty much everything else is allowed. In other words, you can use private proxies for web mailing via popular clients like Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and more.

Final Thoughts

Using dedicated proxies is a great way to protect your online identity and prevent companies or malicious actors from tracking your location. Dedicated proxies are very unlikely to get banned by websites and, unlike shared proxies, you don’t need to worry about sharing them with other users. This means you can expect better speed and performance along with a high level of anonymity. But which dedicated proxy service should you go for? There are clearly many to choose from but what works for me might not work for you.

Best Mobile Proxy – 4G / LTE

Whether you’re checking out a friend’s pictures on Facebook or looking up nearby restaurants on Google, chances are you’re using your mobile device to conduct most of your online activities. That doesn’t apply to everyone, of course, but it’s clear that more and more people are browsing the internet from their phones instead of their desktops nowadays. Browsing from a phone is more convenient a lot of the time, however, doing so has a few disadvantages as well.

For example, you’ve likely encountered a security check screen at some point when trying to access certain websites from a mobile device. If you’re on desktop, you can just go incognito or try a different browser to visit said website and you will generally be able to access it. On mobile, it’s a bit trickier to bypass things like that because of how IPs work. However, you can still do it quickly and easily by using a mobile proxy service. These are more efficient than the datacenter proxies so chances of having them blocked are quite slim.

To help you out, here are our top 10 recommended Mobile Proxy Providers:

1. Luminati: Best Mobile Proxy Service with 7-Day Trial

Luminati was the first company on the market to offer mobile proxies and continues to be one of the most popular providers of its kind to this day. The provider earned a very good reputation over the years thanks to its ethical business practices. As a result, this has led it to become the mobile proxy provider of choice not just for regular users but also for a high number of Fortune 500 companies. Luminati currently has the largest network of mobile proxies out there, which consists of over 7.5 million IPs spread across almost every country in the world. They are also one of the most popular providers when it comes to residential proxies, which is quite a huge feat.

Most proxy providers are pretty stingy with their trials but that’s not the case here. Luminati offers an exclusive 7-day free trial for any company that registers to the service.

And because we are partnered with Luminati, all Mamboserver readers are granted a $100 bonus on their first purchase. The bonus can only be applied if you buy the Starter package and will be available once you go through the usual sign up process, which requires getting in touch with a Luminati representative and filling out a KYC (Know Your Customer) form.

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Bans or blocks on Luminati IPs are few and far between thanks to the company’s extensive network. Users are given the option of picking between regular shared IPs and exclusive IPs, which are groups of addresses that can be used to exclusively target a specific domain. Luminati allows users to pick between a nearly unlimited number of geo locations and send an infinite amount of concurrent requests. Moreover, Luminati is extremely convenient to work with as users can connect to their mobile IPs via the proxy manager interface or a Chrome extension.

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Quality over Anything: Luminati’s prices are fairly expensive but the service is well worth it for those who can afford it. The starter package comes with 17 GB of traffic ($30 per GB) included and has a monthly commitment of $500. The company offers several more packages, which are primarily aimed at big enterprises, including one that includes a whopping 2 TB of traffic. Luminati doesn’t have a refund policy, however, the company does offer a free trial to those who want to test the service. If you are interested in trying out their services then just click here and you’ll be redirected to the mobile proxies page.

2. RSocks: Flexible Subscription-Based Mobile Proxies

RSocks is a proxy provider that primarily operates across Europe and the US, though they also have proxies in a few Asian countries like China. The company allows users to access IP addresses of specific mobile carriers in the countries it operates in, such as O2 in Great Britain for example. You can change the carrier at any time and even request carriers that are not yet supported. RSocks will take your request into consideration and will do its best to provide support for these carriers in the future.

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RSocks offers support for HTTP/s and SOCKS4/4a/5 connections. The company only works with highly trustworthy dynamic IPs that change every 2 minutes. At least, as far as its mobile proxies are concerned. RSocks also offers other services, including residential proxies and VPNs, but the mobile proxies are arguably one of the main selling points here. The service is perfect for creating multiple accounts on social media platforms as the IPs come straight from trusted operators and therefore raise very little suspicion.

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Easy to Buy, Even Easier to Upgrade: The company works with a very flexible subscription-based payment system. If you want to test out the service, you can subscribe for one day and get 100 MB of traffic for $10. You get a better deal if you subscribe for a longer period, though. The service costs $60 per week and includes 1 GB of traffic while the monthly subscription costs $200 and includes 4 GB of traffic. You can also add extra traffic to your package at a rate of $10 per 1 GB. This price is fixed regardless of whether you subscribe for a day or a month.

3. Proxy-Cheap: Bargain Prices for Mobile Proxy Plans

Proxy-Cheap provides a good balance between quality and affordability. Thanks in no small part to its low prices, the company has become one of the most sought-after providers of mobile proxy services in recent years. Proxy-Cheap works exclusively with EU and US-based proxies, which makes this service a bit more limited compared to some of the others on this list. However, if you do want to target these regions, you’re in very good hands here because Proxy-Cheap has some of the lowest ban rates on the market and its uptime is around 99% on average.

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The provider offers instant setup, unlimited bandwidth, and dedicated ports with all mobile proxies packages. All IPs come from popular US and EU mobile carriers, such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Vodafone or AT&T. The service seems to have been designed specifically with social media automation in mind and works perfectly fine with all types of networks and platforms. That said, Proxy-Cheap can be used just as effectively for web scraping, SEO research or any number of other online activities.

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Truly Affordable Packages: True to its name, Proxy-Cheap offers very affordable prices for its packages. There are three plans to choose from – €50 per month US mobile, €65 per month EU mobile, and €500 per month enterprise. The first two are aimed at individuals while the third targets businesses. All plans come with the same features but the enterprise tier’s price is for 10 proxies instead of just one. Proxy-Cheap doesn’t have a refund policy but there is a free trial of which you can take advantage right away.

4. DSLRentals Mobile: DSL, Cable, and LTE Proxies

DSL Rentals is one of the larger providers of mobile proxies on the market right now, boasting a network of around 350.000 IPs distributed across 21 locations. The company claims to be the biggest player in the industry, however, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Still, its network is definitely nothing to sneeze at and DSL Rentals has a pretty unique proxy panel that I think a lot of users will enjoy. The panel is unlocked by purchasing a key and provides access to proxy servers in all locations. Moreover, the key will grant you access to DSL, cable, and mobile proxies.

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In terms of other features, you can expect unlimited bandwidth, fully anonymous proxies, and the ability to change your IP as frequently as you want, among other things. There’s also a very convenient one-click IP changer and remote desktop access should you need it. The company guarantees high-speed connections and 99% uptime. DSL Rentals has been in the business for over 8 years so you can bet that the company is able to stick to those promises.

DSL and Cable Proxies Included in Every Package: Signing up with DSL Rentals will set you back $65 per week, which is a bit more expensive than some of its competitors but definitely not unreasonable. If you’re thinking long-term, I suggest going with the $240 per month package instead. This plan offers a better deal compared to the weekly one and includes a few extra features to boot. You can take advantage of DSL Rentals’ free trial, however, it’s worth noting that it only grants access to the service for one hour.

5. Custom Proxy Solutions: Largest Mobile Proxies Network in US

Custom Proxy Solutions is a premium provider of 4G mobile and DSL/cable proxies based in the United States. This is a very trustworthy company that works closely with internet service providers and pays them a monthly fee in order to get access to their IPs. This ethical business practice helped the company earn a very good reputation in the industry over the years and is to be commended. Honesty and professionalism are the two pillars that Proxy Source was founded on.

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The company provides access to over 750.000 mobile IPs spread across the US. Proxy Source has pools of IPs in pretty much every major US city and users can choose to exclusively target any of them. In fact, when you order a mobile proxies package you first need to pick the location before doing anything else. This system is a bit limiting in some ways but it can also be very useful for users who want to target a specific location.

Cheaper Plans come with a Small Downside: The pricing model is pretty straightforward as there are only two packages to choose from. You can either go for the $75 weekly plan or the $250 monthly package. However, you can get a better deal on the monthly plan if you choose certain locations. The package only costs $200 per month if you go for cities with small IP pools. The downside is that you would only have 1.5K IPs to work with, in that case. By comparison, the locations that cost $250 per month have around 30K IP addresses in their pools.

6. AirProxy: Italy Based Mobile Proxy Service

AirProxy is an Italian company that only works with premium 4G/LTE proxies. Given that all their proxies are based in Italy, this makes the provider a bit of a niche choice. However, if you don’t mind where your proxy is located, AirProxy is a very good option. The company uses dedicated fiber instead of a VPS as the gateway server and each user is granted access to a dedicated SIM card. Moreover, each SIM card connects to the internet via its own individual modem, which results in very fast mobile proxies.

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The company states that most of the IPs are registered under Vodafone but users can request another carrier at any time. Judging by some of the main features listed on the official website, AirProxy would be most suitable for social media sites like Instagram. Users are able to change their IP address whenever they want and you can expect instant delivery as soon as you subscribe to the service.

Only One Option to Choose From: There is only one package to choose from and the price is quite high all things considered. The package costs €90 per month and gives you access to one dedicated proxy server. The company recommends users stick to a maximum of 10 accounts per proxy. Technically, you are not limited to just 10 accounts, however, using more than that will greatly increase your chances of getting blocked.

7. 3G Proxy: Reliable 3G and 4G Proxies

The name is a bit misleading as the company in question doesn’t actually work exclusively with 3G mobile proxies. That is one of its specialties but don’t worry because here you will be able to find 4G mobile proxies as well. This is a worldwide operation with a fairly large network that encompasses over 130 mobile operators in 45+ countries. The network was established as a testing service for mobile campaigns, direct carrier billing and SMS delivery, though there are plenty of other uses cases for 3G Proxy.

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The nice thing about 3G Proxy is that the company uses real SIM cards instead of ISPs. Thanks to this feature, it’s extremely unlikely to get blocked or banned by any website. According to the company, at least one SIM is always available for any of the supported mobile carriers so there’s no need to reserve one in advance. API access is included along with a few other neat features like Chrome integration.

No Global Access for the Entry Plan: Signing up with 3G Proxy will set you back $149 per month for the basic package, which includes access to proxies from up to 4 carriers. The gist is that the basic package only includes proxies from a single country. You can target more countries and gain access to proxies from additional mobile operators by going with one of the more expensive packages. There’s also the option to get access to 3G Proxy’s entire network but you’ll need to get in touch with the company and request a price estimate.

8. Proxyrack: Large Network and Very Generous Refund Policy

Proxyrack is a rapidly growing provider that offers both 4G & 3G mobile proxies. The company’s network consists of around 500.000 IPs, located mainly across the US. According to the company, all these IPs come from a major residential 4G internet service provider that serves more than 53 million customers. Most of the addresses are located inside major cities across the United States and users receive dedicated access to them, meaning you won’t have to share them with anybody else.

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Proxyrack supports HTTP and SOCKS protoctol2 connections. Mobile IPs rotate at regular intervals, however, you can also choose to manually reset your address whenever you want. Proxyracks offer automatic proxy replacements and has redundant systems in place to ensure that users don’t suffer any significant downtime. Just in case something does go wrong, the company claims it is able to deploy new servers in under 30 seconds.

Impressive Refund Period for all the Users: Mobile proxies are pretty cheap but here you pay for ports as opposed to traffic. The cheapest package only costs $25 per month and grants you access to 25 ports. On average, you can expect to pay about $1 per port with any of the other packages. The company has quite a bit of confidence in its mobile proxies because it offers a 14-day money-back guarantee to all customers, which is a lot more generous compared to most other providers.

9. Airsocks: Wide Variety of Mobile LTE Proxies, but Quite Pricey

Airscocks is a company that specializes exclusively in mobile proxies. The provider is able to support all common types of mobile networks, including 3G, 4G, and LTE. In addition, Airsocks also supports HTTPS, SOCKS5+, DNS, and VPN connections. The company’s pool of IPs isn’t particularly large, however, all IPs are trusted and come from big mobile carriers across Europe and the US. IP rotation is dynamic and occurs automatically every 40 seconds, though it’s possible to manually change the address as well.

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Airsocks uses in-house hardware and software to ensure high speed and performance for its users. Some of the technologies employed by the company include TCP/IP fingerprint substitution, large geo-distribution, solid API integration, and an ever-expanding network. Airsocks also promises 100% uptime but should something go wrong, you can expect a free replacement for any banned or blocked proxy.

Varying Prices Depending on the Location for all Plans: The pricing system here is a bit convoluted compared to the other companies on this list. Airsocks is a Russian company and most of its proxies are found in Moscow. The company charges 20% for proxies outside Moscow so the price can get a bit high depending on the location you want to target. Prices for US proxies sit at $110 per month while UK proxies will set you back $96 per month.

10. ProxyLTE: Exclusively LTE Mobile Proxies

Just as its name indicates, this is a more specialized provider that only works with LTE mobile proxies. Moreover, all proxies are based in the US so ProxyLTE will not be of much use to you if you want to target other countries. If the US exclusivity isn’t a problem for you, there’s a lot to look forward to here as ProxyLTE is considered a premium service. Unlike Proxy Source, it’s not possible to target specific cities here, however, you can target specific states.

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ProxyLTE provides a good amount of customization for potential customers. You are allowed to select the proxy type (SOCKS5 or HTTPS), connection (Cellular, WiFi or both), time period, state, and the number of proxies you want to buy. The bad news is that ProxyLTE has a very small pool of IPs available at its disposal. We’re talking thousands as opposed to hundreds of thousands like other companies offer. That said, the company provides clean proxies with encrypted traffic and its network is constantly expanding so the IP pool is bound to get bigger in the near future.

Any Amount of Proxies You Want, You Can Buy: The company charges per number of proxies and the minimum amount you can get are 25, which will set you back $225 per month. However, you can also purchase a weekly subscription or even a daily one. In addition, ProxyLTE also offers social proxies. These cost more or less the same as the private proxies but you can choose to buy a specific amount, so you don’t have to commit to at least 25 right off the bat. You can even purchase a single one and subscribe for a single day if you only want to test the service.

What are Proxies?

Before we get too deep into specifics related to mobile proxies let’s talk a bit about proxies in general. Otherwise known as proxy servers, proxies act as a middleman between a smart device and the internet. When you’re using a proxy, your web request goes through an additional server before reaching its intended destination. On its way there, the proxy service assigns a different IP to your request, making it look like you’re trying to access the website from a different location.

The main reason for using a proxy is anonymity. This is by no means a foolproof system, however, it will allow you to successfully hide your identity in most cases. Among other things, a service like this can allow you to access websites that might normally be restricted in your country. Given that a lot of proxy services constantly rotate your assigned IPs, you can use this feature to create multiple accounts from the same device on websites that normally only allow one account per IP.

Mask Anything You Want

Those are just a few examples but you can use proxies for pretty much any online activity that involves hiding your identity and preventing your location from being tracked by third-parties. Unlike VPNs, proxy services will not mask all traffic coming from your device. Rather, they work by masking a single application, which is usually a web browser, though some people often use them for things like BitTorrent clients or video game launchers. Another important thing to note is that connections via proxy are not encrypted, however, these services have other safety measures in place (such as IP rotation) that make it very difficult for third-parties to track the web request’s original location.

What Are Mobile Proxies?

In order to better understand mobile proxies, we’re going to draw a few comparisons between them and residential proxies services. When you sign up with an internet service provider, the company assigns a certain IP to your household. This is usually a static IP or one that rotates whenever you reset your router or restart your computer. If you want your IP to change frequently on a desktop you’re going to want to use a residential proxy service. These types of services reroute your web requests through various other households (often in different countries), which are all part of a shared network.

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Mobile proxies work in a similar fashion, however, in this case, the service provider only uses IPs assigned to mobile devices. More specifically, permanent IP addresses you would get from a mobile carrier, as opposed to temporary IPs you get whenever you connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. An important distinction to note here is that residential proxies do use home Wi-Fi along with broadband connections as they both come from an ISP (internet service provider). Meanwhile, mobile proxies use mobile data connections, which come from carriers like T-Mobile or Sprint.

If you researched mobile proxies before finding this article you may have come across the terms “4G proxies” or “LTE proxies.” These are just two other terms used to refer to mobile proxies. Most mobile phones nowadays use 4G connections and LTE (long term evolution) is just a 4G mobile communications standard.

How Do Mobile Proxies Work?

Mobiles proxies work by initially connecting to a backconnect proxy. These are servers that use pools of residential proxies in order to rotate IPs and redirect requests through devices connected to the network. This allows the proxy service to more efficiently hide the user’s original IP by assigning a new address with every rotation. The resulting connection is entirely anonymous. Anybody attempting to track the IP will see that the request was made from a residential address and therefore appears trustworthy.

As far as the frequency of IP rotation is concerned, the user is generally assigned a new address on every web request made while using a mobile proxy service. In other words, your IP address changes whenever you visit a new website. Most services offer a sticky IP feature, which allows you to hold onto your current address for a longer period of time. However, it’s usually not possible to use the same IP for more than a few minutes at a time.

Travel to Another Location in a Second

Not only can mobile proxies make it seem like you’re accessing the internet from a different location, but they can also even make it appear as if you’re logging in from an entirely different country. This is because mobile proxy services offer gateway control along with ISP control. This means you can choose both the country and the internet service provider of your IPs. Needless to say, these are very useful features to have and will make you even harder to detect while browsing the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that our users frequently ask when it comes to mobile proxies and how to use them.

What Makes Mobile Proxies so Special?

Mobile proxies have a very high level of trust, which makes them less likely to get blocked or blacklisted by websites. These types of proxies use IP addresses assigned to actual users, unlike other similar services that use datacenter IPs. Basically, they are one level about dedicated proxies as blocking them is even harder to do.

Are Mobile Proxies Good For Instagram or Other Social Media Networks?

It mostly boils down to which of the many proxy services you are using. Some are designed specifically with social media in mind while others are better suited for different tasks. At the end of the day, though, the fact that mobile proxies tend to rotate often is less ideal for social media when compared to something like a dedicated Instagram proxy service, for example.

How do Mobile Networks Work?

A lot of mobile operators have millions of customers but only a limited number of IPs at their disposal. Because of this, carriers assign the same IP subnet to multiple users. Mobile proxies can take advantage of this little known fact by claiming that their IPs never (or very rarely) get blocked, which is true. Most websites will not risk blacklisting an entire subnet even if they do notice suspicious activity in order to avoid blocking legit users.

Can Proxies Be Replaced?

Technically, yes, but only certain service providers are willing to replace them. Companies that are willing to replace flagged or blacklisted proxies will often do so for free.

Can I find Out if My Proxies are Actual Mobile Proxies?

There are many applications out there that allow you to test the nature of your proxies. However, figuring out if they’re mobile proxies (as opposed to residential ones, for example) is a bit difficult. In addition, certain companies mix fake proxies in with real ones to make it seem like they have a larger network. Make sure to always pick a reputable and trustworthy service provider just to be safe.

Are Mobile Proxies Worth the Asking Price?

That all depends on why you’re using them. Most people use proxy services because it helps them generate revenue in some form on another. If you’re making good money by using mobile proxies, then the price is definitely worth it. If not, it’s probably a good idea to use a cheap or even a free proxy service instead.

Final Thoughts

Mobile proxies have a wide variety of uses, from browsing the internet anonymously to ad testing and creating multiple accounts on social networks without having to worry about getting banned. Some of these services are more expensive than others so I recommend starting with a company that offers a free trial just to see for yourself how mobile proxies work. Once you get some hands-on experience, there are plenty of great services to choose from that will offer good value for your money if you stick with them for the long run. Another thing to note is that you can use them instead of sneaker proxies if you’re into copping shoes. All that you have to do is to make sure your mobile proxies are fast enough and that they are located in the same country as the shop you’re buying from.

Top 10 Residential Proxies Providers 2019

Online privacy is more important than ever in this day and age when so many people want to get their hands on your data. Pretty much every major corporation collects data, which is then often used for advertising purposes or sold to third-party companies. On rare occasions, malicious actors might use your data and browsing habits for more nefarious purposes. Either way, it always pays to take some precautions when you’re online, and that’s where a residential proxy service can come in handy.

There are plenty of services like that to choose from nowadays and, unfortunately, not all of them work as good as you might expect. That’s why I took the time to personally test some of the most popular ones to see which of them actually hold up. It’s worth noting that not all of these companies are in direct competition with each other.

The Best Residential Proxy Services

Some of these providers offer a wide range of services while others are specialized in one or two very specific areas. Make sure to read the entire list before making a decision because you might find companies that ranked lower to be more appealing for you than my personal top picks.

Below is the list of our top 10 picks when it comes to residential proxies:

  • Luminati – The absolute best residential proxy providers for those who don’t mind paying a premium for its services.
  • Smartproxy – Multiple subnets and IP rotation methods to choose from.
  • Oxylabs – Massive P2P network that rivals that of Luminati, but with prices that are a bit more expensive.
  • Microleaves – Impressive speeds and lots of useful features, including instant scaling,
  • Storm Proxies – Smaller network but very reliable and quite affordable compared to many of its competitors.
  • GeoSurf – A slightly cheaper alternative to other premium providers like Luminati and Oxylabs.
  • NetNut – A fairly new player on the market that focuses exclusively on residential proxy services.
  • Anubis Proxies – Large pool of IPs to work with and support for all protocols, including SOCKS 4 and SOCKS 5.
  • Blazing Proxies – Very fast speeds and cheaper prices for residential shared proxy packages.
  • Scraper API – Specialized tool web scraping tool that uses residential, mobile, and data center proxies to get the job done.

1. Luminati

Luminati is the world’s biggest provider of proxy servers in 2019. The company boasts a very impressive network of over 35 million residential IP addresses spread strategically across major cities around the globe. Luminati takes great pride from the fact that it offers an ethical proxy network that serves a large amount of Fortune 500 enterprises. The company offers a very simple set up process that allows users to install the service and connect to any of its servers in mere minutes. But that’s not all, it also allows unlimited concurrent sessions and access to their own open-sourced proxy manager that provides users with an unlimited amount of ports, all this for free.

As if that wasn’t appealing enough already, you can get $250 free at Luminati on your first deposit when you purchase a package of residential proxies. The discount can only be applied once per account and essentially gives you 50% off if you’re going for the Starter plan. In order to take advantage of the offer, you’ll need to reach out to a Luminati representative via Skype, WhatsApp or one of the many other channels and provide a brief explanation regarding your use case. You’ll then need to fill out a KYC (Know Your Customer) form, which is part of the usual sign up process. Once you complete those steps, all you need to do is make a deposit of at least $250 on your first purchase and you will receive another $250 on the house. In addition, Luminati also offers a very generous 7-day free trial to all registered companies.

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One of the main reasons why Luminati managed to become so successful is because the company uses a very ingenious strategy to secure residential IPs directly from homeowners. By using Luminati’s SDK, developers are able to monetize their apps while expanding the proxies network. Your resources are shared with Luminati and by doing so, your IP becomes part of the company’s network. This system ensures that Luminati’s pool of IPs come from actual homeowners, which makes them a lot more unlikely to be blocked or blacklisted.

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Luminati’s only downside is its prices, which are mainly aimed at enterprises rather than individual users. The cheapest package will set you back $500 per month ($12.5/GB) and includes 40 GB of traffic. The company also offers mobile proxies starting at $500 per month along with datacenter proxies and static residential proxies, which feature a “pay as you go” system rather than a monthly commitment. If you feel like $500/mo might be a bit expensive, don’t worry because Luminati offers a free trial so you can test its services and decide for yourself if they’re worth the asking price.

2. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is another big service provider that some of you may be familiar with as they have been on the rise lately. Despite being a younger provider compared to some of the other entries on this list, the company already has a solid worldwide network of over 10 million residential IPs. Smartproxy has very low ban rates and allows users to target IPs from specific countries or even cities. Among other things, the company also lets you use an unlimited number of concurrent connections and threads at any given time.

Smartproxy is quite a bit cheaper compared to some of the other entries on this list, which will automatically make it a very appealing option for many people. Moreover, you can get an extra 15% off your first month on any of the many packages offered by the company.

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All the residential IPs used by Smartproxy come from real devices and do not share a subnetwork, which is one of the main reasons behind the low ban rates. Smartproxy uses a couple of different methods of rotating IPs, one of which allows users to request a new IP every session. In addition, there’s also a sticky IP feature that lets you use the same IP for up to 10 minutes before you are assigned a new one. Smartproxy is particularly good for web scrapers but you can use the residential proxy service for a wide variety of other purposes, including social media marketing, SEO, crawling, and more.

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As far as the pricing is concerned, the cheapest package will cost you $75 per month ($15/GB) and includes up to 5 GB of traffic. The company also has a number of pricier monthly plans, including a couple aimed at big enterprises. There is no free trial here, however, the company does have a 3-day money-back guarantee and a 15% discount on all packages. That’s not a particularly impressive refund policy but it does give you enough time to check out the service and decide whether or not you want to stick with it for the long haul.

3. Oxylabs

Oxylabs is a relatively new player on the scene but don’t let its young age fool you because the company has already amassed a pool of over 30 million residential IPs. The company’s services are primarily used by web scrapers and companies looking to engage in large-scale web data collection. That said, Oxylabs offers great support for a wide variety of other online activities, such as ad verification, travel fare aggregation, SEO monitoring, market research, sales intelligence, and many more.

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Oxylabs promises zero captchas and zero IP blocking along with city-level targeting for those who use its residential proxy services. Customers are also granted access to an unlimited amount of concurrent sessions and a very handy adjustable session control feature. Moreover, the company has a solid IP rotation system and its customer support agents are always helpful and quick to reply. The prices aren’t exactly cheap but you can sign up for a 7-day free trial to test out the service and see if it works for you.

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Corporate Level Packages Available

The basic residential proxy package costs $12 per GB and comes with 50 GB of traffic included. That translates to a minimum monthly commitment of $600. Oxylabs also has Pro and Enterprise plans that go for $900 and $5,000 per month, respectively. Big corporations that need at least 10 TB of monthly traffic can contact the company in order to negotiate a mutually beneficial deal. If you’re in need of additional services, it’s worth mentioning that Oxylabs also offers data center proxies, static residential proxies, and real-time crawlers, among other things.

4. Microleaves

Established back in 2012, Microleaves is another provider that boasts a massive network of residential IPs. The company offers amazing speeds of up to 1 GB/s, 99.99% uptime guarantee, and unlimited bandwidth. That last part is particularly important to mention because a lot of providers do impose a bandwidth limit on their customers. However, this type of freedom comes at a cost as each of the company’s monthly plans only includes a fixed number of proxies you can work with.

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Microleaves offers three different types of packages – shared HTTP proxies, dedicated HTTP proxies, and backconnect proxies. All shared proxies feature non-sequential IPs and are all located in the US, which can be a pro or a con depending on each user’s specific needs. The cheapest shared package costs $30 per month but only includes 10 proxies, if you’d like to take advantage of this price, then click here. On the high end of things, you can get up to 300 shared proxies for $600 per month. A nice thing about Microleaves is that the company offers an instant scaling feature so you can add more proxies on the fly.

Different Proxies that can Handle the Same Job

Private dedicated proxies are similar to their shared counterparts but cost a bit more. For $25 per month, you only get access to 5 dedicated proxies while $500 per month will buy you 100 of them. Meanwhile, backconnect proxy packages come with a lot more features and prices to match. These proxies are by far the most secure and reliable, however, the cheapest package goes for $250 per month. You only get 25 backconnect residential proxies for that price but there are plenty of other packages to choose from should you happen to need more.

5. Storm Proxies

StormProxies is another great option that has the advantage of being extremely affordable compared to many of its peers. The downside is that the company’s network only features a pool of around 40K residential IPs, all of which are based in the US and EU. Although the pool is relatively small, the proxies are 100% legit and the IPs rotate every 5 minutes so the ban rate is extremely low. Just like Microleaves, StormProxies offers unlimited bandwidth and its network is highly optimized so performance will not be an issue here.

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Storm Proxies Homepage

StormProxies is a very straightforward service that offers automatic delivery so you’ll be ready to start browsing anonymously pretty much immediately after purchasing a proxy package. This makes StormProxies one of the most user-friendly residential proxy services around. Big companies can also get a fair amount of use out of it but at this stage, I would primarily recommend the service to individual users. That’s because, among other things, each proxy package is limited to 1 IP so you can only use the ports on a single computer.

Cheap Proxies that are Fast and Reliable

If you don’t see that as an issue, you’ll be happy to know that you can get a very good deal by signing up with StormProxies. Its cheapest residential IP backconnect package starts at only $50 per month and includes 5 ports. At most, you can expect to pay $300/mo for 50 ports, which translates to just $6 per port. In addition, StormProxies also offers dedicated proxies and reverse rotating proxies. These packages come with three types of proxies – fresh IP with every HTTP request, 3 minutes proxies, and 15 minutes proxies.

6. Geosurf

If you’re looking for premium residential proxy servers I recommend checking out Geosurf. The company has a pool of over 2 million unique IPs spread across 130 geolocations around the world. The IPs are based on a highly secure P2P network, which ensures high anonymity and low block rates. Geosurf primarily targets enterprises with its services so expect the prices to be a bit higher than average. That said, you do get what you pay for here.

Geosurf Homepage
Geosurf Homepage

Geosurf provides users with full access to its entire pool of residential IPs and includes a few nice features that are very useful for data collectors. The company designed its services to be coder-friendly, with its API featuring code example snippets in every common programming language. Another nice feature of Geosurf is its IP rotation system that allows users to send an unlimited number of requests through its pool of verified and unblocked IPs.

A Wider Variety of Options

Residential proxy packages start at $450 per month and include 38 GB of traffic. Customers can add extra traffic without upgrading to a more expensive plan at a rate of $12 per additional GB. If you do need more data right off the bat, there are a few other packages to choose from, including one that comes with a whopping 2 TB of traffic. In addition to residential proxy services, Geosurf offers a few more products, including ad verification proxies, Instagram proxies, VPNs, and more.

7. NetNut

NetNut was established just a couple of years ago so the company is still attempting to make a name for itself in this market. At the moment, the provider is trying to stand out by focusing exclusively on residential proxy services. As a result, NetNut doesn’t offer any other products and pours all its resources into making its existing proxy packages more appealing. The company also uses another interesting strategy for attracting customers, which comes in the form of a reseller program that members can use to create and manage sub-users.

Netnut Homepage
Netnut Homepage

Unlike other providers, NetNut doesn’t use a P2P network, opting instead for DiViNetworks to power its service. The company allows users to choose between a static IP and a rotating IP that assigns a new address on every new browser session. NetNut claims that its residential proxies are search engine-proof and that all IPs are pre-verified to ensure maximum speed and success rate. That said, NetNut’s block rates seem a bit higher when compared to some of its competitors, so that’s something to keep in mind.

Cheap Monthly Plans and a 7-day Trial

As far as the pricing is concerned, you’re not going to get a great price per GB, however, the monthly commitment is lower than those of other companies. The absolute cheapest plan will set you back $15 per GB with 20 GB of traffic included, so that’s a minimum monthly commitment of $300. There are four more tiers to choose from, along with a Master Plus package designed for big enterprises. This plan doesn’t have a specific plan so it’s up to each company to get in touch with NetNut and negotiate a deal. If you want to check out the service before you commit to a purchase, you can take advantage of a 7-day free trial.

8. Anubis Proxies

Anubis is a name that many of you might not be familiar with because the company is pretty new to the scene. But even though the company is relatively new, the people behind it clearly know what they’re doing because they set up a pretty solid operation here. Anubis offers a pool of over 10 million worldwide IPs you can work with, including 3 million that are based in the US. The company includes unlimited bandwidth with all packages along with API access, automatic setup, and support for multiple protocols, such as HTTP/s, SOCKS4 and SOCKS 5.

Anubis Proxies Homepage
Anubis Proxies Homepage

Anubis offers four different proxy packages to choose from. The company doesn’t charge per GB of traffic usage but rather by the number of proxy ports included with each package. For example, a basic package containing 25 backconnect proxy ports will set you back $250 per month. The services offered by Anubis scale really nicely and you can get up to 10,000 such ports if you can afford the price.

Special Geotargeted Proxy Packages

Meanwhile, Anubis also offers special backconnect proxy packages starting at $250 per month for 10 ports. The difference between the special and the basic version of these proxies is that the special ones allow you to target a specific country while the basic variant will assign you random IPs from around the world. If you’re looking for something a bit cheaper, you may want to go for a shared proxy package, which starts at $30 per month (10 ports) or a dedicated proxy package that costs $25 per month (5 ports).

9. Blazing Proxies

If you’re looking for fast speeds, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than Blazing Proxies. The company definitely lives up to its name and can deliver extremely fast speeds thanks to its 1 GB/s dedicated network lines. On the flipside, Blazing Proxies has a much smaller pool of IPs at its disposal compared to the other companies to this list. More specifically, the pool consists of only 8,000 IPs spread across 9 different countries, including the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.

Blazing Proxies Homepage
Blazing Proxies Homepage

In terms of features, you can expect instant delivery, unlimited bandwidth and threads, support for multiple protocols, clean IPs, and more. An interesting thing to note about Blazing Proxies is that the company allows customers to request free automatic IP replacements if they happen to come across a bad IP. There’s also a 2-day free trial up for grabs for those who want to test the service before deciding if they should subscribe or not.

Very Affordable Proxies for People Starting Out

Blazing Proxies offers three proxy packages to choose from – Rotating, Dedicated, and Semi-dedicated. Semi-dedicated are essentially just shared proxies and will only cost you $2.5 per month for 5 proxies. A dedicated package will set you back $6/mo for 5 proxies while rotating IP packages cost $11/mo for 5 ports. There doesn’t seem to be a limit on how many proxies you can add to your package and you can benefit from discounts for up to 20% off by subscribing for several months in advance.

10. Scraper API

This service is a bit different than the others found on this list but I wanted to mention it regardless just because I’m sure some people will find it very useful. Just as its name indicates, this is a tool designed with web scraping in mind and aims to simplify that process as much as possible. Scraper API does this by handling browsers, proxies and CAPTCHAs so users can easily retrieve raw HTML from pretty much any website out there with just a simple API call.

ScraperAPI Homepage
ScraperAPI Homepage

Scraper API is fully customizable and does all the heavy lifting for you by managing your requests through a pool of 20 million IP addresses spread across 12 geo-locations. The pool is composed of a mixture of datacenter, mobile and residential proxies in order to greatly decrease instances of block or banned IPs. All packages come with rotating IPs and you can get started with 1000 free API calls with no credit card required. Scraper API also offers a 7-day no strings attached refund policy.

A Monthly Subscription for Access to the API

Signing up with Scraper API will set you back $29 per month for the basic package, which includes 10 concurrent requests and 250,000 API calls. The cheapest package doesn’t feature geo-targeting and only includes standard proxies. If you’re an advanced user, you could go for the $249 Business package instead. This plan comes with 50 concurrent requests, 3 million API calls, expanded geotargeting, premium proxy access, JS rendering, and priority email support.

How Residential Proxy Services Work

Proxy services can be used for a wide variety of purposes. For example, they allow you to watch YouTube videos that might be blocked in your country, create multiple accounts on the same website using different IPs, download content from torrent sites, or simply hide your identity while browsing websites that you consider suspicious. Market researchers and web scrapers also greatly benefit from using a proxy.

Needless to say, these types of services are very useful. But how do they work? Just as their name suggests, proxy servers act sort of like a buffer zone between a personal computer and the internet. Regular (or dedicated) proxy servers are linked to data centers, which tend to draw a fair amount of suspicion from anybody who decides to look into your online activity more closely. That’s because these types of servers use static IPs, so you’re basically logging in from the same location every time.

Taking it to the Next Level

Residential proxy servers, on the other hand, connect to residential IPs. This is the type of IP that is assigned to your household when you sign a contract with an internet service provider. Residential IPs look a lot less suspicious as anyone who is trying to track you will identify you as a real person, rather than some type of bot piggy-backing off a data center server. A lot of residential proxy services also allow you to rotate your IPs. IP rotations can occur every few minutes, automatically whenever you start a new session, or manually whenever you need a new identity. Different services offer different methods of IP rotating.

Residential Proxies vs VPNs

If you’re already somewhat familiar with online security you’ve probably noticed by now that there are a few similarities between proxy servers and VPNs. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a different type of service that works based on a pretty similar principle. Namely, a VPN acts as a middleman between your machine and the internet and makes it appear like your online activities are originating from a different location.

As far as the differences are concerned, there are two important ones that you need to keep in mind. First off, residential proxy services are used for single applications, such as a web browser, online video game or BitTorrent client. Meanwhile, VPNs are able to hide all the traffic coming from your computer, which allows you to better mask your online activities. The second main difference is that connections through a VPN are encrypted while those via proxy servers are not.

Pros and Cons for Both Services

In theory, this would make VPNs overall better than proxy servers, however, the situation is a bit more nuanced than that. VPNs tend to be more expensive while also eating up some of your machine’s resources like bandwidth and processing power. Proxy services, on the other hand, will not have any significant impact on your computer’s performance and you can find a lot of free options out there, though the best ones will still cost you. In short, there are pros and cons to each type of service but they both have their uses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of questions that our users frequently ask when it comes to residential proxies and how to use them.

How Do Residential Proxies Work?

Residential proxies are similar to other types of proxy services in the sense that they act as an intermediary between you and the internet. Proxies reroute internet traffic via an outside server and change the IP of your web requests along the way. This allows you to remain anonymous while browsing the internet.

Can You Buy Residential Proxies?

You can definitely buy residential proxies and there are plenty of options to choose from. Using such a service will allow you to mask your real IP in order to protect your identity or avoid getting banned by certain websites.

What is a Rotating Proxy?

True to its name, a rotating proxy gives the user a brand new IP every time they initiate a new web request. Some services that use this system assign a new IP address every few minutes in order to decrease the chances of being tracked or blocked.

How to Use a Residential Proxy

Residential proxies can be used on pretty much any smart device and work in conjunction with most types of applications, including web browsers, BitTorrent clients, video game launchers, and more. For more detailed information and instructions on how to properly set up a proxy be sure to visit this page.

Are Residential Proxies Cost-Effective?

Some of these services can be a bit expensive, however, there are a number of proxies that are quite affordable or even free in some instances. As far as the more expensive ones are concerned, they can definitely be cost-effective for businesses or individuals who use proxies to generate revenue and get a good return on their investment.

What’s the Difference Between Datacenter and Residential Proxies?

Datacenter proxy services use IPs that are stored on servers located in data centers. These services are usually more affordable because they use static IPs, which makes it easier to track and block. Meanwhile, residential proxies only use IP addresses of real end-users. Residential proxies tend to be more expensive, however, they are indistinguishable from regular household IPs and are therefore much harder to identify as proxies.

Final Thoughts

Figuring out the differences between residential proxies, dedicated proxies, VPNs and other similar services can be somewhat confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with any of those terms. However, you don’t really need to know a lot about this topic in order to understand why these types of services are so helpful. Residential proxy services, in particular, can come in handy in a wide variety of situations and are useful to both newcomers and veterans alike. If you’re planning on using the residential proxies for shopping then you should know there are better alternatives. You can find them in our top sneaker proxies article along with information on why they perform better.

HostGator vs. InMotion Hosting

A lot of people nowadays struggle when trying to pick a hosting provider because there are so many to choose from and most of them seem to be offering similar services. It gets even harder if you’re not an experienced webmaster and you’re still trying to figure out how to get your website up and running, let alone which hosting provider would best serve your particular needs. A good way of figuring out exactly what each company has to offer is to compare two of them against each other and see how they stack up. That’s exactly what we’re going to do today and we’re going to use HostGator vs InMotion as an example.

Both of these companies have been founded in the early 2000s and are old rivals in the web hosting market. HostGator and InMotion offer fairly similar services so choosing between them could be particularly tricky without proper research. That is why we’re going to take an in-depth look at what these two providers have to offer not just in terms of hosting plans but also in terms of performance, key features, and customer support. Some of these factors might be more important than others for certain people but they are all worth taking into consideration to some degree. With that in mind, let’s start off by taking a look at the hosting plans offered by HostGator and InMotion and how much they cost.

Hosting Plans and Pricing

It can be a bit confusing to figure out how much certain plans cost given than many providers have a tendency of listing their best prices in big bold letters to attract attention. That sounds great in theory, however, in order to benefit from the best prices you generally have to subscribe to an annual hosting plan and pay upfront for it. That’s something that you may or may not want to commit to right out of the gate depending on how long you want to stick with a particular provider.

If you’re just starting off and aren’t sure if your website or business will end up being successful, it’s generally a better idea to go with a recurring monthly plan at first even if you end up paying a bit more in the short term. That way, you can cancel at any time and save some money in the long run.

HostGator is a lot more aggressive when it comes to listing its absolute best offers but you’ll need to read the fine print to learn that you are required to pay three years in advance in order to take advantage of them. InMotion makes it easier to tell when its highlighted prices are for annual plans or monthly recurring plans. However, monthly prices aren’t always listed on the front page here either.

For the purposes of this comparison, we’re going to take a look at the base recurring monthly price for all plans offered by HostGator and InMotion when possible so that we can have a level playing field. However, there will be some instances when recurring monthly payments are not an option so we’ll need to look at annual plans in those particular scenarios.

Shared Hosting

HostGator offers three types of shared hosting plans – Hatchling, Baby, and Business – with each plan targeting a specific type of customer. For example, Hatchling is recommended for starter websites while Baby is geared more towards customers who want to create multiple small websites. Business is similar to Baby but includes a few extra features. All plans come with unmetered bandwidth, one-click installs, and a free SSL certificate. A few optional services like backups, SiteLock monitoring, @domain email addresses, and SEO tools are also available for an additional fee.

Hatchling: HostGator’s most basic shared hosting plan costs $10.95 per month and can only support a single domain.

Baby: The Baby plan will set you back just $1 more for a total of $11.95 per month. In return, you gain support for an unlimited number of websites with this plan but that’s pretty much it.

Business: Last but not least, the Business plan comes in at $16.95 per month and can support an unlimited number of domains, just like the Baby plan. In addition, this plan also offers free SEO tools, a free upgrade to the more trustworthy Positive SSL certificate, and a dedicated IP address.

InMotion also offers three different types of shared hosting plans – Launch, Power, and Pro. Now, it’s worth noting that the company lists these options under the Business Hosting section on its home page. Once you click on that section, though, you are redirected to a new page that makes it clear you’re looking at shared hosting plans. The Launch tier is most suitable for starter websites while the Power tier is marketed as the number one choice for small businesses. Meanwhile, the Pro plan is aimed at growing businesses and developers.

All three plans come with a free domain, unlimited bandwidth, storage, and emails, marketing tools, a free SSL certificate, and even a full security suite. As an added bonus, the plans also include one-click installers, website backups, and all the data is stored on SSD drives. InMotion’s offer is quite generous, however, there’s a little caveat to it. Only the Pro plan gives you the option to pay via monthly recurring payments. The other two tiers require you to subscribe to a 1-year or 2-year plan so you’ll need to pay quite a bit more upfront.

Launch: InMotion’s first shared hosting plan will set you back $7.46 per month ($89.52 upfront) for a 1-year plan or $6.39 per month ($153.36 upfront) for a 2-year plan. This first tier can support up to two websites right off the bat.

Power: The second tier is priced at $9.56 per month ($114.72 upfront) for a 1-year plan or $8.49 per month ($203.76 upfront) for a 2-year plan. This tier can support up to 6 websites and the performance is said to be two times better when compared to the Launch tier. Based on InMotion’s description, this basically means that the servers used by this plan have more resources to work with.

Pro: Finally, the third tier will set you back $14.71 per month ($176.52 upfront) for a 1-year plan, $15.80 per month ($94.80 upfront) for a 6-month plan, and there’s also the aforementioned recurring monthly payment option that costs $18.99 per month. This tier includes everything found in the previous one along with support for an unlimited number of websites, priority customer support, and even better servers that are said to deliver four times better performance when compared to the Launch tier.

VPS Hosting

HostGator offers three VPS hosting plans – Snappy 2000, Snappy 4000, and Snappy 8000. The names may seem somewhat arbitrary but they just so happen to coincide with the amount of RAM included in each package. Each plan comes with a different server configuration but they all have a few key features in common. These include weekly off-site backups, 2 dedicated IP addresses, free emails, optional cPanel, and a secured VPS firewall.

  • $89.05 ($79.05 without cPanel) Snappy 2000: 2 GB RAM + 2 CPU cores + 120 GB disk space + 1.5 TB bandwidth
  • $129.95 ($119.95 without cPanel) Snappy 4000: 4 GB RAM + 2 CPU cores + 165 GB disk space + 2 TB bandwidth
  • $159.95 ($149.95 without cPanel) Snappy 8000: 8 GB RAM + 4 CPU cores + 240 GB disk space + 3 TB bandwidth

InMotion offers two versions of VPS hosting – Managed and Cloud – each of which has three different tiers to choose from. The Cloud options are recommended for experienced system administrators and developers while the Managed options are better suited for webmasters looking for a hands-off approach to server management. Regardless of which version you choose, the specs will be identical for each of the three tiers and you can also look forward to automatic backups, between 3 and 5 dedicated IP addresses, and SSD storage. There are a few differences when it comes to the extra features, though. The Managed options also come with a free SSL certificate, cPanel, and a free domain with 6-month and 12-month plans while the Cloud options include full root access and the ability to choose your OS.

  • $31.34 Cloud VPS-1000 ($41.64 Managed): 4 GB RAM + 75 GB storage + 4 TB bandwidth
  • $62.54 Cloud VPS-2000 ($72.84 Managed): 6 GB RAM + 150 GB storage + 5 TB bandwidth
  • $84.94 Cloud VPS-3000 ($95.24 Managed): 8 GB RAM + 260 GB storage + 6 TB bandwidth

WordPress Hosting

HostGator offers three types of hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites. Every plan comes with a free SSL certificate, unlimited storage and @domain emails, SiteLock monitoring, and daily automatic backups. There’s also an extra feature that allows customers to add support for additional websites, although the company doesn’t really mention anything about it on the front page. This option can be accessed during checkout and lets you add support for up to 5, 10 or 20 websites for an additional fee.

  • $14.95 Starter: 1 website + 1GB backups + support for up to 100K monthly visitors
  • $20.95 Standard: 2 websites + 2GB backups + support for up to 200K monthly visitors
  • $27.95 Business: 3 websites + 3GB backups + support for up to 500K monthly visitors

InMotion offers six types of hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites, that’s something unusual when compared to the other hosts such as HostGator or BlueHost. All plans come with a free domain, unlimited email addresses, and the BoldGrid plugin suite. Two of the lower tier plans also include the JetPack Personal plugin while the three highest tiers come with JetPack Professional. It’s worth noting that only the three most expensive tiers let you pay via recurring monthly payments, with the cheapest three only including 1-year and 2-year plans. The prices listed below are for the 1-year plans for the first three tiers and the recurring monthly cost for the last three. This should give you a better idea of what you can realistically expect to pay at InMotion each month without having to break the bank upfront.

  • $8.29 ($99.48 upfront) WP-1000S: 1 website + 40 GB SSD storage + 20K monthly visitors
  • $13.44 ($161.28 upfront) WP-2000S: 2 websites + 80 GB SSD storage + 50K monthly visitors
  • $18.59 ($223.08 upfront) WP-3000S: 3 websites + 120 GB SSD storage + 125K monthly visitors
  • $41.34 per month WP-4000S: 6 websites + 160 GB SSD storage + 300K monthly visitors
  • $82.69 per month WP-5000S: 10 websites + 200 GB SSD storage + 600K monthly visitors
  • $155.09 per month WP-6000S: 20 websites + 240 GB SSD storage + 1200K monthly visitors

Dedicated Servers

HostGator offers three dedicated hosting plans along with the option to have the company manage the servers for you. The system works similar to the one discussed a bit earlier and you end up saving a few bucks if you choose to manage it yourself. The main difference here is that Managed users gain access to cPanel, can request off-site backups, data migration, and can opt for server optimization tools for an extra fee. Meanwhile, Semi-Managed users can choose between more operating systems and have to manage their own backups and data migration. All plans come with 3 dedicated IPs, unlimited databases, unmetered bandwidth, and the option to choose between SSD and HDD storage but only with the mid-tier plan.

  • $179 ($189 Managed) Value: 4 core/ 8 thread CPU + 8 GB RAM + 1 TB HDD
  • $239 ($249 Managed) Power: 8 core/ 16 thread CPU + 16 GB RAM + 2 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD
  • $279 ($289 Managed) Enterprise: 8 core/ 16 thread CPU + 30 GB RAM + 1 TB SSD

InMotion has six dedicated hosting plans and offers customers the option of customizing their own servers by adding extra RAM, storage, and backup drives for an additional fee. The company also offers to manage your servers but in this case, it works like an optional subscription-based service that costs $27 per month. That said, InMotion does offer a couple of hours of free managed hosting with every plan. In addition, all plans include between 5 and 15 dedicated IPs (depending on the tier), SSL certificate, cPanel, unlimited emails, and the option to choose between SSD and HDD storage.

The prices listed down below are for the default server configurations but keep in mind that you can choose to customize them differently, though the final prices will likely differ. At the time of this writing, there’s a double RAM promotion available but we’re not going to take it into consideration and will instead only list the usual specs as it’s unclear how long the deal will last.

  • $136.59 Essential: 4 core/ 4 thread CPU + 4 GB RAM + 500 GB SSD or 1 TB HDD
  • $207.49 Advanced: 4 core/ 8 thread CPU + 8 GB RAM + 500 GB SSD or 2 TB HDD
  • $279.89 Elite: 4 core/ 8 thread CPU + 16 GB RAM + 1 TB SSD or 4 TB HDD
  • $403.99 CC-500: 6 core/ 12 thread CPU + 16 GB RAM + 1 TB SSD
  • $498.49 CC-1000: 8 core/ 16 thread CPU + 32 GB RAM + 2 TB SSD
  • $603.49 CC-2000: 16 core/ 32 thread CPU + 64 GB RAM + 3 TB SSD

Key Features

In this section, we’re going to discuss a few of the key features every webmaster should take into consideration when signing up with a hosting provider. The full set of tools and features you may need can vary greatly from person to person and could differ from the ones we’re going to mention here. Some of these features have been briefly mentioned before but here we’re going to discuss them in a bit more detail. This section isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide but rather a quick summary of what you can expect from HostGator and InMotion in terms of essential key features.

Domain Registration

Registering a new domain with HostGator will set you back $12.95 plus an extra $14.95 if you also want privacy protection for a grand total of $27.90 per year. InMotion offers domain registrations for $15.99 and charges $12.99 for privacy protection, bringing the grand total to $28.98 per year. That’s just a bit more expensive than HostGator, however, InMotion does offer a free domain with most of its 1-year and 2-year hosting plans, though this offer is only available for new customers. HostGator doesn’t offer free domains with any of its hosting plans but does offer them with its website builder.

Website Builder

HostGator offers a simple to use website builder that’s suitable for blogs, businesses, and even eCommerce platforms. Subscribing to any of the three available plans will grant you access to a drag-and-drop editor, customizable templates, mobile-friendly design,  website analytics, and a free SSL certificate. Free domains are also available for those who subscribe to one of the monthly plans. The three available tiers are known as Starter, Premium, and eCommerce. The first plan costs $4.99 per month while the second one is priced at $6.49 and also includes priority support in addition to all the features and tools detailed earlier. Finally, the last tier goes for $12.49 per month and also includes basic eCommerce functionality.

InMotion also offers a website builder that’s suitable for pretty much any type of business or blog and comes with many of the tools and features offered by HostGator’s builder along with a few extras. This includes customizable templates, drag-and-drop editor, responsive design, SEO tools, free SSL certificate, unlimited email accounts, free backups, and a free domain with all annual plans. InMotion’s website builder is a more straightforward affair as there are no tiers to choose from, just a flat rate of $20 per month or $15 per month for those who opt for the 1-year or 2-year plans. The company also offers an additional service known as QuickStarter Website that will create a professional one-page website for you in 2 business days for a one-time fee of $99.

Databases

HostGator seems to offer an unlimited number of MySQL databases with all of its hosting plans regardless of tier. InMotion offers unlimited databases with its dedicated and VPS hosting plans, as well as the final tier of shared hosting. WordPress hosting customers can benefit from anywhere between 2 to 30 MySQL databases depending on tier.

Domain Emails

Free @domain email accounts are included with most of the hosting plans offered by HostGator and InMotion regardless of tier. The only exception to this is HostGator’s shared hosting plans where although domain emails are included, they are not technically free. The company ads them by default as an additional service for anyone who subscribes to a shared hosting plan, however, this service actually costs an extra $5 per month in addition to the base price of the plan. The company does offer them for free with its VPS, dedicated, and WordPress plans, though, and both companies include free @domain emails as part of their website builder.

Backups

Daily automated backups at HostGator are similar to @domain emails for shared hosting customers in the sense that they are available as an optional service, which costs $2 a month. Daily backups are available for free to WordPress and dedicated hosting customers while those who subscribed to any of the VPS hosting plans can benefit from weekly off-site backups. InMotion includes daily automatic website backups for free with all its shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans. Meanwhile, WordPress hosting customers benefit from automatic offsite backups, a feature that is available for all tiers except the very first one.

eCommerce

HostGator offers eCommerce functionality via the final tier of its website builder, suitably named the eCommerce tier. Despite the name, however, there are only a few basic features to look forward to here, such as coupon integration, inventory management, and a shipping & tax calculator. InMotion offers eCommerce functionality via its shared and VPS hosting plans. All these plans come with Softaculous integration, which allows you to download various marketplace-focused apps like Magento, OpenCart, PrestaShop or WooCommerce.

Performance and Reliability

This next section will be all about the performance and reliability you can expect from HostGator and InMotion. Or rather, their servers and the services powered by them. In order to make everything easy to understand at first glance, we’re going to break things down into two main sections – speed and uptime. These two factors, as well as many other related to the performance and reliability of servers, change over time and can vary depending on the services you’re subscribed to. For example, opting for a shared hosting plan means you’re going to share server space with other webmasters while dedicated plans allow you to have very powerful servers all to yourself. Keep these things in mind as you read the stats down below as some of the figures presented may not necessarily apply to everyone in the same way.

Speed

HostGator and InMotion are closely matched when it comes to page loading speed. A quick look at Down.com’s speed tests reveals that HostGator currently has a pretty impressive average speed of 2.72 seconds while InMotion is a bit slower but still offers a respectable average speed of 2.95 seconds. According to data gathered by WPDingo, the situation was somewhat reversed until recently. Between 2016 and 2018 InMotion was the faster provider with an overall average page loading speed of just 1.95 seconds while HostGator’s speed sat at 2.17 seconds. Historically, the average speeds of these two providers remained constant year-over-year, with slight fluctuations here and there.

Uptime

Both providers usually do a very good job when it comes to keeping their servers online, though they’re not entirely even in this regard. HostGator currently has an average uptime of 99.97% while InMotion is just a little bit less reliable with an uptime of 99.61%. The situation was somewhat similar in the past but HostGator had a much bigger lead between 2016 and 2018. WPDingo’s data shows that during those years HostGator was able to maintain an overall average uptime score of 89.2% while InMotion was quite a bit behind with a score of just 80.6%. It’s clear that both providers had much better uptime results in 2019 when compared to previous years. This is in no small part thanks to the fact that neither HostGator nor InMotion suffered any major outages this year so far.

Customer Support

The final section we’re going to cover in this comparison is customer support. This is an often overlooked service that a lot of people tend to take for granted. That is, until something goes wrong. Anyone who has ever experienced serious issues with a website knows all too well how valuable it can be to have a team of professionals ready to assist you in a timely manner. Luckily, both HostGator and InMotion have experienced teams that tend to offer reliable support, however, some methods of contacting these companies are better than others.

HostGator Customer Support

HostGator’s support team can be contacted using a wide variety of methods, including phone, live chat, and via ticket. The company offers both local and international phone numbers and you can expect the call to be toll-free if you’re ringing them from the US. The company’s support portal also includes a large number of video tutorials, helpful forums, and even a tool called Glance that allows you to share your screen with support agents when you need to show them exactly what’s wrong.

While you can always count on HostGator’s live chat, the same cannot be said about its ticket system. The company had a bad reputation of taking days to respond in tickets in some instances a few years back. According to Down.com, the average response time for tickets used to be 53.4 hours on average. The team did get back to customers in as little as 30 minutes on occasion but it usually took them a lot more than that. Even if the situation has improved in recent times, you’re still better off contacting customer support via phone or live chat.

InMotion Customer Support

InMotion also offers plenty of options of contacting them, including phone, live chat, a ticket system, and even Skype. Skype calls are audio-only so you don’t have to worry about setting up a webcam or anything like that. InMotion’s support center also features plenty of tutorial videos, forums, guides, and a few other helpful tools and resources. A few examples include a blacklist checker, an email configuration tool, a visual domain routing tool, and more.

InMotion has all-around solid support response times across the board. While you can almost always expect providers to be fast with their live chat and phone support, the ticket system can be a bit hit or miss at times. Not here, though. InMotion is almost always consistent with their tickets and its support team usually only takes about an hour or so to reply. During busier periods, the response times can get as high as three hours, however, that’s still pretty solid when compared to a lot of other providers.

HostGator vs. InMotion – Our Pick

This is one of those situations when choosing one provider over the other mainly depends on the sort of hosting plan you’re looking to buy. InMotion is somewhat better in the shared and WordPress hosting departments if you don’t mind subscribing to annual plans and offers a very reasonable VPS hosting offer, unlike HostGator. On the other hand, HostGator offers recurring monthly payments for all of its plans, which makes it a less risky proposition should you ever decide to switch to a different provider.

Despite some strengths and weaknesses here and there, the two companies are overall pretty even when it comes to key features, performance, and customer support, though HostGator’s ticket system response time could clearly do with some improvements.

All in all, we have to go with InMotion as the overall better choice here even though we’re not big fans of forcing customers into yearly commitments with most of its hosting plans. However, if you can get past that issue or if you can afford to spend the money upfront, the company has a lot of good offers and more reliable customer support.

5 Best Unturned Hosting Providers – Rent Premium Game Servers

Unturned is a game that somehow manages to feel both simple and complex at the same time. The core gameplay mechanics are very straightforward and easy to learn even if you don’t have any previous experience with survival sandbox games. However, there’s a lot more content here than you might expect and the game is overall pretty challenging past a certain point. This duality is one of the main reasons why I found Unturned to be such a compelling game.

Like most titles in this genre, Unturned is a lot more fun when played with friends. Teaming up with other people is also very practical because the game world is overrun by zombies and it helps to have someone to watch your back. Zombies aside, you’ll also need to be careful when running into other players. Not everyone is out to get you, of course, but there are definitely plenty of players who would love to get their hands on your loot.

So what do you do if you want to play Unturned with your friends without having to get into fights with other players? After all, not everybody is into PvP. Well, the only reliable way to do that is by creating your own private server. That way, you have full control over who gets to run around your map and you can kick the people who are causing trouble.

Unfortunately, creating your own server in Unturned is a bit more difficult than it may seem. Hosting a server also requires a time investment on your part as you’ll be the one responsible for making sure that everything runs smoothly. Alternatively, you could avoid the busy work while still taking advantage of the benefits that come with having your own server by simply renting one instead.

Renting an Unturned Server vs. Hosting Your Own

Upon entering Unturned for the first time you’ll notice that the game doesn’t give you the option of creating a dedicated server. You can either play single player or jump onto an existing server if you want to play with others. At first, I thought that it simply wasn’t possible to create a server but that’s actually not the case. After doing a bit of research I learned that you can, in fact, do it but you’ll need to set things up from outside the game.

Setting up a new server isn’t terribly complicated but you’ll definitely need to follow a tutorial if you want to pull it off because there are no in-game instructions that guide you through the process. Instead, you’ll need to go to the installation folder and make certain changes to one of the files. Frankly, the whole thing can be a bit of a hassle for people who aren’t comfortable with modifying game files.

You also need to keep in mind that hosting your own server requires you to allocate a good amount of resources to it, especially if more than 10 people are playing at a time. In addition, your computer would have to run constantly because everybody gets kicked out the moment you shut it off. You’ll also need a very good and reliable internet connection in order to ensure a smooth experience for everybody.

By comparison, renting an Unturned server doesn’t come with any of those disadvantages because the hosting provider takes care of everything for you. The only real downside is that renting a server costs a bit of money. The good news is that Unturned servers are pretty cheap and you can easily rent one for just $5-10 a month.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

There are dozens of providers out there that offer Unturned servers at bargain prices. Generally speaking, the price of a server is dictated by the number of slots it can support. The word slots is used to indicate how many people can play on the server. For example, a 10-slot server can support a maximum of 10 players at any one time.

Providers have a minimum and a maximum number of slots for their servers, which can vary quite a bit from one company to the next. The minimum usually sits at around 8-10 while the maximum can reach as high as 100 or even more. Unturned is best enjoyed with small-to-medium-sized groups of people so you probably won’t need 100 slots unless you’re a content creator and want to build a sizeable community around your server.

Price aside, you’ll also need to think about the features you’re going to need. Do you want to play with mods? Do you want your files to be backed up automatically or manually? Are you looking for something a bit more specific like DDoS protection, money-back guarantee or a custom control panel? Different providers offer different features so it’s important to know what you’re looking for before you decide to sign up with a certain company.

Another thing to keep in mind is the location coverage. Ideally, you’ll need to make sure that the server you’re renting is located as close to you as possible in order to avoid high latency. Most providers have pretty good coverage across Europe and the US but there are a lot fewer that also have servers in regions like Asia, Australia or South America. It’s harder to find a nearby data center if you live in one of those regions, however, it’s not impossible.

Top 5 Unturned Server Hosting Providers in 2019

I did a good amount of research to try and find out which providers are worth signing up within 2019 and came up with a top 5 list that I think is pretty solid. I wanted to include something for everybody so you’ll notice that some providers have great prices while others offer more features or better location coverage.

Although this is a ranked list, any of the five companies I covered below can do a fantastic job at hosting your Unturned server. It’s up to you to decide which provider would be the perfect fit for you based on your specific needs. With that in mind, let’s jump straight into the list and take a closer look at the top 5 Unturned hosting providers in 2019.

1. GTX Gaming

GTX is hands down one of the best providers around for dozens of different games, including Unturned. The company includes a wide variety of features with each hosting package and its prices are some of the lowest on the market right now.

Features:

GTX Gaming has very good mod support, complete with auto-updater, Steam Workshop integration, and 1-click installs. Game updates and server backups occur automatically and can also be manually scheduled by users. You can access your server via FTP, a phpMyAdmin control panel, a web console or a mobile app that lets you manage things even when you’re away from your PC. Free DDoS and free debranding are both included along with a few more advanced features like game switching, automatic server cloning, free MySQL database, and more. The location coverage is also very impressive, with 17 locations around the world to choose from.

Pricing:

Unturned servers at GTX start at $8 per month for 20 slots and can reach up to $19.20 for 48 slots. Unfortunately, you can’t get servers with less than 20 slots but you’re still looking at some very good prices regardless. For a little bit extra you can customize your server by adding a faster SSD, increasing the CPU clock speed or boosting the CPU priority. The customization options are pretty expensive compared to other hosts and GTX also charges a couple of bucks for priority ticket support. Similarly, server migration is only available as a paid service and it’s not exactly cheap. GTX accepts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly payments but there are no discounts for paying in advance.

Support:

GTX offers 24/7 customer support via tickets and email. There is no live chat option but the company does have a dedicated Discord channel that performs a similar function. GTX also has two phone numbers (London and Texas offices) you can reach them at.

Pros:

  • Great prices
  • Great mod support
  • Impressive location coverage
  • Mobile control panel
  • Game switching

Cons:

  • Paid server migration
  • Expensive server customization
  • High minimum slots

2. ServerBlend

ServerBlend hasn’t been around for as long as other companies on this list but don’t let its relatively young age fool you. This provider has great prices for Unturned servers and includes some nice features that you don’t come across every day.

Features:

ServerBlend offers free DDoS protection and debranding along with full FTP access and a TCAdmin control panel. If you’re looking for an alternative way of controlling your server, you can use the integrated Discord bot. The company also includes location switching, a free host transfer service, free daily server backups, and automatic game updates. Another big selling point of ServerBlend is that it offers 14 days money-back guarantee. Mods are supported but you don’t get any advanced features like 1-click installs or a mod manager GUI. Location coverage is pretty poor, with data center only being available in the US and the Netherlands.

Pricing:

ServerBlend has some pretty good prices for Unturned servers. You can expect to pay anywhere between $4.95 per month for a 10-slot server to $24.75 per month for a 50-slot server. If you have a bit more money to spend, you can add a few additional options to your package, such as higher CPU priority for $6.41 per month, a 10-slot TeamSpeak server for $1.67 per month, hourly automatic off-site backups for $5 per month or a sub-domain for just $0.75 per month. It rarely gets any cheaper than this and the only downside I can think of is that ServerBlend only accepts monthly payments.

Support:

ServerBlend offers 24/7 customer support via tickets and email. Live chat is also an option but agents are not available at all times. The company has a pretty good knowledge base on its website alongside a helpdesk, FAQ section, and a few useful tutorials.

Pros:

  • Great prices
  • 14-day money-back guarantee
  • Free host transfer service
  • Discord bot integration

Cons:

  • Poor location coverage
  • Only accepts monthly payments

3. Streamline Servers

Streamline is another well-known provider that has been in the business for over a decade now. The company has great location coverage and offers many of the important features you would expect, however, its prices are just a bit above average.

Features:

You can expect good mod support from Streamline along with advanced features like 1-click installs and a mod manager GUI. The company uses TCAdmin control panels but users also get full FTP access to their servers. DDoS protection and debranding are both included for free and Streamline also offers free server migration services. Location switching is not available and you’ll need to take care of game updates manually. Server backups are not performed automatically by default, however, Streamline does offer an optional paid service that unlocks daily automatic backups for $3.75 a month. Unturned servers are available in 22 locations around the globe so you shouldn’t have trouble finding one near you.

Pricing:

Prices at Streamline start at $6 per month for 8-slot servers and can reach up to $24 per month for 32-slot servers. For a little bit extra, you can customize your server by adding more RAM, raising the CPU priority or boosting the CPU clock speed. New customers can benefit from a free 30-day trial for Tebex, a payment service designed specifically to help gamers monetize their private servers. Streamline accepts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly payments. Paying for several months in advance will net you some really nice discounts that can reach up to 20% off for those who choose to go for a yearly subscription plan.

Support:

Streamline Servers offers 24/7 customer support via tickets and intermittent support via live chat. If there are no agents available to chat, make sure to hit up the knowledge base on the official website because you can find a lot of helpful articles and tutorials there.

Pros:

  • Free game server migration
  • Great location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Customizable servers

Cons:

  • Paid automatic backups
  • No automatic updates

4. Host Havoc

Host Havoc is a reliable hosting provider that was established more than 5 years ago with the goal of providing quality services to its customers. This isn’t the cheapest option out there but its services are definitely well worth the asking price.

Features:

Host Havoc has good mod support for Unturned servers, complete with 1-click installs. Servers can be configured via a TCAdmin control panel and you also have full FTP access to boot. Game updates are done automatically but you’ll need to manually take care of server backups and there is no location switching. However, Host Havoc does include free DDoS protection, free debranding, and even a free MySQL database. The location coverage is pretty good, with nine data centers spread across North America, Europe, and Australia.

Pricing:

Prices at Host Havoc start at $12.60 per month for 18-slot servers and can reach up to $33.60 per month for 48-slot servers. The minimum number of slots you can go for is quite high but the price per slot isn’t too bad all things considered. High CPU priority is available for only $4 per month and you can also add an extra 7 GB of RAM to your server for $12.50 per month. Host Havoc offers four billing cycles to choose from – monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually. Paying for several months in advance will net you some nice discounts that can reach up to 12% off for yearly subscriptions.

Support:

Host Havoc offers 24/7 customer support via email, tickets, and live chat. The support portal is very nicely put together and there is also a knowledge base on the official website where you can find useful articles, tutorials, and an FAQ section.

Pros:

  • Free MySQL database
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great support

Cons:

  • No automatic server backups
  • High minimum slots

5. Ark Game Server Hosting

In spite of what its name may imply, AGS isn’t actually an exclusive provider of Ark Survival Evolved servers. That was likely the plan when the company was first established back in 2015 but nowadays AGS supports dozens of titles, including Unturned.

Features:

AGS offers free debranding, free DDoS Protection, full FTP access, and a TCAdmin control panel. Automatic game updates, automatic server backups, and location switching are all included along with a free MySQL database. Mod support is pretty good and comes with advanced features like one-click installs, mod manager GUI, and Steam Workshop integration. AGS also has a 14-day money-back guarantee policy and offers a server migration service for a one-time fee of $13.90. Location coverage is pretty good, with 12 data centers to choose from across four continents.

Pricing:

Renting an Unturned server from AGS will set you back $8.34 for 12-slot servers but the price can reach as high as $44.48 for 64-slot servers. Not the cheapest option around but certainly not the most expensive one either. AGS works with monthly, quarterly, and semi-annually billing cycles. You can benefit from 5% off by signing up for a quarterly plan or 10% off if you go for the semi-annual subscription.

Support:

AGS offers 24/7 customer support but only via its ticket system. However, the company has a pretty good knowledge base on its official website with dozens of helpful articles about Unturned.

Pros:

  • Good location coverage
  • 14-day money-back guarantee
  • Free MySQL database
  • Flexible payment system + discounts

Cons:

  • Paid server migration
  • Few support channels

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there’s no need to break the bank if you’re planning to rent an Unturned server. Sure, you don’t have to pay anything if you decide to host your own server but the whole process is a bit of a hassle and managing everything yourself is not as fun as it may seem at first. Besides, you have full control over the server and can use any console commands you want even if you rent it so don’t worry about missing out on anything. In fact, there are a lot more benefits than disadvantages when you rent.

As for which provider you should choose, that’s entirely up to you. I feel like GTX Gaming offered the best value for my money but that might not be the case for everybody. If you’re looking for the cheapest possible option that would have to be ServerBlend right now where you’ll only end up paying around $0.50 per slot, which is a very good deal.

Meanwhile, Host Havoc and Streamline Servers both offer better location coverage and a host of nice features but they are a bit more expensive. AGS is a bit of a wild card given that its main focus is Ark Survival Evolved but that doesn’t mean it neglects its other games either, so it’s still worth taking into consideration. Choosing a good provider is an important decision so I hope this article made things a bit easier for you.

Top 5 Finest Terraria Server Hosting Providers

Terraria is often seen as the 2D version of Minecraft due to its blocky graphics, sandbox nature, and focus on crafting and exploration. However, anyone who is familiar with both titles can tell you that there’s a lot more to Terraria than meets the eye. Although crafting is indeed an important part of the gameplay, Terraria focuses primarily on the action-adventure elements and puts more emphasis on combat. The game also features more item variety and a progression system that’s miles ahead of what Minecraft currently offers.

Terraria offers a fantastic single-player experience but I strongly recommend playing it with some friends if you want to make the most out of it. The multiplayer component is very well put together and makes exploring ancient underground passages that much more enjoyable. Don’t have any friends who might be interested in playing Terraria with you? I’ve ran into this little problem myself but don’t worry because the Terraria community is absolutely massive so finding people to play with shouldn’t be a problem.

But regardless of whether you want to team up with friends or random strangers, the first thing you’ll need to consider is the server you’re going to play on. You could simply jump into an existing server but if you want to have full control over it you’ll need to create one yourself. But do you host the server on your own computer or rent one instead? There are pros and cons to both options so let’s talk about them in a bit more detail.

Renting a Terraria Server vs Hosting Your Own

You only need to take a quick look at Terraria’s retro-inspired graphics to realize that this isn’t a very demanding game. Indeed, the fact that the game can run on old systems is one of the main reasons behind its popularity. Hosting your own server is easier in Terraria compared to many other games thanks to the low system requirement. But while you won’t need to spend a ton of resources to keep the server offline, you’ll still need to make sure your computer runs 24/7 if other people are playing on the server as well.

Another disadvantage of hosting your own server is that you’ll need to take care of all the maintenance yourself. This includes things like game updates, server backups, and just generally making sure that your server runs as smooth as butter at all times. I know a lot of people who enjoy all this busywork but I personally found it to be a bit of a hassle. The setup process itself is also quite complicated if you’re not using Steam, which is another aspect that needs to be considered because some of the people you want to play with might have purchased their copy of Terraria from a different marketplace like GOG.

Those are just some of the reasons why I always recommend renting a server instead of trying to host your own. Terraria servers are generally pretty cheap compared to other games and you can easily get a good server for about $10 a month or less. In return, you can rest assured knowing that your hosting provider will take care of pretty much everything so that you can focus entirely on the game.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

Ideally, you’ll want to go for a provider that offers a good balance between price and features. Although choosing the cheapest option is very tempting, it’s often a good idea to invest a bit more than the bare minimum if it means getting a bunch of useful features in return. So what sort of features would you actually need? Well, first I would recommend checking to see if the provider you’re interested in offers mod support. That’s not necessarily a must-have feature for everybody but a lot of people play Terraria with mods so it’s nice to have mod support if possible.

On the maintenance side of things, you’ll likely want features like automatic server backups, automatic game updates, and maybe location switching. That said, some players like to take care of updates and backups manually so that’s up to you. Something else you should keep an eye on is whether the provider offers free DDoS protection and debranding.

Features aside, you’ll want to pick a provider that has a data center close to your location. The largest providers on the market tend to have servers all over the world but the smaller ones usually only have a handful of locations scattered across NA and EU. The closer you are to your server, the less you’ll have to worry about latency.

Also worth keeping in mind is that you don’t need a huge server if you’re only playing with a couple of people. The server’s capacity is indicated by the number of slots (or players) it can support. The price of the server will go up with each extra slot you add so you’ll probably want to go for a large server only if you plan on building a sizeable community around it.

Top 5 Terraria Server Hosting Providers in 2019

Now that you know a little bit about hosting providers it’s time to look at a few specific examples. The companies I’m going to cover in the next section are some of the best in the business right now and all of them can do a great job at hosting your Terraria server.

The list below is based not only on my personal preferences but also on what the Terraria community as a whole seems to gravitate towards right now. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 Terraria server hosting providers as of 2019.

1. GTX Gaming

GTX Gaming is a UK-based provider that is slowly but surely expanding its network all over the world. The company has very good prices for Terraria servers and GTX is also known for cramming as many interesting features as possible into its hosting packages.

Features:

GTX offers free DDoS protection and debranding along with full FTP access and a TCAdmin control panel. There’s also a mobile app that acts as a control panel that you can access on the go. The company makes it very easy to find and install mods thanks to clever Steam Workshop integration. There is no location switching but you can take advantage of a feature that allows you to change your Terraria server for any other game hosted by GTX. Automatic game updates and server backups are both included as well. GTX has a total of 28 data centers across the globe so the location coverage is quite good.

Pricing:

Prices at GTX start at $6.70 for 10-slot servers and can reach up to a whopping $170.85 for 255-slot servers. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever need that many slots for a Terraria server, but if you do, GTX is one of the few providers that can offer these types of huge servers. On the flip side, renting a server in Sweden, Spain or Brazil will cost you a bit extra for some reason. If you have money to spare, you can invest in some customizing options like faster CPU clock speed, better SSD, and higher CPU priority. You can also spend a couple of bucks to prioritize your support ticket if needed. As an additional service, GTX can migrate your old server from your previous provider for a one-time fee of $9.37. The company only works with monthly payments, at least as far as Terraria servers are concerned.

Support:

GTX Gaming offers 24/7 support via tickets and email. Live chat is not available but you can join the company’s dedicated Discord channel if you’re looking for quick technical assistance. In addition, GTX can also be contacted via phone at its London or Texas offices.

Pros:

  • Affordable prices
  • Very impressive location coverage
  • Mobile control panel
  • Server customization
  • Game switching

Cons:

  • Paid server migration
  • Paid priority support
  • Only accepts monthly payments

2. Streamline Servers

This aptly named company rose to popularity by streamlining the whole server renting process and making things as straightforward as possible. Everything from simply browsing Streamline’s website to the server setup process itself is very simple and intuitive.

Features:

Streamline offers great mod support complete with a mod manager and 1-click installs. A standard TCAdmin control panel allows easy access to the server but there’s also full FTP access for users who are looking for a more hands-on approach. As far as the maintenance is concerned, there’s no location switching and you’ll need to take care of server backups and game updates manually. The company does offer daily automatic updates but you’ll need to pay a monthly fee in order to benefit from this feature. On the bright side, the company does offer a free game server migration service along with free DDoS protection and debranding. Location coverage is very good, with servers being available in 22 locations across five continents.

Pricing:

Prices start at $7.50 per month for 10-slot servers and can reach up to $24 per month for 32-slot servers. The minimum slot count is a bit higher compared to other companies on this list but the price-per-slot is pretty good. Streamline’s servers are customizable to a certain extent, with users being able to tweak the CPU speed and priority for an extra monthly fee. The payment system is flexible and you can expect to benefit from discounts of up to 20% off by opting for a yearly billing cycle.

Support:

Streamline offers 24/7 customer support via ticket system. There’s also a chat system but agents are not available all the time so you’ll mostly have to rely on tickets or the knowledge base found on the official website whenever you need a bit of help.

Pros:

  • Free game server migration
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great location coverage
  • Customizable servers

Cons:

  • No automatic updates
  • Paid automatic backups

3. GameServers

GameServers is one of the most popular hosting providers around, which automatically makes it the default choice for a lot of people. The company is a bit more expensive than some of its rivals but makes up for it by offering good performance and global location coverage.

Features:

GameServers offers free debranding, DDoS protection, and location switching. Servers can be accessed via a custom control panel or by connecting using an FTP client like FileZilla. The company only offers basic mod support for Terraria and lacks advanced features like 1-click installs or auto-updating mods. Game updates and server backups do no occur automatically either so you’ll need to take care of those things the old fashioned way. On the bright side, GameServers has the largest server network around, with around two dozen locations spread across six continents.

Pricing:

I mentioned GameServers being on the more expensive side but don’t worry because you can get a 10-slot server from these guys for just $9.95 per month. At most, you can expect to pay $31.95 per month for their largest Terraria servers, which can support up to 32 slots. The payment system is quite flexible as you can pay either on a monthly basis or several months in advance. Paying in advance will net you some nice discounts, with can reach as high as 15% off for yearly subscriptions. In addition, the company also offers voice servers (TeamSpeak, Mumble or Ventrilo) at 50% off.

Support:

GameServers offers 24/7 customer support but only via email and tickets. There is no live chat option and the GameServers forums seem to have been disabled some time ago. The good news is that the company’s support agents are very experienced and always prepared to help users in need of technical assistance.

Pros:

  • Very impressive location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • 50% off voice servers
  • Very experienced

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • No automatic backups
  • No automatic updates

4. Low.ms

Just as its name indicates, Low.ms is primarily focused on offering low latency regardless of where you’re playing from. The company has only been around for a few years and hasn’t quite reached its ultimate goal just yet, however, Low.ms definitely made great progress since its inception.

Features:

Low.ms takes pride in its ability to host all its servers on top of the line hardware so you can expect excellent performance from these guys. Users have full FTP access and can also monitor their servers via a TCAdmin control panel. Automatic game updates, server backups, location switching, and DDoS protection are all included for free but debranding will set you back a couple of bucks. Mod support is pretty decent and the company even offers a mod manager GUI but there are no 1-click installs or auto-updating mods. Location coverage is fairly good, with around a dozen locations to choose from across four continents.

Pricing:

Renting a server from Low.ms can cost you anywhere between $7.28 per month for 8 slots to $63.70 per month for 70 slots. However, servers in Australia and SEA cost an extra $6.07 per month. You can customize your server by adding dedicated CPU threads, a dedicated IP, and a faster NVME SSD. Adding all of these extra options will set you back around $35 per month, which is pretty expensive. I find it a bit strange that Low.ms charges for dedicated CPU threads but I suppose it’s understandable given that the company only uses high-end hardware. Another thing that’s somewhat odd is that Low.ms offers flexible payments for other games but only accepts monthly payments for Terraria servers.

Support:

Low.ms offers 24/7 customer support via tickets and email. There was live chat as well at one point but the system is no longer available and has temporarily been replaced with a Discord channel, which is definitely not a bad alternative.

Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Good location coverage
  • Decent mod support

Cons:

  • Paid debranding
  • Expensive server customization
  • Only accepts monthly payments

5. Nitrous Networks

Nitrous Networks is another well-known company that has been offering servers for a wide variety of games for almost a decade now. The provider tends to focus on performance above all else in order to ensure a smooth experience for gamers.

Features:

Nitrous Networks lacks a bit when it comes to certain features but still offers many of the basic ones like free DDoS protection, debranding, and mod support. Servers can be accessed via FTP or a phpMyAdmin control panel but there is no location switching and you’ll need to take care of game updates and server backups manually. However, the company does offer some nice features to sweeten the deal, including a free Mumble voice server, free web hosting, a free MySQL database, and a premium website that you can use for free for the first 13 days. Location coverage is pretty average, with servers being available in the US, UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Pricing:

Terraria servers at Nitrous Networks can be rented for anywhere between $5.46 per month for a 6-slot server to $27.30 per month for a 30-slot server. The low minimum amount of slots is a pretty big advantage, especially since I find Terraria to be best enjoyed with small groups of people. Nitrous Networks’ payment system is flexible, with the standard four billing cycles to choose from, but there are no discounts for paying in advance.

Support:

Nitrous offers 24/7 customer support but you can only reach out to them via the ticket system. The company has a pretty helpful knowledge base on its official website but unfortunately none of the articles found there are specifically about Terraria.

Pros:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free voice server
  • Free MySQL database
  • Low minimum slots

Cons:

  • Few support channels
  • No automatic backups
  • No automatic updates

Final Thoughts

If you’ve made it this far, you should now have a good idea of just how easy it is to rent a Terraria server and why it’s often a better option than hosting one yourself. Admittedly, hosting your own server won’t cost you any money but it does require a significant time investment if you want to do it right and make things enjoyable for all the other people playing on the server. Personally, though, I’m okay with spending a few bucks and letting a professional hosting provider take care of all the busy work so I can focus solely on the game.

So which provider should you sign up with if you do decide to rent a server? Well, you know my picks but your ideal provider may differ from mine. All of the companies I covered in this article are definitely safe choices. However, some are a bit better than others at certain aspects like price, features or location coverage. Ideally, you’ll want to pick a provider that strikes a good balance between all of these things.

For me, that provider was GTX Gaming because I was very interested in some of the special features like game switching and the mobile control panel. However, I can see why some people might prefer a company that focuses on performance like Low.ms or one with many years of experience like GameServers. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and I really hope this article was useful in helping you make a well-informed decision.

5 Outstanding Arma 3 Server Hosting Providers 2019

A lot of FPS games try to depict modern warfare in a realistic manner but very few manage to do it as successfully as Arma 3. I didn’t really understand the hype for this game at first but after trying it out for myself, I definitely get why so many people are in love with it. Arma 3 is arguably the best military simulator out there and offers a nearly endless amount of content thanks to its sandbox nature.

An even bigger selling point of Arma 3 is its fantastic mod support. A lot of people would tell you that playing the game with mods is pretty much mandatory and they’re not wrong. Arma 3 has some of the best mods out there, a few of which went on to become standalone games. A prime example is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which popularized the Battle Royale genre as we know it today.

In short, mods are an essential part of the Arma 3 experience and you can find many servers out there that support them. But what if you’re new to the game and don’t know which mods are actually worth playing? Well, you could go for a trial-and-error approach and try a bunch of modded servers until you find one you like or you could simply set up your own. Creating your own Arma 3 server is easy and will let you learn things at your own pace without having to worry about other players.

Arma 3 tends to eat up a lot of resources so you’ll need a pretty powerful rig if you plan on hosting your own server. That goes double if you also want to install large mods or allow other people to join your server. Sounds like too much trouble? It certainly can be but it’s also a very rewarding experience. However, there is a better alternative to hosting your own server and that’s simply to rent one instead.

Renting an Arma 3 Server vs Hosting Your Own

Hosting an Arma 3 server can be a bit of a headache. The recommended specs for the game include an i5 CPU, 6 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 660 GPU or AMD equivalent. Those requirements may not seem that demanding in this day and age but keep in mind that you’ll need a PC with similar specs or better just to run the game at decent settings. Actually hosting a server will eat up even more resources and, of course, you’ll need a significantly better rig if you want to host a modded server.

Unfortunately, the problems don’t end there. I found Arma 3 to be poorly optimized even in 2019 so you’ll have a difficult time getting smooth frame rates unless you own a very powerful PC. This goes without saying but if your system struggles with running the game, then hosting a server is not a very good idea because it will affect everybody else’s experience as well.

I know I ranted quite a bit about Arma 3’s technical issues but that’s something that you’ll need to keep in mind before deciding to host your own server. The good news is that you won’t have to worry about most of those issues if you simply rent a server instead. Sure, your performance may still fluctuate due to the very nature of the game but at least you won’t need to spend any extra resources just to make sure that things are running smoothly for everybody on the server.

You also don’t need to worry about maintenance because the hosting provider will take care of everything for you. Naturally, you do need to spend a bit of money to rent a server but probably not as much as you might expect because many providers offer affordable packages.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

I had to learn the hard way that some hosting providers are much better than others, which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to write this article in the first place. The first thing to keep in mind is that going with the cheapest possible option is often not a very good idea because you might be missing out on key features, such as mod support.

Meanwhile, going for a very expensive server could be a bad investment in the long run if you don’t plan to build a community around it. It’s very important to plan things out a bit in order to figure which of the many hosting providers out there are capable of fulfilling your specific needs and how much you are willing to pay for their services.

The server size is another important thing you’ll need to consider. Providers use the term ‘slots’ to indicate how many people can play on a server at any given time, with one slot being the equivalent of one player. Providers generally offer servers that can support anywhere between 10 and 200 players. If you’re new to Arma 3 you’ll probably want to go with a smaller server at first, especially if you want to play alone or with only a few people. However, if you want a more intense experience with loads of people running around, you’ll definitely need something a lot bigger than a 10-slot server.

Before we move on to the next section I also want to mention a couple of things about location coverage. Some providers have servers all over the world while others focus solely on the US or EU. Make sure to pick a provider that has servers close to your location so you won’t have to worry about high latency.

Top 5 Arma 3 Server Hosting Companies in 2019

Before we get to the good part it’s worth noting that lists like these are always subjective. What works for some players might not work for others. Players who are mainly interested in the price will probably have a different list compared to players who want as many features as possible. That’s why I tried to make the list balanced and include a little something for everybody.

Although this is a ranked list, any of these five companies would do a great job at hosting your Arma 3 server. Also, companies tend to change their offers every once in a while so it’s possible that some of the information below could be a bit inaccurate depending on when you’re reading this. As of right now, though, the following are what I believe to be the top 5 Arma 3 server hosting companies in 2019.

1. NFOServers

After browsing through several forums I found that a lot of Arma 3 players swear by NFOServers, and with good reason. This is a provider that has been in the business for quite a while (2002 to be precise) and is generally considered to be very reliable.

Features:

NFO guarantees very high performance by constantly upgrading its hardware and including unmetered INAP bandwidth with every package. Servers can be accessed via a custom-made control panel that includes a variety of useful features, including a built-in FTP link. DDoS protection and debranding are included for free, as are automatic game updates and server backups. The company also offers free web hosting and a free 15-slot voice server (Murmur or Mumble). The location coverage isn’t great, with servers only being available in the US and Germany.

Pricing:

Renting an Arma 3 private server from NFO will set you back anywhere between $19.43 for a 24-slot server and $64.79 for an 80-slot server. The price per slot isn’t too high all things considered but the fact that the smallest server you can get comes with 24 slots might be a turn off for some people. The prices go up a bit if you want to make the server public and for an extra 10$ per month, you can have your server’s CPU run at a higher priority. NFO is very flexible when it comes to its billing cycles, allowing you to pay every month, every two months, every three months, every six months or once per year. Discounts are available to those who pay in advance up to a maximum of 15% off for yearly purchases.

Support:

NFOServers offers multiple support channels but agents are usually only available between 6 AM and 1 AM Pacific Time so not quite 24/7. You can contact support agents via email, ticket or the NFO forums. The company also has a dedicated IRC channel and an extensive knowledge base on its official website.

Pros:

  • Very good performance
  • Free web hosting and voice server
  • Flexible payment system + discounts

Cons:

  • Poor location coverage
  • No 24/7 customer support

2. GameServers

GameServers is one of the first names that springs to mind whenever someone talks about hosting providers that specialize in video games. The company has been around since 2000 and offers servers for pretty much any title you can think of. They’re not the cheapest option out there but the company does offer good value for your money.

Features:

GameServers makes it easy to set up and customize a new Arma 3 server in just a matter of minutes. The server can be accessed via a custom control panel and you can also take a more hands-on approach by using an FTP client. The company offers mod support but doesn’t include 1-click installs or an auto-update feature so you’ll need to take care of those things yourself. Location switching is free and you can also expect DDoS protection and debranding but server backups and game updates are not done automatically. On the bright side, the location coverage is very impressive as the company has servers in countries all over the world, including Germany, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Japan, and the US.

Pricing:

Prices at GameServers start at $15.95 per month for 8-slot servers and can reach up to $127.95 per month for 64-slot servers. A bit more expensive than other companies but you can get some nice discounts by paying for multiple months in advance. The maximum discount is 15% and is applicable if you pay for one year in advance. Users can choose to pay for their subscription every month, every three months, every six months or once per year. Speaking of discounts, you can also add any type of voice server to your package for half the regular price.

Support:

GameServers doesn’t have a live chat system but it does offer 24/7 customer support via email and tickets. The GameServers forums and FAQ page are not working as of this writing so you’ll mainly need to rely on emails and tickets if you need help with your server.

Pros:

  • Very impressive location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • 50% off voice servers

Cons:

  • High prices
  • No automatic backups

3. Streamline Servers

Streamline is another popular hosting provider that offers good performance and reliable services. The company is over 10-years-old at this point and offers servers for dozens of different games, including of course Arma 3.

Features:

Streamline Servers offers good mod support, with Epoch and Exile available right off the bat as 1-click installs via the built-in mod manager. Servers can be accessed through a TCAdmin control panel or FTP for a more hands-on approach. Free DDoS protection and debranding are included along with free game server migration and a free MySQL database. Location switching is not available while game updates and server backups need to be done manually. Streamline does offer a daily server backup feature but it will cost you $3.75 per month. The company offers excellent location coverage, with servers being available in 22 locations all over the world.

Pricing:

Prices at Streamline start at $11.30 per month for a 10-slot server and can reach up to $113 per month for 100-slot servers. I also have to mention that Streamline offers customizable servers that allow you to add more RAM, tweak the CPU speed or set its priority for an extra monthly fee. There are four billing cycles available – monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually. Discounts are available as well and can reach as high as 20% off for yearly payments.

Support:

Streamline offers 24/7 support but can only be contacted via its ticket system, so no emails or live chat here. However, the company does have a pretty good knowledge base on its official website that you can check out whenever you need help.

Pros:

  • Free MySQL database
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great location coverage
  • Customizable servers

Cons:

  • Few support channels
  • Paid automatic backups

4. HostHavoc

HostHavoc is a more recent player on the server hosting market, having been established only a few years ago in 2014. Despite its relatively young age, the company has slowly but surely made a name for itself thanks to its quality services and affordable prices.

Features:

HostHavoc offers full FTP access, phpMyAdmin control panel and an integrated Steam Workshop mod installer. This allows users to easily install a wide variety of mods with just a couple of clicks. The company also includes free debranding and DDoS protection along with automatic updates. Location switching is not available while server backups have to be done manually. HostHavoc’s location coverage is pretty average, with servers being available in four countries across NA and EU for the standard price. The company also has a data center is Australia but picking this option will cost you a bit extra.

Prices:

Renting a server from HostHavoc will only cost you between $20 for a 40-slot server and $60 for a 127-slot server. The minimum number of slots is quite high but the company does have one of the best prices per slot on the market right now. For an extra $4 per month you can also add CPU priority to your package and for an extra $3 (70% off the regular price) you can get access to BattleMetrics RCON. There are four billing cycles to choose from – monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, and annually, with discounts of up to 12% available for those who pay in advance for a full year.

Support:

HostHavoc offers 24/7 customer support via ticket and live chat along with a knowledge base that can be found on its official website. The company’s ticket system is very nicely put together, with support agents specializing in specific areas such as game servers, web hosting, sales, billing, and more.

Pros:

  • Very affordable prices
  • Great customer support
  • 70% off BattleMetrics RCON
  • Flexible payment system + discounts

Cons:

  • High minimum slots
  • No automatic backups

5. Nitrous Networks

Nitrous Networks is a veteran server hosting provider that strikes a good balance between price and performance. The company tends to be more expensive than some of its competitors when it comes to a lot of games, but its Arma 3 servers are actually pretty affordable all things considered.

Features:

Signing up with Nitrous comes with some nice benefits, including free web hosting, free Mumble voice server, and a free MySQL database. The company is also throwing in a premium website that you can use for free for the first 13 days. The server can be accessed via a phpMyAdmin control panel or an FTP client. Free DDoS protection and debranding are both included but location switching, automatic server backups, and automatic game updates are not. Mods are supported but there are no 1-click installs or a mod manager so you’ll need to take care of everything yourself. Location coverage is a bit lacking, with servers only being available in four countries.

Pricing:

Prices at Nitrous Networks start at $18 per month for a 30-slot server and can reach up to $60 per month for a 100-slot server. The fact that you can’t get a server with less than 30 slots is a bit of a bummer. However, a lot of companies charge more for 20 slots than Nitrous charges for 30 slots so you’re definitely getting a bargain. You can choose to pay monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually but there are no discounts for paying in advance.

Support:

Nitrous offers 24/7 customer support but works exclusively through a ticket system. The company’s official website does feature a knowledge base with some pretty useful articles, but only a couple of them are specifically about Arma 3.

Pros:

  • Good prices
  • Free web hosting and voice server
  • Free MySQL database

Cons:

  • Poor mod support
  • Few support channels
  • No automatic backups

Final Thoughts

Arma 3 is a complex game that can be very difficult to get into, particularly if you’re playing on a public server. So why not create a private one instead? Hosting your own server is definitely doable if you have a good PC and are willing to invest some time into learning how to set everything up. Generally speaking, however, I found that simply renting a server is a better option for most people.

As you can tell from my top 5 list, there are quite a few solid providers out there. Some of them are pretty cheap but may not offer all the features you might be looking for. Other companies charge a premium but offer quality services and tend to have global location coverage. As it’s usually the case with these types of things, every company has its own pros and cons.

As previously mentioned, you can rely on any of the companies I covered in this article because they are some of the best in the business right now. At the end of the day, though, it’s up to you to decide which provider is best tailored to your specific needs. My advice is to carefully check out all of their websites and see for yourself what they have to offer before you make up your mind.

Top 5 Garry’s Mod Server Hosting Providers 2019

Garry’s Mod continues to be one of the most popular online sandbox games around even after more than a decade since its original release. The game started off as a mod for Half-Life 2 but quickly took a life of its own and it’s easy to see why. Gmod doesn’t have quests, a story or any predefined goals to pursue. Instead, the game puts a wide variety of tools at your disposal and lets you use them as you see fit.

Gmod is one of those legendary sandbox games that everybody should try at least once even if you’re not necessarily a fan of the genre. And, if you have a few people to play it with, even better because the game is so much better with friends. Garry’s Mod has a very solid multiplayer component that lets you team up with people and get into all sorts of crazy antics. If you don’t feel like creating your own levels and starting from scratch, you can simply join one of the many existing multiplayer servers and jump straight into the action.

Given that this game has been around forever, it should come as no surprise that there are hundreds if not thousands of great servers to join. Having variety is always great but in this case, there might be a bit too much variety. If you’re a new player, you’ll often need to spend a lot of time testing servers until you can find one that’s just perfect for you. Alternatively, you could simply create a new server and experiment with things at your own pace.

But do you host the server on your computer or rent one from a hosting provider instead? There are pros and cons to both options so let’s talk a bit about them in the next section.

Renting a Garry’s Mod Server vs Hosting Your Own

These days, a lot of online titles allow you to quickly create public or private servers while you’re in-game. Well, Garry’s Mod is a bit different. Creating a Gmod server is a pretty complicated process that involves downloading third-party tools and modifying game files. Unless you’ve done it before, you’re definitely going to need to follow some fairly lengthy tutorials in order to pull it off.

In addition, hosting your own server means that you’ll need to allocate a portion of your PC’s resources to it at all times. Or at least, whenever the server is online, which should normally be 24/7 if other people are playing on it as well. That might not seem like a big deal if you own a powerful rig that runs all the time but hosting a server for any online game, even one as old as Gmod, eats up more resources than you might expect, especially if you’re playing with mods. And let’s be honest, you’ll definitely need to play with mods if you want to enjoy the full experience.

So what’s the difference between hosting a server and renting one? The main difference is that you won’t need to worry about any of the stuff I mentioned earlier if you decide to rent a server. Your hosting provider can take care of all the heavy lifting for you. That way, you can simply sit back and enjoy the game while still having administrator privileges and therefore, full control over what happens on your server.

Needless to say, though, this comes at a price. Renting a server means that you’ll need to pay a monthly subscription for it but you might be surprised at just how little it would cost you. Gmod servers are generally very cheap and well worth the investment.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

If you do decide to rent a Garry’s Mod server, it’s a good idea to sign up with a company that knows what it’s doing. Luckily, there are a fair number of good providers these days, including some that have been around for more than a decade and have supported Garry’s Mod since launch. But just because a company is very experienced, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right fit for you.

There are a few key factors to consider when choosing a provider. The first that pops to mind for a lot of people is, of course, the price. As mentioned before, Gmod servers are generally pretty cheap, however, there are definitely some expensive packages out there as well. The price of a server can vary greatly depending on how many players it can support. More players (or slots) equals a higher price so make sure not to overextend if you plan on playing with only a couple of friends.

Another thing to consider is the features you’re getting in return for your money. Most providers out there offer basic features like mod support, DDoS protection and debranding. However, certain companies include certain special features in order to sweeten the deal. These can range from things like free voice servers and server customization to money-back guarantees and everything in between. Think about what sort of features you need before renting a server.

Equally important as the price and features is the server’s location. You’ll want your server to be as close to you as possible so that you won’t have to worry about high latency while playing the game. Depending on where you live, it might not be possible to find a nearby server but at least try looking for one that’s relatively close.

Top 5 Garry’s Mod Hosting Providers in 2019

You should now have a pretty good idea of what to look for when renting a Garry’s Mod server so let’s talk a bit about some of the best providers currently available. All of the companies I’m going to cover down below have years of experience and have proven time and time again to be very reliable.

That said, my number 1 pick might not be your number 1 pick so just because a company is ranked lower on my list that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s worse than the ones I ranked higher. Different people have different expectations so don’t dismiss any of these options because they are all worth looking into.

1. Nitrous Networks

Nitrous Networks is a reputable provider that has been in the business for almost a decade now. The company’s servers are known for their performance and reliability. Although the company charges more than its competitors for some games, its prices for Garry’s Mod servers are actually on par with those of most other providers.

Features:

Nitrous Networks offers support not just for mods but also for all the popular game modes, add-ons, and map packs. Free DDoS protection and debranding are both included along with full FTP access and a phpMyAdmin control panel. The company doesn’t offer automatic game updates or server backups, but does include a number of other nice features. Some of the highlights include free web hosting, free MySQL database, free Mumble voice server, and a 1-month subscription to Tebex Premium. Location coverage is pretty average, with servers being available in five countries across Europe and North America.

Pricing:

The cheapest server (10 slots) at Nitrous goes for $4.90 per month while the most expensive one (80 slots) will set you back $39.20 per month. In addition, the company also offers a different type of package that comes with a fixed number of 32 slots and costs $12.13 per month. By comparison, a 32-slot server with the regular package will cost you $15.68 per month. The special package has a better price per slot but the number of slots can’t be changed and you would also be missing out on the free month of Tebex Premium by choosing this package, so there are pros and cons to it. Nitrous Networks accepts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly payments.

Support:

Nitrous Networks offers 24/7 customer support but works exclusively with a ticket system, which is a bit disappointing. However, you can find an FAQ page and a knowledge base with useful Garry’s Mod tutorials on the official website.

Pros:

  • Free web hosting
  • Free MySQL database
  • Free voice server
  • Good Prices

Cons:

  • Few support channels
  • No automatic server backups

2. Low.ms

Low.ms is a relatively new entry on the market that managed to quickly make a name for itself thanks to its great services. The company primarily focuses on offering a lag-free experience for all its customers regardless of which game they are playing.

Features:

Excellent performance is the name of the game here as all servers are hosted on cutting-edge hardware. Performance aside, you can expect pretty much all the important features, including debranding, DDoS protection, full FTP access, and TCAdmin control panel. You also benefit from automatic game updates, automatic server backups, and mod support complete with 1-click installs and Steam Workshop integration. In addition, you can take advantage of a couple of special features like game switching and location switching. Location coverage is pretty good, with 11 data centers to choose from across the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Pricing:

Prices start at $4.90 a month for 10-slot servers and can reach up to $31.36 for 64-slot servers. Low.ms offers server customization but you’ll need to pay a pretty penny for the best options, especially if you want to add dedicated CPU threads to your server. Low.ms allows customers to pay on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly basis.

Support:

Low.ms offers 24/7 customer support via email and tickets. Live chat is not available at the time of this writing, however, the company says that this option will also be added at some point in the future. In the meantime, you can reach out to Low.ms on Discord in addition to the aforementioned channels.

Pros:

  • Game switching
  • Good location coverage
  • Good prices
  • Good performance

Cons:

  • Expensive server customization

3. Crident Networks

Unlike most of the big server providers out there, Crident Networks doesn’t offer servers for all the popular games, choosing instead to focus on a few key titles. Another thing that makes the company stand out from the crowd is that it offers a wide selection of packages to choose from for each of the games it supports, including Garry’s Mod.

Features:

Crident’s list of features is pretty extensive. For starters, you have the basic ones like DDoS protection, FTP access, custom control panel, FastDL, and mod support complete with 1-click installs and Steam Workshop integration. Then, you have a lot of advanced features like free MySQL databases, dedicated IPs, remote off-site backups, and automatic backdoor scanner. The location coverage is pretty decent as well, with servers being available in six different countries across Europe, Australia, and North America.

Pricing:

Crident Networks uses a different pricing model than most of the other hosting providers out there. Instead of having a single package where users pay per slot, the company offers six different packages, each of which was designed to cater to a specific type of user. For example, the cheapest package costs $6 per month and is recommended for 2-8 players. Meanwhile, the most expensive package goes for $65 per month and can support between 70 and 128 players. Certain packages are customizable and can be upgraded or downgraded at any time. Although this payment system is pretty interesting, it’s not necessarily better for everyone, especially those who need a fixed number of slots. Crident works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly billing cycles.

Support:

Crident offers 24/7 customer support but only via tickets. However, the company does have its own forums as well as a dedicated Discord channel where you can reach them. There’s also a knowledge base on the official website but it only has a few articles so it’s probably not going to be very helpful.

Pros:

  • Free MySQL databases
  • Dedicated IPs
  • Off-site backups
  • Good performance

Cons:

  • Some of the packages are pretty expensive
  • The payment system isn’t for everybody

4. Host Havoc

Host Havoc is a good option if you’re looking for a Garry’s Mod server provider that doesn’t skimp on the features and doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for its services. The company is also known for having servers that are very easy to set up, which means you can start playing in no time.

Features:

Host Havoc servers come with most of the features I would consider essential, including free DDoS protection, debranding, and good mod support. Users also have full FTP access and can configure their servers with the use of a TCAdmin control panel. The company also includes a MySQL database and a live web console but doesn’t offer automatic server backups. As a nice little bonus, Host Havoc includes a free month of MistForums with every Garry’s Mod package. Host Havoc has servers in nine different locations across Europe, North America, and Australia.

Pricing:

Prices start at $10 per month for 20-slot servers and can reach up to $50 per month for 100-slot servers. That’s just $0.5 per slot, which is pretty reasonable, though the minimum number of slots is quite high. There’s not much to look at in terms of server customization but you can increase your CPU priority for an extra $4 per month. Host Havoc works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly billing cycles. You can benefit from discounts from up to 12% by paying for several months in advance.

Support:

Host Havoc offers 24/7 customer support via all the usual channels, including tickets, email, and live chat. In addition, the company also has a great knowledge base on its official website complete with tutorials, FAQ section, and more.

Pros:

  • Free MySQL database
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great support
  • Good prices

Cons:

  • No automatic server backups
  • High minimum slots

5. Krypton Networks

Krypton is a less known hosting provider that specializes exclusively in Garry’s Mod and CS: GO servers, which is one of the main reasons why the company is not as popular as some of the others on this list. However, Krypton shouldn’t be dismissed because its prices are extremely affordable.

Features:

Krypton doesn’t have that many interesting features but you do get free DDoS protection, mod support, and a free MySQL database. Servers can be accessed via FTP or a custom open-source control panel known as Pterodactyl. There aren’t a whole lot of other notable features, though that’s not necessarily surprising given the bargain prices. As for as the location coverage is concerned, there are only three data centers to choose from, two of which are located in the US while the third is found in the UK.

Pricing:

The main selling point of Krypton Networks is undoubtedly its low prices. You can rent an 8-slot Garry’s Mod server for as little as $1.92 per month or you can go all the way up to a 128-slot server for just $30.72 per month. There’s also a special 32-slot package that goes for just $7.68 per month, which is definitely a steal. For a little bit extra, you can add more disk space to your server and it will only cost you a few more bucks. Krypton works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly billing cycles.

Support:

Krypton offers 24/7 customer support via email and has a dedicated Discord channel you can reach them at. The company also has a knowledge base on its official website that contains a few useful tutorials along with a pretty lackluster FAQ section.

Pros:

  • Extremely cheap prices
  • Free MySQL database

Cons:

  • Poor location coverage
  • Few support channels
  • Few notable features

Final Thoughts

Is renting a Garry’s Mod server better than hosting your own? In most situations, yes. Setting up your own server is a bit of a headache and making sure everything runs smoothly 24/7 isn’t worth the hassle for the majority of players. Renting does cost a bit of money but comes with a lot of benefits that you would probably not be able to access otherwise.

The only real problem with renting is finding the provider that’s just perfect for you. It’s sometimes difficult to find a company that can fulfill all your requirements but hopefully this article has helped you come one step closer to finding it.

It’s worth noting that certain providers periodically change their offers so some of the information found in this article might be slightly inaccurate depending on when you’re reading it. Make sure to do a bit of research on your own before you decide to seal the deal with any of the companies mentioned here.

Best ARK: Survival Evolved Server Hosting Providers in 2019

Ark Survival Evolved is a very unique sandbox game that was initially released back in August 2017 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One before making its way to Android, iOS, and Nintendo Switch about one year later. The gameplay is similar to that of other popular sandbox titles like Minecraft where you start off with nothing and have to gradually explore the world in order to gather the resources needed to construct buildings, craft weapons and armor, cook food, and more.

What makes this particular game’s take on the genre so special is the fact that you are dropped on an island inhabited by dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Imagine Jurassic Park but without any tour guides, safety lines or any means of communications with the outside world.

Just as its name indicates, Ark is all about survival, which can be particularly tricky in the early stages of the game. Due to its difficulty, it’s often a good idea to start slow and learn the ropes in single-player before jumping into the multiplayer where other people can pose just as big of a threat as the dinosaurs.

So what if you want to play the multiplayer but in a more controlled environment? What if you want to play Ark Survival Evolved just with your friends and no one else? Well, the best course of action, in that case, would be to set up or rent a private server where you have full control over who you play the game with. Both these options will achieve the desired result but each of them has its pros and cons.

Renting a Server vs Hosting Your Own

Setting up an Ark Survival Evolved server is not particularly difficult and won’t cost you a thing. Or rather, it won’t cost you any money to be more precise. However, if you’re serious about hosting a server you have to keep in mind that you’ll need to take care of everything yourself, ranging from backups and updates to maintenance and taking care of any issues that are bound to occur from time to time when playing online games.

In addition, you’ll also need to make sure your PC runs 24/7, otherwise, everybody will be kicked out as soon as you shut your system down. Running the server day and night will obviously also eat up a good chunk of your resources so it’s usually a good idea not to host it on your main PC. Unless, of course, you happen to have a very high-end rig.

By comparison, you won’t have to worry about any of those problems when renting a server as the provider will take care of everything for you. However, you will need to spend some money in return for the company’s services. Renting an Ark Survival Evolved server will usually set you back anywhere between $15 and $30 per month depending on your requirements, though there are certainly a few more expensive options as well.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

If you decide that you don’t want to bother hosting a server on your machine and would rather just rent one instead, there are a few things you need to be aware of. One of the most important things you’ll need to figure out is the number of people you expect to play on your server. If you’ve been browsing around for game servers you may have noticed that every provider mentions something about ‘slots’ at one point or another. These basically indicate the number of players that are supported by the server, with each player taking up one slot.

Every server has a minimum and a maximum number of slots available. The bare minimum usually sits at about 20 while the maximum can reach up to 250 or more. Needless to say, the higher the capacity, the higher the price. If you’re thinking about building a large community and possibly even monetizing your server, you’ll definitely want to go with a package that can support a fair number of players. On the other hand, if you want a server where you can chill out with just a couple of buddies you can get away with one of the cheaper options.

Another thing to keep in mind is that most servers are exclusive to a particular platform. For example, if you purchase a server for the PC version of Ark Survival Evolved, PS4 and Xbox One players will not be able to join. Likewise, it’s important to verify if the server you want to purchase includes support for DLCs and mods because not all of them do. Server location, customer support, latency, and the company’s refund policy are a few other important aspects you should consider when picking a server.

Top 5 ARK: Survival Evolved Server Hosting Companies in 2019

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what to keep an eye on while browsing for servers, we wanted to give you some insight into our top recommendations and why we picked them. We took into consideration a number of things when compiling this list, including price, features, support, and more.

Although we decided to create a ranked list, it’s worth noting that each of these providers can definitely do a great job at hosting your Ark Survival Evolved private server. At the end of the day, every player has different needs so our fifth favorite provider could very well be a lot of people’s number one choice. Don’t hesitate to check them all out and pick the one that’s most suitable for you.

1. AS Hosting

AS Hosting is often seen as the number 1 provider for Ark Survival Evolved servers and with good reason. The company was established around the same time the game left Steam Early Access and was officially launched. Unlike most of its competitors, AS Hosting specializes exclusively in Ark Survival Evolved servers and they offer a very nice selection of free features to get you started on the right foot.

Features:

AS Hosting offers mass mod installation support along with automatic mod updates and support for all available expansion packs. The provider also backs up your server every hour and allows users to configure their server to automatically restart whenever they want. With AS Hosting you can also expect free DDoS Protection, procedural map generation, cluster support and debranding as well as FTP access, easy location switching, data migration services, free BattleMetrics Premium RCON, and more. The company has pretty good location coverage across the US but not much to offer outside the states aside from one location in London.

Pricing:

The cheapest server can you can rent from AS Hosting comes with 30 slots and will set you back $20 per month or about $0.67 per slot. If you’re looking to build a larger community you could go for the $30 package that gives you 60 slots or the $50 that gives you a whopping 250 slots. AS Hosting only offers three plans to choose from, which doesn’t give you a lot of flexibility but you do get a good bang for your buck.

Support:

AS Hosting offers 24/7 customer support via email, chat, and tickets. The company also has one of the biggest Ark Survival Evolved Discord channels around. In other words, the company offers pretty much all the support channels you could ask for.

Pros:

  • Wide variety of features
  • Decent prices
  • Active Discord community
  • 14-day money back guarantee
  • Free BattleMetrics Premium RCON

Cons:

  • Poor location coverage
  • Only three hosting packages to choose from

2. GameServers

GameServers is one of the most popular providers in the world and offers support for a wide variety of different games. They’re also one of the longest-running providers out there, having been around since 2000. If you want to sign up with a very experienced company you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better choice than GameServers

Features:

GameServers offers free DDoS protection, debranding, cluster support, and procedural map generation. The company also includes mod and plugin support, as well as a mod manager GUI, 1-click mod installs, and an auto-updating feature for mods. Location switching and FTP access are available as well but there are no automatic backups. One of the biggest selling points of GameServers is its very impressive location coverage. The company has servers in over a dozen countries, including the US, UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, Australia, and South Africa.

Pricing:

Prices at GameServers start at $29.95 per month for a 30-slot server and can reach a maximum of $69.95 for a 70-slot server, so that’s about $0.99 per slot. That’s pretty expensive all things considered but the company does offer discounts for those who want to pay in advance. Paying for 1 year in advance will grant you a 15% discount while paying for 3 or 6 months in advance will grant you a 5% or 10% discount, respectively.

Support:

GameServers offers 24/7 customer support and can be contacted via email or the ticket system. There is no live chat or a Discord channel dedicated exclusively to Ark Survival Evolved. There is some useful information on their site that can help you in case of a problem but nothing to write home about.

Pros:

  • Very impressive location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Highly experienced

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • No automatic backups

3. Nitrous Networks

Nitrous Networks has been around since 2010 and provides private servers for over two dozen different games. The company takes pride in its high-performance server and flexible pricing options. Nitrous Networks invests a lot into hardware in order to provide the best possible performance, however, this does come at a cost.

Features:

The company offers a good amount of useful features, including a free MySQL database, full FTP access, DDoS protection, and debranding. Ark Survival Evolved mods are supported and there’s even a special mod manager GUI to help you out, however, there is no auto-update feature. Likewise, automatic updates and location switching are not available but you do get cluster support and procedural map generation. The location coverage is pretty decent, as the company has servers not just in the US but also in the UK, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Pricing:

Prices at Nitrous Networks start at $19.40 per month for a 20-slot server and can reach up to a maximum of $67.90 per month for a 70-slot server. On average, that’s about $0.98 per slot, which is a bit on the pricier side. The good news is that Nitrous Networks allows you to set the exact amount of slots you want for your server, as long as the value falls anywhere between 20 and 70 slots. The company is also very flexible in regards to billing cycles, allowing you to pay for your server on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or yearly basis.

Support:

Nitrous Networks offers 24/7 customer support but can only be contacted via tickets so no email or chat channels here. They don’t have a dedicated Discord channel either but they do have a fairly well put together FAQ page on their official website.

Pros:

  • Very good performance
  • Flexible pricing system
  • Free MySQL database

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • Few support channels
  • Monthly billing cycle only

4. ServerBlend

ServerBlend was established back in 2014 and managed to make a name for itself over the years thanks to its very affordable prices. Sometimes low prices translate to bad performance but that’s definitely not the case here as ServerBlend hosts all its servers on fairly powerful machines.

Features:

ServerBlend offers free DDoS Protection, optional free debranding, procedural map generation, and cluster support. The company is doing very well in the mods department, offering support for all plug-ins and expansions, as well as 1-click installs, a mod manager and auto-updates. Free daily backups are included but you’ll need to pay a fee if you want to back up your server every hour. ServerBlend also includes free FTP access and automatic game updates along with cross travel between servers in exchange for an extra fee. The location coverage is pretty good, with servers being available in the US, UK, Australia, and The Netherlands.

Pricing:

Renting an Ark Survival Evolved server from ServerBlend can cost anywhere between $15 per month for 30 slots and $50 per month for 100 slots. That’s just $0.50 per slot, which is a very reasonable price. There are also plenty of options to choose from in-between, as the pricing system is quite flexible. The only downside (for some) is that ServerBlend only works with monthly payments and don’t offer the possibility of paying in advance.

Support:

GameBlend offers 24/7 customer support but their agents can only be contacted via tickets. However, the company does include Discord bot integration along with a pretty solid knowledge base that includes plenty of helpful tutorials along and an FAQ page

Pros:

  • Affordable prices
  • Flexible payment system
  • Discord bot integration
  • 14-day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • Few support channels
  • Monthly billing cycle only

5. Host Havoc

Host Havoc is a well-known game hosting provider that was established in 2014. The company strikes a good balance between affordability and performance while also offering most of the features you would expect from an Ark Survival Evolved server provider.

Features:

Host Havoc servers are compatible with all the mods and DLCs currently available. The mod support is quite good and includes Steam Workshop integration, mod manager, 1-click installs, and auto-updating mods. You can also expect free DDoS protection, debranding, cluster support, procedural map generation, and a 70% discount on BattleMetrics RCON. Automatic game updates, server restarts, and FTP access are all available for free but location switching and automatic backups are not. Location coverage is pretty good, with servers being available in the US, Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.

Pricing:

The prices at Host Havoc are pretty much identical to those of GameBlend. 30-slot servers are available for $15 per month while 100-slot servers are available for $50 per month, with loads of options in-between. However, in the case of Host Havoc, there are more billing options and even discounts. Signing up for an annual plan will grant you a 12% discount while going for a quarterly or semi-annual plan will grant you a 5% and 8% discount, respectively.

Support:

Host Havoc offers 24/7 support and can be contacted via all the usual channels including email, tickets, and chat. There is no Discord integration but the company has a nice support system that makes it easy to contact agents specialized in various areas such as game servers, web hosting, billing, and more.

Pros:

  • Affordable prices
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great mods support
  • 70% BattleMetrics Premium RCON

Cons:

  • No free automatic backups
  • No free location switching

Final Thoughts

We hope our Ark Survival Evolved hosting providers guide will serve you well regardless of whether you’re an experienced user or just now thinking about setting up your first server. If you’re willing to invest a bit of time and effort you can definitely host a server without having to rely on the companies mentioned in this article. However, renting a server has plenty of advantages and is generally not very expensive so we recommend considering this option instead.

AS Hosting was our number 1 pick because they are one of the few companies that specialize exclusively on Ark Survival Evolved and its agents are very knowledgeable when it comes to all aspects related to the game. However, they have their pros and cons just like any other company and might not be the best choice if you’re based outside the US.

If you’re looking for a provider with good location coverage, GameServers is clearly your best pick. Meanwhile, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than Nitrous Networks if you’re mainly interested in performance.  Finally, both ServerBlend and Host Havoc are fantastic options for those looking for affordable hosting.

Each of the companies we covered in this article target a specific type of audience so at the end of the day you should go with the provider that caters to your specific needs.

Best Rust Hosting Providers for Private and Dedicated Servers 2019

Do you enjoy getting lost for hours on end in massive sandbox games that offer endless possibilities? I know I do. Back in the day, there weren’t many titles that allowed you to do that but that’s clearly not the case anymore. I’ve played most of the popular games in this genre, ranging from classics like Minecraft to newer releases like Conan Exiles and everything in between. However, one sandbox title I find myself being drawn to time and time again is Rust.

Rust is an open-world survival game that puts a lot of emphasis on crafting, exploration, and player interaction. Whether you want to form alliances with other players or fight everybody you come across, that’s entirely up to you. Rust can be a very rewarding experience if you’re willing to put in the time and effort needed to get through the challenges you’re likely to encounter at the beginning of the game.

Take it from me, the world of Rust is as deadly as it is beautiful. In addition to having to deal with things like hunger, cold temperatures or the local wildlife, there’s also a high chance you’ll encounter other players pretty early on. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t very friendly and are always on the lookout for an easy target. This is a survival game after all.

Rust doesn’t feature a traditional single-player mode so surviving these initial challenges can be rough if you’re a new player. Unless, of course, you decide to create your own server and experiment with things at your own pace. If hosting your own server sounds like a time-consuming process don’t worry because you can make things very easy by simply renting one instead.

Renting a Rust Server vs. Hosting Your Own

There are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to host your own Rust server. Although setting up a server is not a particularly difficult process, it does require a bit of technical know-how. Your best course of action would be to start by downloading a tool like SteamCMD and then searching online for a good tutorial that will take you through the whole process.

However, the main problem with setting up your own server is not actually related to the setup process. Rust is a pretty big game so you would need to allocate at least 6 GB of RAM to the server, though I would recommend 8 GB just to be on the safe side. If you want your server to stay online all the time, you’ll also need a very good internet connection and a computer that runs 24/7. You can get away with switching the server on and off whenever you want if you’re playing by yourself. But if other people are also playing on your server, it’s a given that you’ll need to make sure it runs smoothly at all times.

As I’m sure you’ve figured out by now, you’ll need to be prepared to invest some time and resources if you plan on hosting your own server. So is it worth it? Well, that depends entirely up to you but a lot of the time it’s a better idea to simply rent a server instead. You will need to spend a bit of money but renting a Rust server is pretty cheap and will save you a lot of headaches in the long run. And if you’re looking to create a server that can handle more than a handful of people, renting one is pretty much mandatory.

A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

There are plenty of companies out there that offer server renting services so choosing the one that’s right for you can be a bit tricky. Prices generally start at about $10-15 per month but can set you back a bit more if you’re renting a server that supports a lot of slots. ‘Slots’ is the term most providers use to refer to players so if you see a server that supports 30 slots, for example, that just means that up to 30 people can play on that server at any given time.

In addition to price, you’ll also need to think about the features you might need because some companies offer more than others. A lot of people play Rust with mods so mod support is a must most of the time. I would also suggest going with a company that includes security features like DDoS protection along with an easy way of backing and updating your server. Whether you want to take care of these things manually or prefer the processes to occur automatically, that’s entirely up to you.

Another highly sought-after feature is debranding. This term just means that your provider is willing to give users the option to remove logos or anything else that has to do with the company’s brand from their servers. Not every provider will include this while others make it an optional feature. Things like customer support and server location are also pretty important so make sure to take those aspects into consideration as well.

Top 5 Rust Server Hosting Companies in 2019

After doing a fair bit of research and seeing for myself what hosting providers have to offer to Rust players, I was able to come up with a pretty solid top 5. I also took a look at what the Rust community as a whole had to say about these companies and I’m confident that you won’t go wrong with any of these picks.

As its often the case with these types of things, your experience with these companies might differ from mine so it’s always a good idea to do your own research and see what works best for you. With that out of the way, let’s jump straight into the list.

1. ServerBlend

ServerBlend is a well-known hosting provider that has been around since 2014 and offers game servers for everything ranging from Ark: Survival Evolved to Kerbal Space Program. The company strikes an excellent balance between performance and affordability while also offering plenty of useful features.

Features:

ServerBlend offers free DDoS protection and debranding, includes a TCAdmin control panel along with Steam Workshop mod support. Speaking of mods, the company also includes 1-click mod installs, auto-updating mods, and a mod manager GUI. Free automatic backups, game updates and location switching are all included as well. Access to the server is done via FTP and ServerBlend even includes a MySQL database. One of the best features of this provider is the inclusion of a Discord bot that allows you to control your server directly from the app. Rust servers are available in several countries, including the US, UK, France, Australia, and The Netherlands.

Pricing:

ServerBlend offers two types of Rust servers – Standard and Custom. The Standard variant will set you back anywhere between $13.50 and $57 per month, depending on how many slots you want. The minimum amount is 50 while the maximum is 300. The Custom version allows you to choose the exact specs of your server so the pricing can vary quite a lot depending on your preferences. If you go for the Custom version it’s worth noting that you will only be able to pick between two server locations – Canada and West EU. A potential drawback of ServerBlend is that the company only accepts monthly payments.

Support:

ServerBlend offers 24/7 customer support and works primarily through a ticket system, though support agents can also be contacted via email and chat. In addition, the support section also includes an FAQ section along with some useful tutorials.

Pros:

  • Affordable prices
  • Customizable server
  • Discord bot integration
  • 14-day money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Monthly billing cycle only

2. GTX Gaming

GTX is a veteran game hosting provider that’s been around for more than a decade at this point. The company offers private servers for pretty much any online game you can think of and its prices are some of the cheapest out there.

Features:

GTX Gaming offers a few interesting features I want to highlight first, which include daily offsite backups, RCON support, and the ability to switch your Rust server for any other game hosted by the company. Server backups can also be scheduled manually. Aside from that, you can expect the usual stuff like free DDoS protection, debranding, TCAdmin control panel, and FTP access. Mod support is included complete with a mod manager GUI, 1-click installs, and auto-updating mods. Game updates can be scheduled manually, server migration is not free, and there is no location switching. You probably won’t miss that last feature, though, because GTX Gaming offers worldwide location coverage.

Pricing:

Renting a server from GTX will only set you back $10 a month for a 50-slot server but you can rent servers that support as many as 400 slots for $80 a month. The payment system is flexible so you can choose the exact number of slots you need as long as the value falls anywhere between 50 and 400. The company offers four billing cycles to choose from – monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually. However, there are no discounts for paying months in advance.

Support:

GTX Gaming offers 24/7 support via email or ticket. The company doesn’t have a live chat system but it does offer two phone numbers (London and Texas) where you can reach them at, as well as a dedicated Discord channel.

Pros:

  • Daily offsite backups
  • Game switching
  • Very affordable prices
  • Great location coverage

Cons:

  • Paid server migration
  • Only 24-hour money-back guarantee

3. GameServers

GameServers is a very well-known provider that rents servers for pretty much any game you can think of. The company has been in the business since way back in 2000 so I think it’s safe to say that the guys have quite a bit of experience under their belt. GameServers is the default choice for a lot of people who are looking to rent servers and it’s easy to see why.

Features:

GamesServers offers a custom control panel but you can also access your files more directly via FTP. DDoS Protection and debranding are both included for free and you can also switch locations on the fly. The mod support is very good, with customers benefiting from an auto-updater, 1-click installs, and a mod manager user interface. The bad news is that server backups and game updates are not done automatically. GameServers has the largest server network out there with locations all over the world ranging from the US and Canada to Japan and Australia.

Pricing:

Prices start off at $17.45 per month for 50-slot servers and can reach up to $69.95 per month for 200-slot servers. I find that to be a bit on the expensive side compared to other providers but they do offer a lot of flexibility in terms of how many slots you want to add and include multiple billing options – monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, and yearly. Moreover, you can benefit from discounts of up to 15% off by paying several months in advance, which is always a nice option to have.

Support:

GameServers offers 24/7 support via tickets or email but doesn’t have a live chat channel. The company has been around for nearly two decades and many of its support agents are very experienced so you can always count on them to give you a helping hand whenever you need it.

Pros:

  • Very impressive location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Highly experienced

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • No automatic backups

4. Nitrous Networks

Nitrous Networks is a top game server hosting provider for over two dozen different titles. The company values good performance over everything else so expect low latency if you choose to go with them. Their prices are a bit higher than those of other providers but you do get what you pay for.

Features:

Nitrous Networks offers free DDoS protection and debranding, FTP access, and a TCAdmin control panel. Mod support is included along with 1-click installs and a mod manager GUI, but you’ll have to update your mods manually because there is no auto-update feature. Game updates and server backups do not occur automatically either, so you’ll need to take a more hands-on approach with this provider. However, in return you do get some nice features like free web hosting, a free MySQL database, and a free Mumble server. Location coverage is pretty decent, with servers being available in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Pricing:

Renting a Rust server from Nitrous Networks will set you back anywhere between $20 per month for a 50-slot server and $80 per month for a 200-slot server. That’s a bit expensive but the company lets you set the exact amount of slots you need so there’s a lot of flexibility to the payment system. You are also not restricted to monthly payments and can opt between quarterly, semi-annual or yearly billing cycles.

Support:

Nitrous Networks offers 24/7 customer support via tickets but there’s no live chat or email system. The support options are pretty limited but the company does have some useful articles and tutorials on its website that somewhat mitigate that.

Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Flexible pricing
  • Free web hosting

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • Few support channels
  • No automatic backups

5. PingPerfect

PingPerfect has been around since 2012 and offers features that are pretty similar to some of my other entries on this list. It does lack a few key features but makes up for it with extremely low prices and huge servers that can support more players than most of its competitors.

Features:

Renting a server from PingPerfect gets you free DDoS protection, debranding, FTP access, and free web hosting. You can access the server via a TCAdmin control panel and can look forward to mod support complete with mod manager GUI and 1-click installs. The downside is that mods do not update automatically. Likewise, game updates and server backups are not automatic either and location switching is not available. Server migration is available but is not free. The good news is that PingPerfect has worldwide coverage, with servers being available on almost every continent.

Prices:

PingPerfect offers very low prices of just $9.5 per month for a 50-slot server. With these guys, you can get servers of up to 1000 slots for $190 per month. That’s definitely not cheap but you can choose to go with any other number of slots up to 1000 so you have a lot of flexibility here. The billing cycle is flexible as well and you can even get discounts of up to 15% off if you pay for several months in advance. If you’re willing to pay a bit extra, you can also add extra bandwidth and a TeamSpeak server with up to 250 slots to your package.

Support:

PingPerfect has a very good support system in place. The company offers 24/7 assistance via email, tickets, and live chat. PingPerfect also has an extensive knowledge base on its website along with forums and even a number you can call them at.

Pros:

  • Very cheap prices
  • Servers of up to 1000 slots
  • Free web hosting
  • Great support

Cons:

  • Only 24-hour money-back guarantee
  • Paid server migration
  • No automatic server backups or game updates

Final Thoughts

I really hope this article helped you learn more about what it means to host a Rust server and why it’s often a better idea to just rent one instead. That goes double if you want a server that can support a large number of players because then you’ll need to constantly keep an eye on it to make sure that it’s always running smoothly, which can be a bit of a hassle. Wouldn’t you rather just enjoy the game and let a company take care of all the busy work?

I ended up going with ServerBlend as my first pick because the company offered good performance at a reasonable price and there aren’t many downsides for signing up with them. However, you can get even better performance with a company like Nitrous Network if you don’t mind paying a little bit extra. Meanwhile, GameServers is always a safe choice thanks to its vast experience and worldwide coverage.

If you’re worried about the price, though, GTX Gaming and PingPerfect are both great choices. PingPerfect is a bit cheaper and offers huge servers but there are a few more drawbacks for signing up with them when compared to GTX Gaming. That said, if you want a cheap server that will allow you to test things out without having to worry about other players you can’t go wrong with either of these companies.

I tried my best to only include popular companies that are well-known for their quality services but it’s ultimately up to you to decide which of these providers would make a perfect fit for your needs. Depending on when you’re reading this article, some of the information might be a bit inaccurate because companies change their offers all the time so my advice is to do a bit of research on your own before deciding what to purchase.

GoDaddy vs. Squarespace – Picking the Best Hosting Provider 2019

Though they cater to different audiences and have carved a unique niche for themselves, GoDaddy vs. Squarespace in a way are still competitors. If the word “Hosting” and “Website Building” is involved, there has to be competition. The two offer many of the same services, including domain registration, hosting, and website builders, among others. Therefore, choosing between GoDaddy and Squarespace isn’t always as simple as it may seem. Don’t worry, though, because we’re here to help.

In this article, we’re going to pit Squarespace and GoDaddy against each other to find out what each of them brings to the table. To that end, we’re going to compare various vital aspects such as pricing, features, performance, customer support, and more. By the end of this article, we hope to help you decide which of these two companies would be the better fit for you and your website.

It’s no secret that GoDaddy shines in certain areas while Squarespace does better in others. But how do they stack up against each other overall? Not everybody is interested in signing up with one of these companies to benefit from a particular type of service. Some people want the full package, an all-in-one solution. With that in mind, let’s find out which of these two companies offers the best overall bang for your buck.

Hosting Plans and Prices

Right off the bat, it’s pretty easy to see that GoDaddy and Squarespace aren’t quite at the same level when it comes to web hosting. On the one hand, both companies offer multiple packages to choose from to those interested in shared hosting. On the other hand, those looking for different types of hosting like WordPress or VPS don’t have much choice but to go with GoDaddy in this particular scenario because Squarespace doesn’t offer these options. Even if Squarespace were to start this option, GoDaddy, as we covered in our in-depth GoDaddy review, is miles ahead from many of its competitors.

Shared Hosting

Squarespace has four shared hosting plans to choose from, each of which seems to target a specific type of potential customer. The price difference between the cheapest plan and the most expensive one is quite substantial. But so are the features you can expect in return. And that’s what makes it amongst the most preferred GoDaddy alternatives. GoDaddy, on the other hand, gives you a choice between four different plans. However, the price differences aren’t all too big from one tier to the next. That said, the features you get with any shared hosting plan at GoDaddy aren’t anything to write home about.

Squarespace’s prices start at $12 per month with the Personal plan and can reach up to $40 per month with the Advanced Commerce plan. We’ve seen how Squarespace, as compared to Bluehost, is extremely expensive for a starter plan. Nonetheless, customers can expect to get the best value for their money with the second tier, Business, which goes for $18 per month. The two most expensive plans seem to be focused primarily on eCommerce. If you don’t have an online store, it’s probably a good idea to go for one of the first two tiers and save some money in the process.

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GoDaddy’s cheapest tier, Economy, starts at only $6 per month and it’s the most expensive one. That’s nearly 60% more costly than GoDaddy’s alternative option – HostMonster. GoDaddy’s best value plan here seems to be the third one, Ultimate, which sits at $13 per month. All the four shared hosting plans offered by GoDaddy come with many of the same features, but you can expect more resources to work with if you’re willing to pay for one of the higher tiers.

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Both Squarespace and GoDaddy offer customers the option of paying a monthly recurring subscription or a one-time yearly fee for most of their shared hosting plans. The only exception to this is GoDaddy’s Economy plan, which you’ll have to pay for at least three months in advance. This is important to note because you can expect to pay less in the long run but more upfront with a yearly subscription. Besides, certain features and incentives are only available to those who purchase an annual plan.

Most of the plans offered by the two companies come with unlimited bandwidth and storage along with support for an unlimited number of domains. Again, GoDaddy’s Economy plan is the exception. The plan does come with unmetered bandwidth but only includes 100 GB of disk space and can support a single website. Similar features can be seen in not just GoDaddy and Bluehost products but other leading hosting services as well, albeit the majority of them are much cheaper.

Both GoDaddy and Squarespace also offer free SSL certificates and a free domain name, along with necessary analytics tools. Free business email addresses are included with any of GoDaddy’s four plans. Squarespace users can also get access to these types of emails but not for free.

WordPress Hosting

Squarespace aims to provide an all-in-one solution for users who don’t want to bother messing around with other platforms. While that does have its advantages, it also prevents customers from working with platforms such as WordPress. Meanwhile, GoDaddy doesn’t have any restrictions like that and even offers several hosting plans specifically designed for WordPress users, which makes it amongst the best Bluehost alternatives.

GoDaddy has four WordPress plans to choose from, ranging in price from $7 per month (Basic) to $30 per month (Pro 5+). The final plan is customizable in the sense that users can opt for more storage space and support for any additional websites for an extra monthly fee. The cost can ultimately get pretty spicy (as much as $230 per month), but you can expect good value in return if you’re looking to host a vast number of websites.

All WordPress plans include a free domain name, free daily backups, free sign-up forms, and automatic regular malware scans. Aside from Basic, all other plans also include one-click installs and built-in SEO wizards. Meanwhile, Pro 5+ users can expect several other excellent features such as free site maintenance tools, real-time performance and uptime monitoring, and a free SSL certificate.

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VPS Hosting

VPS hosting is perfect for users who require more raw power and resources than what a shared plan can offer. Squarespace isn’t targeting users who run websites that might require Virtual Private Servers and is therefore not offering this hosting. By comparison, GoDaddy targets a much broader market, including users who may want to opt for VPS over a shared hosting plan.

GoDaddy has four VPS options to choose between, each offering slightly better specs than the last. Prices start at $20 per month with the Economy tier and can reach up to $75 per month with the Ultimate plan. All plans come with unmetered bandwidth, three dedicated IPs, and a free 1-year SSL certificate.

Similar to what we learned in GoDaddy vs. DreamHost, all VPS hosting plans have three levels of management – Self-Managed, Managed, and Fully Managed. These essentially dictate how much control you want to have over your server. If you know what you’re doing, you’ll probably want to go with Self-Managed, or Managed if you still need a bit of help. If you choose Fully Managed, GoDaddy will take care of most of the technical stuff for you so you can sit back and relax. While that may seem ideal, it’s worth noting that allowing GoDaddy to manage your server will cost you more than if you were to do it yourself.

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Dedicated Servers

Once again, Squarespace doesn’t have anything to offer in this department, though that’s not exactly surprising. Dedicated servers are generally used by big business and websites that receive a large amount of traffic regularly. Dedicated servers are similar to Virtual Private Servers. However, these give you even more resources to work with and deliver the best possible performance.

GoDaddy offers four dedicated plans to choose from with excellent specs even at the lowest tier. Prices here start at $90 per month with the Economy plan and reach up to a whopping $180 per month with the Ultimate plan. Dedicated servers are quite expensive, and there isn’t an option that would be considered cheap by most users. However, you do get what you pay for.

Just like with VPS, all these plans come with unmetered bandwidth, three dedicated IPS, and a free 1-year SSL certificate. The three levels of management mentioned in the previous section are available here as well and work in a very similar way. Given the high initial cost of these plans, it’s generally a good idea to try managing the server yourself even if it may seem intimidating at first because going for the Managed or Fully Managed options will add quite a bit to your monthly bill.

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GoDaddy vs. Squarespace Key Features

In this section, we’re going to take a look at what Squarespace and GoDaddy have to offer in terms of key features. Different people have different ideas in regards to what represents a key feature. For example, some might be mainly interested in website builders while others may want to know about eCommerce tools. You’ll probably find some of the features discussed below to be more crucial than others, but it’s important to note that they are all important in their own right.

Domain Registration

Registering a new domain with Squarespace will set you back $20 per year, which is a bit pricier compared to what other companies offer. That’s the reason why Squarespace and its alternatives don’t fare well against GoDaddy. However, renewing your domain costs the same each time, and every domain you register with the company also comes with a free SSL certificate and WHOIS privacy protection. Also, you can get a free domain for one year when you sign up for any of the annual hosting plans.

GoDaddy has held the title of world’s most popular domain registrar for many years now. Registering a domain with them will only set you back $4.88 for the first year and $17.99 upon renewal. GoDaddy also includes WHOIS privacy protection, as well as an SSL certificate, but only with specific hosting plans. Likewise, you can get a free domain by signing up to some of GoDaddy’s hosting plans, though not all of them, as is the case with Squarespace.

Website Builder

Squarespace’s website builder is arguably the primary reason why you would want to pick them instead of any of their competitors. The company’s builder is famous for its flexibility and ease of use, allowing you to create beautiful looking websites in no time. Squarespace offers a wide variety of great-looking themes, many of which were created by professional designers. There are also plenty of customization options to work with, so you shouldn’t have any issues designing the site of your dreams.

Squarespace’s entire business revolves around its website builder, which is included for free with any of its hosting plans. It would probably be fair to say that customers pay for the website builder itself, and the hosting is included for free. Whichever way you look at it, Squarespace’s website builder is great and worth checking out.

GoDaddy’s website builder isn’t too shabby either, though it is a bit more limited in terms of its capabilities. GoDaddy uses something called ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) to create websites for users based on their preferences automatically. This system creates fairly generic websites, but you can then jump in to edit and customize them to a certain extent. When experimenting with GoDaddy and WordPress, we saw how inversely successful these companies were.

Because you’re not building your site from scratch, however, you don’t have as much control here compared to Squarespace. GoDaddy’s website builder was designed with speed and ease-of-use in mind but can’t hold a candle to Squarespace in terms of design and customization. It’s quite similar to comparing Bluehost and Squarespace. Except, Bluehost doesn’t have a website builder as GoDaddy and Squarespace do. Talking about website building, GoDaddy offers four different plans for its website builder, with prices ranging from $6 to $20 per month. Web hosting is included for free, and you can also benefit from 1-month free trial regardless of which plan you choose.

Databases

Squarespace doesn’t appear to offer any MySQL databases with any of its hosting plans. GoDaddy, on the other hand, does include at least 1 GB worth of MySQL databases with all of its plans. If you need more than that, you have the option of going for one of the pricier plans that come with unlimited databases.

Domain Emails

Both Squarespace and GoDaddy offer domain emails with most of their hosting plans, but there are some differences in regards to how you can acquire them. Squarespace has a partnership with Google that allows users access to the company’s G Suite. The suite includes features such as business email addresses, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more. However, the G Suite comes at a cost, and customers must pay an extra monthly fee to take advantage of these features.

GoDaddy has a similar partnership but with Microsoft that comes with many of the same features. These include domain emails, storage, and online calendar, among others. GoDaddy offers free access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite with its shared hosting plans but only for the first year. After that, customers are required to pay a monthly fee for the service, similar to how Squarespace does it.

Backups

Interestingly enough, Squarespace doesn’t appear to offer users the option of manually backing up their websites. The company does make automatic backups of all sites but only stores them for about 30 days. GoDaddy has a similar way of doing things when it comes to automatic backups, though the company also offers daily backups in addition to monthly ones. The bad news is that GoDaddy provides this as an optional paid service for many of its hosting plans. The good news is that the company also gives users the option to back up their websites when needed manually.

eCommerce

Both Squarespace and GoDaddy offer a nice variety of eCommerce-focused features for those looking to build an online store. These include things like email marketing tools, SEO tools, advanced analytics, social media integration, abandoned cart recovery, and more. The two companies are relatively similar when it comes to eCommerce, though it’s worth noting that Squarespace does enforce transactions fees for two out of its three hosting plans that feature eCommerce integration. On the flip side, the company also allows users to sell certain digital products, which makes it a great Wix alternative, while GoDaddy is just about physical goods.

The other main difference between the two is related to the pricing model. Squarespace integrates eCommerce tools directly into its hosting plans, albeit only the two most expensive ones are designed specifically for this purpose. Meanwhile, GoDaddy gives users the option of adding an online store alongside any of its hosting plans. This gives customers more flexibility but also sets them back $30 per month, which is more than Squarespace’s $26 Basic Commerce plan but without the hosting. That said, GoDaddy does offer a 14-free trial for those who want first to test its eCommerce tools.

Performance and Reliability

Low prices and helpful features are nice to have, but those things won’t mean much at the end of the day if your website is struggling to stay afloat due to technical issues. The overall performance of your website is just as outstanding as any of the other aspects mentioned so far. Maybe even more so for a lot of people. So how do Squarespace and GoDaddy stack up in the performance department?

To answer that very question, we’re now going to take a look at two fundamental aspects related to performance. Namely, server uptime and page loading speed. Although in an ideal world these factors would be constant and easy to predict, uptime and speed tend to fluctuate from year to year so the statistics shown here may very well change if you’re reading this in the future. As of right now, though, these stats are solid and should give you a good idea of what to expect from Squarespace and GoDaddy in terms of overall performance.

Speed

GoDaddy wasn’t always one of the fastest hosting providers around, but that situation seems to have changed in recent times. Our data indicate that the average page loading speed at GoDaddy for the past couple of years or so has been as low as 517 ms. While there are other companies out there that can perform even better, 517 ms is a very respectable loading speed and quite surprising given that GoDaddy has suffered from plenty of technical issues in the past.

Squarespace also performs pretty well in this department but is a bit slower than GoDaddy on average. Data indicates that users can expect the average page loading speed to sit at around 627 ms at the moment. That’s certainly not bad, and most users will hardly notice the difference between 517 ms and 627 ms. However, every little advantage counts in this highly competitive market, and this difference is bound to influence some people’s decision over which company to choose.

Uptime

Both Squarespace and GoDaddy generally have very reliable uptimes, which means you’ll rarely have to worry about your site being down regardless of which of these two companies you pick. That said, some slight differences between the two may ultimately sway those who are still on the fence.

GoDaddy was able to maintain an average uptime of 99.97% over the past couple of years. That’s pretty close to the company’s 99.99% uptime guarantee but still no quite there. Meanwhile, Squarespace was able to maintain an average uptime of 99.95% over the same period. Just a bit lower than GoDaddy, but Squarespace doesn’t make any guarantees regarding uptimes, and these results are overall perfect for both companies.

Customer Support

Regardless of your experience level as a webmaster, chances are sooner, or later something will go wrong with one of your sites. When that happens, you’ll likely have to rely on support to give you a helping hand or possibly even fix the problem for you. Customer support is vital and can be a real deal-breaker in certain instances. So how to Squarespace and GoDaddy fair in this department?

Both companies offer multiple channels that you can contact them through, but there are some differences. Squarespace offers 24/7 email support alongside a live chat option that’s available Monday through Friday. However, the company doesn’t provide phone support. GoDaddy, on the other hand, does offer 24/7 phone support along with 24/7 live chat. However, you can’t contact them through email.

The support agents of both companies are generally very knowledgeable and helpful, so everything mainly boils down to personal preference here. If phone support is a must, you’ll want to pick GoDaddy. But if you would instead contact your provider via email, Squarespace is the way to go. In addition to the channels mentioned above, Squarespace and GoDaddy also offer very extensive knowledge bases, tutorials, blogs, and other self-help resources. GoDaddy has more resources to offer in this department, but Squarespace makes it easier to find what you’re looking for thanks to its streamlined help center.

GoDaddy vs. Squarespace – Our Pick

Squarespace and GoDaddy target different audiences, a fact that is immediately apparent upon looking at the services on offer. Squarespace is more of a niche company than GoDaddy and targets customers who are either inexperienced when it comes to setting up and launching a website or don’t want to bother with the technical aspects of this process.

Squarespace provides precisely what it advertises – an all-in-one solution that includes hosting, domain registration, eCommerce tools, and a world-class website builder. The company’s services are more expensive compared to many of its competitors, including GoDaddy, but you do get exactly what you’d expect, all in a straightforward package.

GoDaddy also offers everything included in a Squarespace package, but you will have to pay separately for certain things. That’s not ideal for casual users, but it’s a significant advantage for tech-savvy ones. GoDaddy offers a lot more versatility than Squarespace along with many more hosting plans to choose from. If you require more than what a shared plan can offer, there’s no competition between these two as GoDaddy is the only one here that offers WordPress hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers.

If you want to build an excellent little blog or website that looks great with minimal effort and can be used as an online store if needed, Squarespace is an excellent option. However, we’ll have to give the win to GoDaddy here as the company has overall more to offer and you can expect better performance from them, though not by too much. Squarespace would easily take the win if the comparison had been strictly about who has the best website builder. As it stands, though, we aimed to compare all the crucial aspects potential customers might be interested in and so in this GoDaddy vs. Squarespace battle, GoDaddy takes the crown this time.

DreamHost vs. GoDaddy – A Comprehensive Guide 2019

DreamHost vs. GoDaddy may not be the creme-de-la-creme in the hosting world, but they’re certainly a part of that elite hosting sphere. Choosing the best hosting provider for your website might seem like a very daunting task if you don’t have any previous experience with these types of services. All the big providers are very good at advertising themselves and claim to offer excellent services at affordable prices, which is valid for the most part. However, some providers are better than others, and today we’re going to take a look at a couple of the biggest names on the market right now in the form of DreamHost and GoDaddy.

To decide whether GoDaddy or DreamHost offers a superior product, we’re going to take a look at a few of the most critical factors you need to consider when choosing a hosting provider. The price is naturally very important but so are the variety of available plans, the performance, and the customer service. Both DreamHost and it’s competitor GoDaddy are reliable hosting providers, but they differ quite a bit when it comes to some of these critical factors. With that in mind, let’s first take a look at what each of these providers has to offer in terms of hosting plans.

DreamHost vs. GoDaddy: Hosting Plans and Pricing

Shared Hosting

DreamHost makes things simple in this department and only offers two shared hosting plans to choose from. Aside from a few key differences, the two plans are nearly identical and offer many of the same features. This isn’t exactly an ideal scenario if you’re the type of person who appreciates having as many options as possible. On the bright side, the shared hosting plans offer by DreamHost are quite comprehensive and include the right mix of must-have features.

  • Shared Starter: DreamHost’s most affordable shared hosting plan will set you back $5.95 per month and can only support a single website. The plan comes with unlimited traffic, SSD storage, and the latest version of WordPress pre-installed. Other notable features include a free SSL certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt and the possibility to access domain-specific email addresses for an extra $1.67 per month.
  • Shared Unlimited: The Unlimited shared hosting plan includes all the features and options found in the Starter version but supports an unlimited number of websites. Hence, the name. Besides, DreamHost is also throwing in unlimited domain-specific email addresses to sweeten the deal. At $10.95 per month, this plan is quite a bit more expensive but compares favorably to the premium tiers offered by some of the other major providers.

GoDaddy follows the more traditional formula of offering three tiers of shared hosting plans, each a bit better than the last. This system works best for those who are starting from scratch and need only basic functionality at first, with the option to gradually upgrade later on. GoDaddy requires you to pay three months in advance if you go for the cheapest tier, so you’ll still need to spend at least $23.97 right off the bat because of this system. The provider offers a free domain name with any of its three tiers but only if you choose to go with an annual hosting plan.

  • Economy: The Economy plan costs $7.99 per month and includes support for a single website. You also get 100 GB worth of storage space, unmetered bandwidth, 50 FTP users, 10 MySQL databases, and 1 MSSQL database. Website backup and an SSL certificate are available for an additional monthly cost of $2.99 and $6.67, respectively. However, domain-specific email addresses are included for free.
  • Deluxe: The Deluxe plan is an upgrade in almost every department over its cheaper sibling and will set you back $10.99 per month. This plan offers support for an unlimited number of websites along with unmetered storage space. You can also look forward to 25 MySQL databases and 2 MSSQL databases this time around. Aside from all of that, the Deluxe option is identical to the Economy tier.
  • Ultimate: Last but not least, GoDaddy also offers an Ultimate tier for a whopping $16.99 per month. This option is quite a bit more expensive when compared to the previous tier but does provide some excellent features such as unlimited FTP users, MySQL databases, and MSSQL databases. Besides, this tier also includes premium DNS and an SSL certificate. Aside from all of that, the Ultimate option is identical to the Deluxe tier.

VPS Hosting

DreamHost offers four VPS hosting plans, all of which have a few important features in common. Namely, each of the plans includes unmetered bandwidth and can be used on an unlimited numbered of websites. Also, you can also look forward to a free SSL certificate and unlimited domain-specific email addresses. DreamHost’s four VPS hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $13.75 Basic: 1 GB RAM + 30 GB SSD Storage
  • $27.50 Business: 2 GB RAM + 60 GB SSD Storage
  • $55.00 Professional: 4 GB RAM + 120 SSD Storage
  • $110.00 Enterprise: 8 GB RAM + 240 GB Storage

GoDaddy also offers four VPS hosting plans that include similar specs. All the plans come with one dedicated IP, unmetered bandwidth, unlimited domain-specific email address, and a free 1-year SSL certificate. As covered in our GoDaddy review, it offers two management levels for each plan. Customers who choose to Self-Manage their own servers can get a better deal on their hosting plan of choice. However, they will have fewer tools to work with. Those who pick the Managed option can look forward to extra features like uptime monitoring, 1-click installers, automatic software updates, backups, and cPanel access, but all of these come at a significant price hike. GoDaddy’s four VPS hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $14.99 ($29.99 Managed) Launch: 1 CPU Core + 2 GB RAM + 40 GB SSD Storage
  • $29.99 ($44.99 Managed) Enhance: 2 CPU Cores + 4 GB RAM + 60 GB SSD Storage
  • $44.99 ($59.99 Managed) Grow: 3 CPU Cores + 6 GB RAM + 150 GB SSD Storage
  • $59.99 ($74.99 Managed) Expand: 4 CPU Cores + 8 GB RAM + 200 GB Storage

WordPress Hosting

DreamHost offers three hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites. All plans include a pre-installed Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth, daily automatic backups, and even a free domain for those who opt for one of the annual plans. The cheapest plan comes with the free version of JetPack pre-installed while the higher tiers get JetPack Professional. Meanwhile, the most expensive plan also benefits from special technical support from DreamHost’s team of WordPress experts. Regardless of which tier you choose, be aware that DreamHost’s WordPress plans only come with support for a single website.  The three plans as covered in our in-depth DreamHost review, priced as follows:

  • $19.95 DreamPress: 30 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 100K monthly visitors
  • $29.95 DreamPress Plus: 60 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 300X monthly visitors
  • $79.95 DreamPress Pro: 120 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 1 million monthly visitors

GoDaddy offers four hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites. All plans benefit from free daily backups, malware scan and prevention, built-in signup forms, and a free domain for those who opt for one of the annual plans. Higher tiers also benefit from additional tools such as a built-in SEO wizard, one-click staging sites, and a free SSL certificate for one year. Similar to 1&1 hosting feature, GoDaddy’s most expensive tier gets a few extra features like free site-maintenance tools, real-time performance and uptime monitoring, and automated client reports. GoDaddy’s WordPress hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $12.99 Basic: 10 GB SSD storage + support for up to 25K monthly visitors and one website
  • $16.99 Deluxe: 15 GB SSD storage + support for up to 100K monthly visitors and one website
  • $24.99 Ultimate: 30 GB storage + support for up to 400K monthly visitors and 1-2 websites
  • $39.99 Pro 5: 50 GB storage + support for up to 800K monthly visitors and five websites

Note: The Pro plan has multiple tiers that offer gradually increasing amounts of SSD storage and support for more websites at an extra monthly cost. The three remaining tiers include Pro 10 (80 GB storage + 10 websites) for $69.99, Pro 25 (100 GB storage + 25 websites) for $124.99, and Pro 50 (200 GB storage + 50 websites) for $229.99.

Dedicated Servers

DreamHost only offers one dedicated hosting plan that can be freely customized with varying amounts of HDD or SSD storage, RAM, and CPU cores. The absolute cheapest option costs $169 per month and comes with 4 CPU cores, 1 TB of HDD storage, and 4 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the most expensive option will set you back $399 per month but includes 12 CPU cores, 2 TB of HDD storage or 240 GB of SSD storage, and 64 GB of RAM. Regardless of specs, DreamHost’s dedicated plan comes with unlimited bandwidth and monthly traffic, dedicated IPv4 and IPv6, and a free SSL certificate that will last for an undetermined amount of time.

GoDaddy offers four dedicated hosting plans with no customization options. All plans include unlimited bandwidth and monthly traffic, dedicated IPs, and a free 1-year SSL certificate. Similar to its VPS hosting system, GoDaddy includes different management levels for its dedicated hosting plans. This time around, there are three levels: Self-managed, Managed, and Fully Managed. Just like before, the Self-managed option costs less but misses out on some additional tools and features. For example, the Managed and Fully Managed options include extras like cPanel access, automatic app installs and updates, on-demand backups and recovery, website and database migrations, priority tech support, and additional dedicated IPs. GoDaddy’s dedicated hosting plans are priced as follows:

$159.99 ($169.99 Managed/$289.99 Fully Managed) Economy: 4 CPU cores + 4 GB RAM + 1 TB HDD

$189.99 ($199.99 Managed/$319.99 Fully Managed) Value: 4 CPU cores + 8 GB RAM + 1.5 TB HDD

$239.99 ($249.99 Managed/$369.99 Fully Managed) Deluxe: 4 CPU cores + 16 GB RAM + 2 TB HDD

$339.99 ($349.99 Managed/$469.99 Fully Managed) Ultimate: 4 CPU cores + 32 GB RAM + 2 TB HDD

Key Features

Domain Registration

In addition to offering hosting services, both DreamHost and GoDaddy will also allow you to register domains at a fairly reasonable price, the same thing we noticed when we compared GoDaddy to Google Domains, the domain pricing offers are quite good for all these hosts mentioned above.

Despite being the world’s largest registrar, GoDaddy usually charges a bit more per year for .com domains when compared to DreamHost; $18.17 vs. $11.99. It’s a crucial factor which convinces most of the users to choose DreamHost or other GoDaddy alternatives. Nonetheless, the company does offer several plans that will allow you only to pay $0.99 per year provided you pay for multiple years in advance. Meanwhile, both companies offer free domain names as part of individual hosting plans.

Website Builder

DreamHost offers a fairly basic website builder that can nevertheless come in handy when you’re trying to create your first site and don’t know where to start. Known as Remixer, the website builder includes customizable themes and allows users to export their sites to WordPress afterward if they choose. Remixer is available for $4.95 per month or $7.95 per month for the All Access version. Aside from the fact that All Access offers email accounts and mail forwarding, the two plans are pretty much identical.

GoDaddy’s website builder is a bit more expensive, but you do get what you pay for. The company offers four different monthly plans, each tailored for a specific type of website. For example, the $5.99 plan is best suited for blogs, while the $9.99 and $14.99 are better for small and medium businesses. Meanwhile, the more expensive $29.99 plan was explicitly designed with eCommerce websites in mind. Nonetheless, GoDaddy is nowhere near Shopify with regards to user-friendliness. To sweeten the deal, GoDaddy offers a 1-month free trial with any of its plans while DreamHost offers a free domain name.

Databases

DreamHost is pretty generous when it comes to MySQL databases and offers an unlimited number of them regardless of which hosting plan you choose. GoDaddy is a bit more versatile in this regard and can deliver anywhere between 10 to an unlimited number of MySQL databases, as well as MSSQL databases depending on your specific needs.

Domain Emails

Both DreamHost and GoDaddy offer unlimited @ domain email addresses and email forward but only with some of their hosting plans. Domain-specific emails are usually included in all types of hosting plans save for a few exceptions. For example, DreamHost doesn’t offer them right off the bat with its cheapest shared hosting plan, but customers can still access them by paying a small extra fee each month.

Backups

DreamHost offers shared hosting customers the option of requesting on-demand backups of their websites. However, the resulting backups must be manually downloaded afterward to ensure permanent access because the company removes backups from its servers after a certain period. In addition to on-demand backups, DreamHost also includes daily automatic backups with its WordPress, VPS, and dedicated hosting plans.

GoDaddy does things a bit differently and offers shared hosting customers the option of adding an automatic backup service to their plans for an extra month free. Meanwhile, all WordPress, VPN, and dedicated hosting plans include automated daily backups by default.

eCommerce

DreamHost and GoDaddy both offer excellent solutions for customers who are interested in running a website focused on eCommerce. However, there are way too many GoDaddy alternatives when it comes to eCommerce. Also, all of DreamHost’s WordPress hosting plans are optimized for WooCommerce and include support for third-party eCommerce website builders like Café Commerce. Meanwhile, GoDaddy offers a specialized plan for its website builder that offers various tools tailored for eCommerce, such as fast checkout, PayPal integration, the ability to manage orders and configure tax rates, product reviews, social referrals, and more.

GoDaddy vs. DreamHost: Performance and Reliability

Uptime and loading speed are two of the most important factors to consider for any website owner. This is especially true with shared hosting plans where, just as their name suggests, server resources are shared among multiple websites. Depending on who else you’re sharing servers with, your overall performance might end being better or worse than the figures shown below. However, the following stats should give you a good indication of what to expect from DreamHost and GoDaddy in terms of average speed and uptime for their respective shared hosting plans.

Speed

When it comes to speed, the stats are a bit all over the place. According to Down.com, DreamHost’s current average speed stands at 2.77 s while GoDaddy lags a bit behind with 2.83 s. Though it does top GoDaddy, in our comparison between DreamHost and Hostgator, we learned that the latter provides a high competition. Nonetheless, it’s not all gloom and doom for GoDaddy as WPDingo’s speed tests tell a different story altogether. Analyses conducted between 2016 and 2018 show that DreamHost wasn’t doing too well in previous years with a pretty unimpressive overall average speed of 3.64 s. Meanwhile, GoDaddy appeared to be doing much better with a very respectable speed of 1.98 s.

Uptime

Like most hosting providers, GoDaddy offers an uptime guarantee of 99%. DreamHost, on the other hand, boldly claims a 100% uptime guarantee. Stats show that one provider is better at fulfilling that guarantee than the other. Down.com’s data reveals that GoDaddy’s current average sits at a remarkable 99.970% while DreamHost offers subpar uptime of just 77.48%. WPDingo’s stats between 2016 and 2018 are in-line with this data and show that GoDaddy had an average uptime of 97.5% over that period while DreamHost’s uptime sat at just 73.1%. When we compared DreamHost with Squarespace even that turned out to be better in uptime stats.

Customer Support

Inadequate customer support can often be a deal-breaker, but fortunately, both DreamHost and GoDaddy are doing pretty well in this department. The two providers do things a little bit differently, but their respective support teams tend to be knowledgeable and timely with their responses. You can usually rely on both DreamHost and GoDaddy to offer robust customer support, so it ultimately boils down to which method of contact you prefer because each provider specializes in a particular area.

DreamHost Customer Support

DreamHost’s customer support team is focused on the tried-and-true ticket-based system. While you can chat with a live agent for immediate assistance, the queues tend to be relatively long, and there’s no toll-free phone number you can reach them at. This is less than ideal in this day and age, as some of DreamHost’s competitors such as SiteGround offer several reliable methods of contact. On the bright side, DreamHost’s ticket system does work very well most of the time, and you’re likely to get a response fairly quickly.

Having said all that, Down.com’s data shows the inherent flaws of this system. While DreamHost’s support team can sometimes get back to you in as little as 10 minutes after submitting a ticket, you will sometimes have to wait as much as 11 hours. The overall average response time for DreamHost’s support team clocks in at 2.79 h. That’s not terrible considering there’s only one reliable channel you can reach them at, but there’s room for improvement.

GoDaddy Customer Support

In stark contrast to DreamHost, GoDaddy doesn’t offer any e-mail support and relies primarily on phone assistance. That’s great news if you’re a native English speaker as chatting with support over the phone is likely to yield much faster results than waiting for a ticket reply. If you struggle with English or don’t speak it at all, that might be a problem in some instances, though luckily GoDaddy does offer customer support in several other languages as well. As far as other channels are concerned, the provider does have a live chat system, but it is not very reliable and tends to become unavailable at random times.

Though GoDaddy is far behind when compared to Siteground, a quick look at Down.com’s data shows that GoDaddy’s customer support team is consistent across the board. Support response times range from 0.10 h to 0.30, with an overall average of just 0.12 h. That’s impressive average response time and one of the best on the market right now. It’s not the absolute fastest, but it’s up there in the top 3.

DreamHost vs. GoDaddy – Our Pick

It’s a bit difficult to pick a winner between these two providers, but ultimately we have to go with DreamHost, as surprising as that may seem. DreamHost’s performance isn’t the best we’ve ever seen, and the customer support can be a bit hit-or-miss. However, there’s no denying that this hosting provider offers an excellent bang for your buck. The provider’s business model is honest, straightforward, and includes some nice premium features at no extra cost.

On the other hand, GoDaddy’s customer support is top-notch if you don’t mind chatting over the phone and the overall performance is clearly up there with the best of them, though it has been slowly decreasing in recent times. Their hosting plans, however, leave a lot to be desired. And that perhaps is the most defining aspect in this DreamHost vs. GoDaddy battle. Honestly, the provider is not very upfront about its offerings and tries its best to convince you that you’re getting a great bargain by going for one of its hosting plans. That’s not the case. Besides, you need to keep a close eye on your cart before checking out because GoDaddy has a bad habit of adding a bunch of extra options by default, which can set you back a lot more than you originally intended to pay.

HostGator vs iPage – Deciding The Ultimate Hosting Provider

With over 15 years in the hosting business, it’s safe to say that both HostGator and iPage have plenty of experience under their respective belts. To the eyes of a layman, it may seem like these two companies offer very similar services, which is indeed valid to a certain extent. However, there are also quite a few differences between them that might not be immediately obvious.

If you’re not sure what those differences are, don’t worry because we’re going to talk about them in great detail here today. The aim of this article is to provide a comprehensive comparison between HostGator and iPage, as well as their services. In addition to talking about the hosting plans themselves, we’re also going to discuss some other aspects that might be of interest to you. This includes things such as pricing, performance, customer support, notable features, and more.

Knowing all of these factors isn’t absolutely essential when trying to decide between the two providers, but it does help. Does HostGator offer a better bang for your buck? Does iPage have a more reliable customer support team? We’re going to find out all of that and much more as we take a look at how these two providers stack up against each other.

Hosting Plans and Prices

It’s usually pretty easy to compare the hosting plans of two providers. These types of companies tend to offer multiple packages that go up in price based on how much they offer. The more you are willing to pay, the more features you are going to get. This tiered system was designed to provide customers with choice, though sometimes the tiers are not sufficiently different from one another to actually justify having multiple packages. That’s why some companies decided to forgo the tiered plans and went with a different system instead.

Shared Hosting

iPage is one of the few providers that doesn’t offer multiple plans to choose from. At least not when it comes to shared web hosting. The company has a one-size-fits-all approach for shared hosting, though there are a few customisation options available for those who need them. HostGator, on the other hand, offers three different packages. Each package is a bit more expensive than the last but also includes a couple more features to sweeten the deal.

In the case of iPage, the initial cost starts at $1.99 per month while the renewal price starts at $7.99. The cost of the shared hosting plan will ultimately depend on how much you’re willing to invest beforehand. Recurring monthly payments are not an option here so you’ll need to subscribe to one of the annual plans.

You can benefit from the absolute lowest price of $1.99 per month only when you subscribe to a 3-year plan. You’ll need to pay for three years in advance to take advantage of the offer, but you do get a nice discount in the process. Similarly, 1-year and 2-year plans are also available, both of which will save you some money long-term but you’ll need to pay the full subscription upfront.

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HostGator has a more traditional approach to shared hosting when compared to iPage. The company offers three plans – Hatchling, Baby, and Business – which start off at $2.75 per month and will cost $6.95 to renew. Just like with iPage, the low introductory price is only available to those who subscribe to one of the annual plans. However, HostGator also offers the option to pay via recurring monthly payments starting at $10.95 per month.

[HostGator shared hosting plans go here]

Both HostGator and iPage offer unlimited databases, one-click installers, and a free SSL certificate with their shared hosting plans. A couple of other standard features include free email addresses and unlimited disk space.

iPage’s hosting plan can support an unlimited number of domains. In the case of HostGator, the Baby and Premium hosting plans both allow unlimited domains, with Hatchling being able to support only a single domain. As far as HostGator’s highest tier is concerned, it also comes with a dedicated IP, free SEO tools, and a free upgrade to Positive SSL.

HostGator offers unmetered bandwidth with all of its plans while iPage includes scalable bandwidth. iPage offers a free domain name for one year to anyone who signs up for a new plan. HostGator doesn’t give away free domains, but the company does free domain privacy with all of its hosting plans.

Despite only having a single hosting plan, iPage’s offering is reasonably priced and can be enhanced with a number of optional paid tools and features for more functionality. A few notable examples include website backups, a WordPress optimisation bundle, security suite, and more.

The three plans offered by HostGator are not bad considering the price but having some extras never hurts. Luckily, the company has its own share of optional services you can add to the plan for an additional fee. A few examples include site backups, @domain emails, and SiteLock monitoring. SEO tools are also available for the two plans that don’t already include them from the get-go.

WordPress Hosting

Like most hosting providers nowadays, HostGator and iPage both offer plans geared towards WordPress users. This time around, iPage has two separate packages to choose from – WP Starter and WP Essential. However, HostGator offers more choice in this department as well by offering three plans – Starter, Standard, and Business.

If you’re comfortable with a three-year commitment, HostGator’s WordPress plans start off at $5.95 per month and renew at $9.95. Otherwise, recurring prices fall between $14.95 and $27.95 per month. In addition to the three plans mentioned before, there are three other hidden packages customers can opt for. These aren’t showcased on the front page but can be selected during checkout. We’ll talk more about those in a minute.

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iPage’s WordPress packages start off at $3.75 per month and renew for anywhere between $7.49 and $9.49 depending on the length of the plan. Interestingly enough, there are no discounts for subscribing to the annual plans for the first term. However, the renewal will cost less if you go with a long-term contract. Unlike the shared hosting plan, the WordPress package also gives you the option to pay via recurring monthly payments.

[iPage WordPress hosting plans go here]

HostGator and iPage both include unmetered storage, unlimited @domain emails, and a free SSL certificate with their WordPress hosting plans. You can also expect cPanel and one-click installers.

HostGator offers support for a limited number of websites with any of its WordPress hosting plans. The Business plan, which is the most expensive one listed on the front page, can support up to three sites. That said, you can actually get support for up to 20 websites by choosing one of the hidden plans mentioned before. These do cost quite a bit more, though.

Both plans offered by iPage come with support for an unlimited number of websites. The company also offers a free domain registration for one year with any of its plans, which HostGator doesn’t.

As far as the differences between iPage’s Starter and Essential plans are concerned, there aren’t too many worth mentioning. The most expensive plan is just said to come with expert WordPress support, automatic malware removed, and SiteLock monitoring.

Meanwhile, there are some pretty significant differences between HostGator’s plans. In addition to supporting a certain number of websites, each plan has a recommended amount of visitors it can support per month. There’s also a cap on the automated daily backups you can expect, which ranges between 1 and 3 GB depending on the plan.

VPS Hosting

It’s a bit easier to do a direct HostGator vs iPage comparison in this department as both companies offer three tiers of VPS hosting. iPage’s naming scheme is pretty straightforward and goes a little something like this: Basic, Business, Optimum. Meanwhile, HostGator went with names that are indicative of the specs of its servers. Specifically, Snappy 2000, Snappy 4000, and Snappy 8000.

Pricing at HostGator starts off at $29.95 and renews at $89.95, but you can get a better deal by choosing not to include the cPanel in the package. In that case, the minimum price sits at just $19.95 and the renewal will cost $79.95. The cPanel is optional for all three plans and costs $10 per month regardless of package.

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iPage’s VPS hosting plans start off at $16.99 per month and renew for $24.99 which is quite cheap when compared to either HostGator or BlueHost. cPanel is included with each of the three plans, so there’s no need to worry about paying extra for that feature here. Similar to its other types of hosting, iPage offers a free domain name that’s available for all new clients who subscribe to one of the VPS plans.

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The VPS plans for both HostGator and iPage are relatively similar to the shared ones in terms of features. As such, you can expect things like unlimited databases and @domain emails to be included regardless of tier. Unlike the other types of hosting mentioned earlier, subscribing to a more expensive VPS plan will not grant you access to additional features. Instead, in this case, you get increasingly better specs for your private server the more you are willing to pay.

The minimum specs you can expect by subscribing to HostGator’s VPS plans include 2 GB of RAM, a dual-core CPU, 120 GB of storage, and 1.5 TB of bandwidth. These specs are better than what iPage offers with its Basic plan but aren’t quite enough to beat the second tier.

The minimum specs you can expect from iPage include 1 GB of RAM, a single-core CPU, 40 GB of storage, and 1 TB of bandwidth. iPage’s Basic plan is inferior in pretty much every way when compared to HostGator’s first tier. However, the renewal cost at iPage is significantly lower and not just for the Basic plan but for the other two as well.

HostGator has a desirable VPS offer for new customers, but you will need to pay an arm and a leg if you ever decide to renew once the first term expires. Meanwhile, iPage charges a fair price for renewals, but you’ll probably want to go with one of the highest tiers because the basic plan doesn’t have much to offer in terms of specs.

Dedicated Servers

Opting for a dedicated server is always the most reliable option for larger websites, but it’s also by far the most expensive one. HostGator offers three dedicated plans – Value, Power, and Enterprise – that will set you back anywhere between $118 and $148 per month at the bare minimum.

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iPage also offers three packages – Startup, Professional, and Enterprise. The minimum cost for the first plan is $103.99 per month, so a bit cheaper than HostGator’s basic package. Meanwhile, the highest tier is a bit more expansive than HostGator’s equivalent and goes for a minimum of $167.99 per month.

[iPage dedicated hosting plans go here]

In terms of common features, both HostGator and iPage include free dedicated IPs, unlimited databases, and @domain email addresses. HostGator includes unmetered bandwidth with all plans while iPage offers between 5 TB and 15 TB of bandwidth depending on tier. HostGator doesn’t add a free domain with its dedicated hosting plans while iPage does.

The minimum specs you can expect from HostGator include a quad-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. Meanwhile, iPage’s cheapest dedicated server is about half as powerful and comes with a dual-core CPU, 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of storage.

The renewal situation is similar to what was discussed before, with HostGator offering an overall better value proposition for the first term but charging significantly more than iPage upon renewal. All of iPage’s dedicated servers are fully managed while HostGator gives customers the option of choosing between Semi-Managed and Managed servers. Choosing the Managed option costs an extra $10 per month regardless of plan.

Key Features

Key features are by no means universal as different people expect different things from their hosting provider. That said, there are a few things that most webmaster would like to see included with all of their hosting plans. In this section, we’re going to discuss some of the most common features people expect and see if HostGator and iPage can deliver them.

Domain Registration

Registering a domain with HostGator will set you back $12.95 per year, along with an additional $14.95 if you also want to add privacy protection on top. In some cases, though, the company offers privacy protection as a freebie with its hosting plans.

iPage provides a free 1-year domain registration with all its hosting plans but charges $9.99 for domain privacy. None of its plans includes free privacy protection, but the free 1-year domains can be seen as an advantage by many new customers.

Website Builder

Both iPage and HostGator’s website builder come with a drag-and-drop editor, website analytics, customizable templates, and a free SSL certificate. The companies also offer a free domain name regardless of which of the three available plans you choose.

Pricing for HostGator’s website builder starts off at $4.99 per month and can reach up to $12.49. The difference between the three available plans is fairly minimal, with the mid-tier including priority support while the highest tier comes with a few eCommerce tools.

iPage’s basic website builder is included for free with its hosting plans while the other two packages are priced at $6.99 and $15.99 per month, respectively. The mid-tier comes with a few extras that are not found in the basic package, including Google Analytics integration, HD video embedding, and revision history. Meanwhile, the highest tier includes everything found in the mid-tier, along with a few eCommerce tools.

Databases

Both HostGator and iPage offer an unlimited number of free MySQL databases with all of their shared, VPS, WordPress, and dedicated hosting plans.

Domain Emails

iPage includes free @domain emails with all of its hosting plans, as well as its website builder. HostGator also includes them with its website builder and almost all of its hosting plans. WordPress, VPS, and dedicated hosting customers can expect them to be included for free. HostGator shared hosting customers also have access to @domain emails, but they have to acquire them separately via an optional service that costs $5 per month.

Backups

HostGator provides free automatic backups for all WordPress and dedicated hosting plans. Backups are available for shared hosting customers as well. However, they are considered an optional service that costs $2 per month. Meanwhile, all VPS hosting plans come with weekly off-site backups for free.

iPage offers website backups as an optional service for all of its hosting plans. The service has two packages to choose from – Basic starting at $0.96 per month and Pro starting at $1.77 per month. The basic version can only support one website and one database, and can only be used once per day. Meanwhile, the Pro plan can support an unlimited number of websites and databases, can be used up to 5 days per day, and grants users access to on-demand backups.

eCommerce

If you’re looking for HostGator’s marketplace features, you’re going to find them as part of its website builder. More specifically, the third tier of the builder known as eCommerce. The platform doesn’t include many features, but you do get the basic stuff like shipping & tax calculator, coupon codes, and inventory management.

Just like HostGator, iPage offers eCommerce tools and features as part of its website builder, most of which are only available as part of the third tier. Some of the features you can expect here include eCommerce shopping cart, inventory management, coupon codes, and PayPal integration.

Performance and Reliability

It can often be tempting to sign up with an individual provider based solely on how good its hosting plans are. That’s not necessarily always the best idea, though. Before making your final decision, you should also take into consideration a few other factors like the performance of its servers and the reliability of its services. After all, a cheap hosting plan that offers a ton of useful features will ultimately not be of much use if your site is continuously running slow or suffering from downtime issues.

With that in mind, in this section of our HostGator vs iPage comparison, we’re going to take a look at what you can expect from these two companies in terms of performance. To help with that, we’re going to break things down into two main categories – page loading speed and server uptime. These factors can vary from quarter-to-quarter, but the stats below should still give you a pretty good idea of how HostGator and iPage stack up against each other in this department.

Speed

HostGator tends to be faster than iPage, though its competitor today is definitely not a slowpoke either. Some of the most recent Pingdom speed tests show that HostGator takes on average a little over one second to load while iPage takes about 1.44 seconds. The situation was a lot more even late last year when HostGator loaded in 1.34 seconds while iPage took 1.44 seconds.

As mentioned, page loading speed tends to fluctuate, and there are a number of different factors that could lead to either an increase or decrease in speed. It’s worth noting that the tests mentioned above were conducted on the home pages of both HostGator and iPage. Needless to say, both companies use the best services at their disposal to host their own websites.

Uptime

HostGator and iPage have both been doing fantastic this quarter in terms of uptime. Over the past three months, the two providers were able to maintain a very respectable uptime score of 99.98%. Despite both companies suffering a number of outages, clients only had to endure a couple of minutes of downtime during this period.

The good results we’ve seen this quarter are not unusual for these providers. Over the past 16 months, HostGator was able to maintain an identical uptime of 99.98% while iPage lagged just a bit behind with 99.97%. Taking into consideration the fact that most hosting providers promise an uptime of 99.99%, it’s safe to say that these companies came pretty close to the ideal goal.

Customer Support

The last section we want to touch upon in our HostGator vs iPage comparison is customer support. Here we’re going to discuss all the various channels you can use to contact their support teams. We’re also going to briefly mention the documentation you can expect to find should you wish to try fixing the problem yourself.

If you don’t have a whole lot of experience, it’s usually better to get in touch with support and let them help you out. But if you know what you’re doing, you can likely make good use of the provided documentation and take care of most issues yourself.

HostGator and iPage both offer several channels that you can use to contact them, including phone, live chat, and via their respective ticket systems. The two companies also have extensive knowledge bases, tutorials, and share screen tools. HostGator has a bit more to offer in this department, though, as the company provides a lot of video tutorials as well as helpful forums. HostGator also has a toll-free number that you can use, but only if you’re based in the US.

Although you can generally rely on both HostGator and iPage to provide quality customer support, some of their channels are better than others. HostGator is known for its excellent phone and live chat support, but the team in charge of the ticket system can be very slow at times. Meanwhile, iPage is reliable over the phone and does an excellent job at getting back to you pretty quick when you submit a ticket. However, its live chat agents seem to be less knowledgeable than most.

HostGator vs iPage – Our Pick

iPage can go neck-in-neck against HostGator and many other providers in terms of performance, customer support, and the overall quality of its services. Unfortunately, the company can’t hold a candle to many of its competitors in terms of variety.

This becomes painfully obvious when looking at iPage’s shared hosting offer. Despite being one of the most popular types of hosting out there, the company doesn’t offer multiple tiers to choose from. Admittedly, iPage’s shared hosting plan is not bad, and it’s one of the cheapest ones on the market, but having a couple more options would have helped.

HostGator has the standard three packages for most of its hosting plans, though some could argue that some of the packages are pretty redundant. The company tends to offer pretty good starting prices, but the costs get significantly higher once you renew, which isn’t the case with iPage. You do get what you pay for, though. Shared hosting aside, HostGator offers more powerful servers than iPage with its VPS and dedicated plans while including similar key features.

All in all, you really can’t go wrong with any of these two company, but we have to go with HostGator as the overall better hosting provider. iPage is a very solid choice thanks to its consistent prices and an identical suite of features across all its plans. Ultimately, though, if you’re looking for a company that offers excellent products aimed at specific types of customers, you’re probably better off signing up with HostGator.

Bluehost vs. WordPress

If you have any sort of interest in hosting and website building chances are you already know a thing or two about Bluehost and WordPress. These two companies have been in business for many years and their services have been top-notch pretty much from the start. What’s interesting about Bluehost and WordPress is that there’s a bit of a friendly rivalry going on between these companies. On one hand, the two work great alongside each other. But on the other hand, they’re also competing for the same market, to some extent.

That may sound a bit confusing so let me elaborate a bit here. WordPress is best known for its CMS (Content Management System) that powers millions of websites around the world. What many people might not know, however, is that the company also dabbles a bit in web hosting. The hosting isn’t really a big part of WordPress’ business, but why? Is the hosting not very good or is it maybe too expensive?

In Depth Comparison of BlueHost vs WordPress

One of the goals of this article is to answer those very questions and what better way to do that than to compare WordPress to a reputable and very successful hosting provider like Bluehost? In doing so we can learn why WordPress’ hosting services aren’t more popular and see if the company can even come close to Bluehost in terms of price, features, customer support and all the other good stuff.

Update February 2020: Also, before you buy the preferred hosting for your website, make sure to click here to see the latest promotional offers that they offer in February 2020 (after clicking, the latest promotional discount of 65% will be self-applied at check-out). We will update this article as soon as the promotional offer changes or if they get a better one, but as of right now this is the best deal you can find.

1. Popularity Comparison of Bluehost vs. WordPress

Although I’m going to talk about the WordPress CMS every now and then, I want to emphasize that this is primarily a direct comparison between WordPress.com and Bluehost. WordPress.com is the branch of the company that handles web hosting while WordPress.org is in charge of the CMS. I think that’s an important distinction to make moving forward because we’re primarily interested in what WordPress.com has to offer.

As a CMS, WordPress is by far the most popular one around right now. However, the same cannot be said about its hosting services. The title of the world’s most popular hosting provider continues to be held by Bluehost in 2019 and it’s easy to see why.

Bluehost Popularity vs WordPress Popularity
Bluehost Popularity vs WordPress Popularity

Bluehost is so renowned as a great hosting provider that WordPress.org itself recommends using it over its own platform. Not only that but Bluehost is actually WordPress.org’s number 1 choice. Strangely enough, the company barely mentions its own hosting services on its .org website, which is likely one of the reasons why WordPress isn’t very popular as a hosting provider. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.

Bluehost is the WP #1 recommendation mostly because of their ease of use as they provide 1-click WordPress Install for FREE that will help you get your website up and running in less than 5 minutes; If you want to know more about this feature, check out this page (on there, you’ll learn how to get Bluehost cheap hosting + WordPress CMS + Free Domain + Free SSL + No Ads for $2.95 instead of getting the same thing at wordpress.com for $25).

Wordpress recommends Bluehost for hosting
WordPress recommends Bluehost for hosting

WordPress may be the world’s most well-known CMS but when it comes to web hosting, the company can’t even come close to Bluehost’s tremendous popularity.

2. Bluehost vs. WP: Ease of Use

Both Bluehost and WordPress are pretty easy to use and allow you to set up a new website in no time. If you sign up for a WordPress hosting plan you’re limited to using the company’s own CMS, which isn’t very surprising. What is a bit strange, however, is that the CMS included with the hosting is actually more restrictive compared to the regular CMS we all know and love. Also, it goes without saying that WordPress won’t let you build your website using a different CMS like Joomla or Magento.

Bluehost, on the other hand, is a lot more open and allows you to use any CMS you like. As mentioned before, the company works well and recommends WordPress(.org) but ultimately the choice is up to you. Bluehost simply provides hosting services and offers to help you set up your website, but you have the final say over where or how you want to go about doing that. Bluehost makes it very easy for beginners by offering “one-click WordPress install”, you can read more about this feature here – it basically helps you launch your website with one click, in less than 5 minutes.

We ran a poll on our Facebook group, Bluehost seems to be the #1 choice of the majority of our followers, and this happened even before Bluehost launched their current promo offering 65% discount; Right now MamboServer’s readers benefit of a special 65% discounted price for the first 12-36 months, to take advantage of this promotional offer click here and register, or keep on reading our comparison if you are not yet sure on what’s the best choice for you.

BlueHost vs WordPress Poll on Facebook
BlueHost vs WordPress Poll on Facebook

If you want to open up an online store, for example, you can’t rely on WordPress right out of the box because the platform doesn’t support eCommerce by default. In that case, you can either add support via plugins or just go with a different CMS like Magento, which is specifically designed for online stores. In other words, it’s always helpful to have full control over which CMS you want to use and, unfortunately, WordPress’ hosting plans won’t provide you with the same level of control as Bluehost.

3. Scalability

Most of the time you’ll want to go with the cheapest possible hosting plan when you’re launching a new website. Unless you’re very experienced in terms of traffic acquisition, chances are you’ll probably have few visitors during the first few months. Once your traffic reaches a certain threshold, you’ll need to upgrade to a better plan and periodically repeat this process as your website continues to grow.

Bluehsot Scalability compared to WordPress
2000 daily traffic on a website hosted on Bluehost Basic Plan ( $2.95/month)

Starting off with Bluehost will only set you back a few bucks per month if you go with the cheapest of the four available shared hosting plans. You don’t have to worry too much when it’s time to upgrade because the price difference between the various tiers is pretty small. You’ll only come across a slightly more significant price bump when you upgrade from the third to the final package. However, you should already start making some money by that point so the investment will be well worth it.

If you decide to sign up with WordPress there’s quite a price difference between the company’s four hosting plans. The first two tiers are actually pretty reasonably priced (and VERY limited), but there’s a significant cost increase when you upgrade to the third tier (the first tier  comes with decent limitations, but costs $25/month and offers the exact same features at this Bluehost plan which is 8 times cheaper). To make matters worse, the final tier is almost twice as expensive as the previous one so the scalability here is anything but smooth.

4. Pricing Comparison

I’ve already mentioned a couple of things about pricing in the previous section so let’s go ahead and talk a bit about the specifics. There’s a pretty big difference between Bluehost and WordPress in this department. WordPress may seem to start off cheaper but ends up a lot more expensive than Bluehost by the end.

When it comes to shared hosting, Bluehost offers four packages to choose from, with prices ranging between $2.95 and $13.95 per month. Bluehost has a very cheap entry point compared to most of the other big hosting providers and even its most expensive package is quite fairly priced. Two of the four packages – Plus and Choice Plus – actually have the same price for the first term so there’s no real reason not to go with Choice Plus right off the bat. Once the first term expires, Choice Plus will become more expensive but you can downgrade to the cheaper version afterward if you wish.

BlueHost Plans

Bluehost’s BASIC plan is enough for one website, but if you plan on having multiple sites, you should go with PLUS or PRIME. (Get their 65% discount HERE)

BasicPlusChoice PlusPro
Websites AllowedOneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
SSD Storage50 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Free SSLYesYesYesYes
Free DomainYesYesYesYes
BackupNoNoCodeGuard BasicCodeGuard Basic
Domain PrivacyNoNoYesYes
Spam PreventionNoSpam ExpertsSpam Experts2x Spam Experts
Pricing$2.95/mo$5.45/mo$5.45/mo$13.95/mo

If you want to start off with the WordPress hosting plan it’s worth noting that you’ll have access to very few features and your blog would also have non-removable ads to WordPress.com. We didn’t like these restrictions at all considering we have to pay $5 a month and still have no real control over the website.

In the table below you can easily see the 3 low-tier WordPress Plans compared to Bluehost Basic Hosting Plan.

WordPress Plans compared to Bluehost Basic Plan

Personal WordPressPremium WordPressBusiness WordPressBluehost Basic
Websites Allowed1111
Storage6 GB HDD13 GB HDD200 GB HDD50 GB HDD
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmeteredUnmetered
Free SSLNoNoNoYes
Free DomainNoYesYesYes
Install PluginsNoNoYesYes
Upload ThemeNoNoYesYes
Upload PluginsNoNoYesYes
Remove BrandingNoNoYesYes
Google AnalyticsNoNoYesYes
Pricing$5/mo$8/mo$25/mo$2.95/mo

Please note that the above prices are calculated with the on-going 65% discount from Bluehost; Once they’ll put an end to the promo, future customers will get higher prices.

Unfortunately, neither Bluehost nor WordPress give users the option of paying on a month-by-month basis for their shared hosting subscription. WordPress only works with annual billing cycles while Bluehost accepts annual, biannual and triannual payments. Paying for two or three years in advance grants you certain discounts so it helps to sign up for the long haul if possible.

Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth, storage and support for an unlimited number of websites with all of its shared hosting plans except for the cheapest one. With Basic, you only get 50 GB of storage and support for a single website. Despite the cheap price, I would recommend skipping Basic unless you’re a Blogger because you’ll get better value with the other three packages, especially Choice Plus during your first term.

WordPress doesn’t mention anything about the bandwidth and it seems like all its hosting plans are meant for a single website. Meanwhile, the storage space is pretty limited across the board, with the first three tiers only included 3 GB, 6 GB and 13 GB of storage, respectively. The final two tiers come with 200 GB worth of storage. As far as the other features are concerned, you’ll need to go at least with the $25 per month Business plan if you want to build a half-decent website because that’s when you unlock the ability to install custom plugins, upload themes, remove WordPress.com branding and make use of SEO tools and Google Analytics integration (things that Bluehost gives starting with their Basic $2.95/mo plan)

5. Which is better for SEO: WordPress or Bluehost?

If you want your website to get a good amount of traffic you’ll need to pay close attention to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Learning how to optimize your content for search engines can take a while if you’re trying to figure out everything by yourself because there are a lot of factors to consider. Luckily, a lot of hosting providers include SEO tools with their packages and there are also many plugins that can help you optimize your content.

If you’re looking to optimize your content with plugins like Yoast you’re better off signing up with Bluehost and building your website with the WordPress CMS. All these types of plugins are either completely free or have a free version so all you have to worry about is paying for your hosting plan. WordPress(.com) only allows Business and eCommerce users to add custom plugins to their site, which means you’ll need to pay at least $25 per month for the privilege. With Bluehost, you can do it even if you subscribe to the Basic $2.95 per month plan.

To read more about all the SEO features that Bluehost offers, check out this page; We’d like to provide you a link for WordPress.com SEO tools too but they offer almost nothing, and only for $25+/month plans.

WordpressBluehost
SEO ToolsNoYes
Google Analytics IntegrationNoYes
Install PluginsNoYes
Pricing$5/mo$2.95/mo

If you want to rely on the SEO tools offered by your hosting provider, you’re once again better off with Bluehost. The company offers basic SEO tools as an optional service that you can add to any hosting package for just $1.99 per month. By comparison with any other well-known host such as Bluehost or HostGator, WordPress only includes SEO tools with its Business and eCommerce plans, which cost $25 and $45 per month, respectively.

6. Additional Hosting Plans

If you’re serious about building a great website that attracts loads of visitors each month, you’ll eventually need to move away from shared hosting altogether. This type of hosting can definitely do the job when you’re just starting out but it’s simply not enough for websites that receive a lot of visitors. Once you’re ready to move to the next level, I wholeheartedly recommend Bluehost because they have a lot to offer for websites both small and big. WordPress, on the other hand, only offers shared hosting, which won’t be enough past a certain point.

WordPress Hosting

A lot of providers offer hosting plans for users who want to build their website on the WordPress CMS and Bluehost is no exception. In fact, the company has two different sets of plans specifically designed for WordPress enthusiasts. One of them is fairly similar to the shared hosting plans I covered earlier while the other is meant for advanced users. WordPress.com’s hosting plans would also fit in this section but I’ve already talked about them earlier so let’s just see what Bluehost has to offer.

First off, Bluehost offers three tiers of shared WordPress hosting – Basic, Plus, and Choice Plus. There’s no Pro plan here but aside from that, the packages are basically the same as the regular shared hosting plans in terms of price and most of the features. The only notable differences are that these plans come with $200 worth of marketing credit and that the Choice Plus package includes an automatic backup system.

Bluehost WordPress Hosting
Bluehost WordPress Hosting

Bluehost also offers three managed WordPress plans, with prices ranging between $19.95 and $49.95 per month. The prices of these plans are quite a bit higher but they include a lot of advanced features. A few of the highlights include daily scheduled backups, malware detection and removal, Jetpack Premium, business review tools, PayPal integration, priority customer support, and more. Some of these features are only included with the more expensive packages, however, you get very good value even with the cheapest plan.

BuildGrowScale
Get Started with:Everything in Build plus:Everything in Grow plus:
Jetpack Site Analytics (Basic)Jetpack Premium IncludedJetpack Pro Included
Marketing CenterBusiness Review ToolsUnlimited Backups and Restore
100+ Free WordPress ThemesBluehost SEO ToolsPayPal Integration
Daily Scheduled BackupsJetpack Ads IntegrationUnlimited Video Compression
Malware Detection and Removal10GB Video CompressionElastic Search
Domain Privacy ProtectionBlue Sky Ticket SupportBlue Sky Chat Support
1 Office 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days1 Office 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days1 Office 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days
$19.95/mo$29.95/mo$49.95/mo
Normally $29.99Normally $39.99Normally $59.99

Please note that the above prices are calculated with the on-going 65% Discount from Bluehost; Once they’ll put an end to the promo, future customers will get higher prices.

VPS Hosting

Shared hosting is great for beginners but you’ll eventually need to move on to a VPS (Virtual Private Server) in order to maintain the growth of your website. Once you’re ready to take that step, you can rely on Bluehost because the company has three VPS hosting plans you can choose from. The prices are a bit higher compared to its shared hosting plans and range between $18.99 and $59.99 per month. Unlike shared hosting, however, you can pay for your VPS on a monthly or yearly basis depending on what works best for you.

StandardEnhancedUltimate
CPU2 Cores2 Cores4 Cores
SSD Storage30 GB60 GB120 GB
RAM2 GB4GB8GB
Bandwidth1TB2TB3TB
Ips1 IP2 IP3 IP
Price$18.99$29.99$59.99

Please note that the above prices are calculated with the on-going 65% Discount from Bluehost; Once they’ll put an end to the promo, future customers will get higher prices.

All of the VPS machines you can purchase are pretty solid so you can definitely start off with the cheapest package if you’re just looking to test things out and see what this type of hosting is all about. As soon as you’re ready to upgrade, you can get access to machines with more CPU cores, SSD storage, RAM, bandwidth and dedicated IP addresses by subscribing to one of the more expensive VPS plans.

Dedicated Servers

If you reach a point where not even a VPS can handle all the traffic you’re getting, you’ll need to take things to the next level and buy a dedicated server. This will require a significant investment but a dedicated server is the ultimate hosting solution and can handle anything you throw at it. Bluehost offers three dedicated hosting plans to choose from – Standard, Enhanced, and Premium. The prices range from $79.99 up to $119.99 per month.

Regardless of which of the three machines you go for, you’ll have at least a quad-core @ 2.3 GHz CPU, 500 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, and 5 TB of bandwidth to work with. The specs will obviously be even better if you decide to buy one of the more expensive plans. In addition to access to a powerful machine, all dedicated hosting packages also include a number of very useful features. Some of the highlights include free domain names, SSL certificates, dedicated IPs, and more.

StandardEnhancedPremium
CPU4 cores @ 2.3 GHz4 cores @ 2.5 GHz4 cores @ 3.3 GHz
SSD Storage500GB (Mirrored) Storage1TB (Mirrored) Storage1TB (Mirrored) Storage
RAM4 GB RAM8 GB RAM16 GB RAM
Bandwidth5 TB Bandwidth10 TB Bandwidth15 TB Bandwidth
Ips3 IP Addresses4 IP Addresses5 IP Addresses
Price$79.99$99.99$119.99

7. Key Features

I’ve already mentioned some of the features you can expect from Bluehost and WordPress but let’s delve a bit deeper into this topic. Bluehost is known for including a lot of great features with all of its packages but can WordPress claim the same? The usefulness of some of the features listed below will likely vary from person to person but I think all of them are important and should be taken into consideration before you decide to sign up with any hosting provider.

Domain Registration

You can get a free domain name of your choice for 1 year by signing up to any of Bluehost’s hosting plans. You can also register a new domain with the company without having to purchase a hosting plan and it will only cost you $12 for the first year. Once your first term expires, you can renew your domain for $18 per year.

Bluehost Domain Registration
Bluehost Domain Registration

WordPress doesn’t allow domain registrations unless you sign up for one of their hosting plans. If you do, you get a free domain for 1 year that then renews for $18 per year, so same as Bluehost.

Website Builder

WordPress has one of the best builders around that allows you to create anything ranging from a simple blog to a highly complex and professional looking website. Unfortunately, WordPress’ hosting plans won’t give you access to the standard CMS that you can customize to your liking right off the bat. Instead, the modified CMS has a number of limitations in place, some of which you can only unlock if you’re willing to pay for one of the more expensive hosting packages.

WordpressBluehost
CMSLimited version of WordPressAny CMS including full WordPress
Themesyou can’t installYou can install themes
PluginsCan’t installYou can install plugins
Pricing$5/mo$2.95/mo

Please note that the above prices are calculated with the on-going 65% Discount from BlueHost;

Bluehost, on the other hand, does give you access to the regular WordPress CMS and doesn’t impose any restrictions, so you can use it as you see fit. In addition, the company also offers integration with a different website builder known as Weebly. Weebly is a pretty decent builder but the problem is that you only get the basic version of it for free so you’ll need to fork out a few bucks if you want access to all its features. We’ve gone into details on the website building capabilities of the former in our Bluehost vs. Squarespace comparison.Personally, I would recommend just sticking with the WordPress CMS instead because it’s free and offers a much higher level of customization.

Databases

Bluehost allows you to create MySQL databases as large as 2 GB in size and you can have as many of them as you’d like, within reason of course. You can easily create more databases or delete existing ones from the cPanel. WordPress doesn’t include any sort of support for MySQL databases so once again, Bluehost is the only viable option here.

Bluehost Database Panel
Bluehost Database Panel

Domain Emails

You can get @domain emails by subscribing to any hosting plan offered by WordPress. The first two paid tiers only include 5 emails per domain while the other two allow you to create up to 100 emails for each of your domains. There is no option to get unlimited emails but at least you don’t have to pay extra for the ones you do get.

Bluehost Domain Email Login
Bluehost Domain Email Login

The situation is a bit different in the case of Bluehost. The company doesn’t limit the number of domain emails you can create but you won’t be able to get them for free. Or at least not for very long. Bluehost includes a free 1-month trial to the Microsoft Office 365 suite, which among other things, will allow you to create business email for your domains. Once the trial is over, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee to continue using the Office 365 mailbox.

Backups

WordPress doesn’t offer an automatic backup system so you’ll need to back up your files using other methods. If you sign up for one of the more expensive hosting plans (starting at $25 per month in WordPress.com’s case) you will unlock the ability to install custom plugins to your site, so you can create backups using one of those. Alternatively, you can copy and save your files locally using an FTP client like Filezilla. Keep in mind, though, that this process can take a very long time depending on the amount of content found on the site.

Bluehost Backup Dashboard
Bluehost Backup Dashboard

Bluehost does offer an automatic backup system along with daily scheduled backups, albeit these are only included for free with certain hosting plans. However, you can add a backup system to the packages that don’t already include it for just $3 a month, which is a small price to pay for keeping your files safe. That, or you can simply back up your files via FTP as mentioned earlier.

eCommerce

If you sign up with Bluehost and want to open an online store, you have a couple of different options at your disposal. If you use WordPress as your CMS you can set up shop pretty easily by installing a plugin like WooCommerce and figuring things out from there. Alternatively, you could sign up for one of Bluehost’s eCommerce packages, which allow you to create an online store for your website in no time. Each package comes with a WooCommerce auto-installer and configuration tool along with a number of other useful features.

WordPress provides eCommerce integration but only with its most expensive hosting plan. In return, you get access to everything from site monetization and SEO tools to premium storefront themes and integrations with top shipping carriers. The features you get by signing up for this plan are certainly not bad but paying $45 a month is a bit steep if you ask me. By comparison, Bluehost only charges $12.95 for its most expensive eCommerce package.

Money-Back Guarantee

Bluehost and WordPress are pretty even in this department. According to their refund policy, each company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all their hosting packages.

 

Bluehost Money-Back Guarantee Policy
Bluehost Money-Back Guarantee Policy

8. Performance and Reliability

When you’re visiting a website the last thing you want is to have to wait a long time for a page to load or even worse, not load at all because the site is down. Back in the day, these kinds of issues were pretty common but in 2019 they are seen as unacceptable by most people. That’s why it’s vital to make sure that your site is running smoothly at all times and suffering as little downtime as possible.

There’s are a few things you can do to improve the performance and reliability of your website but ultimately it’s up to the provider to handle the technical side of things. So how do Bluehost and WordPress fair in this department? The short answer is that Bluehost has the edge but overall they both perform well.

Speed

Bluehost is one of the fastest providers around, with an average page loading speed of just 406 ms (we got this amazing speed when we bought this plan from Bluehost and run the tests on 3rd part tools). That’s a very impressive figure that very few other companies can ever hope to achieve. Despite some fluctuations here and there, Bluehost’s average loading speeds have remained pretty consistent throughout 2019 so far and we’re likely to see this trend continue until the end of the year and beyond.

Bluehost Speed Compared to WP
Bluehost Speed Compared to WP

WordPress hasn’t been performing too shabby in the speed department either in 2019. The company’s page loadings speeds this year sit at around 954 ms on average. That’s slower than Bluehost (more than 2x slower) but still a very respectable result. That said, we have seen more fluctuations with WordPress-hosted websites so that’s something to keep in mind as well.

Uptime

WordPress may not be the fastest provider around but there’s not much to complain about when it comes to its reliability. The company doesn’t make any sort of uptime guarantees but it probably should because the average uptime sits at around 99.99%.

Bluehost, on the other hand, does promise to offer a 99.99% uptime guarantee and also manages to deliver on that promise (as mentioned above we are testing these metrics ourselves, for the past 3 months: July, August and September 2019 we got 100% uptime and a constant load time of around 0.4-0.5 seconds; We used this Basic Plan from Bluehost to run the tests). In other words, the two companies are pretty even when it comes to uptime so you can’t go wrong with any of them if you’re worried about reliability.

Bluehost-uptime-vs-WordPress
Bluehost uptime vs WP

Bluehost and WordPress both offer great uptime but Bluehost is just a bit better when it comes to page loading speed.

9. Customer Support

Customer support should never be neglected because you never know when you might need help with your website. Depending on your experience level, you might be able to fix certain problems by yourself, however, even veteran webmasters require technical assistance every once in a while. If and when that happens, you’ll be glad to have professional and responsive support agents ready to help at a moment’s notice. Luckily, both Bluehost and WordPress are pretty good when it comes to customer support.

Bluehost support
Bluehost Support

That said, Bluehost is a bit better in this department as its support agents are well known for being very knowledgeable and fast with their replies, we had a great experience with their support when we tested it for our Bluehost review. You can contact them 24/7 via live chat or phone. The company has two phone numbers customers can use, one of which is toll-free. WordPress doesn’t have a phone number you can reach them at but you can get 24/7 customer support via live chat and email, but this lack of support is the main reason why WordPress.com did not manage to be on our Bluehost alternatives list.

Major Differences

Bluehost is a reputable stand-alone host, while WordPress is well known for it’s CMS. WordPress, on the other hand, makes you pay extra if you want your own domain. Bluehost also offers a free domain so we can only recommend WordPress.org as CMS and not hosting. Bluehost has a starting price of $2.95 compared to WordPress.com’s “Personal” plan at $5. On Bluehost, you can also use the WordPress CMS and you have a LOT more features to choose from.

Bluehost vs. WordPress: A Clear Winner

Although WordPress offers the best CMS out there right now, it’s hard to recommend the company to anyone who is looking for a good hosting provider. At least not in its current state. WordPress is more expensive than many other companies, including Bluehost, and doesn’t offer too much in return for your money. You’re generally better off signing up with a different provider and building your website on the WordPress CMS than using the company’s own hosting services.

The one redeeming quality of WordPress is that it allows you to set up a blog for free. There are plenty of caveats to the free hosting plan but it is a good option for those who can’t or don’t want to spend money on their first website. If you’re serious about building a website, however, I recommend you stay clear of WordPress and go with Bluehost instead.

Bluehost has a lot more to offer in every department and its prices are some of the most affordable on the market when you stop to consider just how much you get in return. Just to put things into perspective, you get more value out of Bluehost’s $2.95 per month Basic shared hosting plan than you get from WordPress’ $8 per month Premium plan. That sort of value pretty much speaks for itself.

HostGator vs DreamHost – In-depth Comparsion of Two Veteran Hosts

Choosing between HostGator or Dreamhost is not an easy feat. Nonetheless, picking the right hosting provider is essential regardless of whether you’re thinking about launching your very first blog or are already laying down the foundation of a significant business venture. A good hosting provider can ensure that your website runs smoothly at all times and can sometimes even offer useful tools and features that will make your life easier. But how do you choose the best provider given the sheer number of exceptional options available nowadays? Well, a good idea is to start by looking into some of the most well-known and popular hosting providers around such as HostGator and DreamHost.

Dreamhost and Hostgator have been around for a very long time and are both known to offer excellent services. As with most things, however, one of these providers is better than the other in certain areas, and today we’re going to try to find out which one is the overall best. In an attempt to make a clear distinction between the two, we’re going to take an in-depth look at what HostGator and DreamHost have to offer in terms of hosting plans and key features as well as how their performance and customer support stack up against each other. With that out of the way, let’s start by looking at the hosting plans offered by these two providers, as this is one of the first aspects you’ll need to take into consideration.

Hosting Plans and Pricing

Like most hosting providers out there, HostGator and DreamHost claim to offer absurdly low prices for their shared hosting services, which will only set you back $2-3 per month at the cheapest tier. However, it’s worth noting that these types of deals are only available to those who pay for several months or even years in advance. In the case of HostGator, for example, you’d need to pay three years in advance to benefit from the 60% discount on any of its shared hosting plans. To get a better idea about the real potential costs, we’re only going to talk about the monthly base prices in this article.

Shared Hosting

HostGator offers three shared plans as covered in our comprehensive HostGator review. Each just a little bit better than the previous tier. All plans include one-click installs, unmetered bandwidth and storage, free email addresses, and a free SSL certificate. For a little bit extra per month or year (depending on the service), customers can also add optional additional services like @domain email addresses, SiteLock monitoring, site backups, and SEO tools.

  • Hatchling: The Hatchling plan comes with a base cost of $10.95 per month and includes support for a single domain.
  • Baby: The Baby plan is just a bit more expensive at $11.95 per month but offers support for an unlimited number of domains in return. Aside from that, the first two plans are identical.
  • Business: The Business plan is the most expensive option and will set you back $16.95 per month. Noteworthy features here include a dedicated IP address, free SEO tools, and a free upgrade to Positive SSL, which is a slightly more reliable certificate that also provides a TrustLogo site seal which can be displayed on your website.

DreamHost only offers two shared hosting plans, both of which are primarily aimed at beginner and intermediate websites as there is no business plan here. The lack of premium plans instantly makes it and other hosting services ineffective HostGator alternatives in the eyes of experienced website developers who are getting massive traction. Both plans come with WordPress pre-installed, unlimited traffic, SSD storage, and a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. The company also offers a free domain name but only to those who subscribe to one of the annual hosting plans.

  • Shared Starter: DreamHost’s basic plan comes with a base cost of $4.95 per month and includes support for a single domain. For an additional $1.67 per month, customers can add @domain email addresses to this plan.
  • Shared Unlimited: The most advanced plan will set you back $10.95 per month and comes with support for an unlimited number of websites. This plan also includes @domain email addresses for free but is otherwise identical to the Starter option.

VPS Hosting

HostGator offers three VPS hosting plans, all of which are fairly expensive compared to other providers. However, when you pit HostGator against Inmotion’s plans, you’ll still find them much cheaper. The company also used to offer two affordable options, but they were removed not too long ago. All three plans include two dedicated IP addresses, unlimited emails, optional cPanel, and weekly off-site backups. HostGator’s three VPS hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $89.05 Snappy 2000: 2 GB RAM + 2 CPU cores + 120 GB disk space + 1.5 TB bandwidth
  • $129.95 Snappy 4000: 4 GB RAM + 2 CPU cores + 165 GB disk space + 2 TB bandwidth
  • $159.95 Snappy 8000: 8 GB RAM + 4 CPU cores + 240 GB disk space + 3 TB bandwidth

DreamHost offers four VPS hosting plans ranging in price from affordable to fairly expensive. All plans come with a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth, unlimited @domain email addresses and can support any number of websites. DreamHost’s four VPS hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $15 Basic: 1 GB RAM + 30 GB SSD Storage
  • $30 Business: 2 GB RAM + 60 GB SSD Storage
  • $60 Professional: 4 GB RAM + 120 SSD Storage
  • $120.00 Enterprise: 8 GB RAM + 240 GB Storage

WordPress Hosting

HostGator offers three hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites. All plans include a free SSL certificate, unlimited @domain email addresses, unmetered storage, daily automatic backups, and SiteLock monitoring. The company says it can support between 1 and 3 websites on its WordPress hosting main page; however, customers can choose additional options during checkout that can grant them support for up to 20 sites for an extra fee. The three main WordPress hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $14.95 Starter: 1 website + 1GB backups + support for up to 100K monthly visitors
  • $20.95 Standard: 2 websites + 2GB backups + support for up to 200K monthly visitors
  • $27.95 Business: 3 websites + 3GB backups + support for up to 500K monthly visitors

DreamHost offers three hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress websites. All plans include a free SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth, daily automatic backups, and a free domain name for those who subscribe to one of the annual plans. DreamHost’s WordPress hosting plans can only support a single website and don’t offer unlimited storage space; however, the company uses SSD drives to store your data. The cheapest plan available includes the free version of JetPack while the other two come with JetPack Professional pre-installed. The most expensive plan also includes something called DreamCare, which is essentially advanced technical support for priority customers.

  • $19.95 DreamPress: 30 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 100K monthly visitors
  • $29.95 DreamPress Plus: 60 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 300X monthly visitors
  • $79.95 DreamPress Pro: 120 GB SSD Storage + support for up to 1 million monthly visitors

Dedicated Servers

HostGator offers three fixed dedicated hosting plans with a bit of wiggle room when it comes to customization. Namely, you can choose whether you want your server to be semi-managed or fully managed by HostGator, the second option adding an extra $10 to your monthly bill. Customers can choose which operating system they want their server to run on, and if you opt for the mid-tier plan, you can also pick between HDD and SSD storage. All plans include unmetered bandwidth, three dedicated IPs, and unlimited databases. HostGator’s three dedicated hosting plans are priced as follows:

  • $179 ($189 Managed) Value: 4 core/ 8 thread + 8 GB RAM + 1 TB HDD
  • $239 ($249 Managed) Power: 8 core/ 16 thread + 16 GB RAM + 2 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD
  • $279 ($289 Managed) Enterprise: 8 core/ 16 thread + 30 GB RAM + 1 TB SSD

DreamHost offers a single dedicated hosting plan but the company allows you to create a custom configuration for your server. This includes choosing between HDD and SSD storage, adding anywhere between 4 and 64 GB of RAM, and between 4 and 12 CPU cores. Prices start at $169 per month and can reach as much as $399 for the most powerful machines. This system gives customers a l