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Hello, World! 16 Years Ago Today, LowEndBox Was Born! Plus the Fate of VPSLink

LowEndBox LogoWelcome to LowEndBox.com, a place to discuss running very low end virtual private servers. I will be listing VPS plans that I found on the web that cost less than USD$7 per month, and how to run various services on them.

So wrote LEAdmin, the founder of LowEndBox, on February 1, 2008.

The first comment:

Nice site! But why $7? I’d suggest to increase $7 to $15, so more good vps can be included.

And LEAdmin replied:

increasing the threshold to $15 would mean that *a lot* of VPS providers will get included, and many are offering 256MB+ memory for that amount per month, i.e. no where near “low end” in the VPS market.

$7 is also comparable to shared hosting, make it a great alternative to your typical shared hosts.

So what were offers like back then?  Let’s look at the first half dozen:

  • VT6 Internet: LEB’s very first offer.  64MB of RAM for $7/month
  • ServerWays: 100MB RAM, with a 100Mhz limit on CPU for $4.90/month
  • echoServers: 64MB VPS, but no price given
  • Mini VDS who apparently later became joinvps.com: 64MB for $5.99/month
  • DataRealm: 64MB for $5/month
  • VPSLink: 64MB for $6.62/month…but only a 12-month prepay

VPSLink was used as an example a year later on the famous article Yes, You Can Run 18 Static Sites on a 64MB Link-1 VPS.

The amazing thing about VPSLink was that until very recently, they were still selling VPSes for that same 2008 price!  Check out their web site from 2022.

In early 2023, they evidently sold out to web.com, as today the site says “vpslink is partnering with Web.com”.







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