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How to Save Money on a Cheap VPS System, by ChatGPT

ChatGPT LogoHey ChatGPT, “write a blog post about how to save money on cheap vps systems”

Saving money on a VPS (Virtual Private Server) system can be a great way to reduce your hosting costs without sacrificing the reliability and flexibility of a dedicated server. There are several ways to save money on a VPS, including:

  • Shop around and compare prices. Not all VPS providers offer the same features and pricing, so it’s important to do your research and compare prices from different providers. Some providers may offer discounts or promotions, so be sure to ask about any available deals.
  • Choose the right plan for your needs. Many VPS providers offer a range of plans with different features and pricing, so it’s important to choose the plan that best fits your needs. For example, if you only need a small amount of storage and bandwidth, a lower-priced plan may be suitable.
  • Use coupons and promo codes. Some VPS providers offer coupons and promo codes that can save you money on your hosting costs. Be sure to check for any available coupons or promo codes before purchasing your VPS plan.
  • Take advantage of free trials and money-back guarantees. Many VPS providers offer free trials or money-back guarantees, which can be a great way to test out their service without committing to a long-term contract. This can also be a good opportunity to save money if you decide that the VPS provider is not right for you.
  • Consider using a reseller or managed VPS. If you’re not comfortable managing your own VPS, you can save money by using a reseller or managed VPS plan. These plans are often cheaper than a traditional VPS, as the provider takes care of the setup and management of your server.

Overall, saving money on a VPS system can be a great way to reduce your hosting costs without sacrificing the reliability and flexibility of a dedicated server. By shopping around, choosing the right plan, and taking advantage of coupons, free trials, and managed VPS plans, you can find a VPS solution that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Not bad, as far as English.

But it’s useless or incorrect advice.  In order:

  • If you are such a babe in the woods that you need to be told to shop around, you need more than an article – probably someone to manage your affairs.
  • Well, duh: buy what you need and don’t buy what you don’t need.
  • If you’re buying something and see a place to enter a promo code at checkout, don’t you automatically google for one?
  • Free trials are actually relatively limited in the VPS world because of the risks of abuse, but the advice on money back guarantees may be good.  How easy it is to truly get your money back and on what terms is totally provider-dependent.
  • This bullet point is complete nonsense.  There’s no reason to use a reseller VPS (you’re just adding their profit and overhead to your price), and using a managed VPS plan does not save money.

The issue of ChatGPT producing very reasonable-sounded answers that were completely incorrect lead StackOverflow to ban output from the tool on its site.  As their post puts it, “The primary problem is that while the answers which ChatGPT produces have a high rate of being incorrect, they typically look like they might be good and the answers are very easy to produce.”



  1. Eddie:

    Sounds like the average newbie politician: neutral to the point of irrelevancy. The thing is, it’s good enough from a grammatical standpoint that it’s hard to fault in it. It basically says nothing new. It strings together stuff that isn’t particularly wrong most of the time, but it isn’t useful either.

    However, I can see why Stack Overflow is banning it. All the “close enough” leeway it gets for English goes out the window when it comes to code it generates. Stuff that looks right but is subtly incorrect can be outright dangerous in a code base.

    December 7, 2022 @ 6:33 pm | Reply
  2. Free trials aren’t too uncommon at the larger providers, for example Vultr and DigitalOcean often have deals where you can get some amount of credit that’s valid for at least several months. Whether one would consider them “low end” or not is another question altogether :)

    December 7, 2022 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

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