Before getting slammed for selling out, I have to declare that:
- This site (LowEndBox.com) is currently hosted on a VPSLink VPS, along with my XMPP servers + a few Jabber bots. A Link3 running Ubuntu 8.10 to be specific, i.e. no where near “low end”.
- I have been a VPSLink customer since June 2006, i.e. a long long time ago.
Anyway. VPSLink is currently having February Sale that saves up to 25% off from selected VPS plans. You can see the savings from their VPS hosting plans table, and you are getting further discount if you prepay (up to 12 months).
However, the discount does not apply to their Link1 plan with 64MB memory and 100GB/month data, which is probably the only one that interests the readers here (if scaling up is not a concern). Still, you need to prepay 12 months to bring the price down below $7/month.
Here is a tip though on how to get 10% life-time discount on VPSLink plans, including the on-sale items and the Link1 plan (which means ~$5.97/month for 12 months prepaid) — by signing up with a referral code. Not only I get some credit to pay my own hosting fee, anyone who signed up with the VPSLink referral code also gets 10% off life-time discount.
So, here is a clearly marked affiliation link — do not click on it if you don’t want me to get referral rewards nor 10% off discount :)
Why VPSLink, when there seems be a lot more low end VPS providers who can give more for less? With my sales cap on, here are some reasons that I can come up with:
Long established brand. VPSLink/Spry.com are not run by high school students trying to scam some cash during the winter break (which seem to be more and more common amongst low end VPS providers).
They run their own hardware in their own data center in Seattle WA.
They have competent admins — they are one of the fist few who provided OpenVZ hosting with their own control panel.
They don’t oversell. I have my Link3 for 2.5 year. It does not have
/proc/meminfovirtualized, and when I run
# free total used free shared buffers cached Mem: 8163492 8075808 87684 0 714216 4762680 -/+ buffers/cache: 2598912 5564580 Swap: 16779884 992 16778892
It shows how empty this C2Quad Q6600 box is…