5 Best Drupal Hosting Providers
Drupal is the content management system behind numerous prestigious and high traffic websites like WhiteHouse. While it can be run on almost any hosting, it can also benefit from a properly set up VPS. Drupal powers about 5% of the websites on the internet, and its development started in the early 2000s at the University of Antwerp. Since then, it has made a name for itself for being a truly universal, highly modular and highly secure CMS.
While the learning curve of Drupal is steeper compared to the learning curve of other CMSs, choosing a VPS hosting for a Drupal portal is certainly easier than to master it. There are a few key aspects to look for in a good VPS provider for Drupal.
How to choose a VPS hosting provider for Drupal?
Finding the best VPS for your needs depends on many factors, like which country or continent is your site accessed from most often, or if you prefer a more environmentally responsible hosting company, and whether or not you need to be PCI-DSS compliant because you want to process e-commerce transactions. Besides money matters, there could be many more aspects to consider when choosing a VPS provider.
You’ll undoubtedly come across cheaper VPS providers in your search for the best Drupal hosting provider, but in the long run, it can cost you more if you are constantly experiencing server downtimes or very slow and poor network connectivity. If you are migrating from an existing VPS provider or from a shared hosting, we are pretty sure that you would not like to do it time and time again in the course of a couple of weeks; this is why we selected the 5 best VPS hosting for Drupal that you simply cannot go wrong with.
When picking a VPS for your Drupal website, one other important factor to bear in mind is the storage solution used on the Hypervisor (the physical machine in which the VPSs are running). There is a huge difference between SSD based and HDD based storage. However, if you happen to have hundreds of GB of images or other static files, it might make more sense to pick one with HDD based storage as it might be more economically feasible.
In this article, we will introduce you to the best VPS providers for hosting a Drupal based website, in order to help you pick one from the best in the business.
GreenGeeks have made a name for themselves because they a green and eco-friendly hosting company, based in California, USA, and they have been providing hosting services for more than a decade. They are a top tier hosting provider with very competitive prices. They provision VPSs in the United States, so if your target audience is based in the USA, they are a good choice. GreenGeeks has 5 types of VPS packages, all of them ship with SSD RAID-10 Storage, 4 CPU cores, a proprietary VPS management interface, nightly backups and cPanel/WHM pre-installed. If you are migrating from a competitor, they provide a free migration service, which can come in pretty handy considering that afterwards you can control your databases, emails, websites, etc. from the cPanel control panel. The price of a VPS varies from $39.95/month for 1GB RAM, 25 GB SSD storage and 1000GB of traffic to $159.95/month for 8GB of RAM, 125GB SSD storage and 3,000 GB traffic included. They also offer packages with 2, 3 and 4 GB of ram, 50, 75, and 100 GB of storage with 1500, 2000 and 2500 GB of traffic included. GreenGeeks is a great VPS provider for Drupal because all of their VPSs have 4 CPU cores included, which is important for faster page generation time, and their SSD based storage boosts MySQL query times for that extra juice.
InMotion, a company that has been in the hosting business for more than 15 years, is a great choice for Drupal websites especially for webshops, Ubercart or any other. They offer two IPv4 IP addresses, which means that you can host multiple SSL/HTTPS enabled web shops. They too have an SSD based storage solution, free cPanel install, free snapshot based backups and an impressive 90-day money-back guarantee. They offer three VPS types, 1000HA-S with 4GB of RAM, 60GB SSD storage and 2TB of traffic. The 1000HA-S’s promotion price is currently at $29.99 per month. Their advertised best value option is the 2000HA-S which has a promotional price of $49.99 per month and includes 6GB of RAM,130 GB Storage, and 3TB of traffic. At InMotion, the most powerful VPS option is the 3000HA-S with 8 GB of RAM 200GB storage and 3TB of traffic and costs $74.99 per month, this too is a promotional price.
InMotion is one of the few VPS providers who offer 2 IPv4 addresses out of the box, so you don’t need to beg for an extra one in case you need it. This fact and the snapshot based backup makes it ideal for hosting multiple Ubercart based webshops or any Drupal website for that matter.
BlueHost’s VPS line consists of 4 VPS packages. Every VPS comes with an included domain name. Except their entry level VPS, the “standard”, all other plans come with two IPv4 addresses. The “standard” VPS has 2 CPU cores, 2GB of RAM, 30GB SAN (Storage Area Network) based storage and 1TB of bandwidth, the current discounted price is $14.99 per month. Their most popular VPS type is the “enhanced” which costs $29.99 per month and comes with 2 IPv4 addresses, 2 CPU cores, 4GB RAM, 60GB of SAN storage and 2TB traffic. Their next VPS configuration, the “premium” has 4 CPU cores, 6GB RAM, 120GB SAN storage, and includes 4TB of traffic. The discounted price for the “premium” VPS is currently at $59.99 per month. The best that BlueHost can offer is their “ultimate” VPS package with 4 CPU cores, 8GB of RAM, 240 GB SAN storage and a whooping 4TB traffic, and it is offered for $59.99 per month. While in the past SAN based storages where a bit slow, today’s SAN solutions are much much faster. BlueHost’s VPSs are ideal for almost any Drupal based website, because any Drupal based website can benefit from a multi-core CPU. The fact that most of their plans include 2 IPv4 address can be useful for an eCommerce website. They include a lot of features which bought separately can add up to quite a hefty price tag, for example, the advanced spam protection (Postini), domain whois privacy, and cPanel.
HostGator have been in the hosting business since 2002, and for good reason as they have always had very competitive prices. HostGator is mostly known for their shared hosting but they also offer VPS hosting in 3 configurations: Snappy 2000, 4000, and 8000. Every VPS comes with 2 dedicated IPv4 addresses. The product name reflects the RAM amount, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB.
HostGator differentiates between managed and semi-managed VPS hosting. Managed VPS has cPanel included but it costs more than the semi-managed ones. The monthly prices are calculated if you subscribe for a 36-month period. The Snappy 2000 comes with 2 CPU cores, 120GB of storage and 1.5TB of traffic. It costs $29.95 managed and $19.95 semi-managed. The next VPS option is the Snappy 4000 with 2 CPU cores, 165 GB of storage and 2TB of traffic included. The Snappy 4000 costs $39.95 managed and $29.95 semi-managed. HostGator’s top VPS is the Snappy 8000, which is the only quad core VPS in the line, with 8GB of RAM, 240GB of storage and 3TB of traffic to keep those AMD Opteron 6000 cores occupied.
HostGator needs a longer commitment time than other great Drupal VPS hostings, but it certainly pays off in the long term. If you are planning to host your Drupal based system in a stable and performant data-center for a longer period of time, then HostGator is an excellent choice.
ASmallOrange certainly has the strangest name we’ve ever come across on the web hosting market, but don’t get caught up on the name, because they are among the top tier hosting providers with a long-standing history that reaches back to 2003. ASO have managed to enter the market thanks to their pocket-friendly hosting plans that appeal to individual users and companies alike.
ASO’s cloud VPS servers are a good match for your Drupal website especially if you want to have the option to seamlessly scale your hosting resources whenever your needs change. All their VPS plans include full root access, enterprise quality hardware (dual Intel Xeon Hex (6) Core processors at 2.5Ghz w/HyperThreading enabled), best-in-line datacenters (based in Detroit and Dallas), expert support, free backups, automatic failover protection, free migration assistance, network safeguarding, state-of-the-art firewalls, free cPanel, hassle-free cancellation, and Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization.
At ASO, you can choose from 8 VPS plans, whose prices range from $20/month to $150/month. You can choose the storage (30GB to 250GB), RAM (1024 MB to 10240 MB), and bandwidth (500GB to 5TB). To sweeten the deal, ASO throws in 2 months free hosting and a free domain on all annual plans.
If your Drupal website is going to go through fast expansions, you can rest assured that ASO’s flexible plans will keep up the pace.
If your Drupal website is still in its very early stages and you don’t need to handle credit card payment transactions, you can check out these hosting providers’ other hosting plans as well. Choose the provider that best meets your current demands and that allows you to easily upgrade your hosting resources as your needs evolve.