I just signed up for VPS hosting with Liquid Web and wow, what a difference. I had this site on a shared hosting plan but wasn’t happy with its performance.
One of the main drawbacks to shared hosting is site performance. When I had this site on shared hosting, there were times when my pages took several seconds to load! It wasn’t uncommon to wait 6-10 seconds before any page was rendered. That’s an important factor when you realize that if a page takes longer than 3 seconds to load, you’ve probably lost your visitor.
When I moved this site over to this server I was shocked to see how quickly pages loaded. Using Pingdom Tools, I found that this site loaded in 760ms! When I added a caching plugin I was able to get that time down to 380ms! Quite the difference over the shared hosting service I was on before!
What about support?
Liquid Web boasts its “Heroic Support” and they aren’t kidding! On the few times that I have needed help, mostly because VPS hosting is new to me, they have been more than happy to guide me through any questions that I’ve had.
The main thing with support is; if the service works well, you’ll never have to contact support. To date I’ve only had to contact them for guidance because their service works! For the few times I’ve had to call for support there was no wait time at all. Their on-line chat is always quick to respond and capable of solving any problem and there’s no issues with follow-up at all.
But it costs more…
Not really when you compare their VPS hosting to other providers. I looked long and hard before I finally decided on Liquid Web. Many companies offer their base packages at less than what Liquid Web offers but you have to compare closely.
Most VPS providers offer packages that start at a little more than half the cost of Liquid Web’s, but you end up with a fraction of the disk space and bandwidth. When comparing “apples to apples” with one of the larger bulk hosting providers, the closest package actually costs you more. Consider these important factors when comparing packages:
- Bandwidth – With the base VPS package offer you get 2 TB of bandwidth! Most others only offer a few hundred GB.
- 75GB Disk Space as compared to the 20GB most others offer.
- You get 1 dedicated IP and additional IP’s are available for only $1.00 ea which is less than most others.
I’m extremely happy with the service and support provided by Liquid Web. My site has never performed better! I’m looking forward to some free time that will allow me to move my other web sites over to my VPS account so that they can perform as well. Would I recommend Liquid Web? You Bet!