Vultr Cloud Hosting Overview 2024 (Pros And Cons Compared)

If you would like to find out why more developers and website owners are choosing Vultr Cloud Hosting, you can read this review.
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Vultr is a cloud hosting provider with worldwide data centers and is an IDEAL rival to DigitalOcean, Linode, Google Cloud, Hetzner, etc. At budget-friendly prices, Vultr high-frequency servers outperform the rest.

I prefer Vultr, DO, and Akamai (Linode) for cloud VPS hosting. They’re all affordable and competitive in the industry. Especially on high-frequency servers, VULTR has fast TTFB, so I choose them over the other two.

Vultr and Linode are fantastic cloud computing services with geeky vibes. My interest in Linode waned after Akamai bought it. Still, Linode is a good choice.

I haven’t personally experienced this; however, some people complain about a bit of downtime and packets occasionally decreasing with Vultr.

Overview:

Data CentersGlobally, 32
ProductsCloud Compute, GPU, Bare Metal, VPN, Database Hosting, Block Storage, and Object Storage
Supported control panelsCpanel, Plesk, SPanel, RunCloud, GridPane, SpinupWP, CloudPages, CloudPanel, ServerAvatar, etc.
Operating SystemsLinux, FreeBSD, Ubuntu, Windows, Flatcar, etc.
AppsLiteSpeed, WordPress, CyberPanel, cPanel (paid), Docker, Jamulus, LEMP, Joomla, Drupal, Gitlab, etc.
PaymentsCredit/debit cards, PayPal, Alipay, Wire, and Bitcoin
SupportTickets and Documents
AddonsAutomated backups, DDOS, IPv4, Bitnami
PricingStarting at $2.50 per month

Their control panel lets users manage extra storage, like block and object storage. You can add more storage to the server with block storage and store files remotely with the OS. So, let’s get into this VULTR cloud hosting review.

1. Products and Pricing

VULTR is more than just a web host because it offers different web services, such as object/block storage, load balancers, HPC, GPUs, PostgreSQL, VPNs, Bare Metal, and more. Comparatively, the prices are average; it’s cheaper than AWS and Google Cloud. (same price as DigitalOcean and Linode).

Vultr Hosting Products

Regular Performance Hosting

This option is a good choice for static websites looking for average speed. It uses Intel CPUs from older generations and regular solid-state drives (SSDs).

CPURAMBandwidthStorageMonthly fee
11 GB1 TB25 GB$5
12 GB2 TB55 GB$10
22 GB3 TB65 GB$15
24 GB3 TB80 GB$20
48 GB4 TB160 GB$40

You can even get servers with 24 CPUs and 96 GB of RAM. SSD hosting is a viable option, but I would not recommend it for most websites since my speed test was lower than expected.

I don’t see the point in using regular SSD hosting because high-frequency servers are only a few dollars more expensive than regular servers.

High Frequency

As I mentioned, they have two kinds of high-performance servers, AMD EPYC and Intel Xeon, at the same prices.

CPURAMBandwidthStorageMonthly fee
11 GB1 TB32 GB$6
12 GB2 TB64 GB$12
22 GB3 TB80 GB$18
24 GB3 TB128 GB$24
38 GB4 TB256 GB$48

You can pick up to 48 GB RAM. If you have dynamic sites, then HF can be the right choice since you can get quick TTFB with fast server performance. I don’t write here anymore since this post includes a separate section about this.

Optimized Cloud Compute

Optimized cloud computing, called virtual machines, runs on AMD EPYC CPUs; these machines deliver the fast, consistent performance required by a wide range of web applications. It has four types of services:

  1. Storage Optimized: This server has a lot of NVMe storage and a typical CPU/RAM combination. It works well for sites with a lot of traffic, extensive databases, etc. With 1 CPU, 8 GB RAM, and 150 NVMe, it costs $75.00 per month, but NVMe capacity can even be increased to 5TB.
  2. Memory Optimized: These VMs provide a significantly higher amount of RAM than CPUs and NVMe. It’s great for sites that analyze data right away. Starting at $40.00/month with 8 GB RAM.
  3. CPU Optimized: More CPU power in these VMs than RAM and NVMe SSDs. Ideal for video processing, data syncing, ad networks, and data mining. You can get 4 cores for under $100.
  4. General Purpose: Ideal balance between CPU, RAM, and NVMe. It’s suitable for online stores, ad networks, games, video streaming, API servers, etc. At $120.00/m, it’s 4 CPUs, 16GB RAM, and 80GB NVMe.

Usually, optimized cloud servers are used for particular purposes, and you can obtain dedicated server resources. They’re expensive, but they work for even average sites BUT perfect for large-scale web projects.

Bare Metal

Bare-metal servers have many advantages:

  • It gives you direct access to the hardware without virtualization layers.
  • You will have direct control over real, physical servers.
  • Bare metal servers are only for one person.
  • It has all its capabilities since there are no other clients.

The advantages of this computing are especially good for businesses with high data volumes.

Prices for vultr's bare metal
Prices for bare metal

With bare metal servers, you get top-notch performance because all the server’s resources work for one client, so it’s super fast.

I think this setup is suitable for massive e-commerce sites, databases, multimedia applications, ad exchanges, hosts, and other high-scale businesses.

In most cases, bare metal isn’t even practical on some high-traffic sites. However, it might be an ideal choice if you have a lot of traffic, probably millions of page views, and a lot of dynamic content.

Bare metal plans start at $120/m with 4 cores, 32GB RAM, and 5TB bandwidth. You can get an NVIDIA GPU + Intel CPU combo at a high price.

Other Products

They offer lots of other web hosting and storage options; however, I can’t list them all. Here’s some more:

  • Cloud GPU: you can rent multiple NVIDIA GPUs starting at $22/month.
  • Block storage: offers 10GB of block storage for $1/m.
  • Object Storage: Object storage lets you store videos, songs, and files online. Monthly bandwidth and storage up to 1 TB.
  • Load Balancers: Usually load balancers are good for improving app performance by reducing latency. The monthly fee is $10.00

2. Control Panel

There’s a fun user interface and control panel on VULTR, and the features they provide are enough to manage/configure a cloud server. It lets you deploy and manage servers quickly, including CPU, RAM, storage, and other stacks.

I like their deployment process because it is simple and can be completed with a few mouse clicks. Once your server is deployed, you can handle them through the dashboard.

I mean, they do not provide fully managed services like a regular web host. But you can start, stop, reboot, and reinstall servers as required.

You can monitor your server’s resource intake using the server console and manage the IP addresses connected to your server.

Users can control features like firewalls, private networks, and DNS through the Panel. Using the team management feature, you can set up limited access for others. It’s got all the elements you need to run a web server.

3. Vultr Data Centers

VULTR manages over 30 data centers all over the world, so it’s like a CDN. Fast and easy deployment of low-latency servers, no matter where you are. You can choose a server location in the control panel.

Vultr all Data Centers
Vultr Data Centers in America
VULTR Data Centers in America
Vultr data centers in Europe
Server locations in Europe
data centers in Asia
Data centers in Asia
Vultr data centers in Oceania and South Africa
Locations in Oceania and South Africa

Here is the complete list of Vultr data centers:

  • North America: Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Toronto, Miami, Mexico City, Honolulu, and New Jersey.
  • Latin America: Sao Paulo and Santiago.
  • Europe: London, Frankfurt, Paris, Warsaw, Madrid, Stockholm, and Amsterdam.
  • Asia: Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  • Australia: Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Africa: Johannesburg

Of course, you should choose a server location near your users. Your DNS connection time should be less than 100 ms.

And many effects can depend on your conditions. Local businesses and websites need to set their servers as close to their users as possible.

Choose an Asian DC, like Singapore, if most of your traffic comes from Asia. If your traffic is limited to the USA or Europe, you can select a data center in the U.S., like New Jersey or Chicago.

And if your users are mainly from Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia, you can choose a data center in Melbourne.

If your traffic is entirely African, your only option is Johannesburg. Latinos can choose between Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and Santiago.

Always choose a close data center because it’s useful for many reasons. Yes, you can use a CDN like FlyingCDN to provide the same experience for people worldwide, but that might not always work. Users may experience a slow dashboard if your data center is far away, especially for WordPress users.

4. Server Stacks

Vultr Server Stacks

In my opinion, I would recommend using VULTR with cloud hosting control panels like RunCloud, SpinupWP, CloudPages, SPanel, etc. You don’t need technical or server admin experience to use cloud hosting panels.

They’re perfect for startups, the tools are easy to use, and most of the features are within reach with just a few clicks. The only concern is that using the control panel incurs an additional charge.

Compared to providers, this can cost up to $5 a month. GridPane, for example, can cost more than $100. However, an average user can obtain ServerPilot/RunCloud for less than $10/M.

But it has enough stacks to control a server if you’re a techie. You can try different settings once you know what to change. Have operating systems such as Debian, Cent, Ubuntu, Rocky Linux, Windows, Fedora, etc.

Operating systems

If you wish to use LiteSpeed WordPress hosting with them, setting up OpenLiteSpeed+WordPress on Ubuntu is straightforward and quick.

It’s good to pick Litespeed because you get a free cache plugin. Users can use Drupal, Joomla, Rails, and all of them with OpenLiteSpeed in the control panel; besides that, you can upload your ISO.

Server stacks
Server stacks

You don’t need a third-party control panel if you know how to do those things. However, for average and new users, you may want to opt for a control panel (connect your server with an IP address or API) or other hosts that provide Vultr servers instead of the control panel.

5. High Frequency

Several tests have proven that VULTR High-Frequency Cloud VPS Hosting outperforms regular hosting by almost double.

Since HF comes with NVMe storage, you can get the most out of your high-clock speed due to the faster cores that speed things up.

With it, you can use the most capable architecture, including processors with 3+ GHz (Intel Xeon CPUs), designed to power applications that require high performance And you can pick AMD EPYC.

High Frequency processor details
High Frequency processor details

Their high frequency makes them one of the most popular hosting solutions among many users. As a result of modern hardware and stacks, it is easier to get an efficient TTFB and connection time.

It’s not a big deal for an average website with low or medium traffic, also, for static content sites like blogs, services, and content-focused websites.

If your site gets over 50k visits a month and has tons of uncacheable content like WooCommerce/membership, you’ll benefit from high-frequency servers.

Cloudways used to be an ideal provider for Vultr hosting. Since DigitalOcean bought Cloudways, there have been many complaints, especially about Vult being removed. Despite that, Cloudways still provides Vultr hosting (standard and high-frequency servers).

6. Pros And Cons

Pros:

  • Budget-friendly: VULTR is less expensive than the big names like Google Cloud, AWS, and Azure.
  • High Performance: With high-frequency servers, you get NVMe and high-speed CPUs (3GHz+ Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC).
  • Stylish User Interface: The control panel and user interface are elegant and easy to use.
  • Multiple data centers: they offer 32 data centers worldwide.
  • Multiple host options: You can get Cloud GPUs, VPS, Object storage, Load balancers, Block storage, Bare metal, etc.
  • Free credit: They gives free credit to new customers.
  • Cool server stacks: There are plenty of server applications, and you can even upload your own ISO.

Cons:

  • Support isn’t quick: Many people don’t like their customer service; however, it’s unmanaged.
  • A bit pricey: similar prices to Linode/Digital Ocean, but more expensive than Hetzner/OVHcloud.
  • A little downtime: They receive a few complaints about their servers going down occasionally, but it’s rare.
  • Availability issues: Some advanced packages aren’t available at all server locations.
  • Unmanaged: This isn’t a con, but users should remember they’re responsible for managing the server.

Conclusion 

If you’re a techie, you can use VULTR without much trouble. However, I urge using control panels for most others. To set up the server, you must sign up on the website and follow the control panel steps.

You can run everything from a small website to a large one with Vultr. I have yet to try their Cloud GPU or Bare Metal, which I can’t comment on.

But I am a fan of their high-frequency, high-performance servers built with the latest technology. HF VPS has NVMe and fast clock speeds. They’re suitable for dynamic websites with heavy themes and lots of features.

DigitalOcean also offers premium cloud servers with AMD CPUs. Despite that, V-high-frequency has the fastest response time. Also, DO Premium with AMD CPUs has comparable performance. Let’s wrap up this Vultr review. Your thoughts?

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Madushan Bandara
Madushan Bandara

I'm Madushan, a WordPress developer, and it has been over a decade since I became an online entrepreneur. On this website, I write about WordPress, web hosting, web tools, and digital marketing: Get to Know Me

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