Choose the Right KnownHost VPS Hosting Package

Its been over  a week since we migrated to Knownhost. For new customers interested in starting out with Knownhost, we share our experience which will help you get started…

1. Texas or California DataCenter – When you start to signup, they offer a choice where you want to host your server – Texas or California. The help link describes them-

Texas Datacenter – Our Texas Datacenter is a state of the art facility featuring Premium Bandwidth such as Internap & Level 3. With this datacenter you can expect optimal network performance with great connectivity worldwide. California Datacenter – Boasting a blend of 7 Bandwidth Carriers our California Datacenter is another network giving optimal network performance to our clients. You can’t go wrong with either network so we’d recommend whichever is closer to your core website visitor’s location

We chose the Texas center as the ‘State of the art’ facility was appealing. We further checked their network and location at Colo4Dallas, which is a powerful network featuring Level 3, Internap, AboveNet, and TW Telecom providing optimum speed and reliability, high speed connectivity, clean IP addresses in a true carrier neutral environment.

Choose the right center, as it would be difficult to change later. When you are ordering, verify the package as VStx (for Texas) or VSca (for California).

2. Which Control Panel? – Cpanel, Plesk or DirectAdmin are control panels which are loaded on your server which help you manage your server is a user friendly manner. Unless you are really skilled with server management, you need a control panel. All three have their own unique benefits, but I chose Cpanel+WHM (costs $5 per month) based on recommendations of few friends and after browsing around forums.

They offer many add-ons, but for all practical purposes, the control panel is the only essential thing you need to get started, rest you can add-on whenever you want. Remember if you do not buy a control panel, you are self managed. If you want share the differences between these panels, feel free to write a guest article.

3. Don’t Choose Base Package VS1 – They offer many VPS packages, but if you are looking for managed VPS hosting, do not chose VS1 package. Though the cheap $25 per month cheap VPS package seems inviting, read the fine print.

* Fully managed service is included with VPS accounts that have a control panel installed. VPS accounts with webmin or no control panel are self managed.
** Plesk, DirectAdmin or cPanel control panel is not recommended with 192 MB of RAM due to the amount of resources required for control panel itself and all services installed and managed by the control panel

Since VS1 comes with 192MB RAM,  they do not recommend you install a control panel like Plesk, DirectAdmin or cPanel because they consume lots of resources; but if you do not install a control panel, you are self managed! So you need a minimum package of VS2 ($35 per month) if you intend to get managed VPS support.

You can upgrade your package whenever you want. We opted for the VS2 package but were hitting memory limits with the provided 384MB, so we bought a 256MB RAM upgrade ($12.50 per month extra) and the excellent support team upgraded our package to 640MB RAM in 10 minutes. We always have an option to upgrade further without any downtime.


  1. Pavan Kumar says:

    I think for small to medium websites, its wise to go with Media Temple (which I use) grid service. Its really a very good service from MT for $20 a month. It lies somewhere between shared and vps – with your website hosted with other websites on number of machines simultaneously.

    Other option would be slice host unmanaged service with hiring an expert for initial setup of website for proper running.

  2. ThePicky says:

    Beaware I had latency and database errors on my sites when i was with Media Temple. MySQL GridContainer Lite is the only possible option ( told by Media Temple CS) to get rid of database errors, which will cost you another $20 month appart from hosting….

  3. ron says:

    Nice that you can offer between Cpanel, Plesk or DirectAdmin! I’d only use Cpanel though.

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    Neosurge provides very affordable, cheap VPS hosting plans starting at just $6.95/mo.

  5. Tom says:

    I have a VPS with Liquidweb and I am content with them. They have a very good support.

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    Choose the best web hosting service from good companies providing quality web hosting service.

  7. Yang Yang says:

    That’s why I’d go with an unmanaged hosting package. With a fresh install of essential web server software: mysql, apache, php and so forth, the system only consumes like 60 – 70 MB of RAM after a fresh boot.

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  9. john says:

    The best vps provider i had used is Linode, You can try it.

  10. Eleazar says:

    As a new online entrepreneur, I’m confident right now of my Hostmonster hosting. But will try to upgrade it to dedicated hosting later.

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    I recommend BlueHost HawkHost

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