This Linode review is based on our real experience with Linode and the feedbacks we received from the real customers, in which we review it on pricing, features, server speed, uptime and technical support.
Linode VPS Overall Review
Founded in 2003, Linode is one of the best unmanaged virtual private server companies at present. It provides powerful and formidable VPS hosting solutions for the small to medium sized businesses.
With the unmanaged services, customers can have full freedom and flexibility to manage the server. However, it is not easy to configure the servers, which always makes the nontechnical customers prohibitive. Of course, Linode VPS is a good choice for experts, but for customers who are not good at techniques, we sincerely recommend them going with BlueHost VPS for excellent managed VPS services instead.
Linode Review > Prices & Features
Linode has 5 VPS plans which range from $20/mo to $320/mo depending on the resources customers need. With such an affordable price, all plans come with
- Root access which gives customer full control over the server.
- 1 IP address to ensure faster response during periods of high traffic load.
- Premium bandwidth from 6 dedicated data centers.
- Managed DNS
At the same time, each plan also keeps the different amount of guaranteed server resources as following.
|Feature||Linode 1GB||Linode 2GB||Linode 4GB||Linode 8GB||Linode 16GB|
|Transfer||2 TB||4 TB||8 TB||16 TB||20 TB|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Storage||24 GB||48 GB||96 GB||192 GB||384 GB|
Apart from these, there is no control panel or any kinds of virtualization applications pre-installed in the servers. That means customers have complete control with root / SSH access to install the LAMP stack, control panel and manage the site security. However, it is not easy to manage this process for customers who have few skills or technical knowledge.
Linode Review > Ease of Use
As Linode VPS is unmanaged, customers need to do everything by themselves. Except for the hardware, network and virtualization, customers have to take responsibility for monitoring, tuning, operating system, software, applications, and more. If customers want to get Linode helps on these aspects, they can purchase the managed supports which price for $100 per month.
In addition, Linode does not provide free backup services or manage the websites security, so customers shall self-manage the backup and take measures to keep the websites secure. Or they can purchase the managed backups pricing from $5/mo to $80/mo.
Linode Review > Speed & Uptime
Linode has 6 geographically diverse data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific so that customers can choose the most suitable data center for the virtual servers, with which their websites can have the best performance. The company also utilizes the best hardware and networks to guarantee the hosting sites reliable, secure, and 99.9% online.
Linode Review > Customer Support
Linode provides professional VPS technical support service which is available 24 hour a day and 7 days a week. Although there is no option for live chat, customers can still get effective support through toll-free phone and email. And customers can log into the support ticket system to open a ticket.
There are many community resources such as FAQs, blog, library, wiki, forum that customers can learn in-depth about VPS services.
There is one concern that Linode only provides 7-days money back guarantee that customers cannot get full refunds if they cancel their accounts after 7 days.
Linode is awesome for customizability and flexibility. However, we do not recommend it to common customers because of the complex configuration and management. Instead, we do recommend BlueHost VPS for individuals and small business. Starting at $14.99/mo, customers can get following features.
- Cloud technology allows more features and options.
- Enhanced cPanel control panel gives full control and access to the server.
- Guaranteed server resources.
- Instant provisioning helps get the websites up in mere seconds.
- Multi-account management.
With all the advanced features, BlueHost VPS is truly trustworthy. With the 30 day money back guarantee, customers can get the fully risk-free purchase.
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