Yesterday finally managed to get a VPS from Hostus.us. Hostus.us is of course also a sponsor at my favourite community forum freevps.us. I did plenty of research on it and was finally sold when I discovered someone who was using it for VestaCP installations – Steven Sullivan – who raved about HostUS. Couldn’t get better than that!
Before I registered with HostUS I first checked out all their locations from an ISP speed point of view. I checked out Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and London, and I was totally blown away when the fastest location turned out to be Dallas, followed by Los Angeles, then Atlanta and London was the slowest by a very huge margin. Learned once again that the geographic location counts much less than how the ISP is set up. My ISP seems to like the US better than Europe, however specifically Texas and California.
I initially had some difficulties with my IP. Hostus marked it as “fraud”. I don’t really blame them as the IPs in the UAE are dynamic IPs. There is only one ISP here and static IPs are enormously expensive and well out of the reach of private users. The dynamic IPs are shared with a good number of spammers. All one has to do is to check my IP in Stopforumspam.com, and one can see this. When I first discovered it as staff I was horrified. For a number of years I tried a really good VPN to bypass this, but nowadays web hosts don’t allow one to subscribe with proxies, so damned if one does and damned if one doesn’t!
This experience turned into a great test for HostUS customer dealings and they came up tops. I was first asked for proof which I presented in the form of invoices from other commercial free hosting providers. I also mentioned I was a member of freevps. I then was given an invoice, which I promptly paid with PayPal. Regrettably HostUS is using a partner to verify Paypal payments, and I got into difficulties with verification as well. After a day of waiting I sent a query with a copy of my PayPal payment and then someone at HostUS took charge and I immediately received my new VPS information. The ticket system at HostUS has a very fast turn around. Staff at HostUS are very courteous and helpful making for a great user experience.
Tried the VPS out last night just to see whether I could get in and everything is ready. I checked the OS I was set up with and it’s a minimal installation of CentOS – just the way I wanted it without having asked for it. The VPS was also set up for my chosen location which is Dallas – the fastest location in the tests I’d done previously. I now just need some time so hopefully there will be this weekend – fingers crossed. I may try out new ways to secure the VPS first before I start my VestaCP installation. Like I haven’t tried the key security yet. I did manage to find a PuTTY link and have created a key, so will see over the weekend if I can use that key with HostUS. HostUS has an option in its VPS Panel for setting up the key. So may try that out.
OK now for the details and price of this spiffy new VPS of mine. I went for the most basic one as I was after a cheap VPS. I was hoping for 1 core and 1GB RAM, but 768 MB RAM and 768 MB vSwap should be OK. Price is 7.98 US $ per quarter (2.66 US $/month). I thought that was a really great deal:
1 CPU Core
768 MB RAM & 768 MB vSwap
20 GB Disk Space
1 IPv 4
1 IPv6 plus 3 additional ones that can be claimed (I’ll probably stick with the IPv4 for now)
Great User Panel with plenty of Admin options including ability to reset OS
More info about the VPS is available from https://hostus.us/openvz-vps.html.
In the meanwhile I’ve also set up the domain I’m going to use with NameCheap for two new name servers. NameCheap allows one to create two name servers with one IP. Thought I may just as well do that so by the time I load VestaCP the DNS will have propagated. We’re getting there!