By Dave Carr @Review.Casa
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Introduction – What is Vultr?
Vultr is a global infrastructure as a service provider with 25 different data centre locations.
Vultr offers cloud compute, optimised cloud compute, bare metal and Kubernetes at very reasonable prices.
With the Vultr system you can have a VPS set up in seconds Vultr uses the latest high-performance Intel CPUs and solid-state disk drives. They boast over 45 million instances deployed to date.
Summary – Who is Vultr not for?
If you are not technically minded and don’t have any previous experience of sysadmin then Vultr is probably not for you.
As you will be required to maintain your own server there is no safety net just you.
Summary – Who is Vultr for?
Vultr is for anybody who wants to take full control of their hosting environment and utilise very fast cloud computing to get the job done.
Vultr enables you to launch virtual private servers anywhere in the world within seconds, so if you want to host websites in different locations, you can do it in just a few minutes.
Is Vultr web hosting?
Vultr is web hosting but not in the traditional sense!
It’s Infrastructure as a Service.
So you can provision virtual private servers in no time. What you do with those servers is up to you.
After you have provisioned a VPS you can then instal a web hosting panel like traditional hosting, unlike traditional hosting you are responsible for the servers.
The pros and cons of Vultr
- You need to have some sysadmin knowledge and experience because you will be handling everything to do with your server.
- Clean IP addresses for using emails
- 25 global locations
- Easy to set up servers
- Fast to set up servers
My experience with Vultr
I transferred to Vultr after Digital Ocean because I was having a lot of trouble with IP addresses on spam lists at Digital Ocean.
So I moved all my clients over to volta and have not looked back since. The service is very good. The servers are very fast and I can create servers in up to 25 locations across the globe.
Keep in mind though, if you do move to an infrastructure as a service provider, like Vultr, you’re in control of every part of the process.
That means, unlike traditional web hosting, it’s all on you.
If something goes wrong, it’s on you.
So in order to do a job effectively, you need to be a good sysadmin but the only way to get good is with experience So start small and work your way up.
Creating a cloud hosting server on Vultr in 8 steps
As you log into your Vultr dashboard you’re presented with the option to deploy a server.
The Vultr dashboard is shown in the image above.
When you click on the deploy server button you are taken to the page which lays out all your options.
Choose server options are shown in the image above.
Choose from the options optimised cloud compute, cloud compute or bare metal servers.
Choosing the chip architecture is shown in the image above.
You can choose between AMD high performance, Intel high performance, Intel high frequency or Intel regular performance.
Choosing your location is shown in the image above.
You can choose where your server will be located from up to 22 different locations.
Choosing your server image is shown in the image above.
You can choose the operating system of your server and go from there or you can select the Marketplace apps tab and choose from around 70 pre-configured servers.
Whether you want to launch a WordPress website or a hosting panel Vultr has probably got an image for you.
Making it quick and easy to deploy whatever server you want.
Choosing your hard disk space and CPUs is shown in the image above.
Your options at this stage are different depending on the options you chose before.
You can choose from one CPU server with a 25 gigabyte NVE hard drive all the way up to monster servers with terabytes of space and 16 cores.
The Auto backups option is shown in the image above.
I highly recommend you enable backup so if anything goes wrong with your server you can just reset it to where you backed up.
Additional options and SSH keys are shown in the image above.
From here you can select the additional options that you want your server to have.
Server hostname and label are shown in the image above.
Your last step is to deploy your server and you’re good to go.
Would I recommend Vultr?
Yes, I would definitely recommend Vultr as your infrastructure cloud supplier.
Vultr offers excellent service for a reasonable price they have added bonuses like the firewall and clean IP addresses for sending emails.
In my opinion, Vultr is a much better service than Digital Ocean although comparatively price-wise, they are very similar Digital Ocean has been abused by spammers. So you’ll find that Digital Ocean IP addresses are listed on spam lists across the internet.
For this reason alone I would recommend Vultr over Digital Ocean any day of the week.
They offer cloud infrastructure as a service very similar to Vultr except they don’t support as many data centres.
DigitalOcean also has very similar pricing to Vultr.