OUR A SMALL ORANGE VPS REVIEW
Firstly, we should probably let you know that we are a big fan of A Small Oranges’s VPS hosting. In fact, we host various sites on their VPS plans, which we picked up when they were running one of their promotions. We are sure glad we did, as we find A Small Orange’s support second to none. They are always happy to help, and indeed as their VPS plans are fully managed, they will happily setup custom scripts or whatever. For example, we purchased a Amazon S3 backup script, and they had no qualms about installing it for us, talking us through the different backup options and generally being extremely helpful.
A Small Orange have tiered VPS plans, and from time to time have some extremely good discounts available over and above the standard 15% one we offer. Don’t worry though, we keep our coupons page updated, and post details of any new coupons that become available.
A Small Orange have some pretty advanced VPS configurations available, that shows how it has one specifically for WordPress hosting for high traffic WordPress sites. Not only that, but on request they will setup Nginx as a reverse proxy for you as well, which will make your websites fly. Other VPS providers will charge a premium for this kind of service, but A Small Orange does not.
WHAT WE LIKE ABOUT A SMALL ORANGE VPS
- Great Support – One of the main things we like about A Small Orange is their excellent support. We host this site with A Small Orange, as well as many others, and have always found them to go to great lengths to help with things. As we have mentioned, this site is hosted on their VPS which is fully managed and they were very helpful with setting up custom scripts and giving advise generally when needed.
- Telephone Support – If you live in the US, you can get support during office hours during the week by telephone.
- Great Price – For the support you get, and the fact it is a fully managed plan, A Small Orange’s prices are phenomenal.
- Extremely Reliable – A Small Orange’s servers are fast, and we have had virtually no downtime on this site. The VPS runs on a redundant cloud setup with automatic fail-over protection.
- High quality servers – The VPS is powered by dual Intel Xeon Hex (6) Core processors at 2.5Ghz w/HyperThreading for a total of 24 CPU Cores per hardware node.
- SSD – In what is now becoming the industry norm for premium VPS plans, A Small Orange’s VPS is powered by Solid State Drives in Raid-50 which is up to 136 times faster than standard cloud environments.
- Free Migration – A Small Orange will happily help you move your existing VPS over to them, which can save you alot of time an effort.
- Customizable Plans – Whilst you can choose the specifications you need via their slider when you sign up, you can buy additional resources as needed to top up those plans, including priority CPU usage, and additional IOPS. Toggle the Full Features link below for full details, including pricing.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE ABOUT A SMALL ORANGE VPS
- Owned by EIG – We have said it on other reviews, but companies who have been bought up by EIG have typically become worse off for it. We will monitor A Small Orange carefully for signs of this since their purchase in July 2012, but so far we have seen no change. We imagine part of the reason is that the old management team were retained. It certainly has not prevented us from having both a reseller account, and VPS account with them.
A SMALL ORANGE VPS HOSTING PLANS
A Small Orange have a whole range of plans (eight) that you can configure by using their slider. In addition, you can buy additional resources for any of those plans, making their VPS hosting extremely configurable. However, we have set out below details of their lowest price plans for 1, 2 and 4 CPU cores:
OUR A SMALL ORANGE VPS REVIEW VERDICT
A++ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Unfortunately we have very little if anything bad to say about A Small Orange. As we have extensive experience with their sister company Hostnine, and this is exactly the same plan server support as their sister company we can do nothing but highly recommend them. Not only are their VPS lightning fast, but their support always goes over and above what we have experienced anywhere else, but there is something else about their support we like. They always have this overbearingly happy willingness to help. We can’t put our finger on it, but there is no sense of frustration when dealing with them that you may experience elsewhere.
You also get an extensive selection of operating systems to choose from, including one perfectly optmised for WordPress. With their management services all the technical aspects are done for you, leaving you with little or no stress knowing that all your hosting needs are well taken care of. Unless you know what you are doing, we highly recommend the standard VPS install, and then asking for Nginx as a Reverse Proxy to be added. They have a little utility installed using the “Nginxctl” command that will help you manage the Nginx stack. Remember though, that only static content is activated for Nginx as standard, and you will need to individually add users for the dynamic cache. It’s easy enough via the command line, but we are sure A Small Orange will help you if you need it.
For all these reasons A Small Orange Hostnine is our top recommended VPS host.