Top 11 Best Cheap Dedicated Servers

1. A2 Hosting

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A2 Hosting is at the top of its game here. Plans come with quite a few freebies and excellent speed optimization. Where A2 really shines, though, is scalability. Managed plans allow insane processing power and up to a whopping 512GB of RAM.  A2 can handle just about any project you can throw at it.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.15s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Highly-expandable
  • Lots of freebies
  • Excellent server management
  • A recent outage may indicate problems behind the scenes
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.15s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo

2. Liquid Web

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This host offers both Linux and Windows servers. Liquid Web has everything you might need in hosting—scalability, security, robust features, ecommerce-ready servers. You name it, Liquid Web can deliver it. Indeed, it is not the most affordable solution out there, but it is certainly a very powerful option.

Things we liked / disliked
  • Robust servers
  • PCI-compliant
  • Windows Plans
  • Features like control panel licensing are paid add-ons

3. 1&1 Ionos

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1&1 is famous for its affordable plans. You can get a dedicated server for as low as $55 per month. The server actually packs a lot of punch—you get generous resource allocation and security and speed optimization features. The only thing 1&1 lacks is chat support, which annoys some users. Otherwise, 1&1’s dedicated hosting is top-notch.

Things we liked / disliked
  • Affordable
  • Scalable
  • Decent features
  • No live chat support

4. FastComet

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FastComet offers managed dedicated servers come with cool freebies and decent functionality. But it is the support team that sets the company apart. Aside from managing the servers and answering all your questions, the support uses a custom-built monitoring tool. This makes them much more efficient at finding and resolving issues before they cause problems. FastComet’s offer is so thorough, it’s no wonder it is loved by its user base.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.27s
icon Support:
Excellent support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.95/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Solid features
  • Superb support
  • In-house server monitoring software
  • Somewhat expensive
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.27s
icon Support:
Excellent support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.95/mo

5. SiteGround

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SiteGround offers dedicated plans that just confirm its impeccable reputation. You get all the features you’d expect and more—five IP addresses, a cPanel license, and Exim mail server are included by default. A resource-rich offer and expert support only add value to the package. Unfortunately, this makes SiteGround a bit more expensive than other cheap providers, which is why it is not at the very top of this list.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.97s
icon Support:
The best support available
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Feature and resource-rich plans
  • Handy freebies
  • Top-notch support
  • Pricy
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.97s
icon Support:
The best support available
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo

6. InMotion

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InMotion focuses mainly on the US market, but its servers are excellent. You can get boxes with solid specs and a few handy freebies. The fees asked are just about average and InMotion boasts one of the best support teams in the industry to make its dedicated hosting look like a lucrative deal.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.95%
icon Loading speed:
1.33s
icon Support:
Stellar support, the best knowledge base
icon Cost:
$6.39/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Powerful servers
  • A couple of freebies included
  • Good support
  • Only US datacenters
  • Unimpressive features
icon Uptime:
99.95%
icon Loading speed:
1.33s
icon Support:
Stellar support, the best knowledge base
icon Cost:
$6.39/mo

7. Hostwinds

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Hostwinds quickly got a reputation for lucrative deals. With dedicated hosting, you can build a custom server. Spoiler alert: the end price is pretty affordable for the resources you get. Still, default features are pretty bare-bones for managed hosting. So, if you can get by without fancy tools, Hostwinds’ plans are a steal

Things we liked / disliked
  • Lots of resources
  • Affordable
  • Great performance
  • Few out-of-the-box features

8. GoDaddy

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GoDaddy’s dedicated server offer is… Well, it’s just okay. The servers struggle with enterprise-level projects, and the features are limited, a couple of freebies aside. Major discounts make the service seem cheap, but the renewal prices are steep. Better long-term deals are out there.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.30s
icon Support:
Could be better, reasonable knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.49/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Free SSL and three IP addresses
  • Substantial discounts
  • Limited scaling
  • Few features
  • Costly plan renewal
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.30s
icon Support:
Could be better, reasonable knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.49/mo

9. HostGator

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HostGator is doing reasonably well as a shared hosting provider, but its dedicated plans don’t hold up so well. The price is about average. This gets you pretty limited features, poor scaling, and only US datacenters. The provider doesn’t have much going for it save for a few freebies.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.28s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$5.95/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Free IP addresses
  • DDoS protection included
  • Limited offer
  • Both datacenters in the US
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.28s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$5.95/mo

10. Bluehost

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BlueHost is another EIG-owned brand with little to offer. The top cheap dedicated hosting providers outperform it in practically every respect. One redeeming feature is that you can get a pretty significant discount if you go for a three-year plan. Doing that without testing the plans would be pretty ridiculous, though.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.96s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Affordable long-term pricing
  • Only US servers
  • Poor features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.96s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo

11. DreamHost

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DreamHost’s service gives you generous amount of resources, a few useful features, and full root access. The issue is that SSD storage is only available with the $299/month plan. The entry plan makes you slug it through with HDD, which is plain unacceptable at the end of 2019. DreamHost shones if you go for the more expensive plan but as far as cheap dedicated hosting is concerned, it falls to the bottom of the list.

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Key Features
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.76s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo
Things we liked / disliked
  • Fair pricing
  • Nice features
  • SSD storage only with the larger plan
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.76s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo

Ah, the joys of real estate…

You didn’t expect an article about cheap dedicated servers to take such a sharp turn from the get-go, did you?

Stay with me on this one; I promise it’s going to be well worth it.

Ever since we draw our first breath, we are dependent on the roof over our head. We share it with our families for the first 20-something years, then move out to rent a flat with some roomies until it’s time to take the big step — getting a place to call our own.

The ultimate achievement.

See where I’m going with this?

Living on your own is inherently different from a shared environment, both in life and in web hosting. Purchasing a house (or a dedicated server), you get full freedom to do with it as you please – change it, make it bigger, or invite someone over to live with you.

All that comes at a price, though, and you need to watch your finances or risk going in the red fairly quickly.

Today I will take you through a selection of web hosts which offer quality dedicated solutions at an affordable price. At this stage, you either have a high-traffic website or a project that requires a very specific configuration. So trying to determine the “best server provider” would be pointless — what fits you might be a disaster for someone else.

Now it’s time for the contenders in our direct comparison to line up:

OSMax RAMMax CPUMax BandwidthMax SpaceCheapest InitialCheapest Regular
A2 HostingLinux512 GB820 TB2×1 TB SSDfrom $142.00from $171.00
Liquid WebWin/Linux64 GB1615 TB4x480GB SSDfrom $199.00from $199.00
1&1 IONOSWin/Linux64 GB4Unmetered1 TB SSDfrom $55.00from $75.00
FastCometLinux32 GB167 TB640 GB SSDfrom $139.00from $139.00
SiteGroundLinux64 GB1210 TB2x960GB SSDfrom $249.50from $249.50
InMotionLinux64 GB1615 TB3×1 TB SSDfrom $105.69from $189.99
HostwindsWin/Linux32 GB4Unmetered2×1 TB SSDfrom $79.50from $106.00
GoDaddyWin/Linux32 GB4Unmetered2 TB HDDfrom $89.99from $169.99
HostGatorWin/Linux30 GB8Unmetered1 TB SSDfrom $118.99from $189.00
BluehostLinux16 GB415 TB1 TB SSDfrom $81.40from $122.15
DreamHostLinux16 GB12Unmetered2 TB HDDfrom $169.00from $169.00

How did those 11 companies make it on the Hosting Tribunal list of cheap dedicated hosting providers?

Let’s have a look!

1. A2 Hosting — Best Resources

A2 Hosting is a Michigan-based company with almost two decades of experience in the field. You’ve probably heard this success story before — a side hobby turning into a profitable business.

The Silicon Valley dream.

A2 Hosting relies on speedy servers and perfect uptime to keep its clients happy.

And happy they are — the personal support approach and wide range of features directly reflect on the reviews about the company in a favorable way.

Locations

  • USA (Arizona and Michigan)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Singapore

Hardware & Features

A2 is a host that takes scalability seriously. And I mean really seriously!

One example is the RAM cap, which you can boost up to 512 GB. That’s absolutely mind-boggling. The closest any host in this list came to this number was 64 GB.

Eight times less!

Apart from the highly-expandable servers, you have an excellent pack of goodies included as well.

A free SSL certificate to protect your visitor data, two dedicated IP addresses, and a Cloudflare CDN — sure sounds like a bargain.

But the best thing is undoubtedly the Turbo option. Yes, you guessed it, this supercharges your machine and brings its speeds up by a whopping 20 times.

Dedicated servers often house very resource-consuming projects, so any speed boosts are more than welcome. Click To Tweet

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 4/5 stars (81% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 9.2 (1008 reviews)

Customer satisfaction in A2 Hosting appears to be high. There are tons of positive reviews of server performance and support level of expertise.

You better watch out, though.

Company trust scores were even higher a few months ago. But a major outage that lasted for over two days and the host’s inability to react adequately brought a heap of disgruntled reviews and lowered their score.

Price

Sprint (from $142/mo)*

Exceed (from $207/mo)*

Mach (from $290/mo)*

*Prices are for the initial billing period and carry a 17% discount.

2. Liquid Web — Best Performance

Liquid Web was founded back in 1998 and dabbled solely with shared hosting for quite some time before the team decided to put more effort and focus on dedicated services. Click To Tweet

Nowadays, people associate the name Liquid Web with high-end VPS, Dedicated and Cloud solutions. And for a good reason too.

The company invested in perfecting their support services, and its team proudly wears the badge “Most Helpful Humans in Hosting.”

What you can’t do on your own — you can be sure there is adequate help to back you up.

Locations

  • US West (Arizona)
  • US Central (Michigan)
  • EU Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Hardware & Features

Liquid Web is one of those companies that can accommodate both Linux and Windows projects. All servers are PCI-compliant and thoroughly scalable.

Even the smallest hosting server is a monster of a machine — 16GB RAM, 4 CPU cores, and 2×240GB SSD storage are more than enough resources to get you going.

The bundle of surprises keeps growing — DDoS protection, vulnerability assessment, Akamai CDN — your security is a great concern to Liquid Web.

One thing that bothered me was that a few essential features were only available as paid add-ons. For example, most hosts include the control panel license fees in their end pricing, but not Liquid Web.

Considering it’s not the cheapest dedicated server hosting out there, I think LW can cut its clients some slack.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 4/5 stars (66% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 9.2 (146 reviews)

The company doesn’t flaunt perfect ratings, but reading through the negative user reviews, I saw a lot of issues that weren’t really the company’s fault. Furthermore, I was pleasantly surprised an A2 rep was active in TrustPilot, trying to address every customer inconvenience.

Be sure not a lot of big companies will go the extra mile like that.

Price

Intel Xeon 1230 v6 (from $199/mo)

Intel Xeon Silver 4108 (from $299/mo)

Intel Xeon Gold 6130 (from $499/mo)

3. 1&1 IONOS — Best Price

1&1 IONOS is the love child of German hosting giant 1&1 and IAAS cloud specialists ProfitBricks. The result was a much-needed upgrade in enterprise server offering and a step towards conquering new markets.

Today, 1&1 IONOS owns over 90,000 servers and houses over 12 million domains. 7,000 people across the world get their paycheck signed by the host. Click To Tweet

So can we rely on the famed German precision, or is it just one of those stereotypes?

Let’s take a look.

Locations

  • US (Las Vegas and New Jersey)
  • UK (London)
  • Germany (Frankfurt and Karlsruhe)

Hardware & Features

When it comes to cheap dedicated servers, few can compete with 1&1 IONOS.

Prices for new clients go as low as $55/mo, which is fantastic even if we consider the $50 setup fee most hosts waive for you. Such money will get you an eight-core, 8 GB RAM entry-level server, packed with all kinds of goodies.

Free domain? Check.

Malware protection? Check.

Railgun CDN? Check, check, check.

It sure sounds like a bargain. So where’s the catch?

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 4/5 stars (66% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 3.1 (160 reviews)

Online reviews for 1&1 IONOS are often on the negative side. Customer support seems to be lacking, and many users are struggling with technical difficulties.

The company is one of the worst-rated in HostAdvice among hundreds of other hosts. Ouch!

Given the incredibly low price, I should’ve seen that coming.

Price

A8i SSD (from $55/mo)*

L-16 SSD (from $70/mo)*

XL-32 NVMe (from $140/mo)*

XL-64 NVMe (from $170/mo)*

*Prices are for the initial billing period.

4. FastComet — Best Support

FastComet entered the market relatively late, in 2013, which allowed the host to learn from past mistakes in the industry and avoid them in the future.

The outcome did not disappoint.

Over 50,000 have flocked to FastComet’s services since then, mainly due to its stellar performance and well-versed support. The company now spans across eight data centers in 3 continents, guaranteeing every client can find a solution nearby.

Locations

  • USA (Newark, Dallas. Atlanta, Fremont)
  • UK (London)
  • Germany (Frankfurt)
  • Singapore (Singapore)
  • Japan (Tokyo

Hardware & Features

FastComet maintains the whole wide range of hosting services and ensures all clients get the same impeccable quality.

The company offers four managed dedicated server plans and just recently revamped its machines for optimal performance and resource/cost ratio. Lowest packages start from $139/mo and secure a pretty sweet 4GB RAM, 2CPU core server, packed with 80GB of SSD storage.

Things are looking bright for the FastComet customers, feature-wise. All dedicated hosting plans bring attractive goodies to the table — free SSL certificate, free cPanel/WHM license, and automated backups.

The in-house monitoring system is a particular highlight for me. Developed by FastComet’s very own skilled programmers, this platform not only reveals valuable usage statistics but also sniffs out possible server issues.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 5/5 stars (91% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 9.7 (650 reviews)

Here is a host which treats customers with the utmost care they deserve. You can tell that by the massive backing by loyal users in all review websites.

And I do mean all of them.

FastComet looks well-adored by the mass user, and the staff always jumps to assistance when a client shares a negative experience around the Web.

Price

DS 1 (from $139/mo)

DS 2 (from $169/mo)

DS 3 (from $229/mo)

DS 4 (from $349/mo)

5. SiteGround — Best for WordPress

The Bulgarian-based provider is a bright example there are no geographical boundaries when it comes to succeeding in tech.

Over a million happy customers can confirm that.

SiteGround is the type of provider that doesn’t just sit around doing nothing, even if it’s making money in the process. The host is probably the most active contributor to the WordPress project and has a whole team dedicated to innovations.

Locations

  • USA (Chicago)
  • UK (London)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Singapore (Singapore)

Hardware & Features

SiteGround’s constant drive to push forward has had a positive effect on its hardware setup as well.

The host proudly offers an optimized and highly-customizable environment for Linux-based projects, one that can easily scale according to each client’s needs.

Are the features up to those tremendously high standards?

It sure seems like it.

SiteGround throws in a free cPanel license, five dedicated IPs, CloudFlare CDN, and an Exim mail server for every user that decides to come on board.

Does all that reflect on the end price, though?

Sadly, the answer is affirmative again.

SiteGround could’ve easily topped my list if I wasn’t searching for cheap dedicated hosting providers. Their servers start from $249.50/mo, which can get you a mid-level plan with most hosts I inspected.

It’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges, though, so let’s instead check what the clients have to say.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 5/5 stars (94% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 9.7 (2184 reviews)

Rarely has a hosting provider received as much positive feedback as Siteground.

And why shouldn’t they — in a pool of average hosts, the SG team stands out as knowledgeable, caring, and ready to go the extra mile.

A little personal attitude goes a long way, as every client likes to feel special, not just a number on the sales board. Click To Tweet

The few negative reviews mainly discuss the host’s billing policy and the difference between entry and renewal prices. To be fair, the majority of providers in this industry have such billing policies, and SiteGround makes sure to clear any misunderstandings on its website.

Plus, this is a concern for shared account users mostly, as rented server hosting is subject to monthly payments.

Price

Entry Server (from $249.50/mo)

Power Server (from $339/mo)

Super Power Server (from $680.75/mo)

6. InМotion Hosting

InMotion takes great pride in being one of the few employee-owned and operated hosting services. The company was founded in 2001 and now keeps over 100 people busy in their offices in Virginia and California. Click To Tweet

That’s one thing that bothers me.

You can only get a USA dedicated server, East or West coast.

Web hosting is not subject to any geographical boundaries; on the contrary — everyone is fighting to cater to as many users as possible. So choosing to put all your eggs in one basket can only slow your progress down.

Locations

  • USA West (Los Angeles)
  • USA East (Washington DC)

Hardware & Features

InMotion Hosting supports six distinct managed server packages, which gives you great choices not just for launching a project, but for future upgrades as well.

The most powerful configuration can get you 16-core CPU, 64 GB RAM, 3×1 TB SSD space, and 15 TB bandwidth cap.

Wowza!

The feature list is not super impressive, but you can still take advantage of the free cPanel, SSL certificate, or customized firewall.

I found it a little petty InMotion tries to charge an extra $5/mo for something as simple as the Softaculous app installer, but that might just be me being picky.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 1/5 stars (69% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 8.2 (197 reviews)

Things are not looking very flattering for InMotion when we dig around the user reviews. Clients are often left disappointed with both the uptime and the support assistance.

In an industry so saturated, you cannot afford to be sloppy with your servicе and justify it solely with cheap dedicated server prices.

As a matter of fact, even the affordability with InMotion is a little questionable, as the website advertises discounted prices for longer prepayment deals.

Price

Essential (from $105.69/mo)*

Advanced (from $166.59/mo)*

Elite (from $238.99/mo)*

CC-500 (from $340.99/mo)*

CC-1000 (from $414.49/mo)*

CC-2000 (from $519.49/mo)*

*Prices are discounted and applicable with a one-year prepayment.

7. Hostwinds

Hostwinds is a Seattle-based provider with a short history but a long list of achievements.

Starting its operations in 2010, the company did not take long to earn some prestigious awards from PCMag and FindMyHost. Hostwinds quickly made it to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies, proving again that quality can make an immediate impact.

That’s all fine and dandy, but you are here for budget dedicated servers.

Does Hostwinds stack up well with the competition in terms of price?

More than well, actually.

Even if you take out the introductory discount, the entry-level servers start at $106/mo, which is still a lovely deal.

Locations

  • USA (Seattle, Dallas)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Hardware & Features

I absolutely loved the Hostwinds dedicated server hosting page. It was the only host that replaced the standard fixed deals with a user-friendly tool letting you try out different configurations and seeing how each resource affects the final price.

That’s as comprehensive as you can get.

Things are looking pretty bleak when features are concerned, though. Apart from the nightly backups, there aren’t any other significant extras…well, none that comes for free at least.

Still, if your project doesn’t rely on any fancy add-ons, you can get both quality and affordability with Hostwinds.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 4/5 stars (59% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 9.2 (511 reviews)

The majority of hosting clients are happy with Hostwinds’ services. Users are reporting exceptional speeds and uptime, which is a pleasant surprise, given that most servers are US-based.

Again, billing policies concern clients the most, but Hostwinds puts enough effort in clearly pinpointing discounted and regular fees.

Price

E3-1270 v2 (from $79.50/mo)*

E3-1270 v3 (from $79.50/mo)*

E3-1271 v3 (from $90.75/mo)*

2 x L5640 (from $123.75/mo)*

E5-2620 v2 (from $143.25/mo)*

*Prices are for the initial period only and carry a 33% discount from the regular monthly fee.

8. GoDaddy

A real pioneer in web hosting, GoDaddy started operating in 1997. Fast forward to today, GD is now the largest domain registrar and one of the biggest hosts on the market.

The numbers are more than impressive — GoDaddy houses over 18.8 million clients and their 78+ million domain names. Click To Tweet

Just a handful of people can’t handle such a load, so GD duly employs over 9,000 people in 14 locations.

Let’s see if their efforts are put into good use.

Locations

  • USA (Arizona) – own data center
  • USA (Los Angeles, Chicago, Ashburn, Virginia)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Singapore (Singapore)

Hardware & Features

Dedicated servers are not among GoDaddy’s prime offerings, and you can easily tell.

The hardware machines come with decent resource allocation but nothing spectacular or praiseworthy. Even their most expensive deal offers just 32GB RAM and 4CPU cores, which larger and enterprise projects might quickly find insufficient.

GoDaddy supports both Linux and Windows dedicated hosting services, giving every client a chance to try out the web servers.

A nice addition to each account are the three dedicated IPs and SSL certificate that come absolutely free of charge.

At first glance, GoDaddy appears to be one of the cheapest dedicated providers. The catch is that the prices shown on the website come with a substantial discount which is only available for long prepaid periods.

I mean, would you be ready to splash more than a thousand bucks on something you’ve never tested?

Thought so.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 2/5 stars (71% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 3.4 (245 reviews)

User reviews reveal a ton of problems with GoDaddy’s servers and support.

Wow, what a shocker…not!

Only those who’ve never dealt with the company’s customer or technical service might be surprised by the low scores.

GoDaddy represents the typical corporate stereotype — choosing quantity over quality, enforcing controversial policies, and playing it very low-key when help is needed.

The worst thing is that the host will continue getting loads of new clients every day just because it’s GoDaddy and everybody knows the name.

Price

Economy (from $89.99/mo)*

Value (from $104.99/mo)*

Deluxe (from $129.99/mo)*

Ultimate (from $179.99/mo)*

* Introductory prices carry a 47% discount if you prepay the server for 1 or more years.

9. HostGator

The friendly gator has been offering services since 2002 and grew so fast that big corporations were soon lining up with lucrative offers.

Endurance International Group (EIG) has been quickest to catch the golden goose and purchased HostGator for nearly $300 million in 2012. Click To Tweet

The host provides servers only in the US, residing in two large data centers, in Utah and Texas.

HostGator mainly specializes in shared hosting services, so its server rental options are neither resource-packed nor very cheap.

What do I mean by that? Let’s have a look.

Locations

  • USA (Provo and Houston)

Hardware & Features

There is little to separate the three dedicated server hosting plans.

They pack from 4 up to 8 CPU cores, from 8GB up to 30GB RAM. Bandwidth is unmetered on all plans, and storage options vary from the traditional HDD to the much faster SSD.

Throw in a few dedicated IPs and server DDoS protection, and you can get a very good idea of the typical HostGator setup.

Imagine something like GoDaddy but with slightly less resources and a steeper monthly fee.

Doesn’t sound like such a great deal now, does it?

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 1/5 stars (5% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 5.1 (68 reviews)

Just look at those numbers — what else can I add?

HostGator has become infamous with its poor customer support and server outages. In fact, there are so many negative reviews around the Web that I’m surprised the company still gets new signups.

Now you see why it’s so crucial to do your research before choosing a new host.

Price

Value (from &118.99/mo)*

Power (from $138.99/mo)*

Enterprise (from 148.99/mo)*

* Discounted prices for the initial billing period.

10. Bluehost

Just like the other EIG-owned hosting companies, Bluehost employs the data center facilities in Provo, UT, and Houston, TX.

The host first started operating in 2003, but founder Matt Heaton had been dabbling with other similar projects for many years before that.

Bluehost skyrocketed since its collaboration with the Endurance International Group. Today, over 750 employees take care of the 2+ million client projects. Click To Tweet

Cheap server hosting is not a priority for BlueHost, but do they still make a decent effort?

Locations

  • USA (Provo and Houston)

Hardware & Features

If you compare the resource allocation stats from the hosts in our cheap dedicated servers list, one thing is painfully obvious.

Bluehost is falling behind in almost every aspect.

Prices seem fairly affordable, but look closely and you will notice the rate is available only if you prepay for 36 months.

Really?

Very ambitious, asking someone to purchase an untested server for three whole years.

Do you at least get some added value in the form of free extras?

Apart from the free SSL you also get a free domain…for the first year only. So Bluehost is ready to take hundreds and thousands of your dollars but not prepared to throw in a service that costs about $10 yearly?

Really smooth.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 1/5 stars (11% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 4.1 (128 reviews)

Bluehost is yet another company under the EIG belt that seems to garner a lot of negative client feedback.

Starting to see a pattern here?

Trusting the same staff and the same servers to cram millions of customers will inevitably affect their website performance and not in a good way, too.

Price

Standard (from $71.47/mo)*

Enhanced (from 89.34/mo)*

Premium (from $107.21/mo)*

* Discounted prices available with a 3-year prepaid plan.

11. DreamHost

DreamHost has been out there since late 1996, one of the first companies to dip its toes in the new venture that was web hosting.

After over 20 years, the company is still independently-owned, but that has not deterred its growth.

On the contrary, through the years, DreamHost is continuously launching new services and daughter companies. DreamOjects, DreamCompute, Inktank, and Akanda, are just a few names on that list.

Locations

  • USA (Virginia and California)

Hardware & Features

Entry-level servers with DreamHost start from $169/mo and guarantee you 4 CPU cores, 4GB RAM, and 1TB HDD storage.

Wait a minute…HDD?

Isn’t that much slower and unreliable than SSD storage?

Indeed it is, and most hosts today are logically leaning towards adopting SSD on all their services.

Contrary to the trend, only top-tier machines with DreamHost come with an SSD storage, which is ludicrous for cheap dedicated servers in 2019.

All servers are Linux-based, with an Ubuntu operational system.

You have full root access to your machine, so it is open to all kinds of customizations. DreamHost will ensure the security of your server with 24/7 DDoS protection and 2N+2 power redundancy.

Reviews

TrustPilot score — 5/5 stars (70% excellent reviews)

HostAdvice score — 8.9 (268 reviews)

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of happy DreamHost clients willing to share their positive experience. That alone should put them higher in this list, but we are focusing on the price here, and the feature-cost ratio of BH is not particularly impressive.

You can’t spot a common denominator with the negative reviews, which means there aren’t any significant issues to be aware of.

Price

Standard (from $169/mo)

Enhanced (from $299/mo)

How to choose the best dedicated server hosting?

So let’s recap the most important factors to watch out for when you are on the verge of renting your first dedicated server:

  • CPU — this is one of the main components of your server, the core that gives it power and handles requests. More CPU means your projects can grow bigger and run faster.
  • RAM — another crucial element of your configuration. The random-access memory (RAM) “helps” the CPU execute multiple requests without affecting their speed. Your ultimate multitasking assistant.
  • Storage — the technology behind your disk is as important as its capacity. While SSD has limited write cycles, compared to traditional HDD, solid-state drives are much faster and more reliable.
  • Bandwidth — Every visitor and action performed on your website “costs” a bit of bandwidth. More than 90% of websites consume less than 5GB a month, so the few terabytes that most dedicated host give you is A LOT.

As long as you’re aware of these resource caps and your current consumption — you can determine which offer would work best much more adequately.

Conclusion

There you have it, friends — we dissected the dedicated server industry and pinpointed the major players you can consider as your new host, without breaking the piggy bank.

At this level, you are undoubtedly proficient enough to know the basics, so this analysis should give you those few extra details that will save you time and effort for research.

Once you pick the right platform — sky’s the limit!

FAQ

Q: What is a dedicated server?

A: This type of hosting service involves a whole server devoted to the needs of a single organization. There are no other clients on the same machine, guaranteeing all its resources will be utilized solely by its owner. Dedicated servers are highly customizable and easily scalable, which makes them a preferred choice for custom projects.

Q: Is there any cheap Minecraft server hosting?

A: Minecraft is not a very resource-demanding application so most dedicated machines would be suitable enough to host your own game. Still, best to look for the mid-range deals, as you might quickly outgrow the confines of an entry-level server.

Q: How much is it to rent a server?

A: Prices can vary greatly depending on resource allocation and hardware quality. You can expect anything from $70-$90/mo for smaller projects, up to $300+ for enterprise-level solutions. Nevertheless, clients often need a dedicated server because their projects require a specific environment, so it’s best first to confirm your configuration with the support.

Q: What is the best dedicated server hosting company?

A: The best hosting provider is the one that understands your project’s needs and knows how to address them. Furthermore, such a company should be well-acquainted with the service and has the knowledgeable staff to prove it. In that sense, A2 Hosting, Liquid Web, and Fastcomet are a few hosts which offer both cheap dedicated servers and top-notch assistance.