With a focus on tailor-made hosting, the prices are slightly higher. The bigger hosting companies, like InterServer simply offer a better price for a similar configuration.
We actually interviewed an executive at VPSBlocks, and here’s what we learned.
Features and Ease of Use
VPSBlocks provides scalable, redundant, and high-performance infrastructure so that you can get the most out of your VPS hosting:
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Domain registration
- Purchasable SSL certificates
- Twice-weekly offsite backups available
- Plesk control panel license with unlimited domains is available
- Up to 500GB of SSD storage and 1000GB of SATA storage with RAID 50 or RAID 10 redundancy
- Up to 4000GB of monthly bandwidth can be selected
The biggest advantage that VPSBlocks offers is choice. When configuring your VPS server, you can select from a number of Windows and Linux distributions, a Plesk or cPanel control panel, and the exact resources you want. Although the resource limits aren’t the highest, you can set up a powerful solution with up to 40GB of fully-dedicated RAM.
VPS servers also make use of the CloudFlare CDN in conjunction with Tier-1 network infrastructure for better performance around the world. Thanks to this, VPSBlocks performs excellently in terms of high-availability and page load speeds, as can be confirmed by multiple independent testers. With multiple network partners like Telstra, NextGen, and Pipe, they also have a redundant network.
All international traffic is routed through the Melbourne distributed denial of service (DDoS) scrubbing center. However, one blotch on the VPSBlocks copybook is that some of their customers have, in the past, suffered DDoS attacks, although it is worth noting that these reports date back many years, and they have since improved their security and protection.
Pricing and Support
Pricing works a bit differently at VPSBlocks. Instead of providing premade VPS packages for you to choose from, you build your own solution and get priced accordingly. You can choose the operating system and control panel combos (with the control panel license included in the price) but your choice of operating system can have quite an effect on the base price.
Being able to tailor-make a hosting solution to suit your needs and budget may be nice, but in this case, it does raise the price. Compared to fellow Australian-based web hosts, the pricing is actually reasonable, but they still can’t compete with the pricing in countries like the USA.
There aren’t any unlimited options, and for most configurations, you’ll probably find a cheaper host elsewhere. They do offer a 7-day money-back guarantee on VPS products that have a cPanel or Plesk license, and a 15-day money-back guarantee on ones without. Slightly discounted semi-annual and annual billing is offered as well. If you want any advanced services such as private cloud or dedicated virtualized servers, you’ll need to contact the company for a custom quote.
VPSBlocks offers 24/7 technical customer support for all their VPS hosting products. You can reach out to their Australian support staff by telephone or through live chat during office hours, or by ticket/email at any time. They usually respond to support queries fairly quickly, but I’ve come across some online complaints about customer treatment. If you prefer to resolve issues on your own, their website offers a comprehensive knowledge base with a wide range of topics.