Westhost Provides Free Virtual Private Servers


Before you can hope to become a dot com mogul like John Chow, you need to get the basics. You need to lay down a good foundation and one of the areas that you’ll want to research is finding the right hosting plan. While this blog is hosted by a competitor, I can see a few advantages that Westhost — the subject of this ReviewMe request — has over many other web hosting companies. Let’s have a look at what they’re all about.

What is Westhost?

Westhost prides itself in providing “reliable and affordable web hosting.” As you can see through their plan comparison chart below, they’ve got a variety of plans that will suit just about any set of needs. They’ve got the Personal Basic that goes for a mere $3.95 a month, right up to the Business Pro which goes for $24.95 a month. It gets even higher than that when you look at things like dedicated servers and managed hosting.


You’ll notice that with the two cheapest plans, you can only host one website. If you bump up a little higher, you can host more. For example, the $9.95 Personal Value plan gives you space for three sites, whereas the Business Pro plan grants you unlimited websites. They’ll just have to share resources.

Regarding the company itself, the email sent to John reads as thus:

We are privately held, and we’ve been in business for 9 years. We offer 24/7 in house support and provide services in domain registration, Web hosting, dedicated server hosting, reseller hosting, and Web design.

For more on Westhost, you can check out their video tour.

Virtual Private Servers For Everyone

Also known as a Virtual Dedicated Server (VDS), a virtual private server grants users several advantages over the typical shared hosting plan that most smaller blogs have. With traditional shared hosting, your website is hosted on the same server as several other websites and you share applications, servers, and other resources. If you get stuck on a server with sites that suck up heavy bandwidth, for example, the performance of your site will suffer.

With Westhost, all plans come with a virtual private server. This means that you get a dedicated “chunk” out of a larger server, but you have most of the functionality of a true dedicated server. According to Westhost, advantages include a dedicated web server, dedicated mail server, an independent secure environment, and “root-like” administrative control.


This comes at about the same price as most other shared hosting plans. This VPS web hosting provides extra value for the same amount of money.

Managed Dedicated Servers for Big Boys

The above plans for just fine for personal blogs and other small websites, but when you’re generating the level of traffic of a bigger site, you also need a bigger hosting plan. You’ll also want “greater reliability, performance, and security.” For that, Westhost features managed dedicated server hosting starting at $159.95 a month. This gives you a fully managed server hosting services, as well as the aforementioned Virtual Private Server (VPS) technology.


Depending on the plan, there may be a setup fee involved. Plan 1, Plan 2, and Plan 3 have setup fees of $49.95, $0, and $99.95, respectively. These appear to be sale prices, with the regular setup fee clocking in at $199.95.

Reliability is Most Important

Having a huge list of features is great and all, but they’re all useless if the server doesn’t have decent reliability. After all, what’s the point of a virtual private server when the bloody thing is down all the time? For that, Westhost claims that their reliability is “first rate” and that they’ve had “numerous placements in Netcraft’s top 10 monthly uptime list.” You can check out Westhost’s Netcraft stats for yourself.

A Solid Hosting Option

If you’re looking for a solid web hosting solution, Westhost seems to be a reputable and reliable company to consider. The virtual private server technology is a definite plus and their pricing appears to be within the competitive range. One feature that I would like to see is the ability to host multiple websites even on the cheapest plan. I know of a certain furry web host that allows that.

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51 thoughts on “Westhost Provides Free Virtual Private Servers”

  1. I’m using a VPS solution, not with them, though. I think it’s great. A lot more flexibility, but it’s not the cheapest, really. Still, it is worth it for me.

    1. Will says:

      If anything, I think I may just go with dedicated just to say I have one lol. never really tried VPS before.

  2. siyab says:

    Well I’m not so sure about them, I mean, look at the prices, so cheap There have to be some strings attached! 😕 ❗ ❓

    1. The prices indeed are way too low for a VPS server, while others charge the same amount of money for shared hosting, anyway technology walks forward and they might have figured out something new (just like resellerzoom and their failover servers, they rock to be honest).

      1. i’d like to know how badly these people are overselling a vps.

        if they are anything like other companies i been with its slower than molasses. i’m sorry if you cant afford at least 170 a month for a decent server FIND SOMEONE TO SHARE IT WITH!

        1. MoneyNing says:

          Yeah it’s going to be hard to figure out how fast/slow the hosting is until you’ve tried it. Unfortunately, it’s not a good thing to put our sites on the line for trials 🙂

        2. LeBokov says:

          I don’t think VPS would cost more than shared-hosting since the hardware should be pretty much the same. It’s just the software configuration that’s different. If they are using Linux, then they should have very low costs. I think many VPS hostings are just overpriced out there since it seems to be a new technology to the users.

    2. LeBokov says:

      If you look closer to its hosting plans, you will see there are a lot of restrictions to its cheapest plan. Most obvious are the limited number of email and FTP accounts and no subdomains. Subdomain should be free as it doesn’t increase any costs to a hosting company. Also, its plans doesn’t include domain registration and there is a $19.95 setup fee.

  3. Israel says:

    isnt blurfur gonna be pissed with this review? i guess there isnt a fine line when it comes to money or ethics or just plain manners.

    1. hmm…I agree…competition to BlueFur!

    2. Mubin says:

      not when all your about is making money online.

    3. Why should they be? Please look at my comment on the main article. This is a very delicate job, quite well done!

    4. There is no reason for them to get pissed, but in case they do they would be losing a customer like John Chow (3k a month to lose is not a small deal).

      After all they host for free johnchow.com and they get the publicity for doing that as they are being mentioned on every monthly report, and I doubt they would want to dictate anyones sites. Do you think RackSpace should not sponsor WHT (even tho I think they use aff link to rackspace)?

    5. MoneyNing says:

      Why would they be pissed? It’s not like John is telling everyone to switch to this company. There is a review of the thing which doesn’t qualify it as promoting it.

  4. They seem to be good on WHT too.

      1. Domtan says:

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  5. Mike says:

    I use IX web hosting myself!

    1. MoneyNing says:

      I used to use IX Webhosting (linux option) and it sucked! It was the slowest thing and they aren’t cheap for what you get either!

  6. That’s one of the cheapest hosting out there..my own hosting costs roughly $200 a year including the domain. What a rip-off 👿

    1. Kabatology says:

      Cut your coat according to your cloth

    2. Kabatology says:

      European servers give hosting at a more affordable rate…

  7. I like this review. You have managed to review a server who is a competitor to your web server, without compromising the latter. This has taken some doing and I compliment you on a difficult job well done. You have simply conveyed the former’s claims and have left the reader to make decisions. Brilliant reviewing.

  8. marius sescu says:

    No offence John, but the prices are too high, there are other hosting companies offering lower prices.
    Still, the services they offer are good!
    By the way, maybe because off the prices your blog is not hosted by them?

  9. Michael says:

    Good review John. I must say, I really like the idea of having a Virtual Private Server and not having some other heavyweight hog all the resources.

  10. Surya says:

    Well, choosing to use vps or not is an option. But thanks for the info.

  11. Michael Woo says:

    YEa, I think so too, it’s pretty stiff the price, for example starters pack costs like 7bucks for 5GB of space, that’s close to 2x of what you can get out there!

  12. Rich Sage says:

    I don’t like to low ball on price –in the end you get WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! It’s much better to pay a bit extra and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

  13. voidmain says:

    I have just chatted with this hosting company’s tech support, I have asked them what guaranteed RAM do they offer as a VPS hosting. They said, that they don’t guarantee any RAM.

    Do you understand what that means?

    You decide, cause you get what you pay for. From this point of view, it is just a little better than shared hosting: you will have more control on everything, except that during peak hours you will get simple out of memory errors…

    I am staying with my proven but slightly more expensive VPS…

    1. That is a very useful insight. Thanks.

  14. John says:

    Great post on hosting! I look forward to the day when I *NEED* to upgrade to a dedicated server! Right now, I am still trying to build enough traffic to use up my shared hosting plan =).

  15. Christian says:

    Hostmonster is by far the best for cheap large account hosting that i have come accross.

    1. MoneyNing says:

      I second that 😀 I use hostmonster too and they are great!

  16. Domtan says:

    Good review Michael. Those prices look good.

    1. Israel says:

      prices look decent, not the cheapest ever. but the review liek always, is well done.

  17. Shaun Carter says:

    One thing I would like to see from more webhosts, as Michael pointed out at the end, is the ability to host more than 1 website on a hosting account. I won’t sign up for a new host without the ability to host unlimited domains on the account.

  18. Will says:

    was looking into a new host. thanks for the heads up on this host. I’ll be sure to put it on my list 😎

  19. Or you can always go with TribuneHosting.com :mrgreen:

  20. Prices seems to be very cheap. How is the speed of the servers. I have experienced with cheap deals and ended up with slow servers. How is the speed, if anybody using their service?

  21. Dean Saliba says:

    Great post but I’ll stick with East London Hosting. 🙂

  22. David Mackey says:

    The inclusion of VPS’s in all hosting plans is pretty slick.

  23. Thanks for a detailed and clear explanations. People like me really need diagrams 😉

  24. By the way this foray of webshots into virtual private servers is new? I just used the site to download awesome pix of anything and everything

  25. Dandruff says:

    The deals look great. But how can they be so cheap ?????

  26. Ethan Christ says:

    Speaking of hosts. I just had a terrible time with HostGator.
    I would suggest reading my latest post before signing up with them.

  27. Etienne Teo says:

    I still prefer bluehosting, they are the best in my list.

  28. Binh Nguyen says:

    Speaking of hosting… why would I pay few hundred dollars when I can pay $4.95/month for 300GB storage and 3000GB bandwidth and unlimited bandwidth?

    1. Karol Krizka says:

      Who are you using for your host? Also the features they offer for a good price is not always the best measure of your host’s quality. I used to pay $2/month for several gigs of space and unlimited bandwith (their measurer isn’t working 😉 ), but the uptime is terrible.

  29. Elliott says:

    WestHost is quite good. I’ve been hosting a half dozen sites with them for about 3 years. No major outages during that time period, and their support is always easy to reach… they haven’t given me any reasons to look into changing providers.

  30. Looks pretty cool, very good plans and nice prices

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