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Best Cheap & Fast Managed Cloud Based Server For Small Business

 March 15, 2019

By  Peter Nyiri

Want your website to load instantly 24/7 at an affordable price? Managed cloud servers are the best solution for this, without having to hire a tech.

I am sharing this because I want you to sleep well knowing your data is secure and your website loads instantly 24/7, with no risk that another website on the same server may affect your business. This is vital for the courses I sell.

When you start your blog, shared hosting works okay. In fact it would be a waste to pay for expensive hosting. When your site start making income, at a certain point it would make sense to upgrade to better hosting where your site doesn’t go down all the time.

This doesn’t need to be expensive, though… I am going to show you how you can get a super fast managed cloud server paying just $40 for 6 months ($80 a year). And you can host as many websites as you can fit into your 25GB storage. (You will need about 3-4 GB for the operating system.)

Shared Hosting vs Cloud

Shared hosting: the hosting provider sets up a powerful server and puts several accounts on it. The exact setup of the server is in your provider’s hands. Some hosts put just 8 accounts on a server, and sell it as “semi-dedicated”. Others put 4,000 accounts on a server, and everything runs really slow. Somewhere in between is a good number that is responsible rather than over-crowded, but does not require them to charge steep rates.

VPS: The hosting provider divides a server into a number of “virtual” servers. You are using a slice of a bigger server, but you get your own RAM and disk space. You need to install your own operating system, software firewall, MySQL server, web server, etc.

VPS divides into “managed” and “unmanaged”. With managed, the host will set it up for you, and install anything else you ask them to, and troubleshoot for you. With unmanaged, you install CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. out of the box, and then it’s over to you.

Digital Ocean is such an unmanaged VPS provider. That means you have to administer, secure, update and maintain the server yourself. If you don’t have the expertise to do this, you would need to hire someone to do it for you. Or, go for either a managed VPS, or a non-overloaded shared host.

Cloud servers live in huge clusters and consist of multiple physical machines. The storage is central with multiple storage nodes and multiple data copies. Everything in the cloud is redundant and there is no single point of failure. Even if a whole physical machine fails, your cloud VPS will be instantly migrated to another healthy machine in the cluster.

The data center loading speed depends on your location, so you have to choose the data center which is more close to you.

Affordable Fully Managed Servers

Temok Managed Cloud Hosting includes

  • 1 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 25 GB SSD storage

It only costs less than $7 per month.

cheap managed digital ocean hosting plan

They offer managed support and assist you with setting up and running your instance.

It has the ability to set up WordPress easily and you can order a free or paid SSL certificate.

managed digital ocean configure server

First you need to come up with a server name. I registered a separate domain for this, just because I didn’t want to mix things with my existing websites, I prefer a neutral name. (You can easily change your server’s name.)

My server name is web01.saadhost.com. If you use a subdomain server name like this, way you can still use your main domain for building a website and you could even sell hosting on it.

Select your data center (closest to the main location your site serves) and select CentOS as the operating system.

As you can see, I paid $40 for 6 months of cloud hosting. You can use PayPal or credit card and note that they will give you a verification phone call before activating your account.

Your dashboard will look like this:

Temok managed digital ocean dashboard

You can get customer service using a ticket system or chat.

managed digital ocean support

Once your account is active, you would log in to your domain registrar account and point your domain to your server IP by setting an A record:

managed digital ocean point domain to server

At this point you will need to open a support ticket and ask to set up a control panel.

If you want to use cPanel, unfortunately that will cost you an additional $16 a month in license fees. Therefore I recommend using CentOS WebPanel. You can check the live demo of the admin panel and the user side also and all the features.

You will have two separate URLs for log-in.

For your admin:  https://web01.yourdomain.com:2031

For your users: https://web01.yourdomain.com:2082

These are also available without https and you can look them up under the “Change Host” menu.

This is your dashboard:

managed digital ocean centOS webpanel dashboard

After the domain has propagated and CentOS WP is set up, you will get a screen like this when you visit it:

managed-digital-ocean welcome screen

Now you are ready to create a new client account:

managed digital ocean create new account

The “Package” option you see here is a hosting package, you can assign how much resource you want to give to each account, such as disk space, number of add-on domains, ftp accounts, etc.

You can set automatic SSL for all domains in that user account:

managed digital ocean auto SSL

First I created an account for SaadHost.com, however you can also create an account for a fellow blogger and share your hosting expenses, sell hosting or even give it away as a prize for list building purposes.

You may get security warnings, like this – just submit a ticket and Temok support staff will handle it for you:

managed digital ocean 10 security warnings

It is recommended that you go to “Php Version Switcher” and upgrade your php to Version 7.

This is how the client dashboard looks like:

managed digital ocean client dashboard

There is a File Manger where your clients can handle the usual functions of uploading files, etc.

managed digital ocean file manager

Make sure you delete index.html to get rid of the placeholder.

Your next step could be setting up your email under “Email Accounts”, just like you would with any cPanel host.

managed digital ocean email

Now you can log in and test:

managed digital ocean email

Now it’s time to set up WordPress:

managed digital ocean WordPress setup

Now you visit your domain and finalize your WordPress installation:

managed digital ocean WordPress

You are now ready to log in to your WordPress dashboard.

In order to force https, don’t forget to add the following code to your .htaccess, right after “RewriteEngine On”

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Scala Hosting Managed Cloud Server

In the last 2 years Scala Hosting has been working on the development of a new product which will allow every website owner to have their own fully managed SSD cloud server at an affordable price.

Prices start at $12/month and here is a comparison with other hosting companies:


This is double the price you pay with Temok:

The $12 plan includes

  • 1 CPU Core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 20GB SSD
  • Optional HDD Disk
  • sPanel Control Panel
  • Daily Backups on a Remote Server
  • Fully Managed

Shared hosting can’t deliver the security and reliability which people need to grow and succeed. Shared hosting servers host hundreds of users and websites at the same time and when a single website is compromised, it is used to attack and compromise more websites on the same server because it is much more easier to hack a site when you have local access to the server.

Having your own server resolves the security issues and brings lots of additional advantages.

  1. Hundreds of times better security.
  2. Guaranteed systems resources for high performance 24/7.
  3. Your own IP address which will guarantee that your emails will always reach the recipient and you will never be blacklisted again because someone else on the server sent SPAM.

The shared hosting market share is decreasing and more people are moving their websites to their own servers to get high security, reliability and growth potential.

In order for every website owner to be able to afford their own server the price is pretty significant factor. That’s why they developed 2 systems which make it possible to optimize the expenses and offer users their own SSD cloud server, fully managed by Scala Hosting with a control panel included and daily backups at an affordable price.

  1. Software to manage the cloud hosting cluster which saved us many thousands of dollars monthly.
  2. A control panel to manage each cloud server which saves the user the $15 cPanel license fee on monthly basis.

That’s the reason why they initiated the process of developing sPanel.


What is sPanel?

sPanel is the next generation control panel. It is a “all-in-one” solution for managing cloud VPS services. It includes everything a website owner needs in order to grow their business in a secure environment.

As a CEO with 18 years of experience in the web hosting industry, Vince Robinson has seen a lot. He knows what website owners need and what will help them grow their online business quickly. After 3 years of developing sPanel, Scala Hosting has finally released it to the public in May 2018. The name of the control panel was naturally born and it comes from the name of Scala Hosting (Scala Panel or in short sPanel).

The control panel at the moment has everything a website owner needs to manage their cloud VPS. sPanel is integrated with the Nginx web server which is running as an Apache proxy and significantly speeding up websites and TTFB (time to first byte) which is critical for ranking high in Google. The Nginx microcaching feature can speed up a website up to 1200%.

sPanel supports the latest and fastest PHP 7.3 & MariaDB 10.3 to extract everything that can be extracted and achieve the fastest PHP processing. That is only possible with proper setup and the use of PHP-FPM plus Nginx microcaching. sPanel comes with memcached installed by default as another mechanism and caching layer to speed up websites.

sPanel Shield

sPanel is a “all-in-one” solution for website owners who want to have the highest security and reliability for their websites. In simple words, if you are using sPanel you will not need to pay for additional licenses to have a fast, secure and reliable hosting service. Nowadays, to have a cloud VPS, website owners are forced to pay for several things to “build” a working solution.

  • Control panel license
  • Backups
  • Security software to block attacks
  • A monitoring company to monitor their server is up
  • A security company to monitor their website is secure
  • A systems administrator to manage their cloud VPS

Add the hassle and effort to find the best company offering each of the items above and you end up wasting days. All those features are included in sPanel. sPanel Shield is the software that stops 99.998% of the attacks to websites. At the same time it is a real-time protection system which will notify you immediately should a hack happens. The shield will give you a detailed report of the attack and the affected data. It will help you secure your website and resolve the vulnerability which caused the hack.


sPanel Backup System

sPanel has an integrated and innovative backup system which can be configured to fit the requirements of every website owner. It stores as many restore points of your data as you want on remote backup servers. The sPanel backup system allows you to browse recovery points and restore individual files, whole directories and databases from the control panel through an easy to use and intuitive web interface.

sPanel WordPress Manager

The WordPress manager in sPanel will make the life of WP users much easier. Except the standard install, uninstall, reset admin password, automatic updates, cloning and staging the WordPress Manager in sPanel comes with a feature that makes WP websites really hard to hack. Every WP website’s security is increased hundreds of times by implementing several security adjustments such as setting proper permissions of files with sensitive data, disabling PHP execution in the folders of WP which do not need it enabled and which hackers usually use to store their PHP malicious files and the most important one – sPanel WP Manager locks the installation so that none of the files can be modified or new malicious files uploaded.


SSL for all websites on sPanel

All websites hosted on sPanel servers get a free SSL certificate from Let’s encrypt automatically. The certificate is installed and renewed automatically. All communication on a sPanel server is encrypted for maximum security.

Easy Migration to sPanel

All cloud VPS services with sPanel include free migration for unlimited websites. The control panel is 100% compatible with cPanel for quick and easy migration. Websites migrated from cPanel servers will function in the same way or faster on sPanel because of the Nginx integration and the fact that our systems administrators will tune the server to perform at its best depending on the requirements of the website. All your emails, passwords, databases and mysql users, addon and parked domains, cron jobs, email forwarders will be copied and working after a migration to sPanel. Our migration team works around the clock and ensures each website is working correctly after the migration.

You are responsible for managing your websites and Scala Hosting is responsible for managing the server – just like shared hosting. The difference is you will have 100% of the server just for you instead of sharing it with hundreds of other websites which may affect your website’s performance at any given time.

You can learn more about these new server plans at Scala Hosting’s website.

Affordable Cloud VPS

Peter Nyiri

Peter Nyiri

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