CONTABO VPS

INTRODUCTION AND BRIEF HISTORY

Michael Herpich and Michael Bolke founded Contabo, and they still own the company. They opened up their web hosting company specializing in webspace and dedicated servers in the spring of 2003. The market of Germany was swarming with such companies at that time. It was tough for both the founders to compete with the increasing number of giants in the industry that had thousands of servers and millions of customers around the globe. However, Contabo steadily expanded and rose to popularity step-by-step, contrary to the forecasts made by its skeptics. It is now ranked as one of those large-scale companies that are known as the “untouchables” due to their well-established repute that can survive through thick and thin. The first 36 months of Contabo’s development are counted as the most critical time by its developers. That is the time when customers worldwide started renting webspace and servers with Contabo. At the start, the company had only one server in its data center.

Today, they have thousands of servers in multiple data centers that they are using to provide services to millions of customers. They provide customer support through their offices 24/7/365 – without excluding holidays or weekends. The name Contabo GmbH was adopted at the start of 2013 by the company, and it was mainly chosen as a shorter and more convenient substitute for Giga-International. Today, it provides services to international customers through Contabo.com and to German customers through Contabo.de, in order to meet the demand of their services globally. All their data centers are located in Germany. Their goals have been to provide economical, quick, and customer-oriented services to all their customers across the globe

UPTIME PROVIDED BY CONTABO VPS

Uptime provided by a VPS is very important because VPS hosting is chosen over standard web hosting simply for improved functionality – greater uptime, enhanced speed, and increased flexibility. We have always emphasized that uptime is the most important thing to consider when it comes to a web host because it refers to the actual time during which your website is online and available to the visitors. Speed and efficiency are of secondary importance because your visitors have to receive a response from your site in the first place, for it to be called quick or slow, efficient, or lagging.

If the uptime provided by your website is not excellent, (less than 99.95% means around an hour of downtime every month, drastically reducing your traffic, sales, conversions, and so on) then your visitors will see a “page not found” error when they try to access your page during the time it is down or unavailable, and there will be a massive chance of users abandoning your site entirely and moving on to your competitors. Uptime is something that solely depends on the web host and its servers, so you have to choose a web host wisely when deciding on a company. The importance of this factor is why we recommend going for the web hosts, which have an uptime average higher than 99.94% at the least. Most web hosting companies do give you an uptime higher than 99.90%; few give you an uptime higher than 99.94%, which is essential for the basic running of a good website.

However, with Contabo VPS, you don’t have to worry about any significant downtime as your website stays online for 99.99% of the time, and it is always available to your users. Contabo uses the best technology in its servers to provide you with a great VPS hosting experience. Reliable and fast servers keep your website online all the time. Contabo uses expensive and efficient components in its servers – an example is a RAM manufactured by Samsung or Kingston exclusively. They assemble their servers themselves to ensure quality – making sure that everything from the case to the DVD drive works perfectly.

Contabo also has twofold and threefold of spare parts in stock to make any required replacement if and when necessary, and an IT team is always at your door to make any fixes should you be at the risk of having downtime. They have that stock directly on the site as in the data centers and also in warehouses. One of the most efficient servers provided by Contabo is their dedicated server, namely Dual Xeon. It is one of the best servers available worldwide, which is assembled exclusively by Contabo in its tower version as well as its rack server version. Therefore, uptime is never a problem with Contabo VPS hosting.

SPEED AND EFFICIENCY

Speed is the second most important factor to consider while choosing a VPS hosting because having excellent uptime means that your webpage will load at a user’s prompt, it doesn’t mean that it will load quickly enough to please your visitor or stop him from abandoning it. So, not only does your website have to respond to a user’s request, it has to load whatever your visitor needs, quickly. Speed is another factor that a web host can significantly influence because theirs are the servers that you’re counting on, to produce the file that your user has put in a request for, and to load it for them to see. There have been multiple studies and reviews concerning the effects of loading speeds on the behavior of users, visitors, or buyers. Here’s an account of the results obtained from such a survey:

  • Slow-loading websites cost the U.S. eCommerce market more than $500 billion annually
  • A one-second delay in site-loading will result in a 7% loss in conversions
  • 51% of U.S. online shoppers say slow site-load times are the number one reason they leave a product purchase
  • Decreasing page loading time from 8 to 2 seconds can boost conversion rates by up to 74%

It is clear from the facts mentioned above that speed is the prime factor that builds or destroys the reputation of your website and attracts people to it. This is the era of speedy technology and mobile. People are continually moving up on the ladder of speed, looking for the quickest way to get a job done, and it won’t help your website to be lacking efficiency when convenience is the thing that is most prioritized and prized by your visitors and competitors. With Contabo, all the servers are connected to at least one 100 megabit port, also with a 1-gigabit port – it means that your website will load quickly even at the peak times and the busiest periods of the internet when there is high traffic volume because Contabo has optimized its systems in such a way.

Though the data centers of Contabo are limited to Germany, the international customers are also served with data at very high speeds because Contabo uses time zones to manipulate the provision of services – when it is nighttime in the server’s time zone, it is a time heavily loaded with traffic in the time zone of the majority of the users. Therefore, even when the web is the most crowded and busy, your website will work at maximum speeds. Moreover, the servers of Contabo are assembled using branded hardware from Intel, Samsung, Western Digital, and Kingston that are the biggest names in the game.

PRICING AND PLANS

Unlike the prices of plans provided by competitors, Contabo’s prices are continuously falling, and their long-standing and regular customers know this best of all. Their services and hardware are continuously improving while their prices are dropping – which is a prized feature that can hardly be boasted by any other company providing webspace across the globe. We have benefited from three price reductions in a single year while using Contabo. The services were also improved to 2x or 3x the previously provided quality. Irrespective of what new products and services get launched in the industry, Contabo works to undercut their prices while improving the standards of their services. Here are details of the plans for VPS hosting provided by Contabo.

There are two types of VPS series provided, one offers servers on 100% SSD, and the other one works on HDD plus SSD.

100% SSD Plans

There are four plans that offer servers with 100% SSD drives – these are the most efficient hard drives available in the industry, which ensure quick functionality.

VPS S SSD

This plan includes the following features:

  • CPU: Four cores
  • RAM: 8 GB guaranteed
  • Disk Storage: 200 GB on SSD Drives
  • Port/Bandwidth: 200 Mbit/s Port and Unlimited Traffic.

VPS M SSD

This plan includes the following features:

  • CPU: Six cores
  • RAM: 16 GB guaranteed
  • Disk Storage: 400 GB on SSD Drives
  • Port/Bandwidth: 400 Mbit/s Port and Unlimited Traffic.

VPS L SSD

This plan includes the following features:

  • CPU: Eight cores
  • RAM: 30 GB guaranteed
  • Disk Storage: 800 GB on SSD Drives
  • Port/Bandwidth: 600 Mbit/s Port and Unlimited Traffic.

VPS XL SSD

This plan includes the following features:

  • CPU: Ten cores
  • RAM: 60 GB guaranteed
  • Disk Storage: 1600 GB on SSD Drives
  • Port/Bandwidth: 1000 Mbit/s Port and Unlimited Traffic.

PROS OF CONTABO VPS

Here are all the benefits you can enjoy if you choose Contabo VPS service over others.

HARDWARE

The hardware used by Contabo is way better than the one used by an average hosting provider or VPS provider. They have 4000 servers in a single data center in Munich, Germany, which was built in 2009. Another one in Nuremberg, Germany, has space for 1000 dedicated servers. It is underestimated because its data centers are located only in Germany, but the company has such hardware and time zone management that it can provide quick and efficient services across the globe.

GREEN DATA CENTERS

All data centers used by Contabo are green. That means that they don’t produce any substances harmful to the ecosystem or environment and use renewable energy to provide web services to users. Hence, Contabo is a green-labeled company for being completely eco-friendly. Contabo invests much and more in the maintenance and optimization of the entire data center infrastructure every year. That is why the services remain economical and up to date for users across the globe. In addition to that, the Nuremberg data center was awarded the German Data Center Award 2017 by experts from Germany. In 2018, it was the Munich data center that received the same award.

CERTIFIED PROVIDER

Contabo has been tested and scrutinized by webhostlist.de – one the leading testers for web hosting companies in Germany – and has become a certified web hosting provider. Webhostlist.de defines a certified provider as described below:

“No chance for black sheep! With this slogan, WebHostlist brings more light to Germany’s jungle of more than 2,000 different providers. In line with our promotion, “Tested Providers – Fair Providers – Guaranteed Service,” certain providers have been especially highlighted in our list. These providers:

  • Have demonstrated that they are legitimate businesses by submitting their official registration documents (trading license, an excerpt from the commercial register, etc.).
  • Undertake to offer you, as a visitor to the WebHostlist, the products, and services shown in our online list.
  • Have committed themselves to transparent pricing for their products and services so that the price you see here in the WebHostlist is the price you pay.
  • Agree to WebHostlist providing arbitration in disputes.”

FALLING PRICES

Unlike the prices of plans provided by competitors, Contabo’s prices are continuously falling, and their long-standing and regular customers know this best of all. Their services and hardware are continuously improving while their prices are dropping – which is a prized feature that can hardly be boasted by any other company providing webspace across the globe. We have benefited from three price reductions in a single year while using Contabo. The services were also improved to 2x or 3x the previously provided quality. Irrespective of what new products and services get launched in the industry, Contabo works to undercut their prices while improving the standards of their services.

ONE-MONTH CONTRACT

Contabo does not bind you with a one-year or three-year contract to give you services at a standard price. The pricing plans offered by Contabo remain the same and suitable even if you are opting for the service for only one month. You can stop using the services at any time – no consequences and no binding contracts.

CONS OF CONTABO VPS

  • No data centers beyond Germany

MARK’S VERDICT

Overall, Contabo is one of the best VPS providers available around the world with a huge database. The pros are many – while the cons are nearly none worth mentioning. It is a highly recommendable VPS service that has given us around a year of maximum functionality and falling prices.

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