VPS HOSTING

Virtual Private Servers based in the UK

Dedicated resources, SSD drives and your choice of operating system and web panel

Cloud VPS at a great price

A SolidBlueLiquid VPS gives you unrivalled performance from powerful UK servers. All our virtual private servers have dedicated resources, and new servers can be launched in under one minute with both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. And with a choice of packages giving you up to 8 CPUs, 8GB RAM and a massive 160GB disk space, the flexibility is all yours.

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Flexible Virtual Private Servers with simple administration

Choose from all the core linux systems, including Centos, Debian, Fedora and many more. Root access and VPN access to your VPS direct from our control panel or your favourite tool gives you the ability to install any file or any application to customise your VPS. You can easily install your preferred web panel as well, or stick to our free cPanel installation.

KEY FEATURES

Choose your own panel

We can install your favourite web panel, or you can build your own apache server.

Provisioning within the hour

We can get your virtual private server online and ready to use, with your own nameservers and whitelabel control panel, in just a few minutes.

Full root support

You will have full, unrestricted, ssh root access to your own server.

Redundancy

Full N+1 Redundancy, Latest intel servers - everything you expect!

Need Backup

We can backup anything you need to our off-site storage, making sure you safe and secure.

MySQL... Done

My SQL comes built in with your webpanel, ready to configure whenever you need it.

WHICH VPS PACKAGE IS BEST FOR ME?

Regular
£20/m

  • 1 CPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20GB Disk Space
  • 400GB Traffic
  • Unlimited Support

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Large
£50/m

  • 2 CPU
  • 1 .5 GB RAM
  • 40GB Disk Space
  • 800 GB Traffic
  • Free cPanel
  • Unlimited Support

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Super Size
£80/m

  • 4 CPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 80GB Disk Space
  • 1.6TB Traffic Per Month
  • Free cPanel
  • Unlimited Support

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Super Size +
£110/m

  • 6 CPU
  • 5GB RAM
  • 120GB Disk Space
  • 3TB Traffic Per Month
  • Free cPanel
  • Unlimited Support

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Powerhouse
£150/m

  • 8 CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 160GB Disk Space
  • 6TB Traffic
  • Free cPanel
  • Free WHMCS License
  • Unlimited Support

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HAVE A QUESTION IN MIND?

If you can’t find the answer here, then just contact us for more information.

What is a VPS?

A VPS, or Virtual Private Server, is an area within a physical server created using a virtualisation tool.  This tool creates an environment which mimics a dedicated server so that you have a software equivalent of a physical machine all to yourself: the hardware it sits on is shared, but the resources it uses are all your own.

Why do I need a VPS? Is Shared Hosting not enough?

People tend to use a VPS for specific applications, or for a site that uses up too many resources and is no longer suitable for shared hosting.

This could be for numerous reasons – maybe you need more CPU resources than shared hosting can cope with, or you need more RAM, or your site is so popular that you need more bandwidth. On a VPS all the resources you use are your own – you don’t need to share a thing.  So if you use too much CPU your site won’t be suspended or disabled, you can simply upgrade your server! The limits are only what you choose them to be.

But if you decide that a VPS isn’t what you need, check out our shared hosting solutions instead.

How do i access my VPS?

You can access your VPS from multiple sources, the most common ones are:

  • Linux SSH via an encrypted connection
  • Windows RDP (if you have a Windows machine)
  • VNC (Virtual Network Computing) for either type
  • Shell windows from our client area

VNC is perfect for problems that cause your machine to freeze, it can connect even when your machine is unresponsive!

How long does it take to set up my VPS?

Generally we can have your VPS up and running within a few minutes. If you request a web panel (like cPanel) to be installed it can take a few minutes more while cPanel runs through its install script.

What can i use my VPS for?

Anything you like! More commonly however we see people use them for the following;

  • Web Server
  • Mail Server
  • Ecommerce Server
  • Development Server

Since you have root access you can use it for anything that you see fit!

What features can i expect?

Here are some of the questions we’ve been asked in the past:

Can i rent a VPS to run cPanel/Plesk?

Of course, and we can install it for you free of charge

Can i get a server with one or more domains?

Sure, with Plesk and cPanel they support multiple domains as standard.

What if I have special requirements regarding storage technology and space?

  • Our storage is not store locally but uses a technology called SAN (Storage Area Network), this means your information is independent from the physical server reducing chances of outages.
  • Advantage: Higher data security through redundant storage. Compared to classic HDD storage, there is also a speed advantage when loading websites or applications. The IOPS (input/output operations per second) and the read/write speed of data is thus significantly higher.

How about my own server image?

If you have an ISO file we can upload it directly for you and build your machine to order

Is there a backup service in place?

Of course, you just order what you need and how often.

Will I be protected against DDoS attacks?

Complete protection against this type of attack is not possible (but we do our best), however we take a variety of measures in our high-security datacentres to protect your data and infrastructure in the best possible way.

Can I use Docker?

A Docker image is not available as an option from our cloud panel. However you can download and install Docker on your own terms with root access (e.g. GitHub) to the server.

Can I install WordPress on my virtual server?

Of course. You can order one of your virtual servers and use our ready-made WordPress image, which can be installed from your cloud panel with a click of the mouse. Alternatively, you can use the WP Toolkit (Plesk Feature only) to help create the blog you’ve always wanted.

If you’d like more information about our specialist WordPress hosting, have a look to see what we can offer you here.

Does the server come with pre-configured email functionality?

If you request cPanel or Plesk it certainly does. If this is not enough, you can install another mail service with root access (Dovecot or similar).

I handle large amounts of data, so security is very important – how am I protected from viruses and malware?

Because you have root access to your server, you have the control to secure the system yourself. This can be done with a number of compatible, widely available antivirus software packages (not included).

Do I need to worry about SSL?

There’s no need to worry as all with cPanel you get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL as standard. With Plesk or any other control panel you need will need to install an SSL yourself. You can either choose the free Let’s Encrypt, or we have a variety of paid-for SSLs available direct from our client site.

How does the setup process of the operating system work exactly?

The installed operating systems on our VPS are already preconfigured. The most common functions and programs for each particular version are available immediately, so you can start to install and configure your own apps.

Do I get SSH access?

Yes, it’s included with our Linux VPS products.

What if I need multiple IPs?

You can activate additional paid-for IPv4 addresses or, alternatively, a free IPv6 subnet for your project.

Are there any limitations to the traffic on my server or website?

No, there are no restrictions on our UK Virtual Private Servers.

I tend to prefer Linux, would you recommend I use Debian or Ubuntu?

That depends entirely on your personal preference. A blanket recommendation is not possible as it depends on individual use cases, but if you would like to talk through the options, feel free to give us a call on 01642 262326.

Can I use Java, ASP.NET, or PHP?

Yes. Our VPS hosting solution is offered as a root server, which means you can use any programming language or install any application.

This is all very confusing... what is all this terminology?

Occasionally, we are asked to explain some of the following questions and terms:

What is the difference between a “VPS” and the terms “root server” and “managed server”?
The term “virtual server” refers to the type of server (virtualised server). The term “root server”, on the other hand, describes the way in which the system can be accessed. Root access means that the administrator has unlimited control over the system.

“Managed” means that the service provider provides and administers the operating system (security updates, patches, etc.) and the user cannot select or install another operating system. The customer has the option to install and use the applications provided. Server administration knowledge is therefore not necessary.

And the difference between a “virtual server”, “cloud server”, and “dedicated server”? 
A virtualised server combines physical hardware that is broken down into separate systems with the help of software. These servers can then be used and shared by several users. In fact, the resources available in the actual server (CPU, RAM, and memory) are divided.

Dedicated servers, on the other hand, are servers that the customer receives on the whole. Comparable to a laptop or a home PC, the installed resources/components/hardware (CPU, RAM, memory, network access, etc.) are available to be exclusively used by one user.

What is the difference between VPS and webspace hosting?
Webspace gives you a predefined “playing field” on which the only functions available have already been managed by the VPS provider. The only limiting factor for a user with a virtual server with root access, however, is the choice of operating system. Further options and performance can be changed by using any number of available software services that are compatible with the pre-installed OS.

We’re often asked whether a virtual private server is faster than shared hosting options, however it’s impossible to provide a general answer. There are powerful hosting plans with faster computing resources than that of a VPS. The difference, however, lies in the fact that our VPS services offer guaranteed resources (computing power), whereas shared hosting products can influence the number of resources available for other customers and ultimately only represent theoretical values.

What Operating Systems can I have? Do you do Windows hosting?

We offer all the core linux flavours, debian, ubuntu, centos, coreos, we keep these up-to-date and if requested we can install others. We don’t do windows hosting at this time but keep a keen eye out, we’ll be addressing this asap!

I don't understand all of this but I need one, can you help me?

Of course we can.  If you need a VPS but you don’t have the time or the skills to manage it we’re more than happy to do that.  There would be a small extra charge, but for less than the price of a cup of coffee a day we’ll look after your VPS for you: we’ll keep it up-to-date, deal with technical errors and work through any technical problems you ask; we’ll keep the server running and leave the website up to you. All we ask is that you keep your website secure and up-to-date, and we’ll do the rest.

What's in your Datacentre? Is it secure?

Our datacentre is fully network neutral, which means we have internet connections from multiple suppliers with excellent piering to other countries so that you get full speed sites across europe.

Only authorised personnel with Enhanced Criminal checks are allowed near our equipment, along with CCTV and 24/7 security your data is safe from physical attacks.

Which resources do I get and why are they important?

A VPS gives you RAM/CPU/HDD and IPs.

RAM is the memory which you need to run your applications, which could include Apache (web server software), Dovecot (email) or MySQL (databases).

CPU is important for processing the different services on your server. For example, if you’re using a lot of RAM for MySQL then you’ll need more CPU to run these services.

HHD is the storage space for your site. If you have a lot of traffic but your site is small then you don’t need much HHD, but lots of CPU/RAM.

Finally, IPs are the number(s) of the physical address(es) for your server. Most people only need one, but if you want more, just ask!

STILL NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU?

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