VapourHost Review – Affordable But Unreliable!
Ease Of Use
1-click WordPress installer & clean interface makes it so easy to get started.
The websites load fast but there are other performance issues.
The support is very helpful but response times are sometimes slow.
They have one of the most affordable pricing out there in the market.
VapourHost offers incredibly affordable web hosting solutions but there are severe performance issues based on my extensive use. That being said, I would not recommend VapourHost and suggest you explore other alternatives.
In this article, I’ll be sharing my in-depth VapourHost review and why I’ve been using this web hosting for most of my websites.
Today, more and more hosting companies are emerging offering hosting solutions at affordable rates. One such hosting company caught my eye a while back and I gave it a shot.
VapourHost offers cheap and affordable web hosting services with great features and services.
My VapourHost Review
Before I get into the details of VapourHost and its features, I want to list down all the things that I liked and didn’t like about their web hosting.
What I Like About VapourHost
What I Don’t Like About VapourHost
VapourHost Web Hosting Features
From my quick review, you might have already got an idea of why VapourHost is so good. Let me now dive into the details of VapourHost features.
Many or almost all web hosting providers offer daily or atleast weekly backups. But what’s so great about VapourHost is that their daily and weekly backups are completely free.
You don’t have to pay an extra charge for backups. And the same goes for restoring your data. If something unfortunate happens to your site and its data, you can simply request their support to restore your data and they’ll do it for you.
This is really awesome on their part as most web hosting companies charge you extra money for manual restoration.
Optimized For Speed
VapourHost uses LiteSpeed web server along with LSCache resulting in a terrific performance. Don’t believe it?
Here are the GTMetrix speed stats of this website that is hosted on VapourHost:
And here are the PageSpeed Insights stats:
A lot goes into optimizing your site speed but your web hosting plays a crucial part in it. You can only go as high as your web hosting lets you.
Thankfully with VapourHost, my websites can touch the sky with their speed and performance. That’s how good it is.
The biggest reason I moved to VapourHost was that one of my websites was getting DDoS attacks which were affecting its performance.
With VapourHost, I don’t worry about my website being under any attack. Their malware scanners ensure that your website is secure from any malware or exploits.
Moreover, they also use CloudLinux which isolates each user account in shared servers resulting in much better security.
Update (February 2022): After using VapourHost for a while, I started experiencing random downtimes. Upon contacting their team, I was informed that these downtimes were probably due to routine server updates.
Initially, all my sites had great uptime. Here are the uptime stats from Uptime Robot:
As I mentioned above, I started noticing significant downtime for a lot of my websites. Here are the uptime stats for one of my sites:
Uses Latest Technology
VapourHost uses the latest version of PHP for their servers which results in better security and faster speed.
Their servers are also HTTP/2 enabled giving an extra boost to your website’s performance. So, if speed is a concern for you, VapourHost got you covered.
While many people don’t care much about the user interface of a platform, for me, it’s often the deciding factor for using a product.
As a designer, it’s important for me that a product is designed with proper care to deliver the best experience to its users.
And boy does VapourHost deliver! They have by far one of the best dashboard interfaces I’ve used in any web hosting provider (Cloudways is up there as well!).
Here’s what their user dashboard looks like:
Just look at how clean and beautifully designed it is!
Users don’t often log into their web hosting. When they do, it’s usually for something important or even something urgent. When this happens, a visually clean and appealing dashboard helps the user carry out the action quickly.
Whenever I log in to my VapourHost dashboard, I can easily jump into any page or setting I want instantly.
I wish more web hosting companies would understand that having a dashboard that looks like it was designed in the early Internet era isn’t helping them offer a good experience to their users.
VapourHost has truly won my heart when it comes to design and UX.
VapourHost Pricing & Plans
Whether you want to start a website with no traffic or want to move to a hosting that can accommodate high traffic, VapourHost has your needs covered.
They have a wide range of plans suited for every person and use case. Here are the different VapourHost plans in detail:
Basic Plan – starts at ₹90/month
Their first plan is the Basic Plan which is perfect for anyone starting a website. I became a part of the VapourHost family by purchasing this plan first.
One of my websites with decent traffic is hosted on this plan with no issues whatsoever. The VapourHost Basic Plan lets you host a single website with 5GB SSD storage and 50GB bandwidth.
You get all the features of VapourHost such as a cPanel, Softaculous Installer, fast speed, etc.
This plan is perfect for:
Primary Plan – starts at ₹150/month
If you have more than one website, then you can consider the VapourHost Primary Plan. This plan is available in two tiers namely Primary Plan 1 and Primary Plan 2.
In Primary Plan 1, you can host 2 websites with 10GB SSD storage and 100GB bandwidth. This plan costs ₹150/month.
The Primary Plan 2 costs ₹200/month and lets you host 5 websites with 15GB SSD storage and 200GB bandwidth.
|Plan||Primary Plan 1||Primary Plan 2|
This plan is perfect for:
Power Plan – starts at ₹299/month
After my incredible experience with the Basic plan, I purchased the VapourHost Power Plan and have currently hosted a couple of websites on it.
The Power Plan has three tiers. The first one is Power Plan 1 which lets you host unlimited websites with 20GB SSD storage and 500GB bandwidth at just ₹299/month.
With Power Plan 2, you get 25GB SSD storage and 1000GB bandwidth for ₹419/month.
The last one is Power Plan 3 with even more storage of 35GB and 1500GB bandwidth. This plan costs ₹549/month.
All the three VapourHost plans also mention how much power you get. The first plan has +power followed by ++power and +++power respectively.
|Plan||Power Plan 1||Power Plan 2||Power Plan 3|
This plan is perfect for:
VapourHost Ultra – starts at $10/month
The last one is the VapourHost Ultra plan which they only introduced recently. I haven’t got the chance to test it out personally, but it’s truly the next level from what I’ve heard from others.
It uses state-of-the-art scalable cloud servers that are a match made in heaven for your WordPress site.
There are 4 tiers or plans for VapourHost Ultra as shown below:
The first plan lets you host a single WordPress site with 5GB SSD storage and 200GB bandwidth. The subsequent plans let you host 3, 10, and 30 websites respectively with increased storage and bandwidth capacities.
Another thing to mention here is that the VapourHost Ultra plans also come with their own VapourCDN which is currently in beta. This CDN promises to deliver even faster performance at affordable costs.
|Plan||Ultra Plan 1||Ultra Plan 2||Ultra Plan 3||Ultra Plan 4|
This plan is perfect for:
Which VapourHost Hosting Plan Is Perfect For You?
So, VapourHost offers a ton of variety when choosing their hosting. That’s pretty awesome but can be a bit confusing to you.
No worries. Here’s a simplified overview of which plan to get based on different needs:
Basic Plan: For first-time bloggers, website owners, and anyone who only needs to host a single website.
Primary Plan: Anyone who has or manages multiple websites/blogs for themselves or their clients.
Power Plan: Anyone who wants to host more than 10 or all their websites in a single web hosting without sacrificing performance and quality.
Ultra Plan: For the pros who want the best of the best in all aspects.
My Experience With VapourHost (Update: February 2022)
In any product I review, I like to share my personal experiences so that the users know what to expect and whether it’s worth their money.
The same goes for the case of VapourHost as I’ve hosted multiple websites here. So, without further ado, here is my experience with using VapourHost.
It Slowed Down WordPress
My experience with VapourHost started out great but soon became problematic.
The backend of most of my websites became infuriatingly slow. So much so that it became frustrating. This was mostly because the CPU usage constantly remained 100%
I contacted one of their Co-founders Chirag regarding this and it seemed like the issue was due to cron jobs running on one of the websites.
So, the cron jobs running on the site were disabled but the issue still persisted. I then upgraded the plan thinking it has to do with the CPU resources.
But the issue still persisted. While my sites became very slow in the backend, I still continued using VapourHost thinking that only I was having this problem. Because I couldn’t find anyone else complaining about it.
What broke the camel’s back for me was when I recommended VapourHost to two of my friends and a few months later they had the same complaint regarding the slow backend.
That’s when I realized that the problem wasn’t just isolated to my account or websites. This belief was further cemented when my brother who was also using VapuorHost had similar issues.
In a nutshell, I canceled my VapourHost subscription because the WordPress backend became tremendously slow and it became difficult to work on my websites. Pair it with random downtimes, the experience became even worse!
Regarding their customer support, I don’t have a lot of complaints.
Whenever I faced any issue, I was able to contact both the co-founders directly on Facebook and they would help me out instantly.
But I can’t say the same about their customer support portal. The responses there are swift as well but there were instances when the help I needed was urgent and the replies weren’t fast enough.
Good & Trustable Founders
Both the founders of VapourHost, Chirag Agarwal and Chirag Aggarwal (yes, they both have the same names but different spelling) have a very reputable image among the Indian bloggers’ community.
That’s in fact how I got to know about VapourHost. Many new bloggers look for cheap and affordable hosting solutions and in every group or community, people always recommended VapourHost.
Here are some screenshots of how beloved and trusted they are in the community:
While my experience wasn’t good using VapourHost, I still believe the work both the co-founders are doing is incredible.
And I wish they would address the issues I faced and maybe one day I’ll be able to blindly recommend their hosting again.
Since I was having problems with VapourHost, I had to move all my websites to a new host.
I explored various options both affordable and expensive ones. In the end, I chose Cloudways as the reviews were exceptional and I was already using it for GridRule Academy.
This was enough for me to make up my mind about it and move all my websites to Cloudways. The migration process was smooth as I talk about it in this article.
The pricing of Cloudways is not as affordable when compared to VapourHost but I found it more reliable which is important to me.
I’ll be publishing my Cloudways review soon once I have used it for a significant amount of time for me to form proper opinions about it.
Before I conclude my VapourHost review, here are some questions that are commonly asked about VapourHost:
Q. Does VapourHost offer a money-back guarantee?
Yes, VapourHost offers a 30-day money-back guarantee from the date of purchase.
Q. Is there any hidden charges or fee?
No, and that’s the best part, isn’t it? The pricing you see on their landing page is the price you have to pay (excluding taxes).
Q. Can VapourHost handle a high-traffic blog?
Yes, it certainly can. They have a variety of plans so that their hosting can handle any kind of website.
Q. Does VapourHost offer free migration?
Yes, VapourHost offers free site migrations.
Final Verdict: Affordable But Not Reliable
When I first reviewed VapourHost, my recommendation was to go for it blindly.
Unfortunately, I cannot say the same again.
VapourHost is a value-centric hosting company & while major players in the hosting industry are busy with their deceptive pricing and marketing tactics, VapourHost comes out straight with its value proposition promising to give the best value and care to its users.
But there are problems with their hosting that I never faced anywhere else!
And that’s what hurts me the most. The team, the vision, the pricing, etc all align perfectly for me to call it the best affordable hosting.
But they still have some work to do on the performance front to ensure the sites hosted on VapourHost perform well.
I can’t recommend a hosting where it takes me 2 minutes for the WordPress dashboard to load. No matter how good the pricing is, I just can’t.
So, my final verdict is that I don’t recommend VapourHost for hosting your blogs and websites. If you’re wondering where I moved all my websites, it was Cloudways.
I wouldn’t necessarily say Cloudways is an affordable hosting when compared to VapourHost but it’s far more reliable. And when you’re running an online business, reliability is crucial. Even it means paying a few extra bucks for it.