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New Continent!

So now I’m back home in Canada after many years absence, struggling struggles and trying to find a job.

Arrived on 1st of May, and for the first time since then have been able to check through my VPSs and blogs, including dhsites.

First of all – here are the differences in speed between South Africa and Canada:

This was taken in Canada today:

And South Africa in April:

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Quite improved, although it’s the equivalent of a comparison of very fast with even faster.  Add to this consistent above average reliability, overall performance and speed.  This is a VPS that stands out completely.

Post4VPS VPS 16 Review

Introduction
When Jordy (F7N) presented post4vps.com with a second VPS – VPS 16, we were overjoyed, particularly since the VPS has a KVM configuration, and promised to be much faster than VPS 15.  You can have a look at my review of VPS 15 that was written earlier in the month.  VPS 15, although with generous specs, has an OpenVZ configuration and only 100 Mbps connection speed.  Speed is not really bad though, and since the RAM, traffic and disk space are generous VPS 15 should be OK for a light private game server.  Someone still has to test it for a game server, but for my test with WordPress blog, it was fast and a good VPS to use for that purpose.

When Jordy turned VPS 16 over to me he asked that I try it out before it was added to the Giveaway.  Which is what I did.  VPS 16 will be available during the next Giveaway on 1st of April.  The following is my review of VPS 16.

Network, Performance & Reliability
Not only does VPS 16 have a KVM configuration, but the connection speed is 1Gbps making it much faster than VPS 15.  RAM may be less than ideal for a fully fledged games server, but I’m sure if someone tried it for a games server, that they will find it a good VPS to have.  I again tried it out with a WordPress blog, and compared with VPS 15 VPS 16 handled much faster.  A speed test of VPS 16 appears below.  Some members mentioned that the location of VPS 16 in Los Angeles would be a problem since it’s far out of the way of most members ISPs, however I found it not to be a problem at all.  My ISP is located in South Africa, and speed was fast.

This was the speed on the first day I started using VPS 16 on 23rd of March 2019:

And this is the speed today:

Specs of VPS 16
Disk Size: 20 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 2 TB
Memory: 1 GB
IP Addresses: 1x IPv4
Virtualization: KVM
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 1 Gbps
Provided by: Hostlease

VPS 16 Host – Hostlease, Netherlands
VPS 16 has been donated by Hostlease, a sponsor of post4vps.com, and hosting company based in Heerde, the Netherlands.  Hostlease specializes in business hosting and reseller hosting with focus on unlimited fast SSD disk space, data and cPanel features, and e-mails.  It also provides unlimited Comodo SSL certificates for domains and subdomains. VPSs are an add on service and any one interested in a VPS should contact Jorgy (F7N) in the Forum.

System Information
The System Information below was generated by the Hidden Refuge’s Benchmark 2.0 Test.  Thank you to @Hidden Refuge for being so generous to continuously update and support it for us:

CPU Model:  Intel® Xeon® CPU ES-2620 0 @ 2.00GHz
CPU Cores:  1
Frequency:  1999.999 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  996 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  0 MB
Uptime:  4 days, 6:42,
Download Speed: (94.20 MB/s)
I/O Speed: 198 MB/s

OS: CentOS Linux 6.10 (Final)
Architecture: x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel:  2.6.32-696.1.1.el6.x86_64

Benchmark Test
Here are the results of the Benchmark Test:

wget --no-check-certificate
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hidden-refuge/bench-sh-2/master/bench.sh
&& bash bench.sh -b && rm bench.sh

Canada
Download speed from Cachefly: 11.3MB/s

America – United States
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 4.19MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 11.0MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 11.18MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 11.2MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 10.4MB/s

Asia
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 8.69MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 8.08MB/s
Download speed from Hinet, Taiwan: 6.23MB/s

Europe
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 8.08MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 11.0MB/s

Disks and Storage

Disk speed:

Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 212 MB/s
I/O (2nd run): 232 MB/s
I/O (3rd run): 242 MB/s
Average I/O: 228.667 MB/s

Usage
I’ve been using VPS 16 mostly for a WordPress blog.  I loaded VestaCP and had it up and running in minutes.  I then added my Softaculous license on VestaCP and had a WordPress blog up and running in no time.  I gave it a solid workout with adding blog pages and posts and making modifications.  Plugins loaded in no time.  This is a very fast VPS for a blog.  Speed should sustain a Games Server as well.  Jordy says that it should be OK to run the Games Server without any limitations.  Hopefully some one can test this and do a review on running VPS 16 as a Games Server. I’d be interested to see whether the 1 core 1 GB RAM would be able to sustain a Games Server without any limits.

Initially it looked as though VPS 16 like VPS 15 wouldn’t come with a panel, but looks as though Jordy will be able to set up a panel for the VPS as well.

Things to Improve
Both VPS 15 and VPS 16 still have to be tested for Games Servers.  Jordy believes that VPS 15 should be good for a light games server and VPS 16 for a heavier games server with no limits.  Depending on the outcome of the tests, I’d say that 1GB RAM may be too little for VPS 16 and the 100Mbps connection speed too little for VPS 15 for a Games Server, but that would depend on the outcome of the tests. So far there is nothing I can fault on VPS 16.  Particularly since it looks as though it will come with its own panel as well.

Conclusion
All in all everything worked excellent with VPS 16 – like really really fast – distance from Los Angeles was never an issue.  Support from the sponsor through F7N (Jordy) during the set up of the VPS was excellent and I want to extend a special note to him for Hostlease’s super support and the donation of VPS 16 for use by post4vps.

Post4VPS VPS 15 Review

Published first at post4vps.com

Introduction
It is probably unfair to compare a VPS of such huge specs like VPS 9 with VPS 15.  Not that VPS 15 specs are anything to complain about, as they are very significant as you can see below.  The performance is however very different and the speed of VPS 15 much slower, mostly due to the difference in connection speed between the two.  1 Ggbps (VPS 9) vs 100 Mbps (VPS 15).  Having said that though, there is nothing wrong with the speed of VPS 15, and any one should be OK with using the VPS for normal resource applications.  I’d guess however with users who require a lot of resources for games servers or possibly other heavier non-website applications I’m not so sure that I’d recommend VPS 15 for the application.  I have however not tested VPS 15 for these applications, so it would be great if someone else would give VPS 15 a try for a games server and do a review on it.

Here are the specs of VPS 15:

Disk Size: 270 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 10 TB
Memory: 3 GB 3 GB vSwap
IP Addresses: 2x IPv4
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 100 Mbps
Provided by: Hostlease

VPS 15 Host – Hostlease, Netherlands
VPS 15 has been generously donated by Hostlease, a sponsor of post4vps.com, and hosting company based in Heerde, the Netherlands.  Hostlease specializes in business hosting and reseller hosting with focus on unlimited fast SSD disk space, data and cPanel features, and e-mails.  It also provides unlimited Comodo SSL certificates for domains and subdomains. VPSs are an add on service and any one interested in a VPS should contact Jorgy (F7N) in the Forum.

Network, Performance & Reliability
When I first started to use VPS 15, the installation of VestaCP was super slow, but I think it was an extreme event as after a couple of hours things started to speed up, and still is good.  This is what the speed was when I first started using the VPS on 8th of March 2019:

Possibly the slow speed that I first encountered could also have had something to do with my ISP, however it soon sorted itself out, and settled into the following average speed (taken today) that is definitely OK for working with the VPS:

System Information
The System Information below was generated by the Hidden Refuge’s Benchmark 2.0 Test.  Thank you to @Hidden Refuge for being so generous to continuously update and support it for us:

CPU Model:  Intel® Xeon® CPU E5520 @ 2.7GHz
CPU Cores:  4
Frequency:  2266.742 MHz
Total Amount of RAM:  3072 MB
Total Amount of SWAP:  0 MB
Uptime:   11 days, 11:42,
Download Speed: (81.86 MB/s)
I/O Speed: 68.2 MB/s

OS: CentOS Linux 7 (Core)
Architecture:  x86_64 (64 Bit)
Kernel: 2.6.32-042stab125.5
Hostname: Hostlease-freevps

Benchmark Test
Here are the results of the Benchmark Test:

Code: (Select All)

wget --no-check-certificate
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hidden-refuge/bench-sh-2/master/bench.sh
&& bash bench.sh -b && rm bench.sh

Canada
Download speed from Cachefly: 8.95MB/s

America – United States
Download speed from Coloat, Atlanta, GA: 4.37MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Dallas, TX: 8.75MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Seattle, WA: 8.18MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, San Jose, CA: 10.1MB/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Washington, DC: 3.37MB/s

Asia
Download speed from Linode, Tokyo, Japan: 348kb/s
Download speed from Softlayer, Singapore: 4.73MB/s
Download speed from Hinet, Taiwan: 4.34MB/s

Europe
Download speed from i3d.net, Rotterdam, Netherlands: 6.31MB/s
Download speed from Leaseweb, Haarlem, Netherlands: 11.4MB/s

Disks and Storage

Disk speed:
Drive Speed
I/O (1st run): 3.3 MB/s
I/O (2nd run):  14.5 MB/s
I/O (3rd run):  12.1 MB/s
Average I/O: 9.96667 MB/s

Usage
I’ve been using VPS 15 mostly for a WordPress blog.  I loaded VestaCP, when it loaded slow, but I’m sure if I should repeat this that it would load must faster.  It’s still much slower than VPS 9 though.  For WordPress this VPS works great.  When I work with the Dashboard Plugins and themes they load and activate very fast.  It’s easy and fast to blog.  However as previously said, I’m not so sure this VPS would be ideal for a Games Server, but then it hasn’t been tested as a Games Server yet.

VPS 15 doesn’t come with its own panel, so that would be a drawback for some who need the panel for reinstallation of the OS.  However, for someone to own the VPS, the panel that is available is really great.  At one stage when I was trying to change the port number of the VPS I was completely locked out of the VPS.  Fortunately the panel that Hostlease has available allowed me to temporarily SSH in to fix the problem.

Things to Improve
Definitely the connection speed.  100 Mbps is much too slow for a large VPS like this.  It would be great if the speed could be increased to the average speed one gets for the VPS of this size – 1Gbps minimum or faster.  The sponsor mentioned the possibility of adding a panel for the user, and that would definitely be a great plus.  Must say I’m a bit puzzled too with the location of the VPS in Los Angeles for a VPS host who is located in the Netherlands.  I’d say one of the reasons for the lower speed has to be the far distance on top of the low connection speed.

Conclusion
All in all everything worked well with VPS 15, and support from the sponsor through F7N (Jordy) during the set up of the VPS was excellent.  The Hostlease Website has a great chat feature “TalkTo” that works much better than Discord or support tickets.  Also no captchas to worry about which had me smiling from ear to ear.   We were able to conduct our business on TalkTo with maximum efficiency and the least waste of time.

I want to extend a special note of appreciation to Jordy for Hostlease’s super support and the donation of VPS 15 for use by post4vps.

Giveaway Manager!

So for my sins I became a Giveaway Manager of post4vps.com with effect of the February 2019 Giveaway. Reason why I became a Giveaway Manager was to see whether I could find a way to streamline the administration of the Giveaway Process so the load on the VPS Manager would become less. Previous Giveaway Managers, although technically well qualified, found difficulty to manage the load.

Must say it’s a great pleasure to work with the owner of post4vps.com, whom I already admired before I took on the position. I got to know Dynamo as HMR at freevps.us as a contributor of substance. I’m totally in admiration of his specialist skills with the myBB Forum. Particularly with coding plugins. He is also a highly qualified Administrator, and I felt myself fortunate to start with a system that was already in great shape. It was effortless to learn how everything worked as there was a logic to every aspect of the process. Hopefully I’ll be able to do justice to what is already an excellent project.

Post4vps presently has a collection of 15 VPS plans that are contributed by sponsors who wish to promote their hosting businesses. Here is a link to all of the plans that are available:

Post4VPS VPS Plans

For a comparison of the plans you can check post4vps’s comparison page:

Post4VPS Comparison of VPS Plans

There is a Giveaway on 1st of every month where active members of the post3vps forum can request a VPS.  They need 20 posts with a minimum of 100 $ credits in order to compete, and also has to have a zero status for warnings.  The ones with the higher credit scores can apply for the better VPSs for which they have a better chance to win.  However for VPS 9, because of its huge size, judging is on a needs basis in addition to credit scores.  Members have to justify why they need to have a very large VPS.

Register today to post for a great VPS

Post4PS VPS 9 Review

Following is my VPS 9 review that was posted at post4vps.com for the period 14 April to 6 September 2018.
Introduction
I was completely blown away when I was awarded VPS 9 during Post4VPS’s Giveaway in April.  The VPS was given to me on 14 April 2018.  VPS 9 is a very sought after VPS that comes with an exceptional service record at post4vps.  So when @perryoo11 informed me of this great news I was thrilled to bits.  Thank you to all of the helping hands who made this VPS possible.  They include all of the staff and members of the community who are always very generous in sharing their expertise.I’ve given the VPS a good workout over the almost five months I’ve been the proud owner of it, enough to be able to write this review.
VPS 9 Host
As every one knows, VPS 9 is from VirMach who is one of post4vps’s favourite sponsors. VirMach specializes in high-quality affordable VPSs with locations in all of the main areas of the US and also in Amsterdam and Frankfurt in Europe (refer map below). They offer cheap Linux and Windows VPS plans as well as dedicated servers. As far as I know VPS 9 is one of the most popular VPSs at Post4VPS.  I feel very lucky to have won one.Here is a map of all of the VirMach locations.  My VPS is located in Phoenix.
Specifications of VPS 9
Disk Size: 100 GB SSD
Monthly Traffic: 4 TB
Memory: 8 GBIP Addresses: 1x IPv4 & 3 IPv6
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Location: Phoenix, USA
Control Panel: None
Connection: 1Gbps
Provided by: https://virmach.com/best-cheapest-linux-vps/
Network, Performance & Reliability
When I checked the packages before I applied for VPS 9 the most important consideration for me was the speed with which my ISP in South Africa could respond with the Virmach VPS in its Phoenix location.  I’ve had experiences already of unstable connections of the South African ISP with some of the locations in the US.  As it turned out the speed was below perfect as one can note from the high pings of the speed tests below, but because of the very generous specifications of the VPS as well as speed and reliability of the VirMach overall Network I haven’t had any issues with speed when working with the VPS – to the contrary – the speed and performance of my VPS 9 have been consistently excellent from 14 April when I first took occupation of the VPS to date  I haven’t experienced a single occurrence of down time.  You can read my blog article about speed tests that have been taken of VPS 9 in April and August 2018:
http://deanhills.us/vps-9-rocks/
Here is a speed test that was taken on 7 August 2018 from South Africa:

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Speed test two months on!

Can’t believe how very fast time is passing by.  Possibly because May had been taken up with travelling all of the time and now feels like a blur – black hole of time.  Am glad to be back at a base of a kind and settle back into some of my favourite things including posting in Forums and working with my blogs.

So before I continue thought to check the speed of VPS 9 again, and it looks as impressive as ever.  I thought my VPS was in Phoenix – maybe it still is – but the Speed Test says Las Vegas.  Whatever it is, I think the speed is awesome, given in particular the many hops my ISP has to negotiate to my VPS and back:

This is what it looked like on 14 April when I first received the VPS:

ISP Host is one ping more, but overall upload has been consistent and usually for me the upload always matters more than the download that always looks much larger than it really is.

Fun with Post4VPS VPS 9!

Today was a great VPS day for me.  I was given a free VPS – VPS 9 – during a VPS GiveAway Competition of Post4VPS.com.  VPS 9 is well sought after since it has some wonderful specs so felt doubly honored when I received the VPS.  Thank you for the honor post4vps!

VPS 9 belongs to Post4VPS’s sponsor – VirMach.com.  VirMach is a quality host that provides affordable and quality VPSs and servers to a great number of locations in the US as well as the Netherlands and Germany in Europe.  So far my experience with the VPS has been awesome!

Here are the specifications of the VPS:

Disk Space 100 GB SSD
RAM: 8 GB
Virtualization: OpenVZ
Monthly Traffic: 4 TB
Location: Phoenix
Connection: 1Gbps
Provided by: VirMach

Here is my first speed test of the VPS:

Although my physical location is very far from Phoenix, where VPS 9 is located, my experience has been much faster than expected.  The turnaround response of the VPS while I was installing a control panel and my first blog was flawless and fast.  Had lots of fun with it!