King Servers VPS Review (2020): Tested it Thoroughly

King Servers is a host I bet you haven’t heard of yet. Or if you have, I bet you know almost nothing about it.

Why?

Because King Servers is a fairly new host.

Okay…technically speaking, it’s been around since the early 2000s. But it’s only gained more popularity in recent years.

King Servers is primarily a European hosting company, but it also services the United States.

King Servers COULD be a risky choice for you. Especially as King Servers’ main pitch is VPS, a product which costs more and has higher standards of performance.

So as with all the lesser-known companies I review, the real question in front of us is this:

Is King Servers one of the hidden gems of the hosting world? Or is it a product that IS too risky to sink your money into?

I’ve tested it for you, and now I’ll give you all those answers—and more.

Let’s get started with the positives of King Servers:

Pros of using King Servers

Pro #1: Good performance

I’ve found that King Servers not only has great uptime, but great response times as well:

king servers-uptime

So all seems good there.

But I’ll be frank with you: we’ve only been trying out King Servers fairly recently.

So I may have to come back in and update on the performance later—but for now, it seems stellar.

And you can check this link to see the up-to-date performance of our King-Servers VPS test site for yourself.

Pro #2: INCREDIBLE prices

I like to capitalize my words often in these reviews—but I rarely do so in a description of prices.

Simply put, here’s why I am pretty shaken up by King Servers’ VPS prices:

king servers-vps plans-california

(Note: yes, these are the California servers, but this is generally consistent for other areas).

The first few tiers are in the range of shared hosting. And just over $2 a month is the lowest price I’ve seen for a virtual private server ever.

Now, you might be skeptical about these prices, as VPS usually has a significantly higher starting price range.

I’d raise these points:

First, note the resources. The first and second tiers don’t have a ton of resources in VPS terms—though if I’m being honest, they’re still pretty great for the price.

Second, these VPS options CAN get pricey—it just has to do with customer choice. There’s nothing suspicious with prices being low as long as they scale appropriately with resources.

Third, there actually ARE a few companies that offer lower-cost VPS plans. They don’t start as low as King Servers, but they do start in the $5-ish range, which is still cheap.

You can check out my list of the best VPS hosting providers for more on those other companies.

But in general, King Servers’ VPS prices are some of the lowest I’ve seen in the industry.

And while they scale appropriately with resources, like I said, the first tiers are good deals for people who want VPS-quality but don’t need the immense resources other hosts start you with.

Pro #3: Great resources available

Just so you don’t miss it, let’s look again at the list of VPS plans:

king servers-vps plans-california

The smallest amount of RAM is 512MB, and the next unit is 1GB.

1-2GB of RAM is pretty normal for the lower end of VPS prices. As I said before, it’s good to have the option of a smaller amount of RAM for those who want it.

But it’s the high end of these selections that impresses me.

For context: a lot of large hosting companies will go up to 16GB on their VPS plans, though that’s not super high for a high-tier VPS.

Most hosts that take their VPS plans seriously will go up to 32GB of RAM, and the most serious will go to 64GB of RAM.

But very few go all the way up to 96GB of RAM—that’s a huge amount to have available.

The bandwidth is solid, though it’s not an uncommon range to offer by any means.

But a similarly impressive range upwards is available for the amount of cores and storage.

Again, for context:

Most major VPS providers will range up to 200GB of storage. Many stop at less, in fact. There are a few exceptions: I’ve seen a couple major providers clock in at 400 and 600GB of storage, max.

But King Servers? 800GB max. It blows the competition out of the water.

On cores, most providers will have up to 8. I have seen some go up to 16 or even 24, but it’s much rarer—again, King Servers stands out.

Of course, whether these are resources YOU need is an entirely different question, one only you can answer.

But in general, if you need a ton of resources, King Servers’ VPS plans have got some of the best in the industry.

Pro #4: Advanced controls/server access

This isn’t a strength unique to King Servers—many VPS providers offer a similar scope of user control, it’s simply in the nature of VPS.

Nonetheless, it’s good to have, and there ARE VPS plans that limit how much a customer can access.

In this case though, you get the full set of features needed to take control of your virtual server:

king servers-vps plans-more features

Key here, of course, is full root and shell access.

But you also get tools to support your server management: cron and related permissions, password protection, Opcache, support for some languages, and so on.

Pro #5: Orders are very customizable

It’s pretty common for VPS providers to have customizable order forms.

That said, some are simpler or more complicated than others. King Servers is more complicated.

For example, there’s a wide range of additional software options:

king servers-plan options

As well as a healthy range of operating systems, including the most popular Linux distributions and a few Windows options.

There are many choices of control panels:

king servers-plan options

Plus, multiple options for augmenting IPV4, IPV6, and resources like CPU cores or bandwidth.

And even after all that, you can still request additional software be pre-installed:

king servers-plan options

This is definitely one of the more advanced order forms, and is great for people who know what they want.

Pro #6: Has managed plans

There are some barriers to King Servers that can make it less accessible, which I’ll get into later.

But the managed plans are great for people who are interested in King Servers, but unsure they have the technical skill needed to manage VPS.

king servers-managed

Paying for managed support is an extra $30 a month. This can ruin the great prices of the lower tiers, which is unfortunate.

But generally speaking, managed VPS plans ARE pricey. So nothing unusual here.

Pro #7: Live support is good, overall

Live support isn’t perfect, but more on that later.

IN GENERAL, the live support is good:

Representatives are helpful and to-the-point.

In fact, there really is no issue with the representatives themselves—just your ability to access them.

And even then, most of the time you can get a hold of a representative without too much wait time.

Pro #8: Security looks good

This point is comprised of two things:

First, King Servers aren’t just secure. It’s TRANSPARENT about its security.

There is the negative point that King Servers does not own its own data centers. However, this is not uncommon for smaller hosting companies, as it can be costly to maintain.

Nonetheless, King Servers goes into great detail about the data centers and the third parties that run them, which is great for assuaging any fears prospective customers have.

You can see more info about the California data center here or the Netherlands data center here.

But briefly, take a look at what I mean:

How many hosting companies have you seen go into this much detail about the physical description of their data centers?

The second point is what you expect: these data centers look well-run and secure.

Company staff work 24/7 to tackle any problems, there are digital locks on every entrance or exit, staff access to equipment is regulated, specialized companies regularly audit, and there’s tons of surveillance:

king servers-data center-cameras

Not to mention the redundant physical infrastructure, and so on, and so on.

Overall, the setup looks quite solid.

Cons of using King Servers

Con #1: Site language CAN be an issue

The reason I emphasize “can,” is that King Servers’ site has an English version, which should work most of the time.

But sometimes you may end up with the Russian version. This is what the regular King Servers website looks like:

king servers-regular website

There IS an English-version of the site.

You either need to use the correct URL (which I linked), or click the main Google result for “King Servers.”

If you simply enter in “king-servers.com”, which is the natural instinct many of us have, you’ll get the default Russian version.

Again, this isn’t a major flaw. There IS a usable English version of the site that does not require translation software.

But you have to be aware of it, else you may end up confused on the default version.

Con #2: On-site support info is generally limited

Again, support via representatives is solid.

However, the on-site informational material, meaning mostly the knowledge base, is not good.

This is the knowledge base you’ll end up with even IF you’re using the English version of the site already.

king servers-knowledge base language

So that’s not ideal. When you translate it, it makes sense:

king servers-knowledge base-translated

But there clearly aren’t that many articles.

Even the articles that are there are not that great. Take a look at this:

king servers-knowledge base2

This is just the beginning of the article. There are a couple major things wrong with it:

First, the articles are full of screenshots. The screenshots involve Russian text, and that can’t be translated by your browser.

Second, they’re from 2010. The basics may be similar, but a decade is way too long to go without updating.

So when you actually consider it all together, King Servers has some of the weakest support information I’ve seen of a host.

It’s not the end of the world, as King Servers has invested in representatives for live support.

But it’s still bad, as VPS is particularly complex and you’re already dealing with a foreign company—having clear and detailed online support information is important.

Con #3: Can sometimes be hard to access live support

It’s not all that surprising, given that King Servers is a smaller company supporting international operations.

At the time of this writing, there’s a ticket/email support system, live chat, and phone support.

Ticket support is straightforward. It’s the phone support and live chat that are a little trickier.

If you’re in the US, there’s one line you can call, but it’s a tossup on wait times. You may get through immediately, but you may not want to count on that.

Live chat is always present on the site, but sometimes people will be away.

During such times, you’ll interact with a bot, who will suggest help articles or turn your message into a ticket request:

king servers-chat

It’s not too big of a deal. And most of the time, live chat is available and works just fine, with reps responding quickly and helpfully.

The larger issue is consistency—you can’t guarantee live support is always available.

Con #4: Storage is RAID 1, not RAID 10

This sounds like a nitpick. To an extent, it is. But here’s the short version of why I think it matters:

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. It’s a general method of storage that boosts security AND performance.

The different methods of RAID storage are numbered from 1 to 9.

But sometimes you can combine these different levels/methods of storage to make RAID 10, also known as RAID 1 + 0.

RAID 10 is more secure and faster, which is why it’s incredibly popular among hosting providers.

In fact, it’s just about the standard nowadays. Even non-VPS plans from the big hosting names offer RAID 10 storage.

But it’s not a travesty—RAID 10 also limits storage capacity, so RAID 1 isn’t so bad.

Con #5: Choosing Windows over Linux can be pricey

This applies more if you’re gunning for the low-cost plans.

Generally speaking, getting a VPS or dedicated server with Windows is more expensive than a Linux distribution.

king servers-plan options-OS

However, the price difference is pretty stark, especially if you’re trying to get those smaller plans.

For example, the second tier ordinarily costs $5 a month, if paid on a month-to-month basis and running Ubuntu or another Linux distro.

That’s $51 a year (not $60, because purchasing up-front for a year nets a discount).

However, if you order that second tier with Windows 10 Pro, it’s an additional $15 a month.

Meaning that second tier would cost $20 a month total, if paid month-to-month, or $204 if paid for a year-long commitment.

Of course, if you’re already paying hundreds for one of the higher tiers, the additional $15-$20 (depending on your requested version of Windows) isn’t as steep (relatively speaking).

But if you’re not paying up for one of the high-end tiers?

That’s a HUGE difference, for someone who wants the smaller resources of a cheap plan.

Do we recommend King Servers?

In short, yes, I definitely recommend King Servers.

Some qualifications first, of course:

It’s not for people who are new to VPS hosting. Such people should get an “easier” host, one that caters to newer customers, simplicity, and has extensive onsite support.

Of course, they can also pay an extra $30 a month for managed VPS hosting—but that affects the affordability of the smaller plans.

The main weaknesses of King Servers are the lack of onsite information, and the issues that can come up when using a small, foreign company with more limited resources.

However, outside of that, King Servers is a hidden gem:

It performs well, is pretty secure, has good-features, and GREAT PRICES.

And while King Servers is NOT the best for new customers, it’s not so difficult to use either—you don’t need to be an expert, just familiar with VPS.

But if you’re still not sure if King Servers can really deliver for you, just try them out, risk-free:

king servers-try for free

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