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Netcup: So far so good

Part of the reason why I set up this new WordPress website was as a bit of a sanity check that my new VPS host, Netcup, holds up. And it does.

Previously I had been using DigitalOcean, which was costing me $6 per month for 1vCPU, 1GB RAM, 25GB SSD and 1TB outbound transfer (unlimited inbound). US residents don’t have to pay VAT and instead get charged $5 per month.

Now I am using Netcup, which is costing me €2.71 per month for 1vCPU, 2GB RAM, 20GB SSD and 40TB transfer. German residents don’t have to pay UK VAT and instead get charged €2.69 per month.

All in all, I’m paying half the price once you’ve done currency conversion. If I wanted to add additional storage to my server, this also works out a lot cheaper than DigitalOcean: €5 for 250GB, €8 for 500GB and €15 for 1TB (beyond this point you should get a storage server for better value), versus a flat $0.10 per GB. So even at 250GB, €5 is obviously much better value than $25.

Now, what is the catch? Is there one? Sure. You can create and destroy servers on DigitalOcean with great ease and get billed by the hour. With Netcup, this simply isn’t possible, as they bill you every six months and require a month’s notice for cancellation. They also don’t have a referral programme, whereas with DigitalOcean you can get free hosting if you manage to convince people to sign up with your referral link and add credit to their account.

But suppose you just want to host websites and more until the end of time, like I do. In this case, there isn’t really a catch. The Netcup server feels snappier, and their pricing for more expensive servers makes a lot of sense when you get into root server territory. However, if you need servers that beefy you might want servers in multiple regions, which Netcup does not offer – they only have servers in Germany.

Speaking of Germany, some of their website such as all their documentation is only available in German. Even some elements in the English pages have German elements. Emails have German at the top and English at the bottom. But as much as this can be a little confusing, at least if you don’t speak German, it’s worth it for that excellent pricing.

It’s still early days, but the service certainly feels no less reliable than DigitalOcean. I’ll miss the cute shark, but sometimes you have to live without.