Cheap VPS offers to setup MIAB (or something else)

If someone is looking for cheap solutions to setup MIAB, here is the best I found:

HostVDS has a:
1 Gb of RAM offer with 10 Gb HD for $0.79 per month
2 Gb of RAM offer with 20 Gb HD for $1.59 per month
4 Gb of RAM offer with 40 Gb HD for $3.19 per month
You can choose to have the VPS in the US, EU (NL), RU, IN, or HK.

Alternatively, there is a provider in eastern Europe, in Lithuania. You can get good prices if you subscribe for 3 years and use their coupon which gives you -50% on your first order. It would give you a very attractive solution for 3 years (but would become more expensive after that):
It’s Hostika and if you subscribe for 3 years with the coupon, it gives you:
3 Gb of RAM offer with 25 Gb HD for 2.20 EUR per month (=$2.64 with EUR/USD=1.20)
8 Gb of RAM offer with 50 Gb HD for 2.76 EUR per month (=$3.31 with EUR/USD=1.20)

Both also offer higher specs VPS, but the above should be far enough for MIAB. Both offer a wide range of payment options, including cryptos. I looked around pretty well, and to me, this seems among the best offers you can get (except Oracle :wink: )

I plan to set up a second MIAB later, and will probably use one of them myself. I will appreciate any use of the above links which will maybe pay for a very little portion of it (referral links giving me a small commission. Exact same price and conditions for you, of course).


do note this looks like a new start up, and many part of the panel looks incomplete.

There’s also not much information on the website.

It’s okay for personal test servers but I would not recommend it for production use.

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You’re talking of the first one “HostVDS”. Yes, they seem pretty new. And it’s true a lot of products or even some functionalities appear with the mention “soon” :wink: Hopefully the VPS are working fine, though (what you would be after to install MIAB). But better test it first. Sure.

What information would be missing? I doesn’t really feel like there is any less information than on most other basic VPS provider, or is it? Sure, it’s not some AWS or Oracle Cloud website, where there are tons of things.

I will try an instance to see how it works. One thing I noticed when wanting to deposit with cryptos is that their payment processor offers some pretty bad conversions (they markup the prices in cryptos quite a bit. Not cool! :confused: )

Hi there,

I just noticed that you are posting links to the services which are referral links. I think you should point that out to make it more obvious that there might be a conflict of interest. :slight_smile:

In another VPS recommendation thread, users (e.g. alento) wrote “Let me know if you desire either. I have an affiliate code if you’re willing to use it.” and I feel like that’s a more honest way to talk with other users on the forum.

Have a great day!


I did at the very end of the post. Sorry if that wasn’t clear enough.
The post was actually a duplicate from this one: More power to Mail-in-a-box (fork showcase) , stating:

I wanted to create a new topic so that it would be easier to find (no, not just because of the referral link :wink: ). I tried to keep it short (shorter than the original post, at least), and well, I thought the end was clear enough. Now if it isn’t, please tell me what you want me to do.

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What is missing is SLA, which is the reason why I say it’s ok for personal test servers, but not recommend it for production use.

Not every user here are professionals, many of them just like the idea of having their own email server, but they may not be in touch with the providers in the market. Thank you for recommending, but it’s only right that I point out it doesn’t have SLA.

Without SLA mean they do not guarantee your service availability, indirectly means your mails will all disappear one day, should they decide to give up their start up dream, with no legal binding agreements, and without notice because they have no legal agreements to do so.

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Very good point, indeed!
(EDIT: I’ve written to them about it. They answered pretty quickly, which is a good point. They said they would update this. Now, we’ll see if and when they actually do it…)

I recently switch to, but I was also wondering if they are up for a production server.
Support has been very good so far, and server have been stable.
Plans starts at $2USD/month, Add volume for $1.25 / month per 256GB additional storage.

ABSOLUTELY! They are the only low end priced VPS provider that I would recommend without hesitation. They have just completed upgrading ALL of their servers to RYZEN 3900 and they are smoking. :wink:


Their network is listed here as Level 3, I’m wondering how reliable is to decide on this rating.

Level 3 Delist

End users: You cannot affect the listing of a Level 3 listing. Please contact your ISP.

To ISPs: Sorry you have been listed. It looks as though a lot of your IPs are used for abuse - please stop listed IPs from abusing. After 7 days of no abuse from said IPs they will be removed from Level 1 - once you are below the trigger point (0.2% or 100 IPs) the Level 3 listing will be automatically removed.

Started using Hetzner today, no major complaints so far:

  • The registration process is fast - but depending on what payment method you use, you probably might be asked to either send over a photo of your ID or do a 20€ deposit;
  • After that stage, deployments are fast (<10 seconds), you get a clean IPv4 address, you get a whole IPv6 subnet if you feel like it, and rDNS is very easy to set up. Port 25 is not blocked.
  • The lowest tier (1 vCPU + 2GB RAM + 20GB SSD) is priced at 2.49€ + VAT/month (for some reason I’m being given prices at 0% VAT, but I gotta review that later Nevermind, Im paying 23% VAT which means the total cost is around 3.06€). That could be explained by the fact they’re using Intel Skylakes, but that’s still a lot of bang-for-the-buck.
  • SLA is barely mentioned but the Terms of Service suggest it exists and it is 99,9%;
  • The only nitpick here is that for some reason the Spamhaus checks always time out. Could be that the VPS’ were wired to their DNS resolvers but even changing that to doesn’t seem to be of much help :thinking:

Despite that, it took me around 60 minutes to get everything set up (the box serving three domains right away) - and Gmail doesn’t flag it as spam :partying_face:

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Not sure why Hetzner seem to have blacklisted me — I open account; don’t want to put in money since just examining service and so give passport image to pass their KYC/checks and then they disabled my account!!!

I have setup two VPS of their cheapest tier for a week now. So far so good:

  • Installing and reinstalling is really quick.
  • I asked a question to their support and they reacted within a couple of hours.
  • At the moment they offer only Moscow as location.
  • So far the uptime is 100%.
  • Speedtest is far beyond the minimum specification.
  • They have no backups or snapshots yet.
  • I have not tried out their Volumes yet, but it seems easy enough.
  • It is possible to configure access control via their Firewall
  • rDNS can be configured, just ask the support.
  • For payment there are only pre paid options, PayPal, Credit Card, Alipay, Webmony, Qiwi and Cryptocurrency.
  • No IPv6 yet.

BTW I do not use it for MIAB yet, I use it for a reverse proxy and a Unifi controller.

If you want to give them a try, you could use my referral.

Thanks for the report, Jvd!

Oh, that’s a bit disappointing. So, all the locations they claim to offer on their frontpage, you discover later that it’s not available yet!?

Sure, I’ll use your ref. when I give them a try.