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German server provider | NVMe VPS from $6.99 or €4.99 a month | Data Centers in EU, US & Asia | 17+ years of experience | 100k+ happy customers | #cloud #hosting #infrastructure
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Shared Hosting $3.99 - $12.99
VPS $4.99 - $119.99
Dedicated Server $38.99 - $229.99

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DrMohamed Gamal

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DrMohamed Gamal,
5.0
I've to say that , at the begining I was a primitive with VPS Servers
and was furstrated to use a vps and rated them as 6.2 before but now and in the future they should have rated 10 / 10
But with C...Read Moreontabo I've to say that , They almost the best Providing Team I've ever worked with
Sure the Support takes 2 hours via email , but their supporting team works perfectly !
I'll never move to another provider while contabo exists

I would completely recommend Contabo to all you guys
They are Amazing !!!!
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Michael Solomson
Michael Solomson from United States,

Contabo Ignores Copyright Infringement: flouts German Copyright Law and contradicts its own Terms and Conditions.

1.0
Please post this for your readers. My company has submitted numerous Copyright Infringement (DMCA) reports to Contabo and have had no response and no action taken to disable access to the illegal sites. This goes against statemen...Read Morets on this subject within their own Terms and Conditions (Clause 6 - Rights of Third Parties) as well as German Copyright law. By hosting and allowing sites to blatantly offer unauthorized and illegal access to copyrighted materials Contabo encourages other site owners to conduct similar activities unchallenged. Legitimate site owners considering or utilizing Contabo's services should take pause before supporting an organization with questionable business ethics.Less
sam Techae
sam Techae from Kenya,

Worst Service Ever

1.0
VPS
They got good server but if you are late for payments for just a few days(like you miss your invoice email), they will delete all your data and account.
Just found they deleted my data and account for being late for payment for j...Read Moreust a few days, I have had an account with them for more than 6 months.Less
PLASMA chicken
PLASMA chicken,
"We have sent you 16 emails" i dont think that is "just deleted"
Don Omajemite
Don Omajemite,
I'm using your services for about two years now... You people often remind users to pay or credit their account 10 days before the end of the Contract... I can authoritatively affirm that you people do send over 10 emails to my in...Read Morebox and none of the emails will land in the spam box always in my inboxLess
Don Omajemite
Don Omajemite,
If your bill day is 20th Contabo will Start sending you a reminder from the 10th telling you to credit your account or set automatic billing and all the emails will land in your inbox... You ignore those messages...know you are bl...Read Moreaming them for your inability to pay...

Sometimes, when I don't have money during the Coronavirus... I will send them an email to shift my billing day and they will gladly extend and even add another extra day.
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Fritz Adler
Fritz Adler from Germany,

Good Service!

4.0
VPS
Contabo offers cheap and good Servers for everyone's needs! I highly recommend using contabo. I am using it now for I think a year and never had problems caused by Contabo. The Web-Gui got updated too. At my opinion they can still...Read More work on some stuff to make it more clear or user friendly but the service (the server) is perfectly working and functional at any.Less
Aytag Y
Aytag Y from United Kingdom,

Cheap and Great

4.2
Cheap and Great VPS ! only they having problem with Email blacklisted with UCEPROTECTL3 UCEPROTECTL2 , with their all Ip Ranges,
I have to use it like this. i have sent email them to refund the some off the money , but they didn'...Read Moret , they replied me to terminate my vps so they can fully refund the money.Less
Aytag Y
Aytag Y from United Kingdom,

Not worth it

1.4
Customer support replys very late next day or 2nd day , I had problem with vps i ordered 10 days ago still my problem not solved, ALL CONTABO IP range in blacklist of UCEPROTECTL3 UCEPROTECTL2
I have paid yearly VPS M NVME . I do not recommended
Irene Ramirez
Irene Ramirez from Mexico,

Great Company but limited to add extra storage :(

4.4
This is a great Datacenter company my only problem with them is that they do not allow you to buy extra storage for the service :(
The problem with not be able to add extra storage is that we do not have scalability on that server other than that im very happy with my VPS's
Alex Sefan
Alex Sefan from Romania,
Moved from HostGator

I am a fan of Contabo

5.0
I am a fan of Contabo. I use them since 2018. I have two VPS with them, and everything is running at peak performance. I had several issues in the last three years, maybe too few to mention. Most of them related to my lack of expe...Read Morerience, and I thought it is their fault after learning that it was related to CentOS Web Panel issues. Everything that was in their power they solved fast and professionally. I am running over 40 websites on each VPS. Suppose you are an advanced user and adequately configure your web server, your operating system of choice, your control panel and use CloudFlare to add extra security. In that case, you won't have any problem with Contabo. The server speed is excellent. With proper caching and configuration, all my websites have over 92% A ratings on GTmetrix.Less
Herve Jaubert
Herve Jaubert from Norway,

copyright support

5.0
Upon request, Contabo removed a page hosted on their platform that was infringing my copyright. They take very seriously copyright infringement.
Michael Solomson
Michael Solomson,
Could you tell me the email address at Contabo to report? No response to numerous reports to abuse@ Thx
Bruno Mirchevski

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Bruno Mirchevski

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Last Update | October 2021

Monthly Update - October 2021

Hosting Plans Web Hosting; VPS Hosting; Dedicated Hosting
Top Features No Extra Fees For Transfers; DDoS Protection Included; 1 IPv4 & /64 IPv6 Network; Snapshot Technology; VNC Access; OS Reinstall and Reboot Through Web Interface; DNS Management Through Web Interface; One-click Upgrades Through Web Interface; Uptime Monitoring; Domains and SSL Certificates; Additional IPs; Additional Backup Space
Customer Support Email and Phone Support; FAQ; Tutorials

 

During October, Contabo Hosting:

During September, Contabo Hosting:

During August, Contabo Hosting:

During July, Contabo Hosting:

During June, Contabo Hosting:

During May, Contabo Hosting:

  • Didn’t issue any new features or updates
  • Completed scheduled server maintenance, incurred interruptions, and connectivity issues

Contabo is a Germany Hosting Company established in the Spring of 2003 in the city of Munich. At the time, it was known as Giga-International and it’s managed to grow from a single server to more than 10.000 servers.

It offers Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Virtual Dedicated Servers (VDS), and Dedicated Servers.

They offer Linux and Windows servers which are highly dependent on what you need. The stand-out factor about them is their colocation services, smooth scaling options, and products they offer.

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7.6
Good
Rated by Bruno Mirchevski
  • User Friendly
    7
  • Support
    8
  • Features
    5
  • Reliability
    9
  • Pricing
    9

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The main selling factor for me when it comes to Contabo servers is the fact that it offers you the ability to build your own dedicated servers. You can select the processing power, hard disk space, and RAM that you need, with additional features such as backup space as well as ongoing monitoring and management. Keep in mind that this is only the case when it comes to the dedicated servers, and is not valid for VPS hosting or Shared Web Hosting packages.

DDoS protection is offered free of charge across all Contabo offers and is activated automatically. The unique aspect about all of this at Contabo is the fact that it has developed its own in-house DDoS protection.

To test what they are like, I decided to take a deep dive into their website and see what makes them tick.

Getting Started With Contabo Hosting

Screenshot of the home page

From the very first second that you enter their website, you’ll get clear information. In fact, you’ll learn everything you need to know within the first few seconds. You see, they have three main offerings here, they tell you about the pricing of VPS, VDS, and Dedicated Servers, and they clearly showcase the pricing. You also learn when they were established and where they operate. This is the perfect website design and what I love to see, as the last thing I want to do is scroll for 15 minutes just to figure these things out.

Now, the thing about the website itself, and you’ll see this throughout the entirety of the article, is that, while it is designed well in terms of what content you are seeing, the design language, as in art, vectors, and overall feel and fluidity of everything feels outdated. It's functional, but it feels like an early 2000s website, and you should keep that in mind going forward.

Snapshot of VPS Dropdown

When it comes to VPS, you can select between:

High-Performance VPS

Snapshot of VPS plans

Storage VPS

Screenshot of storage VPS plans

Virtual Dedicated Servers

Screenshot of VDS plans

On the Dedicated side of things, you can get:

Screenshot of Dedicated Serves dropdown

Dedicated Servers

Screenshot of Dedicated Serves plans

Virtual Dedicated Servers

Screenshot of VDS plans

Outlet Servers

Screenshot of Server Outlet plans

For this example, I’ll pick the cheapest VPS server.

Next, Screenshot of VPS plans

Next, you will need to pick a location, and this can either be from the European Union (Germany), or in the United States (Missouri).

Screenshot of VPS S SSD plan

After that, you’ll need to pick an operating system. I adore CentOS, so I’ll pick that one.

Keep in mind that you can also choose between Ubuntu, Windows Server, cPanel, Plesk + Windows, and Plesk + Linux.

Screenshot of popular OS list

Next, you’ll arrive at the networking tab. Here you will be able to select your transfer, IPv4, backup space, server management, monitoring, SSL, and Setup.

When it comes to the backup service on offer, Contabo has an add-on that gives you the ability to save encrypted backups through the use of FTP. Alongside this service, you also have another service which is known as 100% Auto Backup, and this provides you with automatic and regular backups for the entire contents of your web hosting account.

Through the usage of add-ons such as these, you can take backups on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

However, if you want to retrieve the backup, you will have to contact the support team and request the files. There is no free backup solution on offer here, so you will have to pay for them.

Screenshot of networking tab

I’ll just leave everything as it is here, but if you’re really interested, you can open up these settings and tinker as much as you want.

Next, you’ll need to enter some private information.

Click on Private Individual or Business, depending on what you are.

Screenshot of customer details page

Aside from this, you will need to enter your salutation, first name, last name, address, city, postcode, country, telephone, email, and a confirmation of your email, then just click on next.

Screenshot of additional information about customer

Next, you will have to choose a payment method that you want to use.

The most common two types of payments you can use include Credit Cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as PayPal.

choosing payment method page screenshot

You will have a final overview of the order before you can actually click on order and pay, this is just here for you to check if everything is in order.

Screenshot of the Order

Wait for the payment to process.

Screenshot of "Please Wait" window (Loading)If everything succeeded, you should see a “Payment Received” message.

Screenshot of "Thank you for your Order" message

Okay so here is one thing I did not expect and was surprised when I saw it in the mail.

Please note that I’m quoting the email here:

We are obligated by law to perform customer data verification for each new customer. To fulfill this duty, we need additional information from you.

First of all, we would kindly ask you to provide the following information again, just to make sure there are no typing errors causing the verification issue:

  • First name:
  • Last name:
  • Address:
  • City:
  • ZIP code:
  • Country:
  • Telephone Number:

In addition to the above, please also send us a document that proves the address. This could be:

  1. A scan of your passport, driving license, or national identity card.
  2. A scan of your telephone, electricity, or any other utility bill as long as it contains your name and the address mentioned above.

Please note that the provisioning of your order is on hold until you provide us this data. Once we received all relevant data from you, we will complete the verification process and we will continue the setup of your order right away.

It’s okay, I get it, they are in the European Union and they are indeed required by law to perform data verification on all of their customers, and it is nice to see that Contabo is indeed following the law. However, I did not feel comfortable giving out this information to a hosting provider, as this is my own, personal information, and you should be aware that they are required to have this information from you and that you always have options outside of Europe that do not require you to provide this information.

Nevertheless, if this does not prove to be an issue for you and you feel comfortable providing them with this kind of information; go right ahead and do so, at least you know that your hosting provider of choice is following all of the laws and regulations.

With that out of the way, you will receive an email with your login credentials, and all you have to do is log into your account.

Screenshot of customer control panel

Screenshot of the login page

Screenshot of message about security when you login

Finally, you’ll arrive at the control panel. And wow, that’s an outdated design. As long as it is fully functional, and provides me with the options and features that I need, I don't really care what it looks like; but still, I have to point out that the last time I saw a website like this or a control panel In general that was this basic, well, it was before the 2010s.

Screenshot of client area

Setting Things Up at Contabo Hosting

So, here’s what you can do while using Contabo. On the home screen, you will find some basic information as well as Contabo news. Don’t let the design fool you, the news actually always remains up to date.

Now, on the left side of the control panel, you will have access to the following things:

  • Your services

Here you’ll be able to see a list of the services you are using at Contabo where you will see details such as the monthly fee, setup fee, and when the next payment is.

Screenshot of the services page with highlighted Manage button

If you click on manage, you can enter the control panel, reinstall it, rescue the system, upgrade the VPS, see the server name or cancel the service.

Screenshot of control panel

The control panel itself is simple, and it can show you the status of the server, allow you to restart, start or stop it, reinstall it, rescue the system or create and restore snapshots.

  • Customer details

Without revealing too much of my personal information here, the customer detail tab allows you to view as well as update your customer details.

Screenshot of the customer details tab

  • Billing

The billing tab, as the name might imply, showcases exactly what your balance is, and what your monthly total cost is. You will also be able to review your entire payment history.

Screenshot of the billing tab

  • Payment Method

Here you will be able to review your payment method and change it.

Screenshot of the Payment Method tab

  • Server control

Here you will be able to manage your dedicated servers.

Screenshot of the Server control tab

  • VDS control

Here you can manage your VDS instances.

Screenshot of the VDS control tab

  • VPS control

Here you will be able to manage your VPS.

Screenshot of the VPS control tab

  • IP Management

This section allows you to see all IP addresses that are assigned to your customer account as well as their configuration details.

Screenshot of the IP management tab

  • OS reinstalls

This menu will provide you with an overview of the pending, running as well as recently finished reinstallation tasks for your servers.

Screenshot of the operating system reinstallations

  • Domains

Here, you can manage your existing domains or register new ones.

Screenshot of the Domains tab

  • DNS Zone Management

Here you can create and manage DNS zones for all of your domains, and all of the entries you create are actually free of charge.

Screenshot of the DNS Zone Management

  • Reverse DNS Management

Here you have the ability to manage the reverse DNS (PTR) records for your IP addresses.

Screenshot of the Reverse DNS Management

  • Tutorials

This is essentially the Contabo blog page where you can learn just about anything they’ve published.

  • FAQ

This is just the frequently asked page where you can check any kind of information you are interested in.

Keep in mind that on the bottom, you will always have the ability to scale up and order additional services such as:

  • VPS
  • Storage-VPS
  • VDS
  • Server
  • Outlet-Server
  • Webspace Package
  • Domain

Level of Support

When you click on the support tab, this screen will pop up.

Screenshot of the Support Information pop up message

So you can contact them either through phone or through email.

I sent them an email asking for a refund as well as account termination just to test out how it would work. I received an email 6 hours afterward.

Screenshot of the email conversation with support

So I simply confirmed this request and received my refund while having my account terminated.

Keep in mind that you are not refunded for the setup fee, just the monthly payment itself.

Security and Backups

Contabo Hosting offers DDoS Protection. The feature comes for free in each server and webspace package to protect you from malicious attacks on the web.

You can also purchase a signed SSL Certificate or a wildcard SSL certificate, with the signature of each SSL certificate being valid for 12 or 24 months. Once this period ends, the provider will ask you whether you would like to extend the feature instead of doing this automatically.

While you can order the SSL together with a hosting service, you can also choose to add it to your offer later on.

Furthermore, access to the cPanel comes with two-factor authentication. So, apart from your personal password, the provider also requires a one-time password each time you log onto the platform, further protecting you from third parties.

As mentioned before, Contabo Hosting lets you purchase additional backup space for dedicated servers but not for VPS or Shared hosting plans. In addition to it, you can use the Auto Backup to automatically backup your content daily, weekly, or monthly, but not for free.

Specific Features of Contabo Hosting

Contabo essentially carefully checks the relation between purchase price as well as the performance offered. They also look at the energy efficiency as well as the durability of each hardware component. They use proprietary optimization scripts in order to manage the load on all of their servers, and they are able to provide stable performance for all of their customers as a result.

They feature a fully unified hardware platform in all of the Data Centers across the globe, and as such they get better discounts on purchase prices that they pass on to customers.

They have 5 data centers in 3 regions.

  1. USA1 – Missouri
  2. EU1 – Germany
  3. EU 2 – Germany
  4. EU 3 – Germany
  5. SIN1 – Singapore

Aside from that, they have a premium support team of 64 highly-trained support specialists that can assist you at any time.

They are affordable, perform quick provisioning, have no extra costs associated with transfers, and full virtualization.

You even get additional features such as:

  • Snapshot Technology
  • DNS Management through a web interface
  • Domains and SSL Certificate availability
  • DDoS protection that’s included
  • VNC Access
  • One-Click Upgrade through the web interface
  • Additional IPs that are available
  • 1 IPv4 and 64 IPv6 Network included
  • OS Reinstall and Reboot Through a Web Interface
  • Uptime Monitoring Availability
  • Additional Backup Service

Performance Speed and Uptime

When it came to the uptime, I can straight up say that I experienced no downtime throughout my testing.

I saw a response time between 750 and 420 ms, with an average of 570 which was interesting, even with the most basic website. All I can say that this is a speedy hosting provider if you are trying to run just about anything from a blog to an eCommerce website.

Summary

I feel like I was a little harsh on Contabo hosting by judging their design. Sure it is outdated, but whenever I clicked on just about anything, I was instantly loaded onto the next screen. In fact, I think I saw zero loading time from one tab to another, it was simply amazing. Due to that simplistic design, their own website loaded things quickly, and the control panel was a breeze to go through. That being said, they do not offer live chat support, only call support and email support, and you will likely wait a few hours for a reply. In any case, they are knowledgeable and do live up to their claims. The hosting services on offer are affordable and exceptional when it comes to value-for-money, and they should fill the needs of anyone that’s specifically located in Europe. The Know Your Customer (KYC) process can be an inconvenience, but if you do not mind going through that hassle and providing your information, you should have an amazing experience using Contabo Hosting.

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Contabo pros

  • Large Range of Hosting Plans Available
  • Easy Setup Process
  • Scaling Options
  • Colocation Services on Offer

Contabo cons

  • KYC (Know Your Customer) is a requirement
  • Outdated Website Design

FAQ

Can You Request a Refund?

You can request a full cancellation and refund within 14 days of the transaction.

How Long Does Provisioning Take?

By using PayPal or a Credit Card, the provisioning process is instantaneous. VPS, Virtual Dedicated Servers, and Workplace Plans are set up within minutes but can take up to three hours.

Does Contabo Have an Affiliate Program?

Contabo features an Affiliate Program at Commission Junction and Awin. You can earn up to €150 for every new customer you refer to them.

What Does the Name Contabo Actually Mean?

Contabo is an abbreviation of Content Across Borders.

Does Contabo Offer a Free Trial?

Unfortunately, Contabo Does not offer a free trial period, but you can cancel within 14 days and get your money back. However, this does not count the setup fee.

Contabo Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Panel Number of Sites Price Score
M 50 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $3.99 8.9 Details
L 100 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $6.99 10 Details
XL 250 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $10.99 7.6 Details
XXL 500 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $12.99 8.5 Details

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
300 300 GB 2 cores 4 GB $5.99 8.9 Details
700 700 GB 4 cores 10 GB $10.99 9.7 Details
1400 1.4 TB 6 cores 20 GB $16.99 9.8 Details
S SSD 200 GB 4 cores 8 GB $4.99 8.7 Details
S NVMe 50 GB 4 cores 8 GB $6.99 9.0 Details
M SSD 400 GB 6 cores 16 GB $8.99 9.3 Details
M NVMe 100 GB 6 cores 16 GB $11.99 5.6 Details
L SSD 800 GB 8 cores 30 GB $14.99 9.2 Details
L NVMe 200 GB 8 cores 30 GB $19.99 9.0 Details
XL SSD 1.6 TB 10 cores 60 GB $26.99 9.6 Details
XL NVMe 400 GB 10 cores 60 GB $34.99 9.0 Details
Virtual Dedicated Server S 180 GB 3 x 2.80GHz 24 GB $49.99 9.2 Details
Virtual Dedicated Server M 240 GB 4 x 2.80GHz 32 GB $59.99 8.6 Details
Virtual Dedicated Server L 360 GB 6 x 2.80GHz 48 GB $89.99 2.0 Details
Virtual Dedicated Server XL 480 GB 8 x 2.80GHz 64 GB $119.99 7.0 Details

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
Intel Xeon E5 2630v4 3 TB 10 x 2.20GHz 256 GB $169.99 8.7 Details
2 x Intel Xeon E5 2630v4 3 TB 20 x 2.20GHz 256 GB $199.99 9.0 Details
AMD EPYC 7282 3 TB 16 x 2.80GHz 256 GB $229.99 8.7 Details
2 x AMD EPYC 7282 3 TB 16 x 2.80GHz 256 GB $229.99 9.5 Details
Outlet Server 4-CORE INTEL SERVER HDD 2 TB 4 x 2.80GHz 12 GB $38.99 9.0 Details
Outlet Server 4-CORE INTEL SERVER SSD 500 GB 4 x 2.93GHz 12 GB $40.99 9.0 Details
Outlet Server 6-CORE INTEL SERVER SSD 2 TB 6 x 3.20GHz 64 GB $78.99 9.0 Details

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