Founded in 1996, M3Server has over 10 data centers in Missouri; Utah; California; Virginia; Washington, DC; London; and Amsterdam. M3Server isn’t the usual hosting company you see in our host review list. Instead, it’s a high-performance web hosting provider with enterprise-level technology. The company offers virtual dedicated, dedicated, and managed servers, along with a wide range of web services including Content Delivery Network (M3Server CDN) and ad servers (Adserver XS), and off-site server backup service (M3SafeVault).
Enterprise-level hosting for individual bloggers?
While this might seem overwhelming for the average blogger, the company prides itself on being accessible for everyone. As an individual blogger, my experience with enterprise-level hosting is very limited. Because of that, you’re probably wondering why I even took the time to review M3Server. The answer is pretty simple. M3Server offers something which I think bloggers/individual site owners with a lot of traffic are looking for. It provides an enterprise-level hosting service that offers peace of mind without needing advanced IT skills and knowledge. In other words, you get the power of an enterprise-level solution without needing the know-how. FYI, I’ve been testing an M3 v30 Virtual Server account since two months ago without any technical problems. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s take a look at what you can expect with this company from a blogger’s point of view as well as my personal experience with M3Server.
M3Server Hosting & Web Services
VPS and Virtual SSD Servers
M3Server standard VPS hosting (named as “High Performance”) four packages to choose from, ranging from $20 to $100 a month. The basic package comes with 30 GB disk space, 512 MB of RAM, and two CPU cores. The top package has a whopping 300 GP of disk space. It also has 4 GB of RAM and four CPU cores. On the other hand, M3Server’s SSD VPS hosting (standard VPS with SSD performance hardware) comes in four different plans, range from 20 to 80 GB of SSD disk space. The basic plan has 512 MB RAM and two CPU cores, while the top plan has 6 GB of RAM and six CPU cores. These plans cost $20 to $100 a month. Regardless of which plan you choose, you’ll get free setup, 5 TB transfer, unlimited domains, and access to the M3 Admin control panel. These virtual servers are compatible with various MySQL and PHP applications, including Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress.
Fully Managed WordPress Hosting
M3Server also offers fully managed WordPress hosting, which comes with a big chunk of additional premium features including NGIX web server for media streaming, and scheduled malware scans. For Fully Managed WordPress Hosting, users get to select between four packages, depending on your needs. The lowest plan costs $20 a month, and the most expensive plan costs $100 a month. Server capacity range from 20 GB SSD disk space, 1 GB of RAM, and two CPU cores up to 300 GB disk space, 4 GB of RAM and four CPU cores. All of the plans include a free domain name, unlimited domains, free setup, and automatic malware removal.
Fully Managed Dedicated Servers
For Managed Dedicated Servers, M3Server plans start at $200 a month and go up to $779 a month. Server capacity range from 1 TB disk space, 16 GB of RAM, quad-core CPU up to 8 TB disk space, 64 GB of RAM and dual six-core CPU.
AdServer XS is an advertisement server solution that allows users to host and monitor performance of their ad campaigns. AdServer XS comes in in five packages that range from $29 a month to $650 a month. The basic package comes with 3 million impressions, while the top package includes 300 million impressions.
M3Server’s CDN services host static images as well as streaming videos. If you go with this hosting plan, visitors come to your website and request CDN cached content. Then, the CDN server provides the content. M3Server’s CDN services cost $80 a month.
Enterprise level hosting for the average Joe: Easy to use + Affordable price
Perhaps ease-to-use the biggest benefits with M3Server. M3Server hosting is easy to set up and use (I experienced it myself). If you’ve ever tried to use enterprise hosting solutions before, you know they can be really difficult. That’s not the case at all with the plans from M3Server. You don’t need any advanced skills or knowledge. You don’t have to configure the servers yourself, so you can just hop on and start working on your site. This gives everyone the chance to benefit from enterprise solutions.
I am also really impressed with the price. With all of the enterprise-level server features, M3Server could get away with charging quite a bit more than it does. Instead, you can get premium hosting for as little as $20 a month. When you compare it to other hosting companies that offer the similar features, it is considerably very reasonable.
Compare M3Server with other top class WordPress hosting
|WordPress Hosting||M3Server||WP Engine||Pressidium|
|Plans in review||vs20||Personal||Personal|
|Disk space||20 GB||10 GB||10 GB|
|Data transfer||5 TB||Unlimited. However, plan limits to 25,000 visits/mo||Unlimited. However, plan limits to 30,000 visits/mo|
|Number of WP installs||Unlimited||1||3|
|CDN||Add $16/mo||Add $19.99/mo||Free up to 100 GB|
|Daily backups||Add $5/mo||Free||Free|
It doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger or running an eCommerce website, the reliability of your web host is always the biggest concern. In this aspect, M3Server delivers. Test site hosted at M3Server has never gone down since the beginning of the test (early July 2016).
Further investigation indicates that M3Server does not oversell; and monitors all servers performance 24/7.
We have been in the hosting business since 1996 and monitor servers 24/7. It is not acceptable for any of our VPS host machines to be overloaded and we take immediate actions to resolve if this is the case. Following these guidelines has helped M3 grow it a great company where we have a mutual respect with our clients. — Ryan Weekley, M3Server Inc. Operations Manager
One-stop hosting solution
I also like the way that M3Server is kind of like a one-stop solution. If you’re running a low-traffic blog, you won’t really need these extra features. However, if your blog gets a lot of traffic, you’ll be pleased with the website monitoring, CDN, and pro-level backup that M3Server provides. Delivering, and protecting your data, efficiently are always important. M3Server makes both processes easy with its in-house CDN service and off-site backup plans. The fully managed off-site backup services, known as M3SafeVault, include 10 days’ worth of restore points. You can select files, directories, or systems to restore, if needed. Choose from 10 GB all the way up to 3 TB of backup space at the price of $5 a month to $350 a month.
Transparency / Clear usage guidelines
Finally, I like the way that M3Server provides clear guidelines on server resource usage. You can’t run an average of more than 75% of your CPU capacity if you’re using VPS servers. You also can’t use web spiders or indexers on VPS servers. In addition, you can’t run software that interferes with an internet relay chat network or take part in any file-sharing activities. You also can’t use gaming servers, bit torrent applications, or daemons. Finally, you have to follow the rules regarding the bandwidth allowance. Knowing all of this upfront allows you to avoid any surprises when using the service. Quoting M3Server ToS (read term 10 and 11)
Users may not:
- Run more than 75% of CPU capacity on average on VPS servers. Be kind to your neighbors. If you need maximum CPU, we offer true dedicated machines for which you are authorized to use 90% CPU 24/7, leaving a small amount for administrative & monitoring purposes.
- Run stand-alone, unattended server-side processes at any point in time on the server. This includes any and all daemons, such as IRCD.
- Run any type of web spider or indexer (including Google Cash / AdSpy) on VPS servers.
- Run any software that interfaces with an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network.
- Run any bit torrent application, tracker, or client. You may link to legal torrents off-site, but may not host or store them on our VPS servers.
- Participate in any file-sharing/peer-to-peer activities
- Run any gaming servers such as counter-strike, half-life, battlefield1942, etc
Besides WordPress, M3 Server supports a wide range of CMS hosting – including Elevated X Hosting and Tube Scripts (two very popular Adult CMS Script). The host is a must see for those who are looking forward to run an adult site or video streaming site.
I highly recommend M3Server to people who want performance but don’t want to deal with the technical headache they’ll get with using an enterprise-level hosting company. While it isn’t necessary for someone who gets a few visitors a month, it’s a great option for bloggers and small business owners who get a lot of traffic on a regular basis.