Would you like to learn more about virtual private server (VPS) hosting? VPS and shared hosting are two extremely different hosting settings. Before choosing a VPS hosting plan, it’s a good idea to take the time to understand how this hosting environment works, especially compared to other hosting services.
This guide will introduce you to some common characteristics of virtual private servers and help you understand how to choose the right VPS host.
What is a VPS host?
A virtual private server is a type of server with its own operating system and allocated server resources that is contained within another server.
Other websites may be hosted on this same physical server, but a VPS hosts operates privately within that physical server hosting your website or websites according to the virtual allotment the VPS permits. This means that other websites operating on the same physical server do not have an impact on your website’s performance. You’re essentially paying for your own fraction of the system resources and getting what you pay for in performance. You can think of a VPS as a room within a larger house. Whatever happens in that room doesn’t affect the other rooms.
With a VPS, you have complete root access, as you would with a dedicated server. Though you are technically on the same physical machine as other websites, VPS partitions machine CPU, RAM, disk storage, and bandwidth in a way that allows you to have complete control over your server. The advantage is that you don’t have to pay for a dedicated server of your own, but you still get the benefits of a private server, including performance and access.
Should you switch to VPS hosting?
Many hosting users switch to VPS because of the resources, safety, and control it offers over the hosting environment. For the less technologically savvy, switching to a VPS may seem daunting, as it’s an intermediary step between shared and dedicated hosting. Indeed, most websites begin with shared hosting, which tends to suit the needs of those just starting out. Shared hosting is easy to manage, requires little in the way of technological know-how or skills, and is generally the cheapest type of website hosting.
But at one point or another, growth and demand may make VPS hosting a necessity. You should switch over to VPS if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Heavy traffic. If you receive a notification from your shared hosting service provider indicating that your traffic is draining the server’s resources, it’s time to think seriously about upgrading. In some cases, you may not receive anything in the way of notification from your provider, but increasing load times and steadily growing visitor traffic are clear indicators that you will have to move at some point.
- Reliability. If you want to make your website more reliable, VPS hosting is a good option. With a VPS you have a stable amount of resources.
- Security. If you want to introduce better backups, advanced monitoring, or enhanced security features to your website, opt for VPS.
- Control. Coming to a point where you need to have complete control over your web host to perform advanced processes is a good indicator that it’s time to make the switch.