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Benefits of Using a VPS over Shared Web Hosting

The main difference between a VPS (virtual private server) and shared web hosting is a matter of control. If you would like to configure your web server for certain elements such as databases or server-side coding, it is much easier to do so when you control the entire server. When using shared web hosting, you are limited by what the host provider allows on his or her server.

A VPS can be as large or as small as you need. Compared to shared web hosting, which typically puts an upper limit on the amount of bandwidth you are allowed to use, a VPS can draw upon as much or as little as you need. With a shared web host, you pay for the same amount of bandwidth and space each month, whether you need significantly more or significantly less. Virtual private servers can be configured so you only pay for as much as you need. server imageIf you find that need more, you can simply have the VPS provider serve you a larger server.

What Is a VPS?

A virtual server, as opposed to a dedicated server, is what it sounds like. Rather than being just a hard drive partition, a virtual server is a fully functioning machine. VPS software partitions a much larger server's processing power, memory and other capabilities into smaller virtual machines. You use one of these virtual machines, a VPS, for whatever you need to do. A VPS can be rebooted at will, making upgrades and troubleshooting routines much easier to implement.

Switching from shared web hosting to a VPS is widely considered to be an upgrade due to the increased level of control you have over the server functions. Additionally, a VPS is much more secure than shared web hosting. Any of the other sites being served by a shared web hosting provider could potentially hack into your site. If another site on a shared hosting provider is compromised, the entire server could be damaged. However, with the added protection of virtualization routines, your virtual machine is protected from any hacking attempts on or from other websites served by different VPS's.

How Does a VPS Work?

If you are familiar with shared web hosting, you might find managing your VPS to be a slightly more involved process. While you might only access your shared web space through FTP or through an online portal, a VPS typically comes with its own operating system, software, security programs and IP address. While each VPS provider includes a program for you to access your server, you will find that the sorts of things you can do on your server are about as sophisticated as those you are able to do with your laptop or desktop computer. It will feel like operating a separate computer, because that is, in fact, what you're doing.

What are the Benefits of VPS over Shared Web Hosting?

There are four major benefits of VPS. They include:

  • Security
  • Performance
  • Customizability
  • Scalability

Security - VPS security lies mostly in the fact that each VPS account is isolated from all the other accounts. Therefore, if one account is hacked, all other playvpsaccounts will remain secure. Similarly, people VPS accounts with the same provider will not be able to hack other accounts on the server as easily.

Performance - On shared web servers, if one user overuses the server's performance capacity by doing this such as sending out mass emails, it could overload the server and negatively affect all other accounts. Because each VPS account has its own computing resources, each user is responsible for his or her own website's performance.

Customizability - Because VPS's have root access, they are highly customizable. Custom functions include firewall configurations, manual opening/closing of ports and the ability to reboot at any time. Any software, databases and other services can be installed on a VPS to augment your company's IT solutions and web presence.

Scalability - What this means is that virtual private servers can upgrade or downgrade at any time, depending on the demands on the server. VPS's are typically used to support websites that see periods of high traffic and periods of low traffic. You pay less for the low-traffic periods and more for the high-traffic periods, rather than having to pay the same amount for server space that you don't always use. This leads to significant money savings.

If your business is starting to feel the constraints of shared web hosting solutions, consider a VPS instead. Its prices are comparable to shared hosting, and its features are a significant improvement for business owners seeking flexible IT solutions.



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